Things get better with time, and so has Minneapolis band Street Hassle. The group has been together for ten-plus years, but are just now releasing their debut album. How do they describe their sound? Rock, indie, garage? No need to categorize the band, but their new album Feeling Machine creates a s ... More >>
Used to being cooped up during the winter months, the Twin Cities has been known to come alive in a big way when the summer rolls around. There's hardly a better time to get out and celebrate, and First Nations Recovery Center is hosting an outdoor MayDay Hip-Hop & Art Festival to ring in the se ... More >>
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 >>
Photo by B FRESHMaria Isa has been slowly leaking tracks off her new mixtape, Sip It Vol. 1 (you may remember when she called out Michele Bachmann on her track "Esto Suena"), and today's track starts with a riff that will sound familiar to fans of classic rock from the late '60s. "Secured" starts ... More >>
Photo by B FRESHSometime between filming the new independent film Strike One in Hollywood, getting ready to fly to Puerto Rico with Justin Schell for the documentary We Rock Long Distance, and collaborating with Muja Messiah, Maria Isa found the time to join in the political debate with a controv ... More >>
Hoolie Fest, the local music blowout that takes over Shuga Records during Art-A-Whirl weekend, is now in its second year and bigger than ever. Over 75 local bands will perform on two stages starting Friday (see below for the full schedule), and the eclectic lineup is designed to keep people wande ... More >>
Photo by B FRESHWe seriously can't get enough of these summer block party lineups. Keep 'em coming! As part of the longstanding Pride Weekend festivities in Minneapolis, the Bryant-Lake Bowl will celebrate its 7th Uptown Pride Block Party on Friday, June 24 with headliner Maria Isa.
Photos by Denis Jeong PlasterYelawolf with Prof and Muja MessiahMarch 30, 2011First AvenueSeeing Yelawolf at Soundset last year solidified his talent for me, and I was excited to see him headline in a proper sweaty and loud club.
Photo by B FRESHTis the season for free mp3s! Our digital stockings have been overflowing this week with free holiday tracks, and today Maria Isa sent over a new track to help us flesh out our playlist with some swank and sass. Isa is offering up a track called "Santa Papi," her take on the class ... More >>
It's been a busy few weeks for self-described SotaRican artist Maria Isa, who recently dropped a video for her new single "Lowrider Mamis (Chevy Lincoln Caddys)" off her upcoming Sip It mixtape, in addition to being filmed and interviewed for an episode of MN Original.Watch the new video here, which ... More >>
Photo by B Fresh PhotographyFresh off performing in the Lab Theatre production of Rent, Maria Isa is heading back to the studio to finish off her forthcoming mixtape, Sip-It! To get the word out about her mixtape, Isa is offering the first track, "Lowrider Mami's (Caddy, Lincoln, Chevys)," as a f ... More >>
The thing that set this block party apart from the rest we've attended this uncharacteristically mild summer? The oppressive humidity.
Free yourself this weekend.
Photos from First Avenue this weekend.
The SotaRican princess will take over the big stage tonight.
Local songs spun on today's Mischke broadcast.
Are your clothes ugly, old, and so 2008? Check out the line up and get stylin'.
New Muja Messiah, a new Hootenanny podcast & updates on Tapes 'n Tapes & Mark Olson and Gary Louris
Immigrant dreams, dirty dancing, and the revolution: Meet the new Latin hip hop of Maria Isa and Danny y Elliot