Over the weekend, music lovers came out in droves to see Atmosphere, Wiz Khalifa, Nas, and more at Soundset... which meant it was time to break out the summer festival style. From trendy crop tops to cool headgear, there were plenty of unique and fun looks spotted at Canterbury Park. Here are a few ... More >>
Soundset 2014 is this Sunday! The yearly pilgrimage to Canterbury is always a busy day of music and camaraderie, and last year's crowd was the biggest yet at about 30,000 attendees. The key to the most complete experience possible is a good schedule. Rhymesayers teamed up with the Nerdery to make pl ... More >>
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Fresh off his recent Rhymin' Gosling tour with Louis Logic, Ecid has some even bigger local shows coming up soon: His homecoming show at Triple Rock on Friday, and Soundset. Gimme Noise talked to the rapper and producer about his new road-tested material and his evolving approach to live performance ... More >>
Rhymesayers just gave area hip-hop fans a big reason to look forward to the warmer months, as they released the lineup for the seventh annual Soundset festival. In addition to Atmosphere's standard headlining set, they will be joined by Wiz Khalifa, Nas (who will be playing a set celebrating the 20t ... More >>
The Rhymesayers Entertainment family just got a little larger. On Tuesday, the Minnesota hip-hop label announced the signing of Dem Atlas, who hails from St. Paul and is a native of Akron, Ohio, and has been on the cusp of breaking out for a bit now. He hit number 27 on the 2013 Picked to Click tall ... More >>
Chicago transplant Longshot has been rapping for 11 some years and has started making an imprint on the Minneapolis rap scene since moving here in 2009. Continuing his steady trend of quality releases, his latest, Instant 4 Eternity, is being celebrated at Cause this Saturday. Gimme Noise caught up ... More >>
It's hard to believe with the reputation it now holds that there was a time when the Twin Cities wasn't booking too many hip-hop acts. Once we were still flyover country to many of the national touring acts, and the local underground scene had yet to rise to prominence and prove the power of homegro ... More >>
The Coup With Villa Rosa & Greg GreaseThe Cabooze, MinneapolisTuesday, November 27, 2012 Marxist hip-hop must be a tough flag to march under. Embracing strong political ideals while simultaneously attempting to carve out a large enough fanbase to support their art couldn't have led to a lot ... More >>
Just as winter begins to rear its icy stare at us, there is hope for the a future season of humidity, outdoor revelry, and a LOT of music festivals in and around the Twin Cities. Yes, the Summer Set Music & Camping Festival is set to return in 2013, and it'll fall at a familiar time of year.As y ... More >>
By Aaron Rupar and Anand BalasubrahmanyanSee Also:Slideshow: Summer Set 2012, The PeopleSlideshow: Summer Set, The ArtistsSummer Set Music & Camping Festival day one, 08/24/12Fans, campers, and two Gimme Noise reviewers hit the second day of Summer Set in Somerset, Wisconsin, for a day that prov ... More >>
See Also:SoundTown and Minnesota's music festival fatigueSoundTown 2012 has been canceledSummer Set Festival 2012 lineupThis past Tuesday, Gimme Noise delved into the cancellation of the SoundTown Festival, and the implications for other festivals here in the Twin Cities. Somewhat overlooked in all ... More >>
By Mike MaddenRelated:Bambu on the L.A. riots' 20th anniversary, his Soundset debutTraveling from his native Sacramento to take over Shakopee, Chuuwee might be the best bet among this year's Soundset freshmen to blow up by the time May 2013 rolls around. Not long removed from his excellent Wa ... More >>
Fun.With Miniature TigersMyth, MaplewoodFriday, April 13, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.In the early going, frontman Nate Ruess alerted the audience at Myth that this show was "the biggest headlining show Fun. has ever done" -- and the proceedings played out that way. After initially be ... More >>
The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our ... More >>
So, we come to it: the end of all things. Four days of madness, Doritos, Skrillex and finally, St. Patrick's Day. Before we bid SXSW 2012 farewell, allow us to share our favorite moments from SXSW day four. Later, we'll let you know which shows weren't so hot. Find our favorites below, and if there ... More >>
Ten years ago, you still thought Interpol was cool. Also, Heiruspecs got its first taste of love from City Pages for its second album, Small Steps. Indeed, on the 13th day of March in 2002, Peter Scholtes' review of the album emerged. Although he expresses skepticism for the "live" idea, he calls ... More >>
You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that nearly every building gets used as a music venue during the annual music festival. And starting Thursday, writers and photographers from the music blogs of the Village Voice Media empire plan to go to as many of them as we possi ... More >>
Photo by Denis Jeong PlasterMudslide cityWhen you've spent your entire weekend at Lollapalooza, the third day is exhausting. A few fresh faces with single day passes milled through the crowd, but the vast majority of party people were obviously tired and hungover. The final day of the festi ... More >>
They're baaaaack...Longtime curators of cool Beastie Boys are back in the headlines after at least a year now of back-and-forth concerning Hot Sauce Committee, the second volume coming before the first and rather unintentionally. Also unintentional is the release of the first single, "Make Some N ... More >>
If you're familiar with P.O.S's song "Optimist" you'll remember a shoutout to a woman who taught the rapper "the thing with the cups." She's the one over there in between Nas and Ludacris, looking very judgy. Well that lady can also put together a pretty amazing birthday celebration too.
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