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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
You Better Weaponize mixes personal and political
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Sadistik is a Seattle rapper who was among the many profoundly moved by Micheal "Eyedea" Larsen, a beloved rapper and figure in the hip-hop community. Gimme Noise is proud to premiere a tribute he created called "Micheal" and an accompanying video featuring old photos, and many of Larsen's family an ... More >>
SXSW is right around the corner. And though the yearly music trade festival in Texas is definitely not happening here, there are several events that serve as our local equivalent. The first is the Vita.mn Are You Local? showcase tonight at First Avenue. A couple CD release shows to note this week ... More >>
There's an unnerving darkness permeating local emcee Ecid's newly-released album Werewolf Hologram. He wrote, produced and mixed a record that's twisted and chock-full alliterative wordplay. With something so gritty and realized, it's hard to believe it's coming from an artist who's received such ... More >>
Ecid's forthcoming Werewolf Hologram, due February 28, is a dark delight of an album. The prolific Twin Cities hip-hop experimenter's "Back From Japan" is a certified high point from the collection, and its ominous beat -- splintering, busting drums and an swelling keyboard score -- serves as a b ... More >>
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.
So much good music happening this weekend; here's an overview of the best bets.
The process for the annual TC Hip Hop Awards has always seemed a little mysterious, and this year's poll is no exception -- with little warning or ceremony, the awards show's hosts have published a comprehensive list of 2011 nominees to their sparse website and opened up the poll to the public fo ... More >>
Last month, we learned that onetime Rhymesayers recording artist and Atmosphere tour partner Mr. Dibbs has been battling liver disease. Unable to work and behind on his medical bills, Dibbs (born Brad Forste) put out a call to the community for help -- and tonight, at Honey in Northeast Minneapol ... More >>
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.
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
No Bird Sing are getting ready to release their sophomore full-length, Theft of the Commons, at the end of this month with a show at the Cedar Cultural Center. The band says that the new record finds them "on more organic ground... literally," mostly due to the fact that it was recorded in a barn ... More >>
The big news this weekend is tomorrow night's show at the 501 Club, which marks the last concert inside the venue before it closes down as well as the last gig for hip-hop duo MC/VL. But that's not the only thing going down this weekend -- here's a rundown of our top recommended shows happening F ... More >>
Less than two years after opening its doors on Washington Ave. in downtown Minneapolis, the 501 Club will close on January 8.
From beginning to end, 2010 has kept us busy running from venue to venue in pursuit of some phenomenal live music. Gimme Noise's team of writers and photographers fanned out across the Twin Cities to catch as many shows as we could, and each of us ended up with our own diverse and distinctive lis ... More >>
Prince, Gayngs, Gigamesh, and many others dot the calendar
It's turkey week and the usual travel snafus are starting. As I type this, it is 8AM and I am on a Delta flight out of Minneapolis bound for Georgia. I have been up since 4:30 and my flight has already been changed four times. Alas, if you are sticking around the Twin Cities the next few days, don ... More >>
Today would have been Micheal Larsen's 29th birthday. Appropriately, his fans and friends will converge in the Mainroom of First Avenue tonight for a celebration of his life and his overwhelmingly positive contributions to the music community.
Eyedea's favorite sneakersPhoto by B Fresh Rapper, writer, poet. Eyedea was all of these things, and on Saturday when he left the world he so fearlessly captured in his lyrics, it seemed there were no words to do him justice.In his 28 years, Micheal Larsen carved his initials indelibly in Twin ... More >>
The free outdoor concert series that takes place during the lunch hour outside of the Northrop Auditorium may not continue into next year, the Minnesota Daily is reporting. According to the Daily, the budget that supports the concert series will take a 25 percent cut for next year's season, and t ... More >>
Our pals over at MPLS.TV have been busy lately; in addition to filming the videos we posted yesterday of Eyedea, No Bird Sing, Kristoff Krane, Crescent Moon, and Peter Pisano gathering for a freestyle jam, they also recently produced this video of soul-bearing songwriter Chastity Brown performing ... More >>
This week we have a farmers' market worth the drive, an LGBTQ benefit party at Bedlam Theatre, and a performance evening celebrating Wing Young Huie's "University Avenue Project." Come and take a look.
The group played their first show in over a year this past weekend.
Shots from last weekend's art, music, film, theater, and fashion festival.
A brief selection of just a few of the underground rap superstars who'll rock Canterbury Park this Sunday.
Pharcyde and MF Doom? Looks like the 500 pound gorilla of hip hop festivals put on some weight over the winter.
A recap of Day Two at South by Southwest.
New Muja Messiah, a new Hootenanny podcast & updates on Tapes 'n Tapes & Mark Olson and Gary Louris
Our favorite albums released in Minnesota this year, with a handful of honorable mentions
Eyedea & Abilities first show in their home city of St. Paul in a number of years ... More >>
Eyedea and Abilities, Lookbook, and The Hold Steady make this weekend worth living.
Abzorbr break their anxieties into beats