A coalition of members of the Minnesota hip-hop community have spoken out against a proposed event intended to be a celebration of the local scene. On Monday, an open letter to Minnesota Public Radio and Twin Cities Public Television was distributed requesting that the May 10 event be postponed. Upd ... More >>
It's been a decade since a young P.O.S., a.k.a. Stefon Alexander, released his debut, Ipecac Neat. It was the first official Doomtree full-length that sparked their ascension from hip-hop outsiders to local legends and nationally recognized artists. The raw and uncompromising album draws equal inspi ... More >>
Welcome to the second mix in a monthly series highlighting local producers and beatmakers. This is not a best-of list, rather a collection of artists loosely organized by a like-minded approach to crafting sounds. Last month featured artist breaking away from the traditional Minneapolis boom-bap pro ... 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 >>
While the Polar Vortex passes through, Minnesota Music continues on. GRRRL PARTY wrap up their monthly residency at Icehouse Friday with Dessa. Across town, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys play a sold out show at the Cedar. Icehouse will also host Buffalo Moon's (above) Album Release on S ... More >>
Prof Outdoorswith Run the Jewels, Get Cryphy, Evidence, Fashawn, Soulcrate and Later Babes, Long D.O.E., and MaLLyCabooze, MinneapolisSaturday, September 7, 2013Prof played his biggest headlining show ever outside of the Cabooze on Saturday, selling out the 4,000-capacity area and putting on the bes ... More >>
If these walls could talk. Urban Lights is one of the longest-running -- and underrated -- music shops in the Twin Cities, and is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this Saturday at Nomad World Pub. That's a pretty big deal; anything lasting 20 years in these ADHD days is nothing short of a miracle, ... More >>
If you can brave the weather, there's plenty of music going on this week. Thursday, twenty one pilots play a sold-out show at the Triple Rock while Boz Scaggs makes an appearance at the State Theatre. Friday night, Zoo Animal will be at the Icehouse, Ex Nuns rock Cause, Edward the Confesso ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we lead off with another uplifting video from inspirational signer/songwriter Zach Sobiech. "Sandcastles" is a collaborative duet with Sammy Brown that only adds t ... More >>
It's hard to believe with the reputation it now holds that there was a time when the Twin Cities wasn't booking too many hip-hop acts. Once we were still flyover country to many of the national touring acts, and the local underground scene had yet to rise to prominence and prove the power of homegro ... More >>
Haphduzn recently dropped his debut album Whittier Alliance, a collaboration with Wide Eyes' producer Dimitry Killstorm, and it sits comfortably in the pantheon of the Rhymesayers artists with whom he recently got off tour. A brutally honest and personal record, the straightforward raps come from a ... More >>
This season marks a monumental occasion for seminal Twin Cities hip-hop duo the Micranots. Along with the announcement of a one-night-only reunion show at 7th Street Entry this March, as well as the upcoming digital release of their 2000 album Obelisk Movements, it also marks the ten-year anniversar ... More >>
Since his teenage years, Aaron "Lazerbeak" Mader has had a running fascination with Alexei "Crescent Moon" Casselle. "He's like one of the godfathers of Minneapolis hip-hop," he says during a conversation with Gimme Noise. "He and I Self Devine are like the dons of the city." In the Minneapolis sce ... More >>
This Sunday is the Keith Ellison-sponsored Get Out to Vote concert at First Avenue. The incumbent Representative of Minnesota's Fifth-Congressional District has put together quite the bill, including performances from Brother Ali, Slug, Dessa as well as a DJ set from noted hip-hop historian and Rede ... More >>
#10. Audio Perm: 32 points"We haven't done one photo shoot where every member has been in it," says Audio Perm rapper 80H20 with a laugh. That's because the AP crew, which has risen to prominence putting in work and a fresh approach to the Twin Cities rap sound, is more than 10 members deep. Each Au ... More >>
See Also: Atmosphere unveils remaining 2012 U.S. tour datesTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete listTop 20 best Minnesota songs: The complete listToday, hip-hop fans across the globe are wishing our homegrown indie-rap superstar Slug a happy 40th birthday. To mark this momentous occasion -- ... More >>
See Also: Summer Set Festival 2012 lineup Prof on Summer Set and his pre-show ritualLegendary Twin Cities turntablist DJ Abilities has been spinning heads with innovations behind the wheels of steel for over a decade. A two time DMC regional champion, as well as one half of Eyedea and Abilities and ... More >>
SEE ALSO: - Brother Ali on Occupy Homes and the foreclosure crisis - Occupy protesters settle into another foreclosed home despite arrests [PHOTOS] [UPDATE]- Occupy Homes MN to deliver 6,000 signatures to US BankOn Wednesday night, while about 150 people were in Monique White's yard, listening to Br ... More >>
For the past 17 years, the U of M's Radio K has run the morning show Rock and Roll Over, and it received two brand new hosts this week. Kind of. Abbie Gobeli and Zach McCormick aren't exactly new to Radio K -- Zach has been part of the team for six years, and Abbie has been there since 2011. Listene ... More >>
As we have the tendency to do every third Tuesday, Gimme Noise once again compiles eight standout tracks from Minnesota artists for you to kick back and vibe out with. Download them all and listen to them on repeat from now until next month!
DessaNobel Peace Prize Forum, Kennedy Center at Augsburg College, MinneapolisMarch 2, 2012It seemed that both Dessa and the nearly 800 fans who packed Augsburg's Kennedy Center on Friday night were in somewhat uncharted territory as we gathered to hear her present as part of the three-day Nobe ... 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.
Have you all recovered from the big news we dropped about Sims' opening acts yesterday? More importantly, did you make sure to get your tickets for the show? We continue our Doomtree Entry show reveal week with Mike Mictlan's stellar lineup for his show on December 5th. This should prove to be an ... More >>
Photo via thehideawaympls.comIn an article titled "Local music's best-kept secret," producer Joe Mabbott and his Northeast habitat Hidaway Studios get a well-deserved look in this week's Downtown Journal, which gives an overview of some of the more notable artists to set foot inside the cozy spac ... More >>
Check out our handy guide to events around town raising money for Haiti.
The SotaRican princess will take over the big stage tonight.
Xcel adds cheap tickets to Springsteen in May, the Crystal Method to play First Avenue & Dillinger Four add tour dates.
The battles and breaks behind the first female hip-hop festival
Local hip hop gets mixed up with the trend
Yesterday they were fending off racial taunts in small-town Minnesota. Tomorrow they could be hip-hop heroes.
Checking in with some Minnesota music makers