Ryan Lewis

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Daft Punk is actually Minnesota's favorite band

    Sorry local Metric fans, but Daft Punk is actually what Minnesota listens to the most right now.As noted in a post earlier this week, the stat-crunching minds at Echo Nest broke out a list that was interpreted by many folks to be a map of each state's favorite bands. It was not, and it never claimed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    The Best Love Is Free 5 at First Avenue, 2/15/14

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    VAYNS: The universe aligned us together

    Experimental hip hop and R&B is coursing through VAYNS. The project combines the talents of two genre-busting locals, Botzy (Culture Cry Wolf) and vocalist/producer MunQs. Each song off their self-titled EP -- which features guest spots from Ashley DuBose and Sophia Eris -- was created in the mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Macklemore: The term "conscious rapper" is very outdated and played out

    By Vanessa QuilantanYou might not have been familiar with him early last year, but in the time since Macklemore's album with Ryan Lewis, The Heist, dropped in October 2012, he's become a household name. With "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us," and his latest, gay-equality rap single (that feels str ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    MN State Fair 2013 Grandstand adds Train, the Suburbs, P.O.S., and more

    The late-summer magnet for music fans that is the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand has just widened its offerings. New concerts packed into the late-summer blast of live, outdoor spirit have a distinctly nostalgic vibe with the additions of Train, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Smash Mouth, Sammy Ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    MN State Fair announces more 2013 grandstand: Macklemore, Tim McGraw, and more

    It's unlikely that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will get characterized as "raunchy" by anyone in the local press corps, but the rap group has had an undeniably meteoric rise in the past 12 months. Fans who caught them at Soundset 2012 got to hear them talk about some new song they were trying out cal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Best Twin Cities concerts 2012

    The Gimme Noise crew attended a lot of concerts, festivals, events, gatherings, and what have you this past year. As is the case with every year in live music in the Twin Cities, the cacophonous noises etched history into the walls of our storied venues and into our minds. There were a lot of firsts ... More >>

  • News

    December 12, 2012

    Twin Cities Year in Music 2012

    From P.O.S. to Prince to Polica, 2012 was a golden year in Minnesota music

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at First Avenue, 11/30/12

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis With Dee-1 and XperienceFirst Avenue, MinneapolisFriday, November 30, 2012Arriving onstage wearing a fur stole, Macklemore did everything with an epic air during the first of two sold-out First Avenue shows. With his clever, positive lyrics, the internet sensation brought ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Macklemore on thrift shopping post-"Thrift Shop"

    With The Heist, an independently released album that's landed at the number two spot on the Billboard 200 charts and two of the year's biggest viral singles, Macklemore is quickly becoming one of the most visible new artists in music today. The Seattle MC, who recently performed his hit "Same Love" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Soundset battled extreme weather at Canterbury Park, 5/27/12

    By Reed Fischer and Ian TraasSoundsetWith Atmosphere, Lupe Fiasco, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon, Astronautalis, Big K.R.I.T., and moreCanterbury Park Festival Field, ShakopeeSunday, May 27, 2012Related:Soundset 2012 evacuated amid tornado watchSoundset photos 2012Up until about 7:20 p.m., the fift ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Soundset 2012 lineup announced, includes Big K.R.I.T.

    ​ 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.

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Rhymesayers mainstay Blueprint readies new full-length release

    ​It's should come as no surprise that local label Rhymesayers are on fire lately. After all, spring is the time to drop the summer jams that will be pounding the pavement with the proper Jeep beats. (Do hip-hoppers still drive Jeeps?)