Minnesota’s own Corbin (F.K.A Spooky Black) and L.A. based producer Shlohmo are currently on the back end of their 16 date tour which started in Orange County, California on September 7th. His long awaited homecoming date was sold out well before the night of the show and it was only fitting that it took place at the first venue Corbin ever performed.
With a line around the block long after doors opened, the energy in the air was palpable. D33J opened up the night with a great set leading into Shlohmo’s electric performance. A set full of crowd favorites and a few unreleased records, Shlohmo was impressive from start to finish. At only 27 yrs old he’s a producer/artist that all music lovers should have on their radar. As Shlohmo’s set wrapped up, chants of “Corbin, Corbin” could be heard louder and louder while he held the crowd in suspense. An artist who has a certain mystique about him, Corbin’s stage props and visual backdrop immersed fans in a stupor. His booming vocals and droning demeanor floated over Psymun’s production with a chemistry rarely matched among up and coming artists now a days. Towards the end of Corbin’s set, fellow St. Paul native Bobby Raps made a guest appearance sending the venue into an uproar. It was clear that these guys are beloved in their hometown and that the sky is the limit. Corbin and Shlohmo will finish off their tour on the east coast with dates in Boston (9/26) and Philly (9/27), before the final date in NYC (9/30). If you’re on the east coast, click the link below to grab tickets before they sell out.
Sports films tend to be excellent mediums for demonstrating the perseverance of the human spirit. They are also an excellent platform for promoting social acceptance and awareness. Think of films like Remember the Titans (overcoming racial barriers), Miracle (the underdogs band together to beat overwhelming odds), and A League of Their Own (women show they can play the game too). Well this week movie-goers will, again, have the chance to see two new sports dramas that focus on the resilience and determination of dedicated athletes.
First up is a film called Stronger from director David Gordon Greene. The film is based on the life (and memoir) of Jeff Bauman, the runner who tragically lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Following the incident, Bauman underwent intense physical therapy in an effort to learn how to walk and run again with the help of state-of-the-art prosthetics. He famously threw the opening pitch at the Boston Red Sox alongside Carlos Arredondo a few days following his surgery (Arredondo is pictured below in the cowboy hat, helping medics get Bauman away from the site of the infamous bombing). Screenwriter John Pollono adapted the script from Bauman’s memoir.
The A$AP Mob is currently riding the wave off the Cozy Tapes: Vol.2, while they continue their international “Too Cozy” tour. The 17 track project is a kaleidoscope of fresh production and features from a few industry giants like Big Sean, Gucci Mane, Frank Ocean, and Quavo. Cozy Tapes: Vol.2 feels like a mixtape which in this day and age is actually a good thing, the record has a looseness about it that suggests that there is much more to come. A$AP Rocky obviously serves as the ring leader, but Ferg, Twelvyy, Na$t, and Playboi Carti all show off notable verses. As the A$AP Mob grows into a formidable label of cohorts it will be interesting to see how they manage all of these individual identities. Check out Cozy Tapes: Vol.2 below via iTunes and make sure to click the link below for tickets to their Minneapolis tour stop.
Location: 318 N 1st Avenue, Minneapolis When: Tuesday, September 19th @ 7:30PM
The guys from Free Minds took things to an entirely different level in 2017. Not only do they throw some of the biggest shows in the state, their artists are starting to be at the forefront of the Twin Cities’ hip hop scene. Tonight, they’re bringing Baton Rouge’s own, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, up for his first appearance in the Twin Cities. The 17 yr old rapper took off after the release of his 2016 mixtape 38 Baby, then managed to dodge an attempted murder charge, among a slew of other mixtape releases. Free Minds’ own GainesFM will open up the night while Tiiiiiiiiiip holds down the 1s & 2s. This show is 18+ and GA tickets are still available for $20 or you can upgrade to reserved seating for $35. Click the link below to buy yours now.
Uptown arcade, Up-Down, recently put the finishing touches on their newly built rooftop and will open it up with a bang. In conjunction with Bauhaus, their monthly Nintendo 64 tournament will once again feature Super Smash Brothers. The tourney starts at 6PM sharp and will be double elimination. The three stages used will be: DK Jungle, Kirby’s Dreamland, and Peach’s Castle. Click the link below for more information and good luck if you decide to enter.
Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Monday, September 18th @ 7PM
Andrew W.K. usually makes a pair of stops in the Twin Cities every year. This time he will bring his full band to First Avenue’s main room along with local rocker Mark Mallman. Andrew W.K. is known for his frenzied and animated live shows, his full live band should only heighten the experience. This show is 18+ and tickets are still available for only $20, click the link below to buy yours now.
Earlier this year, KAS released a record titled “Arizona,” but has since pulled back on new releases. That trend began to change earlier this month with his feature on Squire’s track “Daydream.” Last week, he popped back up with a self produced record dubbed, “Nirvana;” which sees a feature from songstress Joz. KAS has a way with vibes and Joz’ vocals help to add texture throughout the entire song. The kid has really grown into himself as an artist and looks like one of the more versatile up and comers. Another solid record from KAS, don’t be surprised if you hear this one on the radio. Check out “Nirvana” above and make sure to stay tuned for more from KAS.
Location: 17th Avenue S Between 32nd St.-34th St. When: Saturday, September 23rd // 3:30PM-10PM
The Powderhorn Porchfest will be back this weekend for it’s 6th year in the neighborhood. For those unfamiliar the festival features porches of actual homes as each respective stage. The event also features child friendly games, as well as vendors selling crafts and food. This festival is FREE and kid friendly, so come ready to have a good time, but also think about the little ones! Below we’ve posted the link to the official Facebook page along with the lineup and set times.
Location: 20 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis When: Thursday, September 21st @ 9PM
Pledge Empire Records’ Prince Carlton continues his series of artist themed dance parties with “Nas Day.” Northeast’s, Honey, will play host to the event which is billed strictly as a dance party, meaning that there wont be any live performances. These have drawn some major crowds and word around town is that there will be a special Nas cake revealed at some point in the night. This show is 21+ and tickets are currently available for $10, click the link below to buy yours now.