The Best Love Is Free 5 with Astronautalis, Psalm One, K. Flay, VAYNS, Allan Kingdom, False Teeth, and Symmetry First Avenue Mainroom and 7th St Entry, MinneapolisSaturday, February 15, 2014The fifth and final Best Love Is Free occupied both the First Avenue Mainroom and the 7th Street Ent ... More >>
Plenty to see in the Twin Cities this week! The Barenaked Ladies return to the stage at The State Theatre, while The Skyway theatre hosts Glasgow natives Franz Ferdinand. The Varsity Theater hosts a number of events this week; including Minus the Bear, Between the Buried and Les Claypool. Miran ... More >>
P.O.S. and Astronautalis Four Fists record release with GRRRL PRTY and Allan Kingdom Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Tuesday, October 8, 2013"Happy fucking Tuesday," P.O.S. exclaimed halfway through his breathless Four Fists set with Astronautalis at the Triple Rock. And indeed, it didn't reall ... More >>
Danny Brown and Action Bronsonwith Trash TalkFirst Avenue Mainroom, MinneapolisSunday, September 23, 2013The 2 High 2 Die tour touched down at First Avenue last night, bringing with it powerhouse rappers Action Bronson and Danny Brown and hardcore outfit Trash Talk. The thick crowd stayed at a nice ... More >>
There's a glut of hip-hop coming out of the Twin Cities, and it can be a lot to try to digest. In the spirit of the Gimme Noise Mixtape series that ran on this blog, we now present to you a more focused album roundup, selecting recently released albums by local rappers that deserve recognition. Welc ... More >>
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See Also:Lady Gaga dumps Target over anti-gay donationsTarget coverage on BlotterFrank Ocean has just released arguably the hottest R&B album of the year in Channel Orange, but don't go looking for it at your local Target store. The Minnesota-based chain has unwisely decided not to stock the tit ... More >>
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Sometimes a song comes along and you just hate everything about it. Everything is wrong: your sensors are howling, the hair stands up on your neck, and it's some nightmare shit where unless you can somehow get away from or destroy whatever device is causing the awful song to play, your head will ... 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 >>
Mobilize! If it wasn't enough to get to see Tyler, the Creator, Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis, and the rest of the Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All at First Avenue Tuesday evening, there's ample swag opportunities for those of us without day jobs.
"I don't even know what hip hop is anymore"
The 24th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum is set to take place in Minneapolis on March 1-3, bringing together an impressive group of leaders in the worlds of politics, education, and music. One of the many highlights of the momentous three-day event will be a discussion and short performance by ... More >>
Grammy award-winning hip-hop producer Prince Paul is known as much for his material with De La Soul, Handsome Boy Modeling School and Gravediggaz as he is for being kind of a jokester. So when Paul's people hit me up about his new "Negroes On Ice" project and were vague in their description ... More >>
The Wu Tang Killa Bees are on the swarm and headed toward Minneapolis tomorrow, and among the crew members ready to deliver a hot set of old favorites and new jams at Epic is Staten Island native Inspectah Deck. Whereas counterparts Method Man and Ghostface are known for their hyped-up character ... More >>
It seems that with each passing year, the swelling amount of hype and buzz that surrounds certain bands and musicians eclipses and eventually drowns out any of the music that they produce. That is certainly not the band's fault (in most cases), but a lot of music fans get turned off by seeing ... More >>
Photos by Erik HessOdd FutureOctober 12, 2011First Avenue, MinneapolisAs I figured, waiting in line I noticed a young crowd for Odd Future (the show was all ages, and was finished by the time most of-age shows even have doors); some from slightly out of the city limits, some with their mothers, a ... More >>
By all indications, this probably isn't a fun time to be living in England. The British Empire continues to crumble, the Big Society is a joke, the commoners remain in the vise grip of Royal Wedding Fever, and, well, bands of rioting youth are laying waste to the major cities, smashing and burnin ... More >>
Kanye West and Jay-Z's collaborative effort Watch the Throne sees two of rap's hugest artists team up to become even more hugest-er. Prior to listening, I had mixed feelings about the whole concept: Both rappers are so gigantic and rich and bored that I figured the album would be like an episode ... More >>
Photo by Erik HesstUnE-yArDs at the Cedar earlier this yearThe Late Night With Jimmy Fallon show, which is musically hosted by groundbreaking live hip-hop crew the Roots, has made a habit out of bending the rules of typical late-show musical performances and allowing artists to perform whatever - ... More >>
Well, that didn't take long. Just a day after posting a cryptic kitten-filled map of the United States that indicated that the group would be making its way to Minnesota on their next tour, Odd Future's Tyler the Creator tweeted out a tour poster that lists a date at First Avenue on October 12.
Photo by Ben ClarkOdd Future performing at SXSW 2011Though the band only has one US date on the books right now -- a stop at Austin, Texas's Fun Fun Fun Fest in early November -- Odd Future posted a map to their Tumblr page that hinted that they might be making a stop in Minnesota before the year ... More >>
Right when the maliciously-intentioned hacker group LulzSec calls it quits -- ostensibly to pursue more politically-motivated uses of their talents -- the world is introduced to a new group with some hazy inspiration and a whole lot of capital letters. They're called Swagger Security, and they ... More >>
Highlights from Gimme Noise's recent trek to the festival