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Open Mike Eagle's recent album Dark Comedy stands as one of the year's best so far, deftly juggling thought-provoking lyrics, skillful flows, and a comedic approach to create a wholly compelling listen. He also runs his own podcast, Secret Skin, where he talks about some of the behind-the-scenes asp ... More >>
This week, rapper Sadistik premiered "Chemical Burns" a new song that features what could be the final Eyedea guest appearance we'll ever hear. Ahead of the July 1 release of his upcoming album Ultraviolet, Gimme Noise spoke to Sadistik about how the track came together and Eyedea's legacy.See also: ... More >>
The band's new Definition Sickness experiments with haunting beauty
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week, we start things off with a lovely live Current in-studio performance from the Suburbs, who are back with their first new studio record in 27 years. We're also fea ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get things going with a cell-phone sourced new video from Sleep Study for the group's catchy current single. We've also got brand new clips from Literati, Patch ... More >>
Sims and Astronautalis with Mixed Blood Majority and Greg Grease First Avenue, Minneapolis Friday, June 14, 2013First Avenue may have seen something in the way of a changing of the guard Friday night as Sims and Astronautalis took what they touted as a one-off, co-headlining show -- "You're never go ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
The stellar music lineup at the 331 Club this weekend certainly isn't the only thing worth seeking out at this year's Art-A-Whirl. In addition to the fine locally created original artwork on offer as well as art studios opened up for tours, there are plenty of other terrific lineups that should keep ... More >>
Rap fans in the Twin Cities typically don't have to wait too long for one of the members of the Doomtree collective to plan something cool in the area. Whether it's Dessa performing at the MIA, Sims playing at the Are You Local? event, or Lazerbeak joining creative forces with Mixed Blood Majority, ... More >>
New local supergroup release an EP combining their hip-hop talents
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 impo ... More >>
A guide to a picture-perfect summer
The mother of Micheal "Eyedea" Larsen has partnered with local Minnesota non-profit Moving Forward Africa to stage a benefit show at Turf Club next month. According to Matthew Ylvisaker, president of Moving Forward Africa, this was a show that Larsen was hoping to assemble before his life was cut sh ... More >>
Minnesota's biggest annual hip-hop showcase enters its fifth year
Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and more
Photo by Ben ClarkLike 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 >>
With segments of North Minneapolis still ravaged from this past May's destructive tornado, the Twin Cities music community has stepped forward to raise money for relief efforts with a series of benefit concerts. Earlier this week, First Avenue announced that KRS-One would headline a benefit in th ... More >>
The Twilight Hours play Mears Park on July 28Lowertown St. Paul's picturesque Mears Park will once again be the host of a series of concerts this summer, including the Twin Cities Jazz Fest June 23-25 and the free Music in Mears series on Thursday nights in June, July, and August. The series kick ... More >>
Seven months after the passing of musician Michael "Eyedea" Larsen, Rhymesayers will be releasing the final studio recordings of the freestyle/improv band Face Candy, which he had founded and been a part of since 2005.
Brother AliBack before Soundset became the annual festival it is today, there was a Rhymesayers-hosted event by the same name that took over, and consistently sold out, the First Ave Mainroom every Wednesday, housing some of the big names on the company roster as well as visiting acts. The festi ... More >>
Three members were close friends of the fallen rapper
With New Year's Eve falling on a Friday this year, the concert calendar is looking downright epic. From freebie shows to high-profile benefits, the selection for this year's Big Night Out has a little something for every kind of showgoer. Here's a rundown of your options for Friday night, broken ... More >>
In the wake of November 9's momentous Celebration of the Life of Mikey "Eyedea" Larsen at First Avenue (and yesterday's sad news about the cause of Larsen's death), two additional fundraisers and memorial concerts are being planned in the local rapper and musician's honor.
We had 108 local music scene peeps participate in this year's Picked to Click poll. Below, you can judge -- er, "peruse" the ballots of each and every one of our voters, along with descriptions of their contributions to the local scene. For more on Picked to Click, check out this year's issue, al ... More >>
Local cable access icon adds a live element to the show
(Pictured: Past entrants hope to achieve flight for Red Bull's Flugtag)This week we have multiple CD-release shows, an art fest on the north side, and some DIY flying machines that will (most likely) crash into the Mississippi.
Shots from last weekend's art, music, film, theater, and fashion festival.
Prince needs a new hip, Sick of Sarah release digital EP, P.O.S. has a new video & Paul McCartney reaches out to Bob Dylan.
The Hood Internet mashes Solid Gold, Patrick Wolf to play the Fine Line & Dylan wants to play with McCartney.