James "Nocando" McCall is an L.A.-based critically acclaimed rapper, co-founder of the Low End Theory and founder of indie rap label Hellfyre Club. Read more of his writing at LA Weekly. I've been to Minneapolis on three occasions. The first was in 2007, and I have barely any recollection of what h ... More >>
To help fund a new album of acoustic material, rapper Kristoff Krane is releasing I Freestyle Life, a massive collection of 44 songs from previously released albums reflecting his eight year career as an artist. This batch of material -- the proceeds of which will fund Krane's next album -- includes ... 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 >>
Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and more
Photo by Ben ClarkLike the hip hop-meets-jazz improv version of Marijuana Deathsquads, Coloring Time's shows are dramatically different every time. Not only do the songs never remain the same -- they are created on the fly, emcees flexing their freestyle abilities over shifting instrumentation -- ... More >>
It's hard to believe that an entire year has passed since we lost Micheal Larsen, a.k.a Eyedea. This Sunday, October 16, marks the one-year anniversary of Larsen's death, and to mark the occasion his mother has organized a dedication ceremony and concert in St. Paul's Cherokee Park, where she say ... More >>
Here's a not-so-secret fact about Minnesota music: People love to talk about how much they love the scene here. Musicians from both out-of-state and the Twin Cities have gone out of their way to pen odes to our town and its vibrant community, from Atmosphere to Lucinda Williams Tom Waits to Mark Ma ... More >>
Photos by Ben ClarkAt the end of this year's Soundset (read our full recap here), Face Candy closed out the Fifth Element stage by turning their set into a collaborative freestyle that was dedicated to the group's founder, Micheal Larsen, and it carried a somber tone that contrasted quite vividly wi ... More >>
A conversation with a local guitar hero
Photos by Erik HessNo Bird Sing CD-release with Kill the Vultures and Kristoff KraneApril 29, 2011Cedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisNo Bird Sing have always been big on collaboration, but that spirit of togetherness was off the charts on Friday night as the group invited a wide array of friends t ... More >>
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 >>
Last month, we ran an Eyedea City Pages cover giveaway and had a tremendous response -- almost 300 people entered in the contest, and 15 won prints of the cover created by local artist Michael Gaughan. The result was a touching tribute to Micheal Larsen in the form of his own words and songs, and ... More >>
As part of our annual "Year in Music" issue last December, we commissioned local artist and musician Michael Gaughan to create a watercolor portrait of Micheal Larsen, a.k.a. Eyedea, for the cover of City Pages. The result was astounding -- Gaughan produced an emotional, moving tribute to his fal ... More >>
Prince, Gayngs, Gigamesh, and many others dot the calendar
Mikey was an inspiration to the hip-hop community and beyond
In the wake of November 9's momentous Celebration of the Life of Mikey "Eyedea" Larsen at First Avenue (and yesterday's sad news about the cause of Larsen's death), two additional fundraisers and memorial concerts are being planned in the local rapper and musician's honor.
Yesterday morning we had the sad task of reporting that the Ramsey County medical examiner had determined a cause of death for Micheal "Eyedea" Larsen, indicating that his death was accidental and due to "opiate toxicity" and keeping all other details private.
A month after Micheal "Eyedea" Larsen was found dead in his home, a toxicology report has been issued by the Ramsey County medical examiner's office. According to Pete Crum, St. Paul police spokesperson, the medical examiner filed Larsen's death certificate late in the day yesterday, ruling the d ... More >>
For many of his fans, he was known as battle rap legend and Rhymesayers recording artist Eyedea. For others, he was Micheal Larsen, the front man of genre-bending experimental groups like Carbon Carousel and Face Candy. For others still, he was known by his alter-ego Oliver Hart.But for most of t ... 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.
Got your Star Trek costume all laid out, belly full of candy, pumpkin carved, and still don't know what to do with yourself this Halloween weekend? Don't fret, we've got a host of musical options at your disposal. Here's a rundown of some of the best Halloween-themed concerts happening this weeke ... More >>
Photo by Dan CorriganAs the music community continues to grieve the devastating loss of Micheal Larsen, a.k.a. Eyedea, a series of memorial events are being planned in his honor. Today, Rhymesayers announced that a public wake will be held next Thursday, October 28 at the Crowne Plaza in St. Paul ... More >>
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 Twin Cities lost one of its most prolific rappers last weekend.Micheal Larsen, aka Eyedea, was nationally respected in the indie hip-hop scene since before he was old enough to buy a beer. His mother found him dead in his St. Paul apartment Saturday, less than a month before his 29th birthday ... More >>