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    January 10, 2014

    Sean Anonymous: Rapping for people is my favorite thing to do in life

    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 >>

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    January 8, 2014

    Why Pitbull and Ke$ha's "Timber" video is the pits

    Editor's Note: Shea Serrano is an award-winning music writer and goofball whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book. In his new column, he writes about his life and times. Right now, Pitbull's "Timber," featuring Ke$ha, is number two on Billboard and number one on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Summer Set Music Festival, day two, 8/10/13

    Summer Set Music Festival, Day Two With Girl Talk, Passion Pit, Blackalicious, SBTRKT, Zedd, MaLLy, and Doomtree Somerset, Wisconsin August 10, 2013 Replace the palm trees of Coachella with corn fields, or swap out Lollapalooza's dramatic Chicago skyline backdrop for rolling Wisconsin farmlands, an ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    10 Thousand Sounds festival 2013: A music and photo timeline

    10 Thousand Sounds Festival Free Energy, Greg Grease, The Chalice, Strange Names, Prissy Clerks Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota June 22, 2013 Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak defiantly proclaimed early on at Saturday's 10 Thousand Sounds Festival that, "A little rain isn't going to keep Minnesotans fro ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Atmosphere at Soundset, 5/26/13

    AtmosphereSoundset, Canterbury ParkSunday, May 26, 2013Soundset has come a long way from its humble origins in the shadow of the Metrodome back in 2008. Skyrocketing ticket sales -- reportedly 28,000 this year -- and a subtle demographic shift over its six-year run have allowed Rhymesayers to grow a ... More >>

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    April 16, 2013

    A sampling of bizarre Coachella campsites

    The Coachella campgrounds are the Wild West of the festival. They are the sort of place you can imagine Hunter S. Thompson running around with his pants around his ankles. Drugs are more plentiful than food and going to bed before 4 a.m. is considered an early night. Campers built incredible structu ... More >>

  • Music

    September 5, 2012

    Carnage the Executioner comes into his own

    The best rapper from Minnesota you've never heard

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    August 8, 2012
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    May 25, 2012

    Chuuwee on Watching the Throne, his Soundset approach

    By Mike MaddenRelated:Bambu on the L.A. riots' 20th anniversary, his Soundset debutTraveling from his native Sacramento to take over Shakopee, Chuuwee might be the best bet among this year's Soundset freshmen to blow up by the time May 2013 rolls around. Not long removed from his excellent Wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    De La Soul at the Cabooze, 4/27/12

    De La SoulThe Cabooze, MinneapolisFriday, April 27, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here. De La Soul have always been on the outside edges of hip-hop. They have tight rhymes, sharp, smart beats and a manner about them that's incredibly magnetic. But they weren't and aren't part of the gangsta ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012

    First Avenue's 20 best concerts: #10-1

    Related:Slideshow: First Avenue: An archived history via flyers, riders & contracts First Avenue's 20 best concerts: #20-11First Avenue's 40 years of rock 'n' rollTop 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete list10. Basement Jaxx, First Avenue, 10/08/01Basement Jaxx's first appearance in Minne ... More >>

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    March 28, 2012

    Top 20 best Minnesota musicians: #20-11

    ​Minnesotans need to remember to exhale sometimes -- especially fresh on the heels of being ranked as the number two music scene in the country. Shouldn't it be enough to simply enjoy a rich history of quality musicians blossoming from fertile local soil? For those times that worrying that people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Up in the air: How Minneapolis became a flyover city for major rap artists

    ​It was 1998, the Smokin Grooves Tour was in its second year, and a group of friends and I were geeked out about going to the show. Public Enemy, Gang Starr, Wyclef Jean, Cypress Hill and others were booked, but everyone was waiting and most excited for Busta Rhymes, known for his killer live show ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    I, Colossus share insights on their new EP, 'Radio Silence'

    ​How difficult is it to create something that sounds fresh today?  With so many news bands recycling the sounds of past artists, it may be easy to get lost in the shuffle of music, but Minneapolis band I, Colossus rise above the noise with their new EP with the fitting name, Radio Silence.&nb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Magic 1530AM trying to bring urban radio back to the Twin Cities

    ​Click. Record. Click. Stop. Wait. Repeat. That was the custom of most kids my age back in the late eighties to the mid-nineties, sitting on the floor of your bedroom with the boom box resting on your knees and waiting, sometimes hours, for them to play your jam just so you can record it on a blan ... More >>

  • Music

    December 14, 2011

    Twin Cities Year in Music 2011

    Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and more

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    September 13, 2011

    DJ Mehdi dead at 34

    RIP DJ Mehdi​The man known to dance music fans across the world as DJ Mehdi has passed away. Early reports from Resident Advisor indicate Mehdi Favéris-Essadi, 34, fell from the roof of his home with two friends, who have been hospitalized. The French DJ/producer was widely respected as a collabo ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011
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    January 12, 2011

    Ol' Dirty Bastard's son, Boy Jones, performs 'Brooklyn Zoo' with Wu-Tang Clan (VIDEO)

    B FreshODB's son representing with his gear​Large-scale hip-hop shows usually have one thing in common besides the beefed up security and hazy atmosphere: There's always a shit ton of people on stage who don't need to be. So imagine the backstage scene on Sunday night at the Wu-Tang show -- a grou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Eyedea, aka Micheal Larsen, remembered by friends and fans (UPDATED)

    Eyedea's favorite sneakersPhoto by B Fresh ​ Rapper, writer, poet. Eyedea was all of these things, and on Saturday when he left the world he so fearlessly captured in his lyrics, it seemed there were no words to do him justice.In his 28 years, Micheal Larsen carved his initials indelibly in Twin ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    Soundset 2010 wrap-up: Taking local hip-hop national

    Photo by Denis Jeong Plaster​From rappers to B-boys, custom car crews to hype men, the Canterbury Park festival grounds--a grassy lowland down a hill from the acre of asphalt that hosted last year's Soundset--became a sprawling hip-hop carnival Sunday, loaded down with 17,000 fans ready for an all ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    First Avenue Day declared by Minneapolis mayor

    Photo via First Ave's Twitter​For as long as I can remember First Avenue has been The Place. It's this way for all of us, whether your band aspires to play the Mainroom or your Dad tells smirky stories of smoking pot in the Entry basement with the 'Mats. Purple Rain? Yes, of course (how many peopl ... More >>

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    April 3, 2009

    April preview and quarterly Top 10s

    5. Trama, Mr. T ziptape, out as a free download on April 14: Comedic highlight: "If I Was Emo," in which our hero croons, "I would get great reviews in the hip-hop local news/because I'm not seen as a threat, and my rhymes make you boo-hoo-hoo/If I was emo, I wouldn't have to wear gold/and my fake f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2008

    Method Man and Redman smoke up First Avenue

    method_man_redman_how_high-thumb.jpgWhat else could Max Ross have expected from a stop on the Still High Tour?

  • Music

    August 13, 2008
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    May 19, 2008

    Trans-Atlantic B-Boy Apocalypse: El-P & Dizzee Rascal at the Triple Rock,

    Two MCs, two continents, two styles, one hell of a show.

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2008

    Over the Weekend: May 16-18, 2008

    There was no shortage of things to do this weekend, with Art-A-Whirl stretching int ... More >>

  • Music

    March 19, 2008

    High on a Mountaintop

    The very attractive paranoia of Black Mountain

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    December 12, 2007
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    September 12, 2007
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    May 10, 2006


    A coalition of independent record stores hangs on for dear life

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    January 26, 2005
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    April 16, 2003

    Shaw 'Nuff, Ya Dig?

    The Shaw Brothers' classic chopsocky epics are kickin' it again

  • Music

    August 29, 2001

    She Bop

    From panel discussions to boobs aflame, feminism and punk rock form a holy union at Chicago's Ladyfest

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    January 10, 2001
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    January 3, 2001

    Sweet Nothings

    Sade and Erykah Badu return to slow the pulse rate of contemporary R&B

  • Arts

    December 20, 2000
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    November 15, 2000

    Kast Party

    Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast leave the Dirty South for a land called Stankonia

  • Music

    January 19, 2000

    Rap In Peace

    With new tracks exhumed from the vaults, Biggie and Tupac add to their corpses' corpora

  • Music

    October 13, 1999

    Ain't I an MC?

    Ruff Ryder Eve strikes a blow for hip-hop sisters; Solé merely comes to blows with them

  • Books

    December 23, 1998

    Up, Up, and Away

    Colson Whitehead's first novel rises on the merits of its central image-- the elevator

  • Sports

    November 4, 1998

    Enter the Fat Dragon

    Defying American convention, HK film star Sammo Hung throws his heft at network television

  • Music

    September 9, 1998

    Hello Pasty

    Is the white minstrelsy of the Insane Clown Posse more than skin-deep?

  • Books

    August 26, 1998

    Lord of the Dance

    Rock crit Simon Reynolds writes the first comprehensive account of the rave revolution

  • Feature

    June 3, 1998

    Size Matters

    Little big man: Jakob Dylan's cover of "Heroes" is the most abject mis-reading of a song this decade

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    April 29, 1998
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    January 21, 1998
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    January 7, 1998

    True MCs

    Back to Middle School: Wild Pitch reissues hip-hop classics by Gang Starr, the UMC's, Main Source, and Lord Finesse.

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    September 3, 1997
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    February 17, 1997
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