The 2014 Rock the Garden lineup is finally here! For the first time ever, the Walker Art Center/89.3 the Current venture has expanded to two days, and that means twice as many performers will hit the grounds next to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden for the weekend of June 21-22.The weekend's perform ... More >>
Believe it or not, June is less than a week away. Cedar Cultural Center welcomes the Howlin' Brothers Wednesday and Brooklyn duo Savoir Adore the next day. Devendra Banhart celebrates his birthday at Mill City Nights Thursday, while LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy plays the First Avenue Mainroom. Fri ... More >>
Four rap institutions are linking up for the Kings of the Mic tour later this year. Though LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Ice Cube, and De La Soul have wildly different pedigrees and styles (and levels of movie stardom), this is a lineup that just keeps giving. When one ponders the sheer number of hits th ... More >>
De La SoulThe Cabooze, MinneapolisFriday, April 27, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here. De La Soul have always been on the outside edges of hip-hop. They have tight rhymes, sharp, smart beats and a manner about them that's incredibly magnetic. But they weren't and aren't part of the gangsta ... More >>
Officially on its fifth year of making the Twin Cities a legitimate festival destination for hip-hop lovers, Soundset will celebrate a handful of years when it returns to Canterbury on Sunday, May 27.
A band that has over the years collaborated with folks who'd later appear in Old Crow Medicine Show and Modest Mouse, and has also backed the late Charlie Louvin on a nationwide tour, tonight the excellent Hackensaw Boys will be appearing at the Cabooze in Minneapolis.
Nothing short of impressive when any music act can beat back the critics, the labels, the in-fighting, and the pressures to just move on with their lives and stay together for a decade. Now when you're talking 25 years, that's something reserved for just a handful of cats, and De La Soul is ... More >>
After taking some time away from music last year, T.Q.D. of the Background Noise Crew sat down and wrote his latest album Taketh Away in under a month. "I don't like to work on things slowly. My attitude is, let's get it done," says The Quiet Dude. "I've never made an album this fast. I know what ... More >>
5 is it!Schoolhouse Rock and De La Soul taught us that 3 was the most mystical of numbers. However, today, Hot Dish revises those assessments and declares 5 the most magic of integers, at least in terms of the many fine posts seen here this week, covering everything from cocktails to cheapness.&n ... More >>
An extra day to the weekend? We'll take it!
Photos courtesy of RhymesayersThe gigantic celebration of hip-hop that is the Soundset festival is already this Sunday. Now in its fourth year, this overwhelming explosion of rap, turntablism, graffiti, breakdancing, custom cars, skateboarding, and merchandise has proven itself a draw outside of ... More >>
Big BoiEach year, much debate occurs from fans and festival organizers alike about who outside of the Rhymesayers roster is going to play Soundset. In an attempt to both showcase a wide spectrum of regions and definitions of independent rap, Soundset manages to bring together some surprisin ... More >>
Big Boi co-headlines Soundset 2011The Soundset festival revealed its much-anticipated 2011 lineup this morning, and there are a few national surprises amongst the local mainstays: In addition to headliners Atmosphere, Brother Ali, and the full Doomtree crew, this year's fest will feature sets by ... More >>
In addition to an all-star "Plastic Beach" band featuring De La Soul, Little Dragon, Bobby Womack, and Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of the Clash, Gorillaz have announced that they will be bringing along Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo's N*E*R*D as their opening act. The tour stops at the Target Ce ... More >>
Deep Soul Deities are serving up a heaping helping of that funky chicken grease tonight at Sauce -- and please, leave your tired loops at home. That's right, Garageband geeks. The Twin Cities' newest hip-hoppers get surprisingly fresh by kicking it old school. Backed by a live band including ... More >>
The California festival runs April 16-18.
My favorite music right now is the new album by De La Soul, Are You In?: Nike Original Run--a new take on rap-rock-techno in 45 bracing minutes, with production by Detroit's Young RJ and Chicago duo Flosstradamus, with the latter mixing the results into one continuous track.This is also De La's fir ... More >>
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