It was no coincidence that Rage Against the Machine released The Battle of Los Angeles on what's traditionally observed as Election Day in the United States in 1999. The 2000 election season was already in gear, with Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore setting up to spar -- but Rage s ... More >>
Imagine you're on a date and you're telling a story. It's a long one, but you know it's a winner. Everyone always loves this story. Three quarters of the way to the punchline, you notice a shift in your date's behavior. She's glancing at the door, bouncing her leg or messing with her hair. Does she ... More >>
Photos by B Fresh PhotographyLeft: Toki Wright; Right: TK of Tipsy BikeAmong the thousands assembled at Hennepin County Government Center on Monday for the #HoodiesUpMN Trayvon Martin rally was rapper Toki Wright. The local Rhymesayers artist, music producer, DJ and educator decided to bring a sound ... More >>
Limp Bizkit with Ryan CampbellVarsity Theater, MinneapolisTuesday, May 14, 2013Limp Bizkit is still very much a "thing," and -- while nu metal is no longer a prominent genre -- still very much alive. The characters within are the DJ, the epic drummer on his raised platform drawing from old-school me ... More >>
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See Also:Paul Ryan's Rage Against the Machine love is destined to be unrequitedRage Against The Machine: The Battle of Minneapolis, part deuxBrother Ali to join Tom Morello at rally to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott WalkerBig shock: The revelation that Mitt Romney's running mate Paul Ryan likes Rage Ag ... More >>
See Also:Rage Against The Machine: The Battle of Minneapolis, part deuxBrother Ali to join Tom Morello at rally to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott WalkerDeep within a recent New York Times profile we discover that Mitt Romney's running mate Paul Ryan is a Rage Against the Machine fan. While the Wisconsi ... More >>
See Also:El-P on Prince, his mother, and full band rap showsKiller Mike might be the most dangerous MC spitting right now. This isn't to say that modern hip-hop lacks for dissenting, uncompromising voices or agit-prop ideas, but given the visibility the Atlanta rapper born Michael Render commands ri ... More >>
Related:Brother Ali on Occupy Homes and the foreclosure crisisBrother Ali: My fans are kicking the sh*t out of me over Trayvon MartinOur neighbors in Wisconsin are in the midst of a potential political upheaval, and several well-known musicians are stepping in to rally support for the recall of Gov. ... More >>
Reflection -- in terms of musical creativity at least -- is the backbone and the enemy of songwriting. Almost nothing can prompt such accelerated surges of creativity in the process of a song as hindsight, and yet, it will force an artist to face something they may have been hiding from.&nb ... 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 >>
Though Chris Kluwe played violin as a child, his primary influence for picking up a bass guitar was the video game Guitar Hero. Adept at the simulated version, Kluwe wanted to try the real thing. This led him to forming the alterna-metal band Tripping Icarus, whose debut full length will be ... More >>
Brother Ali wants you to crack the booksHow do you persuade kids who've dropped off the Minneapolis school district's radar to get back to class? Enlist the help of a Rhymesayers hip-hopper they're probably listening to on their iPods instead of answering the school bell. Brother Ali cut thi ... More >>
In preparation for their forthcoming box set (BRING THE NOISE, HITS, VIDS, and DOC BOX: GREATEST SITES AND SOUNDS), Public Enemy dropped a new video for "Say it Like it Really Is" this morning, and it includes snapshots of inspirational public figures, activists, and musicians ranging from Malcol ... More >>
Somewhere out there, in the dank, festering recesses of converted suburban sub-basement apartments plastered with Shinehead, Insane Clown Posse, and House of Pain posters and heaped high with Noam Chomsky texts and shrinkwrapped Jerky Boys cassettes live people who genuinely want -- nay, need ... More >>
Best song title: "If It Moves Then Shoot It"
Desiree Weber saw Rage's other show -- you know, the one with a permit, at a venue -- and brought back word that the cops weren’t the only ones sensing some shit might go down.
Before all the hoopla, there was a nice, calm show on the Capitol lawn, complete with burning sage, meditation, and hippies. Lots and lots of hippies.
I can't think of a better way to come down from narrowly escaping a riot: Late Tuesday night, a handful of larger-than-life musicians convened at a small theater tucked away in south Minneapolis t ... More >>
The best of yesterday, including the most comprehensive wrap-up of the Rage Against the Machine Show that was, then wasn't, then was a riot, then was a hootenany. Kind of.
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The Rage Against the Machine show ended before it began, and morphed into a march, protests and confrontation with police. Andrea Myers reported live from the scene.
While riots raged across the river in downtown St. Paul, Harriet Island was the picture of a calm, sunny day filled with fans enjoying music and celebrating a day off of work.
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