The Now That's What I Call Music! series hit a landmark last month with the release of its 50th compilation. That's right, the quarterly collection of today's top hits has been going on for over 15 years worth of yesterdays, making for an interesting time capsule and documentation of what was happen ... 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 >>
Well... you can't say Tiger didn't have this coming to him.SEE ALSO: Lindsey Vonn exposes almost everything in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue According to the National Enquirer, Tiger Woods's girlfriend, St. Paul native and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, was seen swapping spit with another man follo ... More >>
Summer un-officially began this month as pitchers and catchers reported to Florida to mark the start of another season of trying to survive in Twins territory. Even though about 12 inches of snow covers Target Field, we can still daydream of April 1 when the skies will be blue, and Joe Mauer and Jus ... More >>
Valentines Day week has arrived! Whether you plan on celebrating Valentines Day with a special someone, alone, or with your multiple cats, be sure to check out Lucy Michelle & The Velvet Lapelles' Greatest Valentines Mixtape show at the Cedar Cultural Center. On Friday synth-pop band Usonia rele ... 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 >>
The reflective voice of rapper Brother Ali caught our attention this year. He's the mind behind a new album out today, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color (UPDATE: stream the album below), which blends deeply personal experiences with a broader look at society. He's inspired by Jay-Z, Chuck D, ... More >>
Album release at 7th St. Entry
She just dances and keeps on dancing. She holds her glass up high, and pours out her beer as it splashes on the dance floor below. Instead of pouring some out for her homies, she is pouring some out for her girls' night out, or maybe the calculus exam she bombed earlier in the day. This is Rack C ... More >>
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 >>
Photos by Nikki MillerMark Chesnutt December 16, 2011 Povlitzki's on 65 Several songs into a hits-heavy and lengthy set at Spring Lake Park's Povlitzki's on 65 Friday night, Mark Chesnutt played a tune that pretty much summarized the night's show, and his own musical career: a lament that mi ... More >>
Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and 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 >>
50 Cent attacks Lil Wayne on a new track, "Love, Hate, Love," which also takes a swipe at former G-Unit member Game.Fiddy has long been known for his takedown tracks -- he became famous with "How to Rob," which took on just about every rapper in the game, and famously feuded with Ja Rule.Sure, a ... More >>
It's a salacious headline, isn't it? And it's the subject of a press release that went out today on behalf of the Top 40 digitized crooner whose extensive and unabashed use of the vocal effect has been making pop music more and more robotic over the past few years. "I'm done with Auto-Tune," ... 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 >>
More complex flavors, fancier platings
Here's a little free, unsolicited, pre-Christmas advice from Gimme Noise: Do let the iTunes gift cards Santa leaves behind burn a metaphorical hole in your stocking. No pain, no gain, after all - and if you're willing to hold your zombified-consumer rifle fire for a little while, the new year pro ... 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.
Photos by Anna GulbrandsenThe Gaslight AnthemJuly 26, 2010First Ave MainroomIf it wasn't sold out, it was damn close. The last time the Gaslight Anthem came to town, the Cabooze played host, and there was no doubt that it was packed to capacity. Someone figured (rightly) that the band ... More >>
It's P.O.S-central around Gimme Noise lately, and for good reason; the beloved local rapper made his way out to Indio, California this past weekend to perform as the only Minnesotan act at the Coachella music festival. Here's a recap of some of the reviews (both positive and negative) of Stef's Frid ... More >>
A freelancer's diary from the SXSW music festival, with notes on how to stay sane amidst the persistent chaos.
Storytellers arrives at a moment when West's rep could maybe use a little polish.
Meet the boys behind the rowdiest party in town, and get a free DJ mix, too.
The hip-hop powerhouse invited several local acts to join him in the big room.
Omaur Bliss escapes into the street-fighting world of Omac Montainya
Local hip hop gets mixed up with the trend
One man's journey through 2005's best recorded music
Excavating hip hop's history with the Roots
Aesop Rock's new EP reconstructs his old fables
The Sound of Music, 2001: Our Favorite Things
White rapper Everlast gets in touch with the raw roots of black blues
On their new reunion disc, The W, the cryptic Wu-Tang Clan make a sly feint at intelligibility
For the menfolk, there's the deer-season opener. For the ladies, showboy Babylon.