Lucien Parker has been putting in work for quite some time now. The Minneapolis artist (WI livin) is as soulful as they come showing off his versatility on every track. His latest project, Black Sheep, has been making the rounds as of late and we’ve got to say; it’s pretty damn good. Laid back, but hard hitting instrumentals provide a perfect back drop for Lucien’s flow. His vocals cruise over the records effortlessly, it’s obvious he’s no rookie. Our favorite tracks feature production from Geek Session, but there are plenty of solid records on the project. Check out Black Sheep for yourself above and keep an eye out for more from Lucien Parker.
Location: xxxxxxxxxxxx, Minneapolis
When: Sunday, July 3rd @ 8PM
With the 4th of July coming up next week, the pre-parties are beginning to pop up everywhere. On Sunday, Licorice Beach will host a party with some of Minneapolis’ dopest up and coming artists. The event will feature performances from Arvell Genius, Black Magick, OG Newport, John Daniel, and Boonie Martin; as well as DJ sets from DJ Low, BVCKWOODS, and Von Legend. The event is only $5 at the door and attendees can expect a few special guests to stop by throughout the night, click the link below for more info.
FlexHouse by Camenzind Evolution // Lake Zurich, Switzerland
After dropping his EP JustAteTheBootyAndIFeelGreat (!), Mouse Sucks has steadily released visuals from the album, the most recent being “WaitingonthatTxtfromPervana.” The oft-unabashed Mouse is a little more reserved on this record, but shows off a plethora of cadences with ease. A love story of sorts, Mouse professes what could be if only he got that text. Check out the video for “WaitingonthattextfromPervana” above and stay tuned for more from Mouse Sucks.
Location: 501 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis
Hours: Mon-Fri: 4PM-2AM, Sat-Sun: 8AM-2AM
In recent years, Minneapolis’ West Bank has begun the transformation from a place often overlooked, into a bustling, multi-cultural strip with plenty of cool bars, good restaurants and venues to enjoy live music. One such bar/venue is the Nomad World Pub, which is located just across from Palmer’s; a couple of blocks from the Triple Rock. In addition to a constant rotation of live acts, the Nomad offers bocce ball, pinball (brand new) and even curling in the winter, along with a separate patio complete with a fire pit. Drink specials like 2 for 1s and the good ole’ prefix (PBR & shot) are offered pretty much every night and the music is always on point whether it’s rock, hip hop, soul or a DJ spinning. The Nomad is often at that perfect capacity, not too packed, but far from empty, however; there always seems to be a random influx or two throughout any night, probably due to it’s location between so many other bars. If you’re into futbol, the Nomad is one of the best places in town to catch a match in peace, and game days are usually accompanied with extra specials. All in all, the Nomad World Pub is a great bar to kick back a few brews and enjoy some good local music, they always have good beers on tap and they consistently book quality bands/artists. If you’re ever on the West Bank in search of a place to drink, stop by the Nomad and check out what they have to offer.
Houston MC, Slihmm, is back with yet another free verse. Known for his lyrical prowess, the young artist releases his music in minute long pieces rather than full records. Slihmm and Chance Schreiber are building some nice chemistry together, the sampled production allows for Slihmm to show off a variety of flows throughout the verse. This is a solid track from Slihmm, however, we can’t help but want more from the kid. Hopefully there’s a full length project in the future, until then we’ll continue to keep an eye on the young MC.
Location: 501 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis
When: Saturday, July 2nd @ 9PM
A few of the homies will be throwing a party at the Nomad next weekend. DJ Snuggles, Travis Gorman, and Frank Castle will all hold down the 1s and 2s; along with a few special guest performances throughout the night. If you know the Nomad then you know this should definitely be a good night. The door is 21+ and tickets are only $5, if you’re looking for something to do during 4th of July weekend, look no further.
Location: 907 W Belmont Ave, Chicago
Hours: Mon-Fri: 11AM-Midnight, Sat-Sun: 11AM-2AM
Philly’s Best is hands down one of the best restaurants that offer the Philly style cheese steak in the Chicago area. There are 3 locations, but our go to is the one on Belmont avenue; situated between Sheffield avenue & Clark street in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. Once inside, any true philly steak enthusiast will quickly notice the authenticity of this place’s attitude; in comparison to OG steak places in Philly (Pat’s & Geno’s). The sandwiches themselves stack right up to the originals also and they serve some pretty good pizza as well, if you’re on a budget don’t worry; you’ll leave full for about $10. If you’re ever near Wrigleyville or the Lincoln Park area i’d highly recommend a visit, you definitely wont be disappointed.
Location: 700 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
When: Saturday, July 2nd // 3PM-6:30PM
Shepherd Goods & No Flashy Shit plan to link up in a couple of weeks for a pop up shop in Minneapolis. Both brands are on the come up and the friendly confines of Seven’s rooftop should provide a perfect atmosphere for the event. DJ Ganzo Bean will hold down the 1s & 2s and drink specials will be available all day long, not bad for a day party. This one is 21+ and FREE, click the link below for more information.
A few of Minnesota’s dopest MCs will head out on tour starting tomorrow, the trio will embark throughout the Mediterranean and even make a stop in London. Muja Messiah, RP Hooks, and Eli The Profit are all known individually for their abilities behind the mic, so it’ll be interesting to see whether this tour spawns a project. With 5 dates and counting, the crew is set to kick things off in Tel Aviv tomorrow night, check back for more dates as things get moving.