How do you sum up the extent of the impact and reach that Heiruspecs has had over the past 16 years? The most influential band to come out of St. Paul Central High School and a cornerstone of the original Minneapolis-St. Paul hip-hop scene, Heiruspecs have come to stand for something beyond the musi ... More >>
Live performance is an incredibly intimate bond between artists and fans, but that intimacy got busted worse than Danny Brown's front tooth during Friday's show on Minneapolis's West Bank. At minimum, the Detroit rapper led several fans at the sold-out Triple Rock Social Club to believe, and many pr ... More >>
As the Twin Cities music scene grows, more and more artists are creating music that demands our attention. Combine the music with talented filmmakers locally and beyond, and you have a fruitful mix of distinct skills that generates more locally connected music videos than ever before. While it's im ... More >>
Doomtree Blowout VIII night oneFirst Avenue, MinneapolisFriday, December 14, 2012The wings and teeth didn't book another week-long set of shows like last year's Blowout celebration, but that's beside the point. Oh Minneapolis, we have such high standards. Never mind that P.O.S has kidney issues. Or ... More >>
See Also:Dessa develops a lipstick for charitySo we already know Dessa has teamed up with the Elixery on a lipstick, and is donating proceeds to a favorite charity (CARE, which empowers and educates women around the world). But what about the rest of the Doomtree collective? Are they feeling left ou ... More >>
See Also:Zoo Animal's Holly Newsom: I thought Departure was going to be a dudVan Stee on Krautrock, origins, and tonight's Local Current LiveHeiruspecs' Sean McPherson talks music copyright with expert Peter DiColaWith election season ratcheting up, it's inevitable that some political fever is spill ... More >>
See Also:Dessa sells out the O'Shaughnessy, 4/20/12The Elixery's locally-made vegan lipsticks are fantastic Admit it, you kind of always wanted a lipstick in the shade of Dessa. The maven of Minneapolis hip-hop announced yesterday that she has collaborated with the local cosmetic artisan house the ... More >>
By Sean McPhersonSean McPherson teaches at McNally Smith College of Music, is a founding member of Twin Cities hip-hop collective Heiruspecs, and plays bass with Dessa's touring band. He recently conducted a conversation with a leader in the changing terrain of the music copyright world, Northwester ... More >>
Dessa O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. PaulFriday, April 20, 2012 Whatever else Dessa may be -- Doomtree representative, rapper, singer, chameleon artist and all -- she is above all a sophisticated conductor and a woman with a vision. Her sold-out show at St. Catherine's O'Shaughnessy Auditorium wa ... More >>
Fresh off an enlightening presentation at the recent Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Dessa is planning a grand return to her far more familiar role as entertainer with her largest headlining concert to date, as well as her first solo local show of 2012. On April 20, Dessa and a stellar cast of local ... More >>
This weekend is a great week for free winter festivals. The Saint Paul Winter Carnival started up this Thursday, so the capital city is bustling with activities including free sporting events, ice sculpting contests, outdoor yoga in the park, and more. Folks who like fancy sleds will want to che ... More >>
Photos by Nick WosikaDessa with I, Colossus, Crescent Moon is in Big Trouble, and Hannibal Buress December 6, 2011 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis "I was chatting with some reporters on the phone beforehand and they were like, 'What makes your show cohesive?'" Dessa said as she greeted the audien ... More >>
We've reached the midway point of our week dedicated to divulging Doomtree's special guests for each of their curated nights in the Entry. We've shared the opening act info for Sims' big evening he's got planned on Sunday night, and Mike Mictlan's lengthy list of friends dropping by for his show ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzDessaOctober 28, 2011Fitzgerald Theater, St. PaulDessa's CD-release party at the Fitzgerald Theater on Friday night was about as far from a rap show as you could get. Backed by an excellent chamber group and back-up singers, and with her Doomtree pals tucked neatly into on ... More >>
In case the apocalypse doesn't happen this weekend, here's some stuff to check out!
Photo by Nick VlcekBrother Ali has been hard at work on his next album and staying out of the limelight these days, but he will re-emerge to make a cameo tonight at the Central High School Foundation benefit show tonight spearheaded by Heiruspecs.
Photos by Erik HessAby WolfSouthern Songbook: Desire and DeathFebruary 14, 2011Southern Theater, MinneapolisAs I walked up to the theater last night, I squeezed my date's hand. "This should be nice, huh?" I said as he held the door open for me. And then my eyes focused on the description of the e ... More >>
Photo courtesy Zack KlineZack Kline and Orange Mighty Trio kick off the new season of 416 Club Commissions this SundayThe Twin Cities has a knack for hoisting up local artists and treasuring them as darlings of the local music scene. No matter how many great national acts roll through town, we in ... More >>
Photo by Elli RaderSometimes, you stumble across an artist that makes you stand up straight, abandon your drink, forget the conversation, and listen completely. Once in a while, you find an artist so good that you will want to stop listening to music entirely--there can be nothing else, after al ... More >>
Whether you want vegetarian Ethiopian or a solid strawberry shake, Sean McPherson has your rec.Sean McPherson is a busy guy: When he's not working in McNally Smith College of Music's hip-hop department, he's hosting trivia around the Twin Cities with Trivia Mafia or playing with his band Heir ... More >>
Photos by Jon BehmMos DefGuthrie TheaterAugust 23, 2010The Guthrie is the last place you would have expected Mos Def to play a set, but the Live at the Guthrie series, which has brought the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Robin Williams, definitely kicked it up a notch in the mass appeal of hip-ho ... More >>
Doomtree MC runs through four definitive experiences
As we reported earlier this week, the establishment formerly known as Sauce Spirits and Soundbar in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood will now be called Cause. In celebration of this reinvention, the bands and trivia team scheduled to throw a party at Cause on August 20 are swapping around their own name ... More >>
Photos by Isaac GaleTaking place at the Guthrie the evenings of May 5th, 6th, and 7th, Cadence is a three-night series curated by reliably erudite writer/rapper/poet and fresh from tour Dessa -- a celebration of sorts and an event that will end up somewhere between heady oratory, ensemble perform ... More >>
The Trivia Mafia founders have hit a new milestone.
The hip-hop diploma program fleshes out its staff.
The St. Paul-based music college is offering a one-of-a-kind program.
Band set to jam once again with new album
Traditional Methods fight back, fall forward
Oddjobs gamble on a new sound, a new city, and a new tour with DJ Shadow
Fireball Espresso Café Keeps an Eye on Local Hip Hop
The teenage Heiruspecs put live horns and guitars back into hip hop