The fringes of the Land of 10,000 Lakes (and NoDak) get their yearly dose of Rhymesayers again in February. The fourth annual Welcome to Minnesota tour, spearheaded by Atmosphere, has just announced its 2014 itinerary. Along for the ride this year are Toki Wright x Big Cats, who are set to spread t ... More >>
Caroline Smith With Solid Gold and Toki Wright & Big Cats First Avenue, Minneapolis September 27, 2013 As the screen in front of the First Avenue stage lifted to reveal Caroline Smith and her sprawling five-piece backing band and two backup vocalists, the winsome singer/songwriter took one look ... More >>
After a slow initial roll-out in late 2012, the burgeoning new Twin Cities Public Television series The Lowertown Line is gaining speed. With MN Original's creative fingerprints all over it, the show takes an up-close look at the artists it has featured so far -- Trampled by Turtles and Brother Ali ... More >>
Beats, rhymes, and life take center stage at the annual festival
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. This week we kicks things off emphatically with the punkish awesomeness of Kitten Forever, who look like they throw the world's best slumber party in their brand new video. ... More >>
The massive Stone Arch Bridge Festival lineup has just arrived! Spread over several stages near the Minneapolis waterfront June 14-16, this year's fest boasts more than 40 acts alongside 250 visual artists' displays.Among the prime picks of the weekend are Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps ... More >>
Mixed Blood Majority with Guante & Big Cats and LaLiberte Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Saturday, January 26, 2013 It's easy to be cynical about new local supergroups when our music community seems to interbreed at such an alarming rate, but Mixed Blood Majority's set on Saturday made an ... More >>
You Better Weaponize mixes personal and political
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 >>
See Also: Mayda's Boomerang Tour diary: 6/10/12 - 6/17/12Mayda tells us her survival tactics for life in the Twin CitiesMayda releases music video for 'The Panthers' It's been nearly a year since Mayda released Tusks In Furs in September 2011, and the tiny artist has been quite busy. Over the cours ... More >>
Rock the Garden may be sold out, but there's still plenty of music that can be heard outdoors this weekend with the Stone Arch Bridge Festival returning after not possibly happening. Jimmy Cliff will be rocking the MN Zoo while up-and-coming Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers bring their Americana flavo ... More >>
Part of the appeal of out-of-town music festivals (like SXSW and Soundtown) is seeing local acts in front of crowds who aren't nearly as familiar with them as we are in the Twin Cities. Having to win over new fans will only make those bands better when they return back home, and bearing witness ... More >>
The process for the annual TC Hip Hop Awards has always seemed a little mysterious, and this year's poll is no exception -- with little warning or ceremony, the awards show's hosts have published a comprehensive list of 2011 nominees to their sparse website and opened up the poll to the public fo ... More >>
Black Friday. Potentially the single most terrifying phrase in the English language, those two little words are a retailer's curse and a shopper's pipe dream come true. This year, if you somehow missed pitching your tent in the Best Buy parking lot in preparation for the sales, not to worry--there i ... More >>
It's not uncommon to find a rap act sharing a bill with a bunch of rock and pop acts at one of the Twin Cities' many block parties, but aside from mammoth outdoor fest Soundset you're hard-pressed to find a summer shindig that caters specifically to the local rap scene. Next weekend, thanks to a ... More >>
KRS-One is coming to Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 19 to headline First Avenue, and it's for a great cause: The Bronx-based influential rapper is joining a strong lineup of hip-hop artists like Detroit's Slum Village, Chicago's Da Black Pearll and the Twin Cities' own Toki Wright and Truthmaze to ... More >>
The first official weekend of the summer is here! Let's do this!
Big Boi co-headlines Soundset 2011The Soundset festival revealed its much-anticipated 2011 lineup this morning, and there are a few national surprises amongst the local mainstays: In addition to headliners Atmosphere, Brother Ali, and the full Doomtree crew, this year's fest will feature sets by ... More >>
Photo by Autumn ComptonSick performing "Purple and Gold"Twin Cities Hip-Hop Awards with Maria Isa, I Self Devine, No Bird Sing and moreJanuary 28, 2011First Avenue MainroomThe Twin Cities Hip-Hop Awards is kind of an odd event. On Friday night, the First Avenue mainroom was full of hip-hop fans r ... More >>
The big news this weekend is tomorrow night's show at the 501 Club, which marks the last concert inside the venue before it closes down as well as the last gig for hip-hop duo MC/VL. But that's not the only thing going down this weekend -- here's a rundown of our top recommended shows happening F ... More >>
The Sweet Colleens perform amidst a flurry of showsRocktober is in full swing, and the Cedar Cultural Center doesn't intend to slow its pace as we head into November. The all-ages venue is hosting an impressive run of shows over the next 20 days, squeezing in 22 separate events by an eclectic arr ... More >>
P.O.S at Soundset 2009Photo by Denis Jeong PlasterMemorial Day weekend is upon us, and that means it's time for Soundset 2010 to take over the parking lot of Canterbury Park in Shakopee. Every year, the annual Rhymesayers-sponsored hip-hop festival features a mix of local heroes, classic legends, ... 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 >>
POS knows how to shake things up.
Event helped early careers of Brother Ali, Toki Wright
Authors, politicians, rappers, and activists hope to promote activism through hip hop and art at this free event.
Brother Ali, Sage Francis, Toki Wright, Sims, and more will join forces for a Haiti fundraiser.
The best of the best music events for December 31.
The Uptown Bar closes its doors, Estate appears on Gossip Girl, M.anifest releases new music & the Suicide Commandos get their own day.
Jeff Hanson passes, Gaslight Anthem announce TC date, the Pretenders pull out of MN Zoo show & next week's best new releases.
Pharcyde and MF Doom? Looks like the 500 pound gorilla of hip hop festivals put on some weight over the winter.
A recap of Day Two at South by Southwest.
New music from Awesome Snakes, Anni Rossi hits the Current, and Clawthroat & Vernal Pool interviews
Blitzen Trapper FAIL, Element closes, Atmosphere announce tour & news on next week's new releases
Lykke Li plays the Varsity, Artist Meets Artist announced and new music from Mouthful of Bees
Prince went to Vegas. Smokers went to Maplewood. Tapes 'N Tapes went to the moon. And sometime after the last zombie dance party got busted, we wrote it all down for you.
Rappers were hot. Smokers were cold. Rockers were on Myspace. And sometime after the last Katrina benefit, we wrote it all down for you.
20 weird moments from the Twin Cities Celebration of Hip Hop
A DJ for every club, a mic for every stage: Five days in our own hip hopolis