The “Love the Way You Lie” songwriter releases her debut album, Don't Look Down
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 >>
From P.O.S. to Prince to Polica, 2012 was a golden year in Minnesota music
Seattle MC Grieves has been on the road for quite some time. Playing shows in support of his Rhymesayers debut Together/Apart for over a year, Grieves winds down his tour this Saturday at First Avenue for his final show of 2012. We spoke to Grieves about life on the road, and what he has in store fo ... More >>
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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 >>
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 >>
The fifth annual Soundset festival at Canterbury Park Festival Field in Shakopee came to an abrupt halt when a Tornado Watch was announced midway through Lupe Fiasco's performance. Not long after Fiasco made an introduction for the song "The Show Goes On" and showed off a couple of fans' tattoo ... More >>
By Allegra OxboroughXavier Davis sometimes Facebook-likes comments on Lupe Fiasco's page, a tactic he uses to turn strangers on to his own music. Performing under the name Xavier Marquis, Davis is forthcoming on how he markets himself. "Probably 75 percent of my time is trying to get people liste ... More >>
Minnesota's biggest annual hip-hop showcase enters its fifth year
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.
Pharrell Williams is corny. Mad corny. Don't try to change my mind, because you won't. The lanky, Virginia-based producer's home and studio are full of platinum plaques, sure, many of them earned because for a good decade or so, Williams -- who, with fellow producer Chad Hugo under the Neptunes b ... More >>
@quaticSon of San Bernadino, CA and LeMons of Indianapolis, IN combine forces to form the hip-hop supergroup Midwest Konnect. Fresh off their performance at this year's Soundset Festival, Midwest Konnect have released their limited edition CD, The Trailer (5/31/2011), exclusively at Fifth E ... More >>
Photo by Andrea SwenssonWith the first month of the Twins season completed, Minnesota baseball fans may have noticed something a little different about this year's home games: The music. That's because longtime music director Kevin Dutcher, who was with the team from 2000 up until last year's ina ... More >>
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 >>
It's been close to three years since Lupe Fiasco's The Cool was released, a follow-up to his Grammy-nominated and universally-lauded debut from 2006 Food & Liquor. In the mean he's announced and abandoned as least as many projects as he's completed, including a novel, his group ... More >>
Like death, taxes, and incomprehensible, wrongheaded Fox News/Tea Party memes, we've become used to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Fridays series. Unlike death, taxes, and the GOP, G.O.O.D. Friday eucharists will cease to arrive at about the same time that Santa Claus begins his annual international rever ... More >>
Don't miss him dancing to Michael Jackson in white-face, crying, and eating Vaseline.
Crack open our Twin Cities Local Music Yearbook and reminisce on an effed-up year
Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def, Atmosphere, Billy Bragg, and Steve Earle join in on the RNC fun.
The year in unfair shares