Last month, I put together a list of the ten greatest rap battles of all time for our sister paper, LA Weekly. Included on that list was Twin Cities hip-hop icon Eyedea's unforgettable 1999 Scribble Jam finals with Freestyle Fellowship member P.E.A.C.E. My inclusion of it led to something of a debat ... More >>
Named City Pages' Best Hip-Hop Artist of 2013, Minneapolis rapper Greg Grease has embraced high-concept inspiration throughout his burgeoning solo career -- a Laurence Fishburne movie, the mighty wordsmith Shel Silverstein, and now, one of the first successful black singers, Nat King Cole. Last D ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.This week launch right into the festivities with a new, erotically charged Atmosphere video, released to get people even more hyped for the big Soundset Festival taking place ... More >>
The music never stops in the Twin Cities. Third Man Records' Pokey LaFarge makes a trip to the Cedar Cultural Center while singer/songwriter Lissie (above) plays a sold out show at the Varsity Theater. Soundset 2013 takes place this Sunday with a pre-party Saturday night at the Triple Rock and an af ... More >>
It's hard to believe that this month marks a decade since Rhymesayers released Brother Ali's proper debut Shadows on the Sun. Produced entirely by Ant of Atmosphere, the album was an immediate statement of the aesthetic that Ali has since shared far and wide. (Technically, the cassette Rites of Pass ... More >>
The eighth installment of Bassgasm and first of two expected in 2013 is sneaking around the corner with its nunhuck glowsticks ready to take names and challenge decibel levels. It seems like just yesterday promoter Woody McBride deafeningly tested out his rave-in-a-club experiment at First Avenue, b ... More >>
On Tuesday morning, 5-year-old Nizzel Banks died after his north Minneapolis home was strafed by gunfire. City officials later said they believed the home was targeted by gunman, possibly in connection with an unsuccessful drive-by shooting that took place a couple blocks away earlier that morning.P ... More >>
With hip-hop hitting a dull period, experimentation is full speed ahead. Many rappers, DJs and producers are testing new sounds and styles to push through the boredom of rapping a few lines and singing an R&B hook. Kristine Flaherty or K. Flay is at the head of the pack. By mashing the high Bay ... More >>
Earlier today, the concert tour industry trade publication Pollstar announced their listing of the world's Top 100 Club Venues for 2011. Three Minneapolis clubs made the worldwide list, with First Avenue ranking 6th, the neighboring 7th St. Entry finishing 82nd, and the Cabooze coming in 94th. Th ... 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 >>
Like the rest of us, celebrities and rock stars make stupid mistakes. But when mistakes are made on a high-profile, TMZ level, stupid isn't quite enough; they should also be avoidable, catastrophic, nonsensical, unusual, and hilarious, or some combination thereof. And so it is with no small amoun ... More >>
Shout it from the rooftops - Bootsy is here to funk you Longtime funk admiral Bootsy Collins is in town tonight, and he has a message for Minneapolis on this the Official Day Of Funk at First Avenue (we just made that up but it might as well stand). Let your freak flag fly, he says. It's wo ... More >>
If you are not hip to the funk and his most excellency, creator and pioneer of the funk bass form William Earl "Bootsy" Collins, then there isn't much I can do for you. You likely live a sad and miserable life.
Photo by Andrea SwenssonNiles Hollowell-Dhar and David Benjamin Singer-Vine of the CateracsWhen I bumped into the Cateracs on the red carpet before the MTVu Woodie Awards on Wednesday night, I couldn't resist cornering the up-and-coming hip hop duo about the origins of their mega-hit with Far Eas ... More >>
Leading up to the Super Bowl, it's expected (especially for Vikings fans, who seem doomed to never make it back to the big game) that everyone chooses a side to cheer for while we all make our big plans for Sunday. And those truly lucky fans of the teams involved in the Super Bowl typically puff ... More >>
What's that you say? All you want for Christmas is to not be Travis Barker? That's easy; wish granted! Unless, of course, you are Travis Barker, in which case: too bad, so sad. You're always gonna look like a skate rat ghoul. Anyway, let's take a gander at what happened in the world of music last ... More >>
Falling in Love with the Yogi Mountain Breakdown
Wes Winship took some time away from stressing about bass cabinets and screenprints to talk to Gimme Noise about Dre.
We celebrate the big names who've copped to their love of herb.
Snoop celebrates "Christmas Cookie Day" on Martha Stewart's show with green brownies.
For a genre that's been declared dead a dozen times over, hip hop had a pretty good (if splintered) decade.
How to entertain visiting relatives *and* have some good eats? Start planning now...
A collective of whatever the hell they want. Check out Saturday's Grand Casino show and see if you can make some sense of it.
Red Pens win 2009 Picked to Click, Radio K goes FM, new Gigamesh & Bill Mike's guitar goes missing.
Hear the clip of Michele giving mad propz to GOP boss Michael Steele.
First Avenue, August 19, 2007
The 'Transformers' premiere party runs out of gas
Wilding with the Simpsons and bashing heads with the LAPD
In the new blaxploitation, agitprop gets smoked by infinite jest
Are Young & Da Restless the next local rap sure shots?
Croquet fields and castles, Dune buggies and shark tanks: MTV's Cribs visits the estates of the new rich and famous
De La Soul rise from the dead yet again to rally all hip hop's oddballs and misfits
Learning to love like Yo La Tengo
Master P's No Limit label proves that nothing succeeds like excess