Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else. We are living in strange and confusing times. Arguably the biggest band in the world just gave their brand-new 13th studio album Songs of Innocenc ... More >>
Today, President Obama comes to Minneapolis for an overnight trip. It's his second trip to the Land of 10,000 Lakes this year. (Check out our humorous post about the first here.)He'll be at a private fundraiser hosted by Sam and Sylvia Kaplan tonight, and tomorrow, the president will deliver a speec ... More >>
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Coolio With DJ Applejews, The Level Heads, Rob-1 and Anchormen The Cabooze, Minneapolis Saturday, June 1, 2012 It was definitely a "Back to the '90s Bash" as the DJ played songs like Rob Base and DJ E Z Rock's "It Takes Two" and De La Soul's, "Me, Myself And I" while the crowd anxiously awaited C ... More >>
Kings of the Mic TourWith LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La SoulTarget Center, MinneapolisThursday, May 30, 2013LL Cool J is 45 years old, and wearing it well. As he stalked the stage at Target Center as the final performer of the Kings of the Mic Tour, he seemed keenly aware that his powe ... More >>
AtmosphereSoundset, Canterbury ParkSunday, May 26, 2013Soundset has come a long way from its humble origins in the shadow of the Metrodome back in 2008. Skyrocketing ticket sales -- reportedly 28,000 this year -- and a subtle demographic shift over its six-year run have allowed Rhymesayers to grow a ... More >>
It's hard to believe with the reputation it now holds that there was a time when the Twin Cities wasn't booking too many hip-hop acts. Once we were still flyover country to many of the national touring acts, and the local underground scene had yet to rise to prominence and prove the power of homegro ... More >>
Minnesota's biggest annual hip-hop showcase enters its fifth year
This weekend in music is a throwback with Freedy Johnston in St. Paul and Social Distortion across town with a sold-out show. The rest of the heavy-hitters are also performing on Friday with Haley Bonar co-headlining with Peter Wolf Crier, while Rogue Valley performs a free show at the U of M, and r ... 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.
For the many who hold Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers among their favorites, Ghostface Killah's upcoming visit to Minneapolis is an event that'll be remembered for some time. Mark 4/20 on your calendar, and along with De La Soul coming, Cabooze is pulling to get that "flyover rap capital" thing re ... 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 >>
It was 1998, the Smokin Grooves Tour was in its second year, and a group of friends and I were geeked out about going to the show. Public Enemy, Gang Starr, Wyclef Jean, Cypress Hill and others were booked, but everyone was waiting and most excited for Busta Rhymes, known for his killer live show ... More >>
Grammy award-winning hip-hop producer Prince Paul is known as much for his material with De La Soul, Handsome Boy Modeling School and Gravediggaz as he is for being kind of a jokester. So when Paul's people hit me up about his new "Negroes On Ice" project and were vague in their description ... More >>
Believe it or not, kids, their once was a time before random shuffle and mash-up remixes where music tended to stay in its distinct categories and within specific genre contours. Typically people liked one kind of music or another, and that was about it. The Beastie Boys and Beck's fast folk ... More >>
It's been a rainy start to our summer so far, but that hasn't stopped Twin Cities fans from busting out their ponchos and going outdoors to take in live music. Between Rock the Garden, Soundset, the Warped Tour, and shows at the Minnesota Zoo's amphitheater, concertgoers have had plenty of chances t ... More >>
Band ready for Soundset and new album The Family Sign
Please note that Soundset is a hip-hop festival, not a rap festival. For those who still ask what the difference is, hip-hop refers to the culture in its entirety, which includes turntablism and beatmaking, graffiti and street art, and breakdancing, in addition to just rapping. Great ... More >>
Photos by Nick VlcekGorillaz with N*E*R*DOctober 17, 2010Target Center, MinneapolisWell, that's it. Seeing an arena show will never be quite the same after tonight's complex and ceaseless hour-and-45-minute Gorillaz show at the Target Center.
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