• Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    The 10 biggest douchebags in country music

    Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Minnesotans love buying sappy Christian music

    Amidst the recent flurry of lists documenting the popularity of bands and songs by each respective state, comes an odd but distinctive list that breaks down the most favored songs of each state based upon sheet music sales. Musicnotes created a list that they are calling, "Uniquely Popular Sheet M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    Take a peek inside Sean Anonymous's fridge [VIDEO]

    Welcome to Hot Dish's new series, "What's in your fridge?" where we give you an exclusive look at the insides of local celebrities' refrigerators, followed by a rapid fire round of questions about their eating habits. You know you're curious. We met up with Sean Anonymous at the South Minneapoli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Daft Punk is actually Minnesota's favorite band

    Sorry local Metric fans, but Daft Punk is actually what Minnesota listens to the most right now.As noted in a post earlier this week, the stat-crunching minds at Echo Nest broke out a list that was interpreted by many folks to be a map of each state's favorite bands. It was not, and it never claimed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    Stephen Malkmus: My "jammy" guitar parts are actually pruned down like a French garden

    As Pavement's literate, sardonic frontman, Stephen Malkmus redefined indie rock in the '90s with a lo-fi, slacker sound. After the band dissolved in 1999, he turned his creative attention to a quasi-solo career with his trusty band of Jicks. During this second act, Malkmus has never appeared bothere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    VAYNS: The universe aligned us together

    Experimental hip hop and R&B is coursing through VAYNS. The project combines the talents of two genre-busting locals, Botzy (Culture Cry Wolf) and vocalist/producer MunQs. Each song off their self-titled EP -- which features guest spots from Ashley DuBose and Sophia Eris -- was created in the mo ... More >>

  • Music

    January 29, 2014

    Allan Kingdom's ambitious hip-hop vision

    The imaginative rapper takes the stage as part of First Avenue's Best New Bands showcase

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Macklemore: The term "conscious rapper" is very outdated and played out

    By Vanessa QuilantanYou might not have been familiar with him early last year, but in the time since Macklemore's album with Ryan Lewis, The Heist, dropped in October 2012, he's become a household name. With "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us," and his latest, gay-equality rap single (that feels str ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Prof just signed with Rhymesayers!

    The game has just changed. Rhymesayers just announced its largest local signing in a minute by bringing Prof to its roster. The Jameson-loving Kaiser Von Powderhorn joins Atmosphere, Brother Ali, P.O.S., another recent signee Dem Atlas, and plenty more under one roof to strengthen the already impres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    3OH!3 at Varsity Theater, 10/31/13

    3OH!3 Varsity Theater, Minneapolis Thursday, October 31, 2013 Keeping with the Halloween spirit, 3OH!3 weren't their normal selves at the Varsity last night. The electro-pop duo from Boulder and their backing band were all dressed as characters from the 2004 weirdo-comedy Napoleon Dynamite. Nathan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    KDWB Jingle Ball posts 2013 lineup

    The annual pop mega-concert that is the 101.3 KDWB Jingle Ball has solidified. This year's show, which hits the Xcel Energy Center on December 10, will feature the owners of two of pop's biggest hits in 2013, Michele Bachmann impersonator Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke. The "We Can't Stop" and "Blurr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    El-P and Killer Mike at Varsity Theater, 7/19/13

    El-P and Killer Mike with Despot and Kool A.D. Varsity Theater, Minneapolis Friday, July 19, 2013 We of the millennial generation grew up in the golden era of the Dynamic Duo. On wax and on the basketball court, players and artists that could have been superstars in their own right formed partnersh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    DJ Sidereal on beating brain cancer and opening for Macklemore

    DJ Sidereal has opened for Macklemore and B.O.B., played Paid Dues and the Vans Warped Tour and beaten brain cancer all before being legally old enough to buy a scratch-off. The 17-year-old is spending his last summer before his final year of high school releasing new music and building his buzz the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    MN State Fair 2013 Grandstand adds Train, the Suburbs, P.O.S., and more

    The late-summer magnet for music fans that is the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand has just widened its offerings. New concerts packed into the late-summer blast of live, outdoor spirit have a distinctly nostalgic vibe with the additions of Train, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Smash Mouth, Sammy Ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Zach Sobiech's "Clouds" hits number one on iTunes

    Although 18-year-old songwriting phenom Zach Sobiech left us too soon, his song lives on in more people's lives than ever before. On Monday, his family announced that he had died, and ended several years of battling a rare strain of bone cancer called osteosarcoma. As the news spread, so did his ins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    MN State Fair announces more 2013 grandstand: Macklemore, Tim McGraw, and more

    It's unlikely that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will get characterized as "raunchy" by anyone in the local press corps, but the rap group has had an undeniably meteoric rise in the past 12 months. Fans who caught them at Soundset 2012 got to hear them talk about some new song they were trying out cal ... More >>