During Minnesota winters, bands hole up in their studios, bedrooms, or basements and fend off the crippling cold by creating fresh material that they typically begin sharing with us around spring. This year is clearly no exception, as a slew of highly anticipated local albums are set to be released ... More >>
Rap songs about money are a dime a dozen, but there are few that use it to put the American economy under the microscope as effectively as "Pocket Full of Slave Owners." The new Muja Messiah track featuring Brother Ali and Boots Riley of the Coup provocatively dissects the almighty dollar -- even ... More >>
In the coming days, Gimme Noise will profile the 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Rebecca McDonald's photo work is under the umbrella of BFresh Productions. She has shot extensively for MTV, City Pages, and other publications. Her portfolio includes both live and p ... More >>
For the third year running, the Cedar Cultural Center is providing local artists the opportunity to collaborate and experiment with new sounds and processes outside of their norm. This happens in the form of the Cedar's 416 Club Commissions--a weekly series funded by the Jerome Foundation and runnin ... More >>
In conjunction with Cedar Cultural Center's "Cedar Seeder" program, Maria Isa and Adriana Rimpel of Malamanya have been raising money for an ambitious new project. They hope to expand the scope of the local Latin music scene by incorporating collaborations with Puerto Rican talent and empowering the ... More >>
Rhymesayers vet I Self Devine continues his onslaught of new music with the second of four free mixtapes dropped at the front end of every month. The Upliftment Struggle was released on Soundcloud this week in anticipation of another 7th Street Entry takeover on February 19.
This change in weather must have brought along a wave of creativity...more CD releases this weekend!
It was a sure sign of the end of summer last week when Malamanya, everyone's favorite local Cuban son band, ended their Tuesday night residency at the Driftwood Char Bar in Minneapolis. But what was extra special and encouraging about the event was the band surprised the swelling crowd with a ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonWu-Tang ClanJanuary 9, 2011Epic NightclubFor a hip-hop collective with a back catalog as formidable as Wu-Tang Clan's, the potential is there, during a live performance, to just count on the fiery nature of your hits to carry you through a show. Playing the last gig of their ... 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 >>
Local hip-hop writer and videographer Justin Schell is in the process of directing his first feature-length documentary, and it features three Twin Cities-based musicians who use their music to bridge cultural gaps: Ghana-born rapper M.anifest, "SotaRican" songstress Maria Isa, and Hmong spoken w ... More >>
Authors, politicians, rappers, and activists hope to promote activism through hip hop and art at this free event.
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An eclectic bill will rally to raise money for Doctors Without Borders.
The local production will run February 3-21.
Hip-hop celebs Muja and Maria take us on a winter shopping adventure. See what styles they came up with.
Come for the cause, stay for the great hip hop and spoken word lineup.
Plan your day around this great free event.
Sunn O))) to play the Varsity in July, reactions to Grizzly Bear's Cedar show & Sick of Sarah in L.A.
The Idle Hands announce new album, One For The Team set European dates & St. Vincent hits the Current.
New Owl City song released, Maria Isa says goodbye to the Dinkytowner & the Pretenders announce Zoo show.
Kyle "Guante" Myhre asks some tough questions about a genre typically categorized as "socially conscious."
Deep Blues Festival lineup announced, Peter Parker releases mixtape, P.O.S. covers Pearl Jam & MN artists @ SXSW
I talk to Muja Messiah about ARTIST X ARTIST, what's coming up for him, and EMERGENCY MCNUGGETS.
In a partnership with DonorsChoose.org, local music blog Culture Bully will blog 60 times in 60 hours.
This weekend's McNally Smith River Rocks Festival brings quite the mix of musicians old and new to the banks of the Mississippi in St. Paul. Here's the lineup.
The battles and breaks behind the first female hip-hop festival
Peter Scholtes's cover story this week on the local Reggaetón scene features a gallery of photos by Tony Nelson.
The three-day 4th Annual Twin Cities Celebration of Hip Hop begins at 4:00 p.m. today at First Avenue, and we'll be there for every minute (here's a preview in City Pages). Below you'll find a complete schedule with links, but before you read, check out some of the cool articles on the event, starti ... More >>