This past weekend marked the 20th anniversary of Minneapolis’ Art-A-Whirl. The weekend is host to the largest open studio tour in the entire country. Packed with a wide variety of activities, including: live music, art galleries, and lots of open block parties – Minneapolis really does it right on this weekend. With what looked like a gloomy weekend leading up to the festival, it ended up being a rather sunny and enjoyable weekend (until dusk hit). A few highlights from the weekend included Pho and Black Market Brass throwing down at Bauhaus Brewery. Anyways, all in all we had a great time and already are planning for the week ahead. Take a look through a few photos if you like, otherwise stay tuned for more to come!
Location: 6 W 6th Street, St. Paul
When: Thursday, May 21st @ 8PM
The good people over at Greenroom have been summoned for Red Bull Sound Select #2 and this one looks real good. This time around, electro-funk bassist Thundercat will be live at Amsterdam Bar & Hall alongside Greg Grease & Yabil. The L.A. based Thundercat has a cult following and is known to bring the grooves wherever he plays, if you remember the Travi$ Scott show you know this is a must attend. Same rules apply, the event is 18+ and tickets are only $3 w/ RSVP ($10 without), click the link below to grab your tickets and make sure to check out Greenroom’s intro piece featuring Thundercat.
As spring starts to heat up it appears that the music scene is following it’s lead. Across the U.S. artists from various genres continue to pop up at alarming rates. Most recently, Virginia based artist Lord Linco has been gaining a lot of momentum since the release of his, YARDIE EP, back in February. Be forewarned, Linco’s music is only for the fully enlightened, call it whatever you want just feel it. A continual contrast between higher pitched singing and deep voiced rapping, Linco’s music has an odd “dark positivity” about it. Grungy yet wavy, Lord Linco and his Divine Council brethren are bringing a unique sound to the table. Check out some of his music below and be on the look out for more.
Documentarian Marah Strauch (Sick Mick and the Boys) just showed her latest film Sunshine Superman at the Montclair Film Festival earlier this month, and is now anticipating a larger (yet limited) release this May 22nd. The film, which was first shown at the New York Film Festival back in October 2014, explores the life of skydiver and BASE-jumper pioneer Carl Boenish and his unquenchable passion for “foot-launched human flight.” The project took home two awards for Best Documentary and Best New Director at the Portland International Film Festival earlier this year and will still be shown at the Seattle International Film Festival this May 24th. Check your local theaters for showtimes available in your area. You can watch the trailer here on MADE. Enjoy!
Last Wednesday at the Nomad, the Beasthead boys threw a party to help raise money to replace some of their stolen band equipment. With a plethora of booze and live music – it was one hell of a time. It was amazing how much love the city had shown throughout the night, as Nomad was littered with familiar faces. We are glad we could be a part of such a high energy evening to help support good people making good music. We did our best to try and capture some of the energy from the night by running a makeshift photo booth. As you can tell, the booze settled in as the night went on. . . the lack of a functioning tripod then went into full effect – !Enjo¡
Location: 2109 S State Street, Chicago
When: Saturday, May 23rd @ 10PM
Lyrical Lemonade and The Vaco will join forces to bring the 4th “Lyrical Showcase” to Reggie’s Rock Club this weekend. This one will feature performances from SD, Hurt Everybody, Martin $ky, Roy French and Monster Mike among others. A solid lineup no doubt, the event is 18+ and tickets are only $12 in advance ($15 @ door). With a good amount of up and coming talent on display, this should be a good time; click the link below to buy your tickets.
Location: 917 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis
When: Sunday, May 17th @ 8:30PM
Funk legend George Clinton will be live at The Cabooze along with Parliament Funk tonight. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen George and his crew, but the man definitely likes swinging through the Twin Cities, he usually averages at least 1 stop a year. The event is 18+ and tickets are SOLD OUT, if you’re dying to go you’ll have to check Craigslist, Twitter, Facebook or deal with scalpers.
Location: 2520 26th Avenue S, Minneapolis
When: Sat-Sun, May 23rd & 24th // 3PM-2AM
Memory Lanes’ block party is less than a week. Last year’s event was headlined by GRRRL PRTY, but this year’s bash will feature Tickle Torture. Among the many others performing, Suzie, Fort Wilson Riot, Southside Desire, Black Audience, DJ Shannon Blowtorch, Rupert Angeleyes, and Pavielle will all be taking the stage. Last year’s block party was a great time, for those looking to fill out their weekend pre-Soundset this is definitely worth attending. The event is all ages and entrance is only $5, click the link for set times and more info via Memory Lanes’ official website.
Writer/director Kevin Smith (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Tusk) seems to be making some solid progress on his announced upcoming sequel to Mallrats. Smith tweeted on May 11th that he has completed a 113-page draft for Mallbrats (the new title for the project) and will be dedicating it to original Mallrats producer Jim Jacks (Raising Arizona, The Mummy), who passed away just last year. Production on Clerks 3 has also been pushed back while the Mallbrats crew works on the set-production in the currently empty mall that will be used for filming. Returning for the new movie are original actors Jeremy London (Breaking Free, Levitation), Claire Forlani (The Rock, Meet Joe Black), Ethan Suplee (My Name is Earl, The Wolf of Wall Street), Joey Lauren Adams (Dazed and Confused, Big Daddy), Brian O’Halloran (Clerks, Dogma), Sven-Ole Thorsen (Lethal Weapon, Gladiator), Renee Humphrey (French Kiss, The Sex Monster), as well as Smith’s long time collaborator, actor/producer Scott Mosier (Chasing Amy, Good Will Hunting). Thus far there is no news as to whether or not Jason Lee (Almost Famous, Dreamcatcher) or Ben Affleck (Argo, Gone Girl) will return to reprise their roles, but we’ll keep you posted. Stay tuned!