Summer Set Music Festival, Day Two With Girl Talk, Passion Pit, Blackalicious, SBTRKT, Zedd, MaLLy, and Doomtree Somerset, Wisconsin August 10, 2013 Replace the palm trees of Coachella with corn fields, or swap out Lollapalooza's dramatic Chicago skyline backdrop for rolling Wisconsin farmlands, an ... 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 >>
Believe it or not, June is less than a week away. Cedar Cultural Center welcomes the Howlin' Brothers Wednesday and Brooklyn duo Savoir Adore the next day. Devendra Banhart celebrates his birthday at Mill City Nights Thursday, while LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy plays the First Avenue Mainroom. Fri ... More >>
Four rap institutions are linking up for the Kings of the Mic tour later this year. Though LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Ice Cube, and De La Soul have wildly different pedigrees and styles (and levels of movie stardom), this is a lineup that just keeps giving. When one ponders the sheer number of hits th ... More >>
The Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers frontman Greg Dulli is undoubtedly smarter and deeper than the internet. He connected a love of R&B's brutal underbelly and the visceral outbursts he had inside decades before Napster turned everyone's music tastes into rotisserie fare. Still, a steadfast fa ... More >>
Michael Gaughan takes his rap act to San Francisco
See also: Tim Pawlenty's vice presidential stock spikes on Intrade See also: Tim Pawlenty undergoing "intensive review" as Romney's possible VP choiceGawker has a blog post up today ripping Mitt Romney's potential running mates, including former governor Tim Pawlenty. Gawker scribe Mobutu Sese Sek ... More >>
See Also:El-P on Prince, his mother, and full band rap showsKiller Mike might be the most dangerous MC spitting right now. This isn't to say that modern hip-hop lacks for dissenting, uncompromising voices or agit-prop ideas, but given the visibility the Atlanta rapper born Michael Render commands ri ... More >>
Earlier this year, Ice Cube revealed that his 1993 hit "It Was a Good Day" was a fictional tale, but his true-to-life good days include a quality cup of joe. When the rapper/actor/director recently told Bon Apetit about his real morning routine, he didn't mention whether or not momma cooked the brea ... More >>
On their new album, Everyone's Looking, Minneapolis duo the Parlour Suite cut a deep path of their very own right from the start; high and steady, bright and scintillating. Some bands lose their songs through over-complication; but this husband and wife team of Joel and Inga Roberts know that car ... More >>
Shout it from the rooftops - Bootsy is here to funk you Longtime funk admiral Bootsy Collins is in town tonight, and he has a message for Minneapolis on this the Official Day Of Funk at First Avenue (we just made that up but it might as well stand). Let your freak flag fly, he says. It's wo ... More >>
If you are not hip to the funk and his most excellency, creator and pioneer of the funk bass form William Earl "Bootsy" Collins, then there isn't much I can do for you. You likely live a sad and miserable life.
First Ave is offering ticket refunds.Sorry to all the hardcore NWA / "Are We There Yet fans?" in the Twin Cities. Rapper Ice Cube won't be appearing at First Avenue this evening as planned. Refunds are available online or at The Depot Tavern next to the venue. The details as to why the show ... More >>
Last night, you were gleefully egging strangers' Camaros. (Not so bitchin' now, eh, monied day-trader douchebags?) Tomorrow, you can vote. The day after tomorrow, you can freak out about who everyone else voted for, nullifying your own vote five-fold. But today, why not mull over last week's mus ... More >>
B Fresh PhotographyPete Mazalewski, more widely known as Mr. Peter Parker, visited the Twin Cities this past weekend to hit the turntables for SP Styles' River Rampage boat party. As his four-year-run as the old B96's night DJ (7-11pm) ended earlier this year, he did not let his career in acting, ... More >>
The local rap crew will play a massive hip-hop festival alongside big-name performers like Ice Cube.
Way to spill the beans on Dessa's real name, New York Times.
A 1991 hip hop all-star tribute to keeping it PG -- and it's pretty fudging good.
The Songs We Can't Escape
The songs we can't escape
Rapper turned actor and producer arrives in 'Are We There Yet?'
Rites of spring, dashboard confessional, and... Slug? Why the 'Rise of Emo Rap' is a myth
In the new blaxploitation, agitprop gets smoked by infinite jest
The world is hell, but relax, baby: The Isley Brothers are still here
De La Soul rise from the dead yet again to rally all hip hop's oddballs and misfits
After keeping quiet for most of the Nineties, Del the Funky Homosapien speaks both sides
of his mind
The gallows comedy Three Kings returns to the dark eye of Desert Storm
Master P's No Limit label proves that nothing succeeds like excess