Rock The Garden Day 1with De La Soul, Matt & Kim, Best Coast, Jeremy Messersmith, and LizzoWalker Art Center, MinneapolisSaturday, June 22, 2014Rock the Garden's first two-day event kicked off on a sunny Saturday afternoon next to the Sculpture Garden. It was an incredibly apt setting for the go ... More >>
Here we go once again with another monthly mix of local hip-hop producers worth checking out. This is not a best-of list, rather a collection of artists loosely organized by a like-minded approach to crafting sounds. Each artist represented here has a unique handle on laid-back production. Thou ... More >>
Brother Ali and Blank Tape Belovedwith Big Quarters and MaLLy7th Street Entry, MinneapolisMay 31, 2012 Brother Ali is gearing up to release his new album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, on August 21st, and brought his newly constructed live band, Blank Tape Beloved, with him to t ... More >>
By Reed Fischer and Ian TraasSoundsetWith Atmosphere, Lupe Fiasco, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon, Astronautalis, Big K.R.I.T., and moreCanterbury Park Festival Field, ShakopeeSunday, May 27, 2012Related:Soundset 2012 evacuated amid tornado watchSoundset photos 2012Up until about 7:20 p.m., the fift ... More >>
Minnesota's biggest annual hip-hop showcase enters its fifth year
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Used to being cooped up during the winter months, the Twin Cities has been known to come alive in a big way when the summer rolls around. There's hardly a better time to get out and celebrate, and First Nations Recovery Center is hosting an outdoor MayDay Hip-Hop & Art Festival to ring in the se ... More >>
For those not attending Midwest Music Fest in Winona, this weekend will be a flurry of CD releases mixed into Record Store Day. Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles headline First Ave. to share some new music and A. Wolf and Her Claws release their long-awaited debut. Counting Crows will be in town ... More >>
To put a member of Wu Tang on a stage on stoner day is like putting one of the Mob Wives in a boxing ring with, well, any of the other Mob Wives. It's just what they're supposed to do. But we digress. Ghostface Killah is coming to the Cabooze on 4/20 and we're excited to have of the Wu's standout ra ... 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 >>
They might be battle-hardened rap assassins, but the Wu-Tang Clan aren't above having a good time. The Clan were clearly up for a party on Saturday night at Epic, with Method Man admitting that hip hop is supposed to be fun: "Since when are hip-hop fans too cool to put their hands in ... More >>
RIP DJ MehdiThe man known to dance music fans across the world as DJ Mehdi has passed away. Early reports from Resident Advisor indicate Mehdi Favéris-Essadi, 34, fell from the roof of his home with two friends, who have been hospitalized. The French DJ/producer was widely respected as a collabo ... More >>
Holy schnikes Christina Aguilera's just dropped her newest music video for "Not Myself Tonight," and as you might have heard, it's the skankiest thing she's done since "Dirrty." Except this time, she ditched the schoolgirl skirt and went straight for the pleather and vinyl and the horsebit gags, ... More >>
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