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    November 26, 2014

    The Best Twin Cities Concerts Over Thanksgiving Weekend

    Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar.

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    November 18, 2014

    Run the Jewels: "We're Gonna Be Working Together for Years"

    Run the Jewels with Ratking and Despot | Fine Line Music Cafe | Thursday, November 20 (sold out)Killer Mike and El-P have impacted rap in a big way yet again with the release of their second free album as the duo Run the Jewels in October. They've since been selling out venues across the country on ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    Overheard at the Gathering of the Juggalos 2014: The best quotations

    Another Gathering of the Juggalos has come and gone, and with it thousands of face-painted, fun-loving freaks and misfits to and from the event's first year in Thornville, Ohio. While the move from the deep wilderness of Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, to this year's decidedly more inhabited location did ma ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    18.2 reasons why Blink-182 is the greatest band of all time

    Blink-182 might release their seventh album this year. Please try to contain your excitement. I'll be the first to admit that Blink-182's last album was a steaming pile of overproduced shit, but I love the dudes. In fact, they're the best band in history. They provided the soundtrack to millions of ... More >>

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    April 10, 2013

    Prof: If I can justify it and be smart enough, I can say anything

    Minneapolis rap troublemaker Prof has pushed all our buttons for over a decade now. A mixture of party-starters, gross-out tales, and personal exploration fills the three volumes of his Kaiser Von Powderhorn mixtape series, his King Gampo album, the Recession Music collaboration with St. Paul Slim, ... More >>

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    April 2, 2013

    Top 10 Twin Cities hip-hop venues

    It's hard to believe with the reputation it now holds that there was a time when the Twin Cities wasn't booking too many hip-hop acts. Once we were still flyover country to many of the national touring acts, and the local underground scene had yet to rise to prominence and prove the power of homegro ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    Get Cryphy turns five

    The DJ crew that taught local hip-hop heads to love club bangers celebrates half a decade

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    October 22, 2012

    Yelawolf at Epic, 10/19/12

    YelawolfWith Vajra, Trouble Andrew, and RittzEpic, MinneapolisOctober 19, 2012  Yelawolf was in a weird mood from the jump on Friday night at Epic. And by jump I mean the shocking plummet he took from the second-floor balcony at the club in the beginning of his set. Hands down the most memorabl ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012

    Trouble Andrew on Yelawolf tour, snowboarding, & social media

    Trevor "Trouble" Andrew lives a life at 31 most guys would envy at any age: He's a professional snowboarder turned musician who now finds himself on tour with Yelawolf, and he gets to design products for cool lifestyle companies like Native Shoes, Yes and Analog. Oh, and did we mention Andrew's a ... More >>

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    September 12, 2012

    Prof is not a role model in "Me Boi" video

    See Also:Prof launches Midwest tour dates in OctoberProf on Summer Set and his pre-show ritualProf brags incessantly with Yelawolf on "New Kid"A lot of people got mad when Nicki Minaj made what Gimme Noise thought was an obvious joke about having a lot of money and voting for Mitt Romney. But the wa ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    Prof launches Midwest tour dates in October

    See Also:Prof on Summer Set and his pre-show ritualProf brags incessantly with Yelawolf on "New Kid"First Listen: Prof, 'King Gampo' (Free Download)It's going to be that much harder to evade the salacious stunts of Prof this October and November as he forges out on a Midwest tour. Need proof? Over t ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012
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    August 22, 2012

    Prof on Summer Set and his pre-show ritual

    See Also: Summer Set Festival 2012 lineupProf brags incessantly with Yelawolf on "New Kid" First Listen: Prof, 'King Gampo' (Free Download)One of the Twin Cities' favorite homegrown talents, Prof is gearing up to end his summer with a bang. With his new Yelawolf-assisted single "New Kid" already a m ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012
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    August 16, 2012

    Win Summer Set Music and Camping Festival weekend passes!

    See Also:Summer Set Festival 2012 lineup There's still time for one last summer blast, and we're not talking about cleaning out the garden shed. The Summer Set Music and Camping is upon us August 24-26 in Somerset, Wisconsin -- which happens to be a mere 35 miles away from Minneapolis. Given that "C ... More >>

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    August 14, 2012

    Prof brags incessantly with Yelawolf on "New Kid"

    See Also:First Listen: Prof, 'King Gampo' (Free Download)Prof channels his inner Timberlake in "Need Your Love" videoRibald local rapper Prof is sounding more like Rick Ross every day. No, he hasn't added that "woof" noise Rozay makes on the reg, but he's got the gift of amusing hyperbole on a fresh ... More >>

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    July 13, 2012

    Kid Rock and 22 examples of hick-hop's evolution

    Country rap, or "hick-hop" as it's sometimes called, may seem to capture either the height of musical irony, or the height of its stupidity. Probably both. But in the book The Accidental Evolution of Rock 'n' Roll, prolific music journalist Chuck Eddy traces the sub-genre's roots all the way back to ... More >>

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    May 24, 2012

    Big K.R.I.T. on country rap, dream cars, and playing Soundset

    Related:How Rhymesayers set up the Soundset FestivalSoundset 2012 lineup announcedDanny Brown on XXX, almost signing to G-UnitFrom the jump, Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T is full of interesting paradoxes. He represents dirty-south rap with endless country swag that juxtaposes hip-hop's decidedly ... More >>

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    May 22, 2012

    Summer Set Festival 2012 lineup

    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 >>

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    March 16, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Thursday 3/15/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Alert: SXSW coverage ahead

    ​You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that nearly every building gets used as a music venue during the annual music festival. And starting Thursday, writers and photographers from the music blogs of the Village Voice Media empire plan to go to as many of them as we possi ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    2012 Twin Cities Hip-Hop Awards winners & some suggestions for next year

    ​If you haven't heard by now, the Twin Cities Hip-Hop Awards recently celebrated its sixth year. What started out as a simple MySpace poll back in 2007 had turned into a semi-respectable affair -- often selling out venues filled with local heads connecting and having a good time -- but times hav ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Yelawolf at First Avenue, 10/19/11

    Photo by Denis Jeong PlasterYelawolf at First Avenue in March​YelawolfOctober 19, 2011First Avenue, MinneapolisFor his second appearance in Minneapolis, Alabama rapper Yelawolf ripped up a sold-out mainroom crowd of mostly diverse dudes in flat-brims and girls in short minis. For fans of Eminem wh ... More >>

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    August 19, 2011

    First Listen: Prof, 'King Gampo' (Free Download)

    ​What possesses rappers to drop their full-length albums as a free download? There's arguments that can be made about new business models in the music industry, blah blah blah, but my theory with Prof's excellent King Gampo, recently made available for no money through his Bandcamp page, ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    Top 10 concert photos of the summer so far

    It's been a rainy start to our summer so far, but that hasn't stopped Twin Cities fans from busting out their ponchos and going outdoors to take in live music. Between Rock the Garden, Soundset, the Warped Tour, and shows at the Minnesota Zoo's amphitheater, concertgoers have had plenty of chances t ... More >>

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    July 8, 2011

    Watch: Girl Talk whips the crowd into a frenzy at Iowa's 80/35 Festival

    This past weekend, the 80/35 Music Festival brought headlining acts like Girl Talk, Yelawolf, and Okkervil River to Des Moines, Iowa for two days of fun in the sun. If you missed the fest, we have photos of some of the headliners along with locals Pink Mink in our 80/35 slideshow, and today we are a ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    Yelawolf with Prof and Muja Messiah at First Avenue, 3/30/11

    Photos by Denis Jeong Plaster​Yelawolf with Prof and Muja MessiahMarch 30, 2011First AvenueSeeing Yelawolf at Soundset last year solidified his talent for me, and I was excited to see him headline in a proper sweaty and loud club.  

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    March 30, 2011
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    March 29, 2011

    Yelawolf at First Avenue: Win free tickets via Facebook

    ​Yelawolf returns to First Avenue to headline the Mainroom tomorrow night, just five months after playing the same room as an opening act for Wiz Khalifa. "The tatted-up skater with a trailer park twang and a love for his Chevy could easily rely on his dirtbag charm and smooth vocals alone to garn ... More >>

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    March 19, 2011

    SXSW video recap: The Strokes, Wu-Tang Clan, Yelawolf, Gayngs

    ​Our video team fanned out on Thursday night, easily the busiest and biggest night of the festival so far, to cover the free Strokes show mob at Auditorium Shores, the Gayngs Affiliyated showcase at the Mohawk, and Wu-Tang Clan and Yelawolf at the Village Voice party at Austin Music Hall, plus ... ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Wu-Tang, Wild Flag, Fishbone, Yelawolf among highlights at the Village Voice SXSW party

    Photo by Erik Hess​Our parent company, Village Voice Media, went whole hog with their annual SXSW bash this year, moving it from its previous home at La Zona Rosa into the Austin Music Hall (which was also the site of last night's MTVu Woodie Awards), stretching out the event into the late-night h ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    MTVu Woodie Awards descend on Austin for SXSW

    Photo by Andrea Swensson​There's nary a music-related (or even tangentially music industry-related) corporation who hasn't jumped on board this week's SXSW festival, so it's no surprise that MTV lept at the opportunity to smash their MTVu Woodie Awards in between all the other myriad events happen ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    Rapper Prof keeps the party hopping

    Cocky Minneapolis MC ready to drop new album GAMPO