A deep hip-hop vocabulary has always set apart more exploratory artists like Outkast and Wu Tang Clan from the repetitive missives of Soulja Boy, but it was always a theoretical debate. Now, if there weren't already enough ways to pass judgment upon and categorize rappers, data Scientist Matt Danie ... More >>
There's only a few albums in the world that transcend any scene or genre, and build a following in their own, distinct shadows. It's powerful, and it's mostly good, but sometimes the greatest albums of all time can turn good, solid people into an absolutely insufferable demographic. You know what I' ... More >>
Riff Raff With Alex Wiley and Allan Kingdom Fine Line, Minneapolis December 21, 2013 To his fans, Riff Raff isn't a mere rapper. He's a deity. This was clear as an anxious swarm of admirers braved last night's frigid 17 degree weather to form a line stretching from the Fine Line for more than an en ... More >>
Purity Ring with Blue Hawaii First Avenue, Minneapolis May 2, 2013 Purity Ring is all about atmosphere. Whether it's onstage or on their insanely popular debut album, Shrines, the Edmonton-based band paints a picture that sticks in your brain long after you're done listening. See also: [Slidesho ... More >>
The DJ crew that taught local hip-hop heads to love club bangers celebrates half a decade
Just because Michele Bachmann has dropped out of the GOP presidential race doesn't mean we're done making fun of her. Oh no, not by a long shot, especially now that video has surfaced of her dancing.The rhythmless dancing is bad enough, but stay tuned till the end to watch Bachmann ironically add ... More >>
by Matt BardinsIf a day is a week in internet time, then we've been waiting on "H.A.M." for nearly two months now (announced last week), or two and a half years since Kanye and Jay-Z announced that they would be releasing a collaborative album (back in August). Our long national interwebby dayma ... More >>
The year of someone's Lord two-thousand some-odd was monumental in many ways, a zeitgeist perfectly embodied by emerging artists like Ke$ha and Far East Movement. But where there's smoke there's fire or maybe burning incense and a ritual of popular exorcism. You may be thinking "that makes perfec ... More >>
Miami: home of...a lot of club nights, um...Dexter, high-quality cocaine (I'm guessing?), several iterations of the MTV Beach House, the presidency of George W. Bush (that's a stretch), and now the Chicken Wang. It's a dance, and it's fucking awesome.
And 'Ye shall call it...My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The title certainly fits with West's larger-than-Zeus ego and further cements his standing in pop culture at large.The news comes off a week of frenetic damage-control from West & Co. after the unfinished record leaked. 'Ye was not sh ... More >>
Just for you, we've rounded up all our end-of-the-decade content - so far.
We get on with the business of singling out the past decade's least defensible, most insufferable tunes.
From her earrings to her hightops and eyeshadow, Santigold was all about the eye-catching precious metal at First Ave last night.
You know who ticks off Fake James Lileks more than dandelions? Newscaster Real James Lileks, that's who.
Aby Wolf, Yo! Majesty, Kevin Costner, free Andrew Broder and next week's releases including P.O.S., Handsome Furs & Wavves
In no other genre of music is patricide more prevalent than it is in hip hop. Showing some wrinkles (and perhaps manifesti ... More >>
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