Dessa First Avenue, Minneapolis Saturday, June 29, 2013For her first headlining gig at First Avenue's Mainroom, Dessa held nothing back. She made it clear from the first moment the screen came up that it was going to be her night, as she stepped out onto the stage looking ready for war in svelte jea ... More >>
Taking the stage at First Avenue this Friday will be Twin Cities hip-hop favorites Astronautalis and Sims of Doomtree performing a special collaborative set. Backed by a brand new hand-picked band, the two are set to give even longtime fans a brand new live experience. Gimme Noise spoke to Sims abou ... More >>
Yesterday, Dessa officially dropped "Call Off Your Ghost," the second single from the upcoming Parts of Speech. To celebrate, she took to Reddit to participate in the site's signature forum: An "AMA" -- that is, "Ask Me Anything," which is the equivalent of a no-holds Q&A between Dessa and her f ... More >>
Strange Doom Sayers Tour With B. Dolan, Mike Mictlan, and Toki Wright Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Wednesday, April 10, 2013 The Strange Doom Sayers tour seems like such a natural combination of underground talent that it's surprising the artists involved haven't made it an annual gig. Part ... More >>
At long last, the highly anticipated and much talked about third album from Doomtree's darling Dessa has been announced for release. Introducing Parts of Speech, due out June 25. The rapper-poet-essayist has given fans a preview of what's to come with the first track off the new record, "Warsaw", ... More >>
Rap fans in the Twin Cities typically don't have to wait too long for one of the members of the Doomtree collective to plan something cool in the area. Whether it's Dessa performing at the MIA, Sims playing at the Are You Local? event, or Lazerbeak joining creative forces with Mixed Blood Majority, ... More >>
For the past few years, Vita.mn has put together an Are You Local? showcase which not only shines a spotlight on some emerging area bands, but also sends them (and local music fans alike) off to SXSW with a musical bang. This year, the Are You Local? party is set for Friday, March 1 at Mill City Ni ... More >>
As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before. While it's im ... More >>
See Also: Talib Kweli talks about his new tour, album, and role models in hip-hop The name of the festival might be a bit unfamiliar, but for local hip-hop fans the stellar lineup certainly won't be. The Hip-Hop Harambee Block Party is set to take place on Saturday, September 15 in the Nomad World ... More >>
See Also: A Minnesota music golden age might be going on right now!Now, Now leave Minneapolis to record and the trio comes home with Threads As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally a ... More >>
See Also:Summit Unchained #10 launches this weekSummit Beer has long been the local brew of choice for many Twin Cities concertgoers over the years. And now, the good folks at Summit are set to put on one hell of a show of their own, as the Summit Backyard Bash is set to take place behind their brew ... More >>
Related:Rock the Garden Festival 2012 lineupAs Saturday afternoon's Rock the Garden at the Walker Art Center approaches, ticket holders have already had plenty of time to brush up on the 2012 lineup, so what's left? Weather preparations are a must.As mentioned on the RTG Facebook page, "It looks lik ... More >>
Related:Lollapalooza 2012 lineup announcedRiver's Edge Music Festival 2012 at Harriet Island lineupOn the same day Lollapalooza unveiled its extensive slate, we get the details on the SoundTown Music and Camping Festival as well. The yearly fest in Somerset, Wisconsin, brings Jane's Addiction, Flore ... More >>
Related:Cover Story: How Rhymesayers set up the Soundset FestivalTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listTop 20 best Minnesota songs: The complete listIn 2012, rap music is as definitive a part of Minnesota lore as the Mall of America -- or anything else Muja Messiah name-checks in "Leech ... More >>
Related:Top 20 best Minnesota rappers: #20-11How Rhymesayers set up the Soundset FestivalTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listTop 20 best Minnesota songs: The complete list10> Mictlan Origin: Minneapolis/Hopkins/Los Angeles | Active: 2001 - present | Songs: "Prizefight," "Game Over, ... More >>
If you've logged on to Twitter or Facebook today, chances are you've seen a post (or 10, or 20, or 50) about the release of Doomtree's second full-length, full-crew album, No Kings. In true swarm fashion, the group is inundating social media with promotion of the record this morning before taking ... More >>
It's certainly been a real pleasure getting to share all of these Doomtree special guest reveals with all of you fans throughout the week. After the big announcements from Sims, Mike Mictlan, and Dessa earlier in the week, we're still not done yet. Not by a long shot. Today, we've got the lineup ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzDessaOctober 28, 2011Fitzgerald Theater, St. PaulDessa's CD-release party at the Fitzgerald Theater on Friday night was about as far from a rap show as you could get. Backed by an excellent chamber group and back-up singers, and with her Doomtree pals tucked neatly into on ... More >>
Photo via thehideawaympls.comIn an article titled "Local music's best-kept secret," producer Joe Mabbott and his Northeast habitat Hidaway Studios get a well-deserved look in this week's Downtown Journal, which gives an overview of some of the more notable artists to set foot inside the cozy spac ... More >>
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Photo by B FRESHMike Mictlan performs at next month's Red Stag Block PartyHot on the heels of the Pizza Luce Block Party lineup, we were greeted with a couple more free summer concert lineups this morning: The Bastille Day Block Party, which will be in Uptown on Sunday, July 17, and the Red S ... More >>
In this week's City of Music, Doomtree MC Sims and beatmaker Lazerbeak bring us through the streets of Minneapolis and to the crew's longtime hangout, Muddy Waters, with their performance of the title track off Sims' new solo album, Bad Time Zoo. The album drops tomorrow via Doomtree and the whol ... More >>
Hot on the heels of this weekend's wildly successful hat trick of Doomtree Blowout shows in the Mainroom, the Aster Cafe has announced a very cool New Year's Eve show in their limited-capacity space with Dessa. As we wrote about last month, the Aster has recently been revamped as an intimate "lis ... More >>
Photo by Aaron SchuhProfessionally speaking, Ben Kyle's cup seems to runneth over: He just got back from a European tour with Carrie Rodriguez and is preparing to release a duet album with the famed fiddler in February, is busy mixing the third studio album by his acclaimed alt-country band, Roma ... More >>
Illionois-based recording site Daytrotter continues to show its love for Twin Cities bands this month with a new session by Brute Heart and return visits by powerhouse duo Peter Wolf Crier and multi-instrumental maestro Dosh. The three women in Brute Heart especially seemed to make their mark o ... More >>
photo by: Casanova Frankenstein"I rolled into the Fine Line Music Cafe around 9:45PM and was immediately struck by how packed it was. The place was bursting with fans. And with performances from Doomtree, The Plastic Constellations, and finally Lazerbeak, the night did not disappoint."City of Mus ... More >>
Photo by Kevin O'MearaThe weather was cooler this weekend, but so were the happenings. Though the cities were more chill thanks to families out of town, people taking road trips, or flocking to the fair for one last cheese curd, a good time was still had by those who ventured beyond the main a ... More >>
It's been a hot and stormy week, but we've got our fingers crossed that tomorrow is going to be a beautiful day. Hear that, rain gods? TOMORROW WILL BE BEAUTIFUL. It had better be; there's more than one slammin' outdoor concert scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, and it would be a shame to see any ... More >>
Photo by Bill PhelpsDon't have time to grab a hard copy of the City Pages today? Never fear, we've got you covered online. Here's a rundown of all the music articles running in this week's print edition:Doomtree's Paper Tiger steps out with Made Like UsBy Jeff GageWe sit down with producer Paper ... More >>
(Photo by -Marlith-)This weekend we've got an art show dedicated to Doomtree, Pride celebrations, and a chance to win a year's supply of Bell's beer.
Doomtree's songbird taking welcome new risks as a solo artist
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The hip-hop diploma program fleshes out its staff.
The popular bar and music venue turns four.
The Doomtree rapper and Rhymesayers artist wrapped up his three-week tour with a sold-out show in the Main Room.
Well, not really. But it's a testament to the Hennepin avenue bar that it's still standing after two consecutive Monotonix shows.
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