Mike Mictlan

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    October 31, 2014

    The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 10/31-11/2

    Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar.

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    September 12, 2014

    Electric Fetus Garage Sale and Fall Festival Music Lineup

    Music fans seeking deep discounts on their CDs, LPs, and DVDs -- along with some free live performances, Glam Doll Donuts, and other delights and giveaways -- would be wise to hit up the third annual Electric Fetus Garage Sale and Fall Festival at their Minneapolis location this Saturday and Sunday. ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    Doomtree's new track ".38 Airweight" explores mind of subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz

    The official push for Doomtree's follow-up to 2011's No Kings is underway with ".38 Airweight." A forboding beat by Cecil Otter, Lazerbeak, and Paper Tiger -- originally called "Cheesy Crusty," they told the Current -- pushes the crew's missives into dark territory as they explore 1980s subway vigil ... More >>

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    July 1, 2014

    Doomtree book hits coffee tables in August

    Doomtree just added another chapter, literally, to their hip-hop legacy in the Twin Cities. Out August 26, the crew has prepared Doomtree: Every Single Day, a 500-page book filled with up-close photographs, set lists, lyrics, gear, backstage moments, and more of what has made P.O.S., Dessa, Sims, Ce ... More >>

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    April 10, 2014

    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week begins with a brand new video from Fort Wilson Riot from their forthcoming album. We've also got new clips from Ménage Quad, Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Marz Lovejoy, and ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    Doomtree Blowout 9 adds all-ages Triple Rock show

    To quote Lazerbeak: "Yes, Doomtree is indeed for the children." Last week, the Minneapolis rap team of P.O.S., Dessa, Sims, Mike Mictlan, Cecil Otter, 'beak, and Paper Tiger unveiled three shows at First Avenue for Doomtree's ninth December series of Blowout shows. Their elder fans on down to 18 ye ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we get things going with a mildly disturbing album teaser from Poliça to promote their forthcoming record, Shulamith. We're also featuring a newly discovered gem ... More >>

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    June 13, 2013

    West Bank Music Festival 2013 lineup

    The fourth West Bank Music Festival marks its return this August with a lineup led by rap crusader Brother Ali on the main stage. Set for Saturday, August 17, the day-long fest will take over Cedar Avenue and the bars -- Whiskey Junction, Acadia Cafe, Red Sea, Nomad World Pub, Triple Rock Social Clu ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    15 gorgeous GIFs from Soundset 2013

    Soundset 2013 was the biggest of them all. With 28,000 bodies in attendance and Snoop Dogg gracing the stage, Rhymesayers Entertainment showed unprecedented growth for the sixth running of their yearly rap extravaganza at Canterbury Park.And what better way to capture the spirit and randomness of So ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Soundset 2013: A music and photo timeline

    Ah, Soundset. The sixth installment of the Rhymesayers Entertainment hip-hop festival had a breakout year in terms of attendance -- a reported 28,000 fans came out -- and talent, with a lineup including Snoop Dogg, Mac Miller, Tech N9ne, along with the host artists Atmosphere. Many folks pegged A$AP ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    Greg Grease: I like to change people's minds

    Named City Pages' Best Hip-Hop Artist of 2013, Minneapolis rapper Greg Grease has embraced high-concept inspiration throughout his burgeoning solo career -- a Laurence Fishburne movie, the mighty wordsmith Shel Silverstein, and now, one of the first successful black singers, Nat King Cole. Last D ... More >>

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    April 29, 2013

    Doomtree at Roosevelt High School, 4/26/13

    Doomtree Roosevelt High School Auditorium, Minneapolis Friday, April 26, 2013 "Good morning, Roosevelt." With these words, Dessa quieted the chattering group of students and fans inside the south Minneapolis school's auditorium. During one of the first nice days of 2013, a select group of aspiring ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    Cam'ron at First Avenue, 2/6/13

    Cam'ronWith Greg GreaseFirst Avenue, MinneapolisWednesday, February 6, 2013Cam'ron played to decent-sized mainroom Wednesday night, but it had the feel of a show at Epic. The space was definitely nicer, the crowd livelier. But performance-wise -- yeah. It was short, but anticipated and enjoyed. A lo ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    Permed Out Showcase 3, Cabooze, 12/22/12

    Permed Out Showcase 3 With Audio Perm, Greg Grease and Mike the MartyrThe Cabooze12/22/12The Audio Perm crew packed the house once again at their third Permed Out Showcase, a night devoted to producers Cory Grindberg, Taylor Madrigal, and Julian Fairbanks and the rappers for whom they make beats. Th ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Best Twin Cities songs 2012: Staff lists

    Okay, so there are a few songs out of the Twin Cities that were completely inescapable in 2012. (Nudge.) But when you're talking about a music community that's blasting in clubs, basements, garages, warehouses, automobiles, record stores, Soundclouds, public radio stations, college radio stations, a ... More >>

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    December 18, 2012

    Best Twin Cities albums 2012: Staff lists

    The waterfall of opinion flows s'more today with a collection of the best albums released locally in the Twin Cities in 2012. As opposed to the list that appeared in this week's issue, these are 14 distinct opinions on what was impressive in the past year, and a bunch of links to the related stories ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012

    Doomtree Day in Minneapolis is Friday, proclaims Mayor Rybak

    The Mayans (or dumb folks from the present, depending on what you believe) predicted our impending doom for just over a week from now, but an impending Doomtree Day is coming even sooner. In conjunction with the opening night of the Doomtree Blowout 8 at First Avenue,  Minneapolis mayor R.T. Ry ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    Twin Cities Year in Music 2012

    From P.O.S. to Prince to Polica, 2012 was a golden year in Minnesota music

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    November 28, 2012
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    November 1, 2012

    Local Frames: New videos from Dark Dark Dark, Night Moves, Guante & Big Cats!, and more

    As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before.While it's impo ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    P.O.S. bows out of tour

    After kidney concerns, the rapper plays First Avenue with promises for the future

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    October 22, 2012

    P.O.S. drops "Get Down" video featuring Mike Mictlan

    After the rather sobering news that P.O.S. dropped on all of us on Friday, today Stef and the rest of his Doomtree and Rhymesayers cohorts are in an understandably good mood, as We Don't Even Live Here finally hits the streets. To celebrate the release of his record, P.O.S. has just dropped a brand ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    Kristoff Krane on his new video being like chocolate-covered broccoli

    Kristoff Krane has spent years in the Twin Cities hip-hop scene cultivating a reputation as one of its most consistently innovative and provocative artists. In a career trademarked by bravery and a commitment to experimentation, Krane is bringing his bold artistry into the visual realm with his late ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    Elixery debuts full Doomtree Cosmetics line for 2013, sort of

    See Also:The Doomtree cosmetics line -- inspired by Dessa's lipstickDessa develops a lipstick for charityWe've got to hand it to the Minneapolis-based cosmetics house the Elixery for their quick work. After we debuted Natalie Gallagher's suggestions for a full line of Doomtree cosmetic products to g ... More >>

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    August 28, 2012

    Marijuana Deathsquads releasing new mixtape at 3rd annual Totally Gross National Party

    See Also: Marijuana Deathsquads featured on Daytrotter Father You See Queen, the Cloak Ox, and Marijuana Deathsquads at the Entry, 01/20/12 Not only do the fine, creative folks behind Totally Gross National Product consistently put out stellar records from emerging Twin Cities bands (including the ... More >>

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    July 20, 2012

    Wag Out Block Party acts give definitions of "wag"

    See Also:Claire de Lune's New Lion establishes her as more than just a "hook girl"Lazerbeak remixes, chills out Franz Diego's "Waggin' on the Scene"Franz Diego: 5 Questions with his wagnessThere's a growing movement in the music scene in South Minneapolis, one favoring collaborative energy and free- ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    Audio Perm expand to the Cabooze for Permed Out Showcase #2

    See Also:Audio Perm Block Party showcases Twin Cities hip-hop, offers up free mixtapeProducer crew Audio Perm discuss tomorrow's Permed Out Showcase at HoneyLast December's Permed Out Showcase packed Honey in Northeast past capacity with rowdy rap fans eager to catch a whole show devoted to the prod ... More >>

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    March 28, 2012

    Top 20 best Minnesota musicians: #20-11

    ​Minnesotans need to remember to exhale sometimes -- especially fresh on the heels of being ranked as the number two music scene in the country. Shouldn't it be enough to simply enjoy a rich history of quality musicians blossoming from fertile local soil? For those times that worrying that people ... More >>

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    February 22, 2012

    Get Cryphy celebrates 4 years of hard bangers and packed dance floors

    ​Sometimes being fashionably late can totally backfire. It was a typical Friday night in downtown Minneapolis. The line to First Avenue's Record Room was already flirting with 7th Street in length, and the party was already rocking inside. The music was pumping so hard the stars were about to jum ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    Minnesota's Best Albums of 2011

    Low, Doomtree, Brute Heart top best local releases

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    December 7, 2011
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    December 6, 2011

    Doomtree share their holiday memories

    ​Pick up a copy of this year's Winter Guide issue of City Pages and you'll notice that Doomtree is not only featured on the cover and in an interview about their new album, No Kings, but that they've invaded our entire damn publication. Many of our Winter Guide tidbits and listings are availa ... More >>

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    November 14, 2011

    The Cloak Ox, Mason Jennings, more locals featured on Daytrotter

    Illustration by Johnnie CluneyCreepiest rendering of Mason Jennings ever?​"We have made it people, we have finally made it." Recent Picked to Click champs the Cloak Ox were the latest in a long string of Twin Cities acts to proudly announce that they'd recorded a session with Illinois-based record ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    Doomtree Entry show announcement--P.O.S.' special guests on Wednesday

    ​It's certainly been a real pleasure getting to share all of these Doomtree special guest reveals with all of you fans throughout the week. After the big announcements from Sims, Mike Mictlan, and Dessa earlier in the week, we're still not done yet. Not by a long shot. Today, we've got the lineup ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011

    Doomtree Entry show announcement--Dessa's special guests on Tuesday

    ​We've reached the midway point of our week dedicated to divulging Doomtree's special guests for each of their curated nights in the Entry. We've shared the opening act info for Sims' big evening he's got planned on Sunday night, and Mike Mictlan's lengthy list of friends dropping by for his show ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    SoundTown Series: Sims talks about his first headlining tour and new EP

    ​The beats never stop for the tireless crew of Doomtree. It was barely six months ago that Sims released his sophomore album, Bad Time Zoo, to overwhelming support from critics, peers, and fans. His smooth delivery and the intelligent persistence of his rhymes make Doomtree's youngest partner ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Doomtree enter the studio to work on second full-crew album

    Photo by Erik HessDoomtree at SXSW 2011​In keeping with their current rigorous schedule of record, release, tour, repeat, the seven current members of the Doomtree crew are heading back into the studio this week to record their second full-length, full-crew album, which will serve as the follow-up ... More >>

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    June 14, 2011

    Astronautalis makes the move to Minneapolis

    Photos by Megan Thompson​There's a new love in Astronautalis's life, and it's the kind of all-consuming, heart-palpitating summer obsession that is the subject of so many songs. The rapper--known offstage as Andy Bothwell--is in a relationship with the entire city of Minneapolis, and things are s ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    Gayngs Affiliyated Showcase at First Avenue, 3/6/2011

    The Gayngs and Gimme Noise Affiliyated Showcase at First Avenue was nothing short of epic -- so epic, in fact, that even the word doesn't seem big enough. The colossal 15-band bill was a Minneapolis Best Of, with simultaneous billings in the Record Room, the Entry, and the Mainroom. Not to mention s ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    Naughty By Nature collaborates with Solid Gold for Daytrotter session

    ​So here's a string of words I never thought would appear in the same sentence: Recording site Daytrotter recently invited Naughty By Nature to their Illinois studios for a session, with locals Solid Gold sitting in as their backing band. Wait, what?

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    November 12, 2010

    Jon Davis talks about tonight's Somethin' Else event

    ​Jon Davis is a machine. No, scratch that; he is more like a rapidly mutating musical organism. The hardest working musician in the Twin Cities. His countless projects include his electronic guises, the enigmatic Ghostband and Speakerthrone, as well as his guest spots in different jazz and folk en ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    Eyedea, aka Micheal Larsen, remembered by friends and fans (UPDATED)

    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 >>

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    September 10, 2010

    Tonight: The Somethin' Else #4 with Ice Rod, Mike Mictlan, Michael Larsen and more

    ​Late announcement! The Somethin' Else - local musical polymath Jon Davis' monthly series of electronic and experimental commingles - is having its fourth installment tonight at The Book House in Dinkytown. Tonight is featuring some truly epic guests, not even including those above: Sims, Medium Z ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009

    Doomtree debut new Mictlan video on interactive site

    Users can toggle between remixes of the song as the video plays.

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    November 18, 2009
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    March 23, 2009

    March 23, 2009: Deep Blues Festival & SXSW

    Deep Blues Festival lineup announced, Peter Parker releases mixtape, P.O.S. covers Pearl Jam & MN artists @ SXSW

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    February 19, 2009

    Feb. 19, 2009: Solid Gold, Muja & Pennywise

    New Solid Gold video, new Daughters of the Sun, updated Heiruspecs dates & Pennywise to play the Myth.

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    December 17, 2008

    Top 10 Local Albums of the Year

    Our favorite albums released in Minnesota this year, with a handful of honorable mentions

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    September 1, 2008

    Ward Rubrecht reviews the Cecil Otter CD release show

    cecilotter-thumb.jpgGiven the slow-rolling rhythms and southern-Gothic jacket art of Cecil Otter's Rebel Yellow, it seemed appropriate to celebrate its release on one of these hot late-summer nights that ... More >>

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    February 15, 2006
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