We return once again with another roundup of local producers worth listening to. The range and quality of beats coming out of Minnesota never fails to impress, and this month's mix ought to go perfect with the beginning of backyard barbeque season. Get ready for some great instrumental work from ano ... More >>
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 >>
Last year, Hip Hop Harambee emerged as a compelling new Twin Cities festival. Held at the Nomad World Pub, and featuring an outdoor stage in its parking lot, the event had room to grow into a sizable party once Sims and headliner Talib Kweli got up into the action.Now, the event is ready for its sec ... More >>
Beats, rhymes, and life take center stage at the annual festival
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 >>
People were understandably miffed when First Avenue was left off Rolling Stone's Best Clubs in America list recently. Several of the comments proclaim the general sentiment of "Hello...ever heard of First Ave???" Well, the voting pool of musicians, managers, and industry folks -- Spoon's Britt Dani ... More >>
Last February, drummer and radio personality Bobby Z reunited the Revolution, Prince's old group, for their first full-scale show together in quite some time. And now he's got another Prince-inspired party planned with the second Benefit 2 Celebrate Life on Saturday, March 9 at First Avenue. The lin ... 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 >>
Hip Hop Harambee With Talib Kweli, Sims, Big Zach, and moreNomad World Pub, MinneapolisSaturday, September 15, 2012Saturday's Hip Hop Harambee, an all day hip-hop block party held in the parking lot of the Nomad World Pub, was by all measures a success. You couldn't have asked for a better day to ha ... More >>
See Also:Talib Kweli to headline Hip-Hop Harambee Block PartyA staggering amount of quality hip-hop acts will congregate in the Nomad World Pub's parking lot this Saturday for the much anticipated Hip Hop Harambee. It's advisable to arrive early to catch the innovative duo Up Rock, comprised of Digi ... More >>
See Also: Talib Kweli talks about his new tour, album, and role models in hip-hop The name of the festival might be a bit unfamiliar, but for local hip-hop fans the stellar lineup certainly won't be. The Hip-Hop Harambee Block Party is set to take place on Saturday, September 15 in the Nomad World ... More >>
The 2012 Summer Set Music and Camping Festival arrives in late August, and the lineup is a doozy. Combining the powers of jam bands, electronic music, hip-hop, reggae, and all of the confluences that exist between these many worlds, this year's edition should be a shock to the system. To say nothing ... More >>
Fun.With Miniature TigersMyth, MaplewoodFriday, April 13, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here.In the early going, frontman Nate Ruess alerted the audience at Myth that this show was "the biggest headlining show Fun. has ever done" -- and the proceedings played out that way. After initially be ... More >>
House Proud is special in that it's a monthly club night that doesn't feel like one, but rather a packed party filled with a family-and-friends vibe. Factor in DJ/producer Gene Farris as headliner on April 6 for the sixth installment, and you're definitely going to leave Honey sweaty at 2 a ... More >>
A good product idea is like a poem: less generally means more. Snap bracelets, Twitter, the George Foreman Grill, Netflix. And now, given its quick success in the digital music space, Turntable.fm. Huh?
On the heels of his latest effort Gutter Rainbows, Queens rapper Talib Kweli rolls through Minneapolis this Sunday at Epic, with a live backing band and recent XXL freshman Fred the Godson in tow. The album, released online and containing some seriously sick beats and impressive flows, is a prec ... More >>
"Talking about music is like dancing about architecture." - Steve Martin
Last week, you hurried to begin Christmas shopping, finish buying Thanksgiving trimmings, and scrounge enough spare change to buy yourself a copy of Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday. And while you weren't paying much or any attention - and who could blame you? - all of this stuff happened.
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 >>
In an odd and possibly great announcement this morning, the Guthrie Theater's Wurtele Thrust Stage is presenting Mos Def on August 23rd. We say odd because of the obvious choice for such a show, First Ave's Mainroom, is the polar opposite of the Guthrie's intimate stage; the next show booked ther ... More >>
The Uptown Bar and Myth begin to crumble, Bob Dylan's Christmas record, Dirty Projectors to play the Cedar & next week's best new releases.
Nate Patrin reports on the Hip Hop Live tour, which featured David Banner, Little Brother, Talib Kweli, and a surprise appearance by a local rap star.
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