If the Grammy Awards are indeed 'Music's Biggest Night,' then it's no wonder that the industry itself is in so much trouble. Despite the Academy's best efforts in recent years to draw the "alternative" music fan into the mainstream self-congratulatory love fest that is the Grammys -- even going so f ... More >>
Saturday Night Live still thinks the state of hip hop radio in the Twin Cities is laughable. Over the weekend, we returned to the fictional studios of B-108 in Shakopee, "Minnesota's home for blazing hip hop," for another early morning joke at our scene's expense. This time, guest The Hunger Games s ... More >>
The young rap crew Y.N. Rich Kids emerged over the weekend to perform at the Ideawerks Concert & Fundraiser Event in Powderhorn Park on Saturday. And you can bet that their summer hip-hop anthem "Hot Cheetos & Takis" closed the place down. "We can do pictures, no interviews, okay?" said grou ... More >>
By Sean McPhersonSean McPherson teaches at McNally Smith College of Music, is a founding member of Twin Cities hip-hop collective Heiruspecs, and plays bass with Dessa's touring band. He recently conducted a conversation with a leader in the changing terrain of the music copyright world, Northwester ... More >>
House Proud is special in that it's a monthly club night that doesn't feel like one, but rather a packed party filled with a family-and-friends vibe. Factor in DJ/producer Gene Farris as headliner on April 6 for the sixth installment, and you're definitely going to leave Honey sweaty at 2 a ... More >>
Polica's in-studio performance featuring an interview with the Current's Mark Wheat recently hit NPR, not MPR, but the national one. With an impressive number of camera angles, we get a look at "Wandering Star" and "The Maker" that's not unlike any number of professionally created music videos in ... More >>
Is it safe to say the hip-hop's current era of triumphantism is officially over? Does anyone really troll R&B/rap stations expecting to be challenged in any way? The answer to the first question is a resounding yes; the answer to the second is a booming no. There's no way around the fact that ... More >>
Are you a stone Beastie Boys fanatic? Did you unironically have "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn" tattooed on your lower back? Do you need some shoes? Do you have $200 to spare? If all of the above things are true about you, then Ad-Rock, MCA, and Mike D have some news you might be interested in: they've ... More >>
When it comes to deciding what to cover, our web traffic isn't everything, but it does give us a unique insight into what our readers like to read about the most. It turns out that our Gimme Noise readers love block party announcements (duh); Prince facts; that incessant Foster the People song th ... More >>
At the conclusion of a summer that will have seen nearly every major touring pop act stop through the Twin Cities, two of the most omnipresent forces in hip hop will cap things off on October 8 when Jay-Z and Kanye West bring their tour to the Target Center in Minneapolis. In a coy avoidance of t ... More >>
Let's not kid ourselves: our national fiscal house isn't anything close to in order these days. By all rights, our government should be shut down right now. Congress is perpetually fighting tooth and nail to figure out which budgetary sacred cows to sacrifice. And it's hard to make it through new ... More >>
Photos by Denis Jeong PlasterApril is continuing to roar by us at a steady clip, and this past weekend our local scene was so bustling that we had to export some of our musicians out to Indio, California before the whole town overflowed.
For the home opener, I could drone on about the new scoreboard, the new salty snacks, the lack of trees, or my take on whether or not the Twins have figured out their Target Field home run problems.
Instead, I'm going to focus on the thing that bothered me most of last season: What is that ... More >>
In case you hadn't guessed by now, Kanye West will not relent, he will not back down, he will not take a non-working vacation, he will not seclude himself on a remote island in a toga with Buddhist monks or exploit his life story in self-help book form or film a Twitter infomercial.No, West will ... More >>
Last week, you hurried to begin Christmas shopping, finish buying Thanksgiving trimmings, and scrounge enough spare change to buy yourself a copy of Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday. And while you weren't paying much or any attention - and who could blame you? - all of this stuff happened.
Chin-stroking musos everywhere were stoked to learn that next week's issue of Rolling Stone will include an excerpt from Life, the long-awaited, drug- and debacle-soaked memoir from storied Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. This in a season that will already see the release of stocking-stu ... More >>