The homies from SPVCE held their first full on event at Icehouse last weekend. The anticipation leading up to the show was palpable and by all accounts it appears they delivered a great night. When the SPVCE crew falls through you can expect thick clouds of smoke to follow. Check out the short recap video above by Alan de Leon Taverna and stay tuned for more from SPVCE.
Location: 3258 N Sheffield Avenue, Chicago
Hours: Mon-Fri: 11AM-2AM, Sat: 11AM-3AM, Sun: 11AM-Midnight
The bar scene in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood is known for being rowdy, a little pretentious, and at times, feeling like the bro capital of the world. Most of the bars on the Clark Street strip will be packed to capacity on Friday and Saturday nights and if there’s a game, you can count on 2-3 times the crowd on the streets. Sheffield’s is like an oasis. In the midst of so much drunken debauchery, lies a cool, laid back bar with great food and an even better beer menu. They have what feels like 4 separate bars, each of which is fitted with multiple big screen TVs; and a huge outdoor area with it’s own bar. This place can get pretty wild from time to time, but the bros and yuppies tend to stay away; leaving an atmosphere filled with peace and girls that aren’t being harassed at every turn.
Where: South 10th Street, Minneapolis, MN | M-F 11am – 2am, Sat & Sun 10am – 2am |
Devil’s Advocate is a one of a kind establishment in downtown Minneapolis. First off, the restaurant has 40 beers on tap, which come from all around the world. Every week, Devil’s Advocate finds a way to bring in a great mixture of brews into their door, leaving beer connoisseurs coming back for more; the fun doesn’t stop here though.
DA has a very unique menu, allowing its wide variety of beers to be paired well with their delicious food. Those who come to eat at DA, they think of their world class meatballs. You have never had real meatballs until you have tried these wonderfully scrumptious…balls. They offer falafel, pork meatballs, polenta, buffalo meatbealls and many other dishes that don’t feature the ball.
Whether you are coming in for a quick bite, or simply looking for a new brew to try, Devil’s Advocate does it as well as anyone else.
Location: Various across the city
The city of Chicago is well known for its hot dogs, polishes & pork chop sandwiches; but only few places cook ’em like the guys at Jim’s. Indeed there are various locations on just about every side of Chicago, but the original location near Maxwell Street is the truly great one. Open 24 hours, 365 days a year; the original Jim’s is a mecca for drunken bar goers of all ages, wasted college kids and pretty much anyone looking for good food at too cheap of a price (yes too cheap). That other place down the street (Maxwell’s) might have the best dogs on the block but Jims’ polishes & pork chops blow theirs out of the water. We’ve made many a drunken stops at Jim’s and I can’t remember an occasion when anyone was unsatisfied upon leaving, if you can’t find 1 thing on their menu that you like; you might not be human (or just vegetarian). If you’re ever near U.I.C’s campus or heading south on 94 from downtown, make the stop; it’ll be worth every penny.
Drawings by: Chuck U
Chuck U is a Minneapolis artist who is becoming more and more popular, and it is quite obvious why. Whether it is monkeys, astronauts, robots or many other random animals, Chuck’s work is rather intricate and intriguing to say the least. His unique style of drawing has been used for various album covers and flyers around MPLS. You may have also seen some of his work over at the Indeed Brewery; they also use his art work on their cans. I decided to pick just a few of my favorite prints he has available, feel free to visit his website for plenty more.
With all of the amazing music coming out of Chicago, many of the other forms of art have began to be overlooked. One windy city artist who is making a name for himself is, Travon Greer (xTRVONx), who had a breakout year in 2016. His work is often inspired by ancient societies and is hard to miss with it’s vibrant, striking color ways. After garnering a few celebrity commissions and transitioning into apparel/accessories, Travon is getting set to have an even bigger year in 2017. Check out a few of his works above and click the link below for more information, as well as his online shop.
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.
Location: 917 Cedar Avenue S, Minneapolis
When: Wednesday, February 1st @ 9PM
Brooklyn’s own Talib Kweli will be live at The Cabooze this week as he continues his tour across the nation. The now legendary MC has a cult following that stretches international boundaries, his most recent release, “Fuck The Money,” further satisfying fans. Styles P, a God MC in his own right, will provide support as well as a set from K’ Valentine. This one is 18+ and the door is $25, click the link below for more information.
Location: 111 N 5th Street, Minneapolis
When: Friday, January 27th @ 8:30PM
The Happy Children will hold their single release party at the Music Hall in downtown Minneapolis. The venue that was once known as Mill City Nights has yet to find it’s footing, but their prospects are looking positive for 2017. The event will also feature performances from Good Luck, Finding Iris and a DJ set from WNDRLND. This show is 18+ and pre-sale tickets are still available for $10, click the link below to grab yours now.
The south side of Minneapolis has been on fire as of late, whether it’s Metasota, Greg Grease, Nazeem & Spencer, KAS, or the kid Drelli, there is a lot brewing. One of the youngest in charge, Drelli, has been especially busy as of late releasing a trio of hot singles within the last month. His latest, “Chiquita,” further proves that the hype is justified. Produced by Blanda, the record feels tailor made for Drelli’s oft-tropical sound. A guaranteed party starter that should last well into the summer, check out “Chiquita” below and keep an eye out for more from Drelli.