Note: in his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times. Dear 2013, Oh, man. So you're officially over. That's kind of sad. You were mostly a very dope year -- at least for me, anyway, and truth be told, that's all I really care about becaus ... More >>
Minneapolis rap troublemaker Prof has pushed all our buttons for over a decade now. A mixture of party-starters, gross-out tales, and personal exploration fills the three volumes of his Kaiser Von Powderhorn mixtape series, his King Gampo album, the Recession Music collaboration with St. Paul Slim, ... More >>
The DJ crew that taught local hip-hop heads to love club bangers celebrates half a decade
Country rap, or "hick-hop" as it's sometimes called, may seem to capture either the height of musical irony, or the height of its stupidity. Probably both. But in the book The Accidental Evolution of Rock 'n' Roll, prolific music journalist Chuck Eddy traces the sub-genre's roots all the way back to ... More >>
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 >>
El-P, Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, and DespotFine Line Music Cafe, MinneapolisThursday, July 5, 2012See Also:Slideshow: El-P and Killer Mike at the Fine LineEl-P on Prince, his mother, and full-band rap shows as "dusted out Phish concerts"Killer Mike on being unhappy with Obama, and zombie ... More >>
It seems like everyone has something to say about the Trayvon Martin killing. Last month, Martin, a 17-year-old from Florida, was fatally gunned down by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman. Martin was unarmed, unless you count a bag of Skittles and an Arizona Iced Tea. Zimmerman is calling ... More >>
Officially on its fifth year of making the Twin Cities a legitimate festival destination for hip-hop lovers, Soundset will celebrate a handful of years when it returns to Canterbury on Sunday, May 27.
Photo by Denis Jeong PlasterYelawolf at First Avenue in MarchYelawolfOctober 19, 2011First Avenue, MinneapolisFor his second appearance in Minneapolis, Alabama rapper Yelawolf ripped up a sold-out mainroom crowd of mostly diverse dudes in flat-brims and girls in short minis. For fans of Eminem wh ... More >>
A new novel about the most romantic restaurant, ever.Anthony Schmitz has held a variety of jobs during his career, including serving as City Pages' editor and its restaurant critic. Since that time, he's turned out several novels, including Darkest Desire: The Wolf's Own Tale (Ecco), Lost S ... More >>
Band ready for Soundset and new album The Family Sign
Justin Townes Earle is everything that you'd expect from a Nashville born, country-bred, Americana singer-songwriter. Earle seemed predisposed to be a fantastically unrefined folk artist: his father, the legendary country singer, author, and playwright Steve Earle, has won numerous Grammy Awards, ... More >>
I Am Not A Human Being by Lil WayneOn his Facebook page, Lil Wayne just posted the tracklist for "I Am Not A Human Being," the album that he announced from his incarceration on Rikers Island.We can see from the tracklist that Drake is getting a big push (or perhaps supporting Weezy, conside ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzJanelle Monae at Stubb's during SXSW 2009Janelle Monae was easily one of the best new artists we saw at SXSW in 2009, and we've been anxiously anticipating her next show in Minneapolis ever since. A larger-than-life performer, Monae kicked, danced, and stage dove her way th ... More >>
Meet the boys behind the rowdiest party in town, and get a free DJ mix, too.
Jwl B. is out of jail and she's kicking ass and taking names.
Now solo after her partner winds up in jail, Shunda K. talks to CP about keeping the Yo! vibe movin'.
John Munson of Semisonic and Chan Poling of the Suburbs talk new music
The Goodie Mob alum and DJ Danger Mouse perform at the State Fair
Unfortunately, it's Will Ferrell's half
2007's Best Rap
A word from Dubb J, struggling hip-hop upstart, self-proclaimed non-gang member
A case for a much-maligned band's respectability
Air conditioning helps as sequels and remakes compete for your summer movie dollar
Tonight we're gonna party Maplewood-style
They write their own songs. They play their own instruments. For 19 years, they've stuck together. The rise and fall -- and rise -- of St. Paul's greatest R&B band, Mint Condition.
Paul Demko, Diablo Cody, and Dylan Hicks offer three takes on MPR's new baby
How Lindsay Whalen resurrected the Lady Gophers
The Best Albums in the World Ever!! Okay, Maybe Just in This Town, Circa 2003
The legendary bands. The terrifying toilets. An oral history that goes so far behind the music it will leave you at a gun range beneath the stage.
God advises Lauryn Hill to become a martyr
'Scooby-Doo' barks up the tweenie tree
We search the airwaves for signs of intelligent life
Putting young R&B singers Alicia Keys and Blu Cantrell to the test
Jet Li crosses over from China but comes on cold in Kiss of the Dragon
The 11th Annual City Pages New Music Poll
White rapper Everlast gets in touch with the raw roots of black blues
New albums by the Genius, Inspecta Deck, Ol' Dirty Bastard, and U-God fail to Wu the Clan's public
With her sophomore outing Da Real World, Missy Elliot empowers her pocketbook--and not much else