Footage of Chrie Lollie's controversial arrest in the St. Paul skyway raised questions about the public/private status of that area.Though both the First National Bank Building's Facebook page and St. Paul city ordinance suggest the seating area where Lollie was arrested is open to the public, the e ... More >>
First National Bank Building officials might talk about the stretch of skyway through their downtown St. Paul tower as if it's a public place, and city ordinance seems to indicate it is.But as a photographer who has done a lot of work for City Pages over the years attests, that's not always how it w ... More >>
It comes down to this. Gimme Noise asked for your nominations for best Twin Cities music photographer, and you gave us 104 people taking pictures locally! We narrowed the field to 20 finalists, and then profiled each of them.Now, it's time for the final round of voting. Below is a poll to show your ... More >>
In the coming days, Gimme Noise will profile the 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Rebecca McDonald's photo work is under the umbrella of BFresh Productions. She has shot extensively for MTV, City Pages, and other publications. Her portfolio includes both live and p ... More >>
After a couple of months of research and deliberation -- and thousands of viewings of microphones and punk singers' teeth -- we have chosen the finalists for the best music photographers serving the Twin Cities. And, there's a twist. Since we received a ridiculous amount of quality submissions, we e ... More >>
We asked, and you nominated your favorite Twin Cities photographers like crazy over the past week. With 675 comments and nearly that many emails to work with, we received more than 100 serious submissions. Now, with the help of a local panel of writers, editors, musicians, and others, we'll discuss ... More >>
Gimme Noise got a rare, behind-the-scenes look at Bay Area rapper Too $hort this past weekend when he rolled through town with E-40. After a performance at Epic, B Fresh Photography's Rebecca McDonald got to hang backstage with the $hort Dog and ask some questions one-on-one. Watch her exclusive vid ... More >>
A few weeks back, we reported on the release of a new film called Soul Food Junkies by director Byron Hurt about the unhealthy effects of the high-fat foods that are part of Southern cuisine, particularly on the African-American community. We had a connection to the movie already since local ph ... More >>
Soul food, is it putting black communities in jeopardy? This is the question asked by director Byron Hurt in his newest film, Soul Food Junkies. The film takes a mostly lighthearted look through the history of soul food, but it also tells stories of hardship and illness brought to communities of col ... More >>
Related:I Self Devine: Rhymesayers legend returnsI Self Devine at 7th St. Entry, 5/4/12Brother Ali: I Self Devine helped me love my realityIf you watch one video today, make it this one featuring Minneapolis rapper I Self Devine sitting down with Gimme Noise over the weekend at Rhymesayers' re ... More >>
In a dream lineup for lovers of badass women-fronted groups of the late '70s, Heart and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts plan to headline Mystic Lake Casino this summer. The former Runaways renegade paired with the famous pair of sisters is a genius double-bill and shows at the casino's Ampitheater are ... More >>
Note: Brother Ali is a Minneapolis rapper signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment and is one of our 20 Best Minnesota Musicians. His latest album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, will be released in August. Here are portions of an interview discussing the Occupy Homes movement, which Ali wil ... More >>
Rhymesayers vet I Self Devine continues his onslaught of new music with the second of four free mixtapes dropped at the front end of every month. The Upliftment Struggle was released on Soundcloud this week in anticipation of another 7th Street Entry takeover on February 19.
Minnesota Original is a weekly Twin Cities Public Television program that highlights creative folks in the local community. Past shows have included musician Jeremy Messersmith, hip-hop/spoken-word performer Dessa, and painter/sculpture artist Gregory Euclide. In a recent episode, the show took a ... More >>
Photo by Rebecca McDonaldColoring gets serious at First Ave.City Pages hosted a Wings & Teeth coloring contest at the all-ages Doomtree Blowout VII on Sunday. Fans and First Avenue staff joined in on the festivities, bringing another level of excitement to celebrating local music. Check ... More >>
Hip-hop celebs Muja and Maria take us on a winter shopping adventure. See what styles they came up with.
We kicked it with Brother Ali at his recent video shoot and talked about his upcoming release, his family, and living the dream.
B Fresh Photography was on the scene last Friday to catch some shots of the rap legend performing at Epic.