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.
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: 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.
Where: 2006 Washington Ave N Minneapolis, MN 55411 (Right off of Broadway & 94)
Phone: (612) 522-0011
Although Pappy’s is no secret, we had to put em on. The place claims to be a Chicago style restaurant specializing in Chicago style dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. Even though these may be some of their specialty foods, they have an endless menu including catfish, omelets, cheesesteaks, and a variety of chicken wings. They don’t have a website for us to link them to, so hear me out when I say this place is legit. Expect to spend anywhere from $2-7 at Pappy’s, and you will get a damn good meal in return. Also, check out their $2.99 breakfast special which includes eggs, hash-browns and one of a kind toast.
Bauhaus Brew Labs. Aesthetically pleasing, tasty brews, all tucked neatly in the heart of the Brew District (NE Minneapolis). If you were to ask me what my favorite brewery is to attend, it is now Bauhaus Brew Labs. With open space, a large covered outdoor area with lights hanging overhead; it is the perfect place to go with larger groups.
Bauhaus also has an outdoor/indoor stage for live music, board games, bag toss, and a kid play area. These are all things that make this brewery unique to the scene around it. Just a block down from 612 Brew, placed alongside the railroad tracks, Bauhaus Brew Labs is just the new brewery we needed to liven up the brewery scene yet again.
The good people from Jugrnaut recently released a new round of hats to get everyone through these final winter months. This time they’ve decided to utilize their “OG Shield” logo on knitted skull caps, some of which are fashioned with Gore Tex. These are available now in a variety of colors, $24 for the regular ones and $34 for the Gore Tex upgrades. Click the link below for a better look.