Plenty to see in the Twin Cities this week! The Barenaked Ladies return to the stage at The State Theatre, while The Skyway theatre hosts Glasgow natives Franz Ferdinand. The Varsity Theater hosts a number of events this week; including Minus the Bear, Between the Buried and Les Claypool. Miran ... More >>
Photos by B Fresh PhotographyLeft: Toki Wright; Right: TK of Tipsy BikeAmong the thousands assembled at Hennepin County Government Center on Monday for the #HoodiesUpMN Trayvon Martin rally was rapper Toki Wright. The local Rhymesayers artist, music producer, DJ and educator decided to bring a sound ... More >>
Femi Kuti and Positive ForceCedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisWednesday, June 26, 2013A Femi Kuti concert is unlike any other concert. The dancing, the shaking, the emotions that start on stage and infiltrate the audience with an almighty power. It's the kind of thing that gets a huge crowd at the C ... More >>
It's the last week of June and Uptown is hopefully back up and running. This weekend marks the Twin Cities Pride Celebration featuring performances from L'Assassins, Wiping Out Thousands, Mayda and much more. Tom Petty reunites with the Heartbreakers at the Target Center Saturday while Aesop Rock an ... More >>
From an early age, Femi Kuti got a crash course in music and the chaotic adventures that came along with having a politically outspoken and celebrated father. As a 15-year-old, he began performing with Fela Kuti, and absorbed raw energy of Afrobeat music.Continuing the Afrobeat tradition, Femi has ... More >>
It's finally starting to feel like May again, and this week is packed with shows. Friday Daughter visits the Fine Line with label-mate and local opener, Jeremy Messersmith. The Amsterdam hosts their second annual Girls Got Rhythm Fest featuring Cherie Currie, The Avengers and many more stretching ov ... More >>
Yes boys and girls, Saturday is that magical time of the year when zombies take to the West Bank's local watering holes and now Midway Stadium to get intoxicated with Brain Belt. The Zombie Pub Crawl is upon us, and with zombie-mania more in the media than ever, this year's should be the biggest yet ... More >>
See Also: Antibalas: Who Is This America? Amadou & Mariam at the Cedar Cultural Center, 8/7/12 Antibalas with Malamanya First Avenue, Minneapolis September 11, 2012 With the dark anniversary of 9/11 hanging over everyone's head, Antibalas proved to be the perfect remedy for any sad memories, a ... More >>
See also: *The Best Of Coachella: Saturday, April 14 *Top Ten Awkward Coachella Dance Move GIFs Wow, that was fast! In a whirlwind of top-notch performances from legends and buzz bands alike, pool parties, and rain, Coachella's first weekend is over. Here are our scribes' favorite moments from Sund ... More >>
By Rachel Lee JoyceRelated: Cedar Cultural Center named best world music venueOn August 5, 1991, I was crammed in butts-to-nuts with 1199 fans in the First Avenue Mainroom to see the Nigerian Afrobeat legend himself, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Years of underage fandom had passed, and I was finally old ... More >>
What if a song could change your perception of everything -- how you view yourself, others, the world? And if a song could accomplish something like that, what sort of statement does that make about your sense of reality, of how mentally tenacious you were to begin with? My original concept for t ... More >>
In front of a full house of middle and high school students as part of the Project Success organization to inspire kids, the Walker Art Center and the Cedar Cultural Center set the stage for a unique afternoon concert featuring spellbinding legend, drummer Tony Allen. As a fellow drummer and Afrobea ... More >>
This is not an ideal time to work, live, or even to be within a stone's throw of Egypt. Why? It's complicated.
Photo by B FRESHAfter returning home from a month-long adventure in Ghana (and being featured in City Page's Year in Music review) filmmaker Justin Schell and artist M.anifest sat down with Gimme Noise to discuss the impact of their experiences, life-changing interactions with M.anifest's grandfa ... More >>
Two Nigerian musical legacies shared the stage at the Zoo Thursday night.
Solid Gold interviewed, the Current hosts the Hoot & local show recaps.
The Traveling Wilburys of retro-funk and the single that got Jay-Z's attention.
Stoner rock... from Zambia.
Femi Kuti makes Afrobeat for today's world
Of Montreal make good on paisley-tinted retro
Sunny Adé talks about war, Nigeria, and good juju
Give it up for funk classicists Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Audiences chew on a film-fest twofer: Central Standard's indie films and Sound Unseen's musical movies
The Zanzibar Film Festival reflects the African island's position as a cross-cultural hub
A new 15-disc retrospective challenges the listener to separate the legend of Fela Kuti from the musician
We list the best of the best of 1997.