On Sunday, Carrie Lucking, the executive director of the liberal nonprofit Alliance for a Better Minnesota, wished death upon the two teams competing on the Amazing Race (facetiously).SEE ALSO: Keith Ellison deletes 'Nothing like coke addicted James Brown to close GOP convention' tweetAs you'd expec ... More >>
Black Joe Lewis With Pickwick First Avenue, Minneapolis October 1, 2013 Black Joe Lewis brought his Texas-sized, soul-infused rock boogie to First Avenue last night, and enlivened a good portion of the crowd with an hour-and-45-minute set filled with blues-laden scorchers. Lewis was backed by a rob ... More >>
Even when the weather cools down, the Twin Cities music doesn't! Wednesday local rockers Usonia wrap up their residency at Cause while No Joy hits up the 7th Street Entry. Caroline Smith releases her latest record in the First Avenue Mainroom Friday. Saturday Ms Mr is welcomed by a sold-out show in ... More >>
There's a hell of a lot of good beer to drink in this state. Minnesotans love beer almost as much as we love our underachieving sports teams and musical heroes. As the number-two brewery in this land of sky blue waters, Summit looms large in the recent craft-beer boom our cities have been experienci ... More >>
Last year, Prince & the Revolution drummer Robert Rivkin, AKA Bobby Z was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack, and his survival was uncertain. After a year of rehabilitation, Z is healthy, and has started a foundation, My Purple Heart, to benefit heart health education and working in ... More >>
SoulTrain.comThere's one fewer soul survivor now that Don Cornelius has passed. The producer, creator, and host of Soul Train was found dead Wednesday morning at his Los Angeles home. He was 75, and his death was reportedly a suicide by self-inflicted gunshot wound.There really should be a movie ... More >>
Because James Brown was unavailable, local music blog contacts the next best thing on the spectral plane.
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The Godfather of Hip Hop, the Master of Records, Afrika Bambaataa gave hip hop its name, reframing graffiti, DJing, breakdancing, and rapping as "four elements" of a single culture. (The "fifth element": knowledge.) A former member of the Black Spades, Bam founded the Universal Zulu Nation in the 19 ... More >>
How the Batson Brothers changed my life and helped start an endless garage revival
A new 15-disc retrospective challenges the listener to separate the legend of Fela Kuti from the musician
The oldest crew out of Minneapolis drops the boldest, most self-possessed hip-hop album of the year
L.A.'s BellRays recapture the experimental tension between rock and soul that once made punk more than a marketing strategy
Krust's ponderous vocalist talks him into a corner; Aphrodite gets down to drum 'n' basics
Spoken-word artist Truth Maze hitches the soul train to the peace train
All Tomorrow's Parties: We epitomize a revolutionary hip-hop scene.