Location: 175 W Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul When: Thursday, March 8th @ 6PM
Bay Area native G-Eazy has had an interesting journey through the hip hop ranks. Out of the gate he was widely considered a dime a dozen “white rapper”, but upon further inspection listeners began to make genuine connections with Eazy’s depth. After honing his style and grinding out his own lane, G-Eazy delivered one of 2017s better albums in The Beautiful & Damned. With a surging fan base and fast rising openers Trippie Redd, Phora, and Anthony Russo; his St. Paul stop may be the Twin Cities’ best hip hop show in the month of March. This show is all ages and tickets are currently available for $80, click the link below to buy yours now.
Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Friday, January 12th @ 8PM
It’s almost that time again, Sean Anonymous will be holding his now infamous, annual birthday bash at First Avenue’s 7th Street Entry this weekend. Sean will headline the evening, but the show will also feature performances from Why Khaliq, Cashinova, Lizea Harper, and Alan Fashbaugh (comedy set). Sophia Eris holds down the 1s & 2s, Metasota will take care of the hosting duties, and we can almost guarantee you’ll see a few special guests throughout the night. This one is 18+ and tickets are still available for only $8 ($12 @ door), click the link below to buy yours now before they sell out.
Location: 917 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis When: Friday, January 12th @ 8PM
The Free Minds crew has hit the ground running in 2018 with a headlining show from their lead artist, GainesFM, and now they’ll be bringing Xavier Wulf to The Cabooze. A favorite in the Twin Cities, Xavier Wulf’s Hollow Squad has continued to gain popularity among the youth. The Memphis born artist will be joined by Lil Tracy, Pollari, IDKJeffery, Student 1, and Devon Reason; lets just say there will be no shortage of high energy. This show is 18+ and tickets are still available for only $25, click the link below to buy yours now.
Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Wednesday, January 3rd @ 8PM
Tomorrow, GainesFM will kick the year off with a headlining show at First Avenue’s 7th Street Entry. The event features a lineup packed with heavy hitters including UJU, Baby Shel, Velvo, and Pilot Jonny; rounding out what should be a great night. This show will also serve a good cause, as every penny of the proceeds will be donated to a friend of FreeMinds ENT who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. This show is 18+ and tickets are still available for only $8, click the link below to buy yours now.
Location: 6034 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago P: 773-582-4244 Hours: Sun-Thurs: 9AM-10PM, Fri-Sat: 8AM-10PM
Chicago literally has a thousand different taco stands and restaurants spread out across the city, from the North side to the South side you’d be hard pressed to go a couple miles with out seeing one. The fact that the taco scene is so saturated has taken a little away from the truly great taco joints that the city has to offer. We previously mentioned La Pasadita, but this time around we’re posting a southside restaurant; situated in Chicago’s West Lawn neighborhood, Paco’s Tacos is by far one of the CHIs top ten taco spots. The taco’s here are some of the largest that i’ve seen around the city, they literally stuff their steak tacos; usually leaving enough meet on your plate for another one. The only pitfall of this place is their operating hours, the West Lawn is far different (crime) than Wicker Park so it’s understandable; but it would still be nice to be able to stop in late. All in all, I think Paco’s easily stacks up to other, more well known places like La Pasadita, Taco Burrito King & Zaca’s; if you’re ever on the southwest side in need of grub look no further.
Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Saturday, January 13th @ 9PM
A few months back, Finding Novyon made the leap to L.A. without missing a step, the Twin Cities artist sold out his first headliner out west and continues to hone his craft. Just after the new year, he’ll make his first official return with a headlining show at the 7th St Entry; he’ll be joined by DUA, Student 1, and DJ TIIIIIIIIIIP. This is a show to mark on your calendars, the door is 18+ and tickets are currently available for $12, click the link below to buy yours now.
Location: 1366 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago P: 773-697-7922 Hours: Mon-Thurs: 5PM-2AM, Fri: 3PM-2AM, Sat: Noon-3AM, Sun: Noon-2AM
In June 2012 Emporium opened it’s doors at the forefront of the then current “barcade” trend. Situated in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, just down the street from the bustling “6 corners,” Emporium established itself as one of CHI’s premier barcades. Location aside, they have an awesome beer menu, and if you’re into whiskey (we are), they have a separate menu dedicated entirely to the “Ruckus Juice.” When it comes to the games, these guys hit the nail on the head; you’ll find ALL of the classics: The Simpsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, NBA JAM, and Street Fighter. If that wasn’t good enough, they have a separate room dedicated entirely to pinball and live music. Emporium is dope but beware, if you come here late on a Friday or Saturday night, you’ll probably end up doing more waiting and watching than actual playing; so go early or on odd days if you’re there strictly for the games. This place is ideal for a pre-game before the night begins, I’d highly recommend a stop if you’re near “6 Corners”.
Location: 505 N 3rd St, Minneapolis When: Friday, December 15th @ 8:30PM
Modist Brewing is arguably the best place to be for hip hop tonight. The brewery will host Manchita (GRRRL PRTY), Sophia Eris (GRRRL PRTY & GO95.3), and Kristoff Krane, rounding out what should be a great night. Each of these artists has proved time and time again that they are some of the best among their peers. The brews will be flowing, the music will be on point, and Glam Doll might even have some donuts on deck; what more do you need to know? This one is 21+ and the door is only $10, click the link below for more info.
Indeed Brewing has always been supportive of the Twin Cities’ music scene sponsoring and even throwing a wide variety of events every year. Their upcoming event at Icehouse features an amazing lineup in Black Diet, PHO, and Ayvah. The show will serve as a reunion for Black Diet, who ruled the local festival circuit and critic’s picks lists between 2014-2015. PHO has established itself as a band that never disappoints, and Ayvah is one of the Twin Cities’ more promising up and coming artists. Anyone in attendance will enjoy heavy doses of soul, funk and R&B, from 3 great live performers. This one is 21+ and the tickets are available in advance for only $10 ($15 @ door), click the link below to buy yours now before this one sells out.