Minneapolis rapper Sean Anonymous is living proof that getting older is akin with getting better. Now in its seventh year, Sean's annual birthday show is getting a massive upgrade to the First Avenue mainroom. Also part of Saturday's festivities will be the release of a new 7-inch, "Cold Shoulder" w ... More >>
Mental Picture of the Year props to Toki Wright for his line in the new Rhymesayers collaboration, "Color in the Snow." The rapper announces his Twin Cities prominence in the following amusing fashion, "Now it's me and Garrison Keillor on the four-wheeler sippin' tequila." And once we heard that t ... More >>
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 >>
Hip-Hop Harambee with International Reggae All Stars, Psymun & K.Raydio, Lizzo and Lazerbeak, Vandaam, Dred I Dread, Toki Wright & Big Cats, Devin the Dude, Shabazz Palaces and Big K.R.I.T.Nomad World Pub, MinneapolisSaturday, September 22, 2013The Hip-Hop Harambee once again provided a ... 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
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 >>
Strange Doom Sayers Tour With B. Dolan, Mike Mictlan, and Toki Wright Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Wednesday, April 10, 2013 The Strange Doom Sayers tour seems like such a natural combination of underground talent that it's surprising the artists involved haven't made it an annual gig. Part ... 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 >>
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 Coloring Time crew.McNally Smith has an eclectic show planned for this Saturday, which could surely cure the winter blahs. The Deepwinter Bonfire will include performances by Coloring Time, which is a huge improvisational collective with an impressive laundry list of local musicians.Expect ... 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 >>
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 >>
The Arizona immigration bill passed last Friday has galvanized our entire country, from the President on down, with cities everywhere passing economic boycotts and official travel bans, every op-ed page in fury or assent, every Republican left shrugging in confusion, Shakira on an airplane, and f ... 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 >>
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Authors, politicians, rappers, and activists hope to promote activism through hip hop and art at this free event.
Local artist's debut features funky, ambient instrumentals
Brother Ali, Sage Francis, Toki Wright, Sims, and more will join forces for a Haiti fundraiser.
The hip-hop diploma program fleshes out its staff.
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Pharcyde and MF Doom? Looks like the 500 pound gorilla of hip hop festivals put on some weight over the winter.
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.
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