Enter this one in the annals of rap -- today Riff Raff released his long-mooted and often-delayed studio debut album, Neon Icon. Dropping via Diplo's Mad Decent stable, the 15-track project brims with Jody Highroller's now trademark bedazzled brags. Here's your handy run-through of Neon Icon's most ... More >>
The Minneapolis-based band are putting out a tape a month
SCRNS have existed under the radar thus far. They have only one track available to listeners and they've performed a grand total of three times. Yet for vocalist Erin Ross and producer Max Petrek, the goal of their new music venture is palpable. They want to sign with a major label. And, admittedly, ... More >>
Nipsey Husslewith Erk the Jerk, Tomorrow Genius, and MN FlameMill City Nights, MinneapolisWednesday, January 15, 2014Another former major label artist now working as an independent, Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle brings a classic West Coast gangster rap mindset to a new era of sounds. After a stri ... More >>
If the memo didn't already hit home, Justin Vernon has put Bon Iver on the back burner for the time being. As we pointed out last week, a few interviews regarding the release of Volcano Choir's Repave fingered him for the status of his most well-known project, but he seemed more excited to discuss t ... More >>
Seattle MC Grieves has been on the road for quite some time. Playing shows in support of his Rhymesayers debut Together/Apart for over a year, Grieves winds down his tour this Saturday at First Avenue for his final show of 2012. We spoke to Grieves about life on the road, and what he has in store fo ... More >>
Despite once again being moved to another venue, Fun. has managed to sell out the Myth for their trip to the Cities on Friday. If you weren't able to get tickets to this show, the 4onthefloor will be playing their brand of floor-stomping blues in the First Ave. Mainroom across town. Originating from ... More >>
Dropped as a free download a few weeks ago, Franz Diego and J-Hard's collaborative album Sense of Self will be brought to life properly with an 18 CD release show at Conga in Northeast. The Illuminous 3 veteran is trying out some new avenues on this one, and it's already one of the strongest ... More >>
Sometimes being fashionably late can totally backfire. It was a typical Friday night in downtown Minneapolis. The line to First Avenue's Record Room was already flirting with 7th Street in length, and the party was already rocking inside. The music was pumping so hard the stars were about to jum ... More >>
This week's big news from perpetually rising R&B heartthrob Lloyd--real name, no gimmick--isn't new album King of Hearts, which hit the streets Tuesday. It's the new tattoo he's sporting, a colorless melange of guns, roses, and shading inked around the back of his head like a piece ... More >>
Photo by Tony NelsonFor most people Sunday evenings tend to be a quiet night to relax but by the looks of 5th Street and 2nd Avenue outside Epic late last night, you'd never know it. Hundreds of hyped rap fans lined both ends of the street around 11 p.m. to hear two of radio rap's current headlin ... More >>
Everybody's workin' for the weekend...and it's here.Make the most of it!
Atlanta rapper and regular prison guest Gucci Mane is damn near ubiquitous now, releasing a silly number of mixtapes per year and guesting on everything he can fit into his schedule while he's out of jail (at least until the Georgia Corrections Department gets some new studio equipment). So ... More >>
Photo by Erik Hess After last night's sold-out Girl Talk show at First Avenue, classrooms across college campuses and cube farms in various office buildings probably feel a bit empty today. During peak time at the show it was clear a good portion of the city's twentysomethings were all dancing ... More >>
Not to be outdone by Gucci Mane (!) but exactly that, T-Pain has gotten a new tattoo that is very very (very) currently making the rounds of the innerwebs.Lacking literally every aspect that made Gucci's ice cream cone so perfectly eye-crossing (being positioned on the face, composed of something ... More >>
Tattoos have been fully in the mainstream for well over a decade now. No one is surprised by much in the way of body art these days - I've got some, you've probably got at least one, maybe on your hand or something. They're probably dumb (mine are, at least).Nope, nothing's really shocking anymo- ... More >>
Photo by Alex UncapherMinneapolis nightlife patrons between the ages of 18 and 35 really like to dance. In fact, it's a common comment from touring DJs that the Twin Cities club scene really knows how to party, which is exactly what they'll do on the most celebratory of holidays that is New Year' ... More >>
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His name is Jimmy (left) "Dude, that's a nasty DJ set," a friend messaged me a few minutes ago upon hearing DJ Jimmy 2 Times' first mix for the Cryphy Radio series. He's not kidding -- the 48-minute mix is dripping with testosterone from the jump, smacking you upside the head with baller tracks ... More >>
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