[MADE] Brew of the Week

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This weeks Brew of the Week goes out to Minneapolis’ Bent Brewstillery. This brewery may not be the most well known out of the dozens that exist in the Twin Cities, but they should be. Making anything from experimental brews to bourbon – they should be highly recognized in the area.

Bent Brewstillery’s Uber Lupin Swarz IPA, is one tasty brew. While its taste is more related to that of a Porter, it still is one that hits the spot. The flavor profile is quite robust, featuring: Malts, Chocolate, Coffee, Pine and maybe even toffee. This brew is quite unique and deserves a try from anyone that enjoys a dark beer – I mean this beer is as dark as they get. Sitting at a whopping 8.3% ABV, this one should be a staple dark beer in the Twin Cities.

Director Craig Zobel’s ‘Z For Zachariah’ Now Playing In Theaters

Opening in theaters today is a new post-apocalyptic drama from director Craig Zobel (Great World of Sound, Compliance) titled Z For Zachariah. The film comes from an adaptation of Robert C. O’Brien‘s 1975 novel of the same name by screenwriter Nissar Modi (Breaking at the Edge) about a trio of survivors living in a post World War III environment who find themselves entwined in an intense love-triangle as the only known survivors of the nuclear fallout. Making up the three-member cast line-up is Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (American Gangster, 12 Years A Slave), and actors Chris Pine (Unstoppable, Star Trek: Into Darkness), and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Focus). The film was seen earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, where it received an Official Selection nod, and critics have praised it both for Tim Orr’s work on the cinematography (Pineapple Express, Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World) and for the music score by composer Heather McIntosh (The Rambler, Honeymoon). Also opening today is a new music-oriented drama with Zac Efron titled We Are Your Friends, which follows Efron as a DJ attempting to climb to a position of fame in the Electric Dance Music scene, while also juggling with a forbidden romance. This one comes from writer/director Max Joseph, who is best known for his documentary series Good. I’m not expecting this one to be focused so much on the forbidden love factor as it is to the world of professional DJs, but I’m also not a huge Zac Efron fan, so I’ll leave this one up to you to decide. Enjoy the weekend!

‘Trumbo’, ‘The Martian’, and ‘Black Mass’ Will Appear At This Fall’s Toronto International Film Festival

Every year the Toronto International Film Festival serves as one of the major international film festivals that close out the fiscal year, and this year’s festival is sure to feature an excellent celebration of Oscar-worthy filmmaking. Toronto’s film festival is usually filled with entries seen earlier in the year at festivals like Sundance and Cannes, but it also brings its own special line-up to its audience. This year several highly anticipated films will have the honor of being shown during the festivities, most notably the Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass with Johnny Depp, Matt Damon‘s next space adventure following Interstellar titled The Martian, and one I personally am really excited to see, another biopic called Trumbo with Emmy-winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Godzilla) in the title role of McCarthy-era screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, whose film credits were published under various pseudonyms over the years after he was blacklisted during Senator McCarthy’s famous Communist-trials in the 1950s. The festival will play host to several other biographically oriented films as well, especially centering on figures in the music industry, including a Janis Joplin documentary titled Janis: Little Girl Blue, another documentary chronicling Aretha Franklin‘s famous 1972 album Amazing Grace, and Miss Sharon Jones, which follows the soul-singer during a time in her life when she was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer just before the release of a new album and pending tour. I Saw The Light is another music-biopic following the life of Hank Williams (Sr.) which also looks to be pretty promising. Some other notable names that caught our eye include Spotlight (which we’ve been following for some time now), following the Boston Globe reporters that uncovered the sex-scandal in the Catholic Church involving priests and young male students in 2004, and Beasts of No Nation, which will actually see only a temporary theatrical run as it will be available on Netflix shortly thereafter. Some other big highlights that I would recommend include The Lobster with Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, and John C. Reilly, Legend, starring Tom Hardy as gangster identical-twin brothers in 1950s England, and Kill Your Friends starring Nicholas Hoult as a London A&R executive trying to rise to the top of the 1990s British pop-music scene. All of these are sure to be great entries, but there are, of course, many more that I have not had time to mention here. A full list of this year’s entries can be found at the link below, and if you find yourself in Toronto anytime this September 10th-20th, be sure to check out a couple of these entries…you won’t regret it!!!

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[MADE] Recap – Beasthead with StoLyette and Tired Tongues @ 7th St. Entry | 8.24.15

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This photo series captures the above performances at 7th Street Entry, in downtown Minneapolis. While First Ave continues to get their shit together and fix their roof, we enjoyed a solid night of music next door. With opening acts of Tired Tongues and StoLyette, the night was then capped by a strong performance by Beasthead. The group ended their night by inviting both emcee’s from Glow Mechanics to the stage, nearly collapsing the functional roof above – or so it seemed. Scroll through the pics below and make sure to stay tuned for more from all three groups.

 

“No Ceilings” Ft. Allan Kingdom, London O’Connor & Kevin Abstract

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Location: 64 N 9th Street, Brooklyn (NY)
When: Wednesday, August 26th @ 7PM

Pigeons & Planes will join forces with Staple Pigeon to bring another “No Ceilings” to Rough Trade Records (BK) tonight. The event will feature performances from Allan Kingdom, London O’Connor, Kevin Abstract, and Well$; each of which are currently on the up and up in their own right. Quite possibly the dopest event in Brooklyn this Wednesday, this one is all ages so head down to Williamsburg for what should be a good night.

Mario Skate Visual via Corridor Digital


Among the murmurs of Mario skateboarding expansions and games, the guys from Corridor Digital have decided to take things into their own hands. Known for their clean use of visual effects often in video game re-interpretations, these guys have really started to make a name for themselves on the web. A cool video that not only shows off what they can do, but also how awesome a Mario Skate game would be. Check out the video above and stay tuned for more.

[MADE] This is the North

theview copySome might forget that we have places to see outside of Minneapolis and St.Paul. Maybe not those who are from here – I’m mostly referring to those who aren’t native to the state. Minnesota has one hell of a landscape, you just have to put the miles on your vehicle to get there.

theview_12 copyWhether it is Grand Marais, Tettegouche State Park, Gooseberry Falls, the Palisade Head waters – the list goes on and on. It is really something that everyone in the midwest should experience. You can find cliffs to dive off, waterfalls, and some cold ass water to swim in. Jus to add to the experience, there are literally endless miles of trees and water with little to no civilization surrounding you. I mean, these are glacier lakes that have been well preserved for many years. See it to believe it.

Stay tuned for more photos to come.

By: K-Vogz

New Action Thriller ‘No Escape’ Now Playing In Theaters

A new action-thriller titled No Escape from writer/director John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine, As Above So Below) is now playing on big screens nationwide. Starring Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers, Midnight in Paris) and Lake Bell (Million Dollar Arm, In A World…), the film centers on an American couple and their children living in a SE Asian country who must flee to the American Embassy when a war breaks out between the local military and radical protesters taking to the streets. Golden Globe nominee Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye, Die Another Day) and actor/producer Sahajak Boonthanakit (Elephant White, Only God Forgives) also appear in the supporting cast. The film was originally slated for a February release under the name The Coup but was pushed back for a Fall release instead. Director Dowdle and his brother Drew (who lent a hand in writing the script) are also producing the project through their company Dowdle Brothers Productions, along with The Weinstein Company and Bold Films. The trailer is available here on MADE. Enjoy!

Death By Icon “Hassah” LP

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It’s been well over a year since we premiered Chicago group Death By Icon’s first mixtape Trybecca, and yet once I began listening to their debut LP Hassah; it feels as if they’ve never left. Not too far from their original foray, but Hassah still commands it’s own unique feel. The pair sound sharper than ever on the vocals, they appear to know exactly how they wanted this one to sound with great results. The production takes a leap forward as well, there are traces of Trybecca but it feels more evolutionary. From the gritty, golden era “Sunderday” to the trap banger “Wake Up,” Hassah has a wide variety of sounds that coalesce rather nicely. Another step in the right direction for a group of artists who deserve to be on everyone’s radar, check out Hassah below.

The Boiler Room

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Location: 1830 3rd Avenue S, Minneapolis
Hours: Mon-Fri: 6:30AM-8PM, Sat-Sun: 7AM-8PM

When people living in Minneapolis think of where to get a good cup of coffee in a comfortable setting, most would probably name one of the numerous shops in Uptown or the Northeast neighborhoods. Nestled in the Stevens Square neighborhood sits one of the city’s best kept secrets, the Boiler Room. Situated on 3rd Avenue near 19th street, the Boiler Room is slowly establishing itself as the areas “go to” coffee shop. Providing 3 house blends along with a plethora of other drinks including mochas, espressos and a variety of teas; I’ve found the Boiler Room to be much better than your average Starbucks or Caribou. They also serve up some awesome waffles, rice crispy treats, brownies, cookies and amazing muffins; the chocolate chip banana nut being a favorite. Free Wi-Fi (of course) and a homey atmosphere like your best friend’s basement will have you wondering where the last 4 hours went. If you’re ever near 3rd ave or the Stevens Square neighborhood make sure to stop in for a cup of Joe, you wont be disappointed.