Joe Horton

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    January 7, 2014

    Kristoff Krane: I Freestyle Life is a capsule of reminders, of lessons, of memories

    To help fund a new album of acoustic material, rapper Kristoff Krane is releasing I Freestyle Life, a massive collection of 44 songs from previously released albums reflecting his eight year career as an artist. This batch of material -- the proceeds of which will fund Krane's next album -- includes ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    Atmosphere release Welcome to MN song, "Color in the Snow"

    Mental Picture of the Year props to Toki Wright for his line in the new Rhymesayers collaboration, "Color in the Snow." The rapper announces his Twin Cities prominence in the following amusing fashion, "Now it's me and Garrison Keillor on the four-wheeler sippin' tequila." And once we heard that t ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013

    No Bird Sing find beauty in darkness

    The band's new Definition Sickness experiments with haunting beauty

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    May 30, 2013

    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we kicks things off emphatically with the punkish awesomeness of Kitten Forever, who look like they throw the world's best slumber party in their brand new video. ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Soundset 2013: A music and photo timeline

    Ah, Soundset. The sixth installment of the Rhymesayers Entertainment hip-hop festival had a breakout year in terms of attendance -- a reported 28,000 fans came out -- and talent, with a lineup including Snoop Dogg, Mac Miller, Tech N9ne, along with the host artists Atmosphere. Many folks pegged A$AP ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    Art-A-Whirl night one at 331 Club, 5/17/13

    Art-A-Whirl Night One With the Blind Shake, Gospel Gossip, Carroll, Kill the Vultures, Jaill, Quiet Corral, and Tramps Like Us 331 Club, Minneapolis May 17, 2013 The 331 Club emphatically kicked-off the musical portion of 2013's Art-A-Whirl on Friday night, with a diverse line-up that only grew bet ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013

    Local Frames: New videos from Cloud Cult, the Ocean Blue, Enemy Planes, and more

    As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before. While it's im ... More >>

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    January 28, 2013

    Mixed Blood Majority at the Triple Rock, 1/26/13

    Mixed Blood Majority with Guante & Big Cats and LaLiberte Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Saturday, January 26, 2013 It's easy to be cynical about new local supergroups when our music community seems to interbreed at such an alarming rate, but Mixed Blood Majority's set on Saturday made an ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013

    Local Frames: New videos from John Mark Nelson, Greycoats, Dessa, and more

    As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before. While it's im ... More >>

  • Music

    January 23, 2013

    Mixed Blood Majority team up

    New local supergroup release an EP combining their hip-hop talents

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    November 6, 2012

    Joe Horton on Coloring Time's Icehouse residency and new projects

    Joe Horton is one of those guys you meet and immediately want to know better. He's calmly energetic, and considering he's one of the busiest guys in the city, that's no small feat. Between fronting his experimental hip-hop group No Bird Sing, digging into a new project called Mixed Blood Majority wi ... More >>

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    November 2, 2012

    Lazerbeak on Mixed Blood Majority's Icehouse debut and entering fatherhood

    Since his teenage years, Aaron "Lazerbeak" Mader has had a running fascination with Alexei "Crescent Moon" Casselle. "He's like one of the godfathers of Minneapolis hip-hop," he says during a conversation with Gimme Noise. "He and I Self Devine are like the dons of the city." In the Minneapolis sce ... More >>

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    August 1, 2012

    Kill the Vultures, Kristoff Krane, and No Bird Sing join forces on F to I to X

    See Also:Lazerbeak forms Mixed Blood Majority with Crescent Moon Kristoff Krane releases Fanfaronade this SaturdayFresh off of yesterday's announcement of the formation of Mixed Blood Majority comes more exciting news from the Kill the Vultures and No Bird Sing camp, as the two experimental hip-hop ... More >>

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    July 31, 2012

    Lazerbeak forms Mixed Blood Majority with Crescent Moon and Joe Horton

    See Also:Summit Backyard Bash announces all-local lineupDoomtree beatmaker/producer extraordinaire Lazerbeak is certainly keeping himself busy during these hot summer months. In addition to serving as executive producer on Paper Tiger's two brand new collections, the Summer EP and the bonus 15-track ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    Top 20 best Minnesota rappers: The complete list

    Related:Cover Story: How Rhymesayers set up the Soundset FestivalTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listTop 20 best Minnesota songs: The complete listIn 2012, rap music is as definitive a part of Minnesota lore as the Mall of America -- or anything else Muja Messiah name-checks in "Leech ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    Kristoff Krane releases Fanfaronade this Saturday

    Related: Eyedea 4 Africa benefit coming to Turf Club in JuneYeah, yeah, Soundset is this weekend. We see the tweets, the likes, and even the cover of this magazine. But in case you need a break or are a compulsive gambler and being around racetracks brings out the itch, how about a CD release party ... More >>

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    May 23, 2012

    Top 20 best Minnesota rappers: #20-11

    Related:How Rhymesayers set up the Soundset FestivalTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listTop 20 best Minnesota songs: The complete listIn 2012, rap music is as definitive a part of Minnesota lore as the Mall of America -- or anything else Muja Messiah name-checks in "Leech Lake" or Slug ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    Art-A-Whirl Day 2 in Northeast Minneapolis, 5/19/2012

    Art-A-Whirl Day 2331 Club, Psycho Suzi's, and Sample Room, Northeast MinneapolisSaturday, May 19, 2012Related:Slideshow: Art-A-Whirl 2012: Friday's MusicArt-A-Whirl Day 1 in Northeast Minneapolis, 5/18/12Rusty Quarters in Uptown Minneapolis posted a Facebook status asking where everyone was, making ... More >>

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    April 11, 2012

    Local musicians rally against gay marriage ban at the Varsity Thursday

    People often don't want their favorite artists to talk about politics: Look at the Dixie Chicks. Despite this, Shayna Melgaard, the house manager at the Varsity Theater, and local singer-songwriter David Booth came up with the idea to hold an event to rally against the proposed gay marriage ban, whi ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    Ghostmouth's Sean Chaucer: My dad can beat up your band's dad

    ​First impressions are hard to take back, but even with ludicrousness of a name like Ghostmouth, the Twin Cities band's members take themselves seriously. With their new album, which is actually a collection five years in the making, the band share with their fans a new maturity that opens an elem ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    Coloring Time to headline McNally Smith's Deepwinter Bonfire Saturday

    The Coloring Time crew.​McNally Smith has an eclectic show planned for this Saturday, which could surely cure the winter blahs. The Deepwinter Bonfire will include performances by Coloring Time, which is a huge improvisational collective with an impressive laundry list of local musicians.Expect ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    Coloring Time at the Aster Cafe, 12/31/11

    Coloring Time December 31, 2011 Aster Cafe, Minneapolis The members of Coloring Time read like a who's who of hip hop and jazz in Minneapolis: founded by Joe Horton with core members including Graham O'Brien, Casey O'Brien, Peter Pisano, and Bobby Mulrennen, the lineup is more like a dream crew.

  • Music

    December 14, 2011

    Twin Cities Year in Music 2011

    Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and more

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    November 2, 2011

    Coloring Time kicks off monthly residency at Honey this Thursday

    Photo by Ben Clark​Like the hip hop-meets-jazz improv version of Marijuana Deathsquads, Coloring Time's shows are dramatically different every time. Not only do the songs never remain the same -- they are created on the fly, emcees flexing their freestyle abilities over shifting instrumentation -- ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Coloring Time makes chaotic, collaborative cacophony at the Cedar

    Photos by Ben Clark​It would be easy to describe Coloring Time's first full-scale performance by simply listing the names of all of the collaborators who performed at one point or another last night. But what actually transpired sounded nothing like Peter Wolf Crier or Dosh or Alpha Consumer or th ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    Coloring Time make their debut at the Cedar this week, watch a short teaser video

    ​The premise for new collaboration Coloring Time is enticing, to say the least: Members of at least a dozen local bands that range from hip-hop to jazz to folk get on stage, plug in their instruments, and see what unfolds between them. The Twin Cities has boasted a healthy improvisational scene th ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    Roma di Luna nears its end as members move on to other projects

    Photo by Stacy Schwartz​The days are numbered for one of the Twin Cities' most popular roots bands. Roma di Luna, who started as a husband-and-wife duo playing folk songs at a farmer market six years ago and have since grown into a brassy, bluesy roots band, will end its impressive run before the ... More >>

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    June 1, 2011

    Face Candy return to stage, release more video tributes to Eyedea

    ​As we reported earlier this week, there was an outpouring of emotion and support for the remaining members of Face Candy who performed for the first time since Mikey's passing last October at last weekend's Soundset 2011 festival.

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    May 31, 2011

    Eyedea remembered at Soundset 2011

    Photos by Ben ClarkAt the end of this year's Soundset (read our full recap here), Face Candy closed out the Fifth Element stage by turning their set into a collaborative freestyle that was dedicated to the group's founder, Micheal Larsen, and it carried a somber tone that contrasted quite vividly wi ... More >>

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    May 2, 2011

    No Bird Sing CD-release at the Cedar, 4/29/11

    Photos by Erik Hess​No Bird Sing CD-release with Kill the Vultures and Kristoff KraneApril 29, 2011Cedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisNo Bird Sing have always been big on collaboration, but that spirit of togetherness was off the charts on Friday night as the group invited a wide array of friends t ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011

    No Bird Sing remember Eyedea on Theft of the Commons

    Three members were close friends of the fallen rapper

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    December 22, 2010

    Love-cars reuniting for 'Rent Party!' at the Turf tonight

    ​It all makes sense. For those wondering how local musicians like James Diers, Haley Bonar, Jeremy Ylvisaker, JT Bates, Jake Hanson, and Mike Lewis find the time to spawn so many amazing, collaborative projects, the answer is simple: They all share a practice space. And unfortunately, that practic ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    Celebration of the Life of Mikey 'Eyedea' Larsen, 11/9/10

    ​For many of his fans, he was known as battle rap legend and Rhymesayers recording artist Eyedea. For others, he was Micheal Larsen, the front man of genre-bending experimental groups like Carbon Carousel and Face Candy. For others still, he was known by his alter-ego Oliver Hart.But for most of t ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    Eyedea, No Bird Sing, Crescent Moon, Kristoff Krane, and Peter Pisano's mega-jam

    ​As part of the ongoing City of Music series, which features local musicians performing in unique locations around the Cities, MPLS.TV rounded up Eyedea, Kristoff Krane, Joe Horton and Robert Mulrennan of No Bird Sing, Crescent Moon of Kill the Vultures, and Peter Pisano of Peter Wolf Crier for an ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    Dessa and No Bird Sing at the Best Of Bash

    Photo by Stacy Schwartz​Thanks to the crew at MPLS.TV for filming this great video of our Best of the Twin Cities Bash at the Varsity Theater, which features performances by Dessa and No Bird Sing, and a backstage chat with Joe Horton of No Bird Sing, Dessa, and interview-crasher Michael Larsen (E ... More >>