Kendrick Lamar

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    November 4, 2014

    10 Reasons St. Paul Is an Underrated Music City

    When you're trying to assert yourself as a premier Midwestern city that celebrates music, it's not ideal to have a shouting match with the folks just across the river. The case for Minneapolis's musical greatness is nothing new -- First Avenue, Prince, Paul Westerberg, etc. -- but don't count out ... More >>

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    October 27, 2014

    Lecrae at Skyway Theatre, 10/24/14

    Lecraewith Andy Mineo and DJ PromoteSkyway Theatre, MinneapolisFriday, October 24, 2014At different moments, Lecrae's flow is akin to Kanye West's spiritual bombast, J. Cole's longform narrative storytelling, and Kendrick Lamar's innocent-in-Gomorrah mystique. With these tools and a Christian mess ... More >>

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    October 24, 2014

    The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 10/24-26

    Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar.

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    October 22, 2014
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    July 23, 2014

    10 Thousand Sounds 2014: Behind the bands

    Running down the Polica-led lineup of this year's festival

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    June 16, 2014

    Imagine Dragons and Atmosphere to play at TCF Bank Stadium

    Imagine Dragons are officially the drum-banging boys of summer. During the 2014 MLB All-Star Game weekend, they'll be in town for a show at TCF Bank Stadium.Joining them for the 2014 Target All-Star Concert is Minneapolis rap's crowning figures, Atmosphere. After ID collaborated with Kendrick Lamar ... More >>

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    June 6, 2014

    The best Rap Shirts for White People

    What do you get when you mix Stuff White People Like sensibilities with hip-hop? The answer comes in the form of a hilarious new clothing line! Rap Shirts for White People puts a twist on famous lyrics while having fun at the expense of the world of whiteness. Can we all really picture Method Man's ... More >>

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    May 7, 2014
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    May 5, 2014

    The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 5/5-5/11

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    April 9, 2014

    Poptimist life: Why liking pop doesn't equal hating rock

    If there's such a thing as a music nerd equivalent to total nuclear apocalypse, then Saul Austerlitz's recent New York Times Magazine piece on the detriments of "poptimism" was a DEFCON 2 alert. (That's the one just below "hope you've seen Mad Max a few times.")To condense a confused, under-sou ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014

    One label controls almost all of hip-hop, and that's a problem for music fans

    It's common knowledge that the popular music industry is dominated by a few huge companies, sometimes referred to as the Big Three: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group. It used to be the Big Four, until EMI was subsumed into the other three. Before that, it was the ... More >>

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    March 12, 2014
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    March 10, 2014

    The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 3/10-3/16

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    February 19, 2014
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    January 29, 2014

    Watch Bob Dylan, Prince, Bruno Mars, and a bear on Super Bowl Sunday

    Music fans who are put off by the endless hype surrounding the Super Bowl and the gratuitous violence of football still have a reason to tune into the big game on Sunday. From the opera star singing the National Anthem to the spectacle of the halftime show, there is something to draw in music lovers ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014

    A letter to 2013 and some thoughts for 2014

    Note: in his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times. Dear 2013, Oh, man. So you're officially over. That's kind of sad. You were mostly a very dope year -- at least for me, anyway, and truth be told, that's all I really care about becaus ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    Charles Bradley & His Extrordinaires at First Avenue, 12/6/13

    Charles Bradley & His Extrordinaires with Caroline Smith First Avenue Mainroom, Minneapolis Thursday, December 5, 2013 Being a Soul Man and all, Charles Bradley gets to have a lot of nicknames. He's "The Victim of Love," he's "Doctor Love," he's "Black Rose" and "The Screaming Eagle of Soul" to ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    Kanye West postpones Minneapolis show

    If it doesn't kill Kanye West, a tour postponement can only make him stronger. Unfortunately, a derailment of his Yeezus dates means he won't be in the Twin Cities next week.

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    October 10, 2013

    Tech N9ne: I wouldn't take my face paint off for any amount of money

    Tech N9ne is the only rapper on the 2013 Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings list who wears face paint and has performed at the Gathering of the Juggalos six times. After raking in an impressive $7.5 million over the past 12 months, the Kansas City native appears on the list in between Swizz Beatz and 50 Cent ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    Danny Brown on oral sex at Triple Rock: It takes two to tango

    When Danny Brown returned to town with Action Bronson earlier this month, he said Minneapolis was one of his "favorite cities to play... and I think you all know why." Unfortunately we do, Danny.Back in April at Triple Rock Social Club, the Detroit rapper was subjected to infamous bit of kissing o ... More >>

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    September 11, 2013

    The best Twin Cities concerts: 9/11-9/17

    Twin Cities music never stops and this week is no exception. The Xcel welcomes Michael Bublé Wednesday, and Blake Shelton Thursday. Animal Collective play their rescheduled show Wednesday at First Avenue. Wednesday also brings two new residency nights, GRRRL PRTY's at Icehouse and Usonia at Ca ... More >>

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    September 11, 2013
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    September 6, 2013

    Kanye West unveils Yeezus 2013 U.S. tour dates -- Minneapolis in November

    The irrepressible Kanye West is gearing up for a fall tour in support of one of 2013's most-discussed albums, Yeezus. From the frequent Justin Vernon collaborator who not only claims "I am a God" and to be the next Steve Jobs, this'll be a trek to remember. Hurry up with his damn croissants! This co ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    Freddie Gibbs at the Cabooze, 8/24/13

    Freddie Gibbs Cabooze, Minneapolis Saturday, August 24, 2013 I got pounds of Keisha / Dope house fulla geekers / Looking for that white bitch, cocaina, have you seen her? Most of the Cabooze, about 75 percent full, is vibing and rapping along with this decidedly radio unfriendly but intensely catc ... 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 2, 2013

    Kitty Pryde calls Danny Brown Triple Rock incident "an actual sexual assault"

    Danny Brown's show last weekend at the Triple Rock, in which a member of the audience allegedly performed oral sex on him, has opened up a discussion about onstage sexual assault. Brown's tour mate and friend Kitty Pryde has written a lengthy piece on Vice's Noisey music blog on the incident, referr ... More >>

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    April 2, 2013

    Top 10 Twin Cities hip-hop venues

    It's hard to believe with the reputation it now holds that there was a time when the Twin Cities wasn't booking too many hip-hop acts. Once we were still flyover country to many of the national touring acts, and the local underground scene had yet to rise to prominence and prove the power of homegro ... More >>

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    April 1, 2013

    Lollapalooza 2013 full lineup: The Cure, Nine Inch Nails and more

    A bit of the Lollapalooza 2013 lineup trickled out a couple weeks ago, but today this year's offerings got taut, dark, and -- most importantly -- official. Though the plan initially was to drop the full, gargantuan list of bands in two more weeks, the timeline got pushed up when a pre-April Fool's p ... More >>

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    February 13, 2013

    The best concerts in the Twin Cities this week: February 13-19

    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 >>

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    February 12, 2013
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    February 11, 2013

    Get Cryphy 5th Anniversary at First Avenue, 2/8/13

    Get Cryphy 5th AnniversaryWith Slug, Brother Ali, MaLLy, Lizzo, Haphduzn, Sophia Eris, St. Paul Slim, Rapper Hooks, Lazerbeak, Big Dylan, Ander Other and moreFirst Avenue, MinneapolisFriday, February 8, 2013The Get Cryphy crew capped off another solid anniversary show on Friday, ringing in five year ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    Get Cryphy turns five

    The DJ crew that taught local hip-hop heads to love club bangers celebrates half a decade

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    January 22, 2013

    Jennifer Lawrence and SNL remind us Minnesota radio still lacks hip hop

    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 >>

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    January 16, 2013

    The 2012 Pazz & Jop poll, including my ballot, is live!

    The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics' poll officially signals the death knell for any more opinions on 2012 music. But before we spend too much time evaluating Justin Timberlake's return and the ascent of Willow Smith, here's a last, fond look at the year that just concluded.On the one hand, raw ... More >>

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    January 11, 2013

    My mom reviews Pitchfork's top tracks of 2012

    By Justin BakerWe just wrapped another year of wall-to-wall critics' lists, and the Pitchfork staff provided a carefully curated subset of hip music of last year. How does this music sit with the rest of the population? To  partly answer that question, we asked someone untainted by current musi ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    Best Twin Cities concerts 2012

    The Gimme Noise crew attended a lot of concerts, festivals, events, gatherings, and what have you this past year. As is the case with every year in live music in the Twin Cities, the cacophonous noises etched history into the walls of our storied venues and into our minds. There were a lot of firsts ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    Greg Grease "Cornbread, Pearl and G" Release Show, 7th St Entry, 12/14/12

    Greg Grease With Meta, Mike the Martyr, BdotCroc, DJ Just Nine, and SGLD7th St EntryDecember 14, 2012On Friday, Greg Grease took over the 7th St Entry for a release party of his latest Cornbread, Pearl and G, an incredibly solid album. The man's flow is a monster, distilling intricately composed and ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    Twin Cities Year in Music 2012

    From P.O.S. to Prince to Polica, 2012 was a golden year in Minnesota music

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    December 11, 2012

    Polica's top 10 albums of 2012

    Polica have already landed on plenty of "best of 2012"-type lists for their Give You the Ghost accomplishment of earlier this year. But, in addition to the ability to curate their own work extremely well, they've got an ear for other strong albums that came out this year. Tipped by Brooklyn Vegan, h ... More >>

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    October 16, 2012

    Picked to Click 2012: #10. Audio Perm

    #10. Audio Perm: 32 points"We haven't done one photo shoot where every member has been in it," says Audio Perm rapper 80H20 with a laugh. That's because the AP crew, which has risen to prominence putting in work and a fresh approach to the Twin Cities rap sound, is more than 10 members deep. Each Au ... More >>

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    June 6, 2012

    Soundset 2012 captured in vivid new video

    Related:Soundset review, 2012Soundset photos, 2012Soundset 2012 evacuated amid tornado watchThe majesty and the drama of Soundset 2012 gets a reverent treatment in a new video featuring some of the main stages' highlights and a bounty of hip-hop fans. Captured with some high-end equipment this is an ... More >>

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    May 29, 2012

    Soundset battled extreme weather at Canterbury Park, 5/27/12

    By Reed Fischer and Ian TraasSoundsetWith Atmosphere, Lupe Fiasco, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon, Astronautalis, Big K.R.I.T., and moreCanterbury Park Festival Field, ShakopeeSunday, May 27, 2012Related:Soundset 2012 evacuated amid tornado watchSoundset photos 2012Up until about 7:20 p.m., the fift ... More >>

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    May 24, 2012

    Big K.R.I.T. on country rap, dream cars, and playing Soundset

    Related:How Rhymesayers set up the Soundset FestivalSoundset 2012 lineup announcedDanny Brown on XXX, almost signing to G-UnitFrom the jump, Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T is full of interesting paradoxes. He represents dirty-south rap with endless country swag that juxtaposes hip-hop's decidedly ... More >>

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    May 23, 2012

    How Rhymesayers set up the Soundset Festival

    Minnesota's biggest annual hip-hop showcase enters its fifth year

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    March 5, 2012

    Soundset 2012 lineup announced, includes Big K.R.I.T.

    ​ Officially on its fifth year of making the Twin Cities a legitimate festival destination for hip-hop lovers, Soundset will celebrate a handful of years when it returns to Canterbury on Sunday, May 27.

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    February 21, 2012

    Five twisted Mardi Gras songs

    ​Today, a multitude of shiftless youth are in New Orleans to consume copious quantities of alcohol, ogle members of the opposite sex, don ludicrous costumes, become well-acquainted with NOLA PD jail cells, and just generally have an incredible time. Your correspondent is not among them -- and prob ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012
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    February 15, 2012
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    January 12, 2012

    Prince Paul talks 'Negroes On Ice', family, & the music business

    ​ Grammy award-winning hip-hop producer Prince Paul is known as much for his material with De La Soul, Handsome Boy Modeling School and Gravediggaz as he is for being kind of a jokester. So when Paul's people hit me up about his new "Negroes On Ice" project and were vague in their description ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Best nationally released albums of 2011

    ​It's a good thing we waited until the last week of 2011 to publish our final best-album lists, since a few bands managed to eke out stellar releases just this December (the Roots' undun and the Black Keys' El Camino in particular made their way onto a few staffers' lists). With only a few da ... More >>

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