Author Archives: depdillinger

Best Damn Beat Battle 8

The Best Damn Beat Battle was dormant for a couple of months, but things have picked up as of late with the 7th event falling a couple of weeks ago. Now a new cast of 16 producers will vie for the $250 dollar prize and bragging rights as the reigning champion. Some of the participants who are already confirmed include, Joey Bones, Grouchy Bambino, Big Cats, and Tommy Karate among others. This event is 18+ and the door is only $5, click the link below for more information.

Best Damn Beat Battle 8 via Facebook

Allan Kingdom – Relax Ft. Drelli

So Cold Records has emerged as the most buzzing label/collective of hip hop artists among the youth in the Twin Cities. Front man Allan Kingdom recently announced the North American leg of his Lines tour, he’ll be joined by fellow So Cold artists, Finding Novyon and Drelli, among others. Over the last couple of months the trio has released more than a handful of tracks in various forms of collaboration with each other, “Relax” being one of their most recent. The Topper Atwood produced track thumps along and Allan’s masterful vocals provide a hook that instantly captures the listener. Allan and Drelli appear to be forming a Penny/Shaq, Stockton/Malone like duo, if these are just loose records we can’t wait to see what else So Cold has up their sleeves. Check out “Relax” above and keep an eye out for more information regarding Allan Kingdom’s Lines tour.

Father – Hands (Video)


Atlanta artist, Father, took to Twitter yesterday (on Father’s Day) to release the visual for his infectiously buzzing new track “Hands.” Produced by MeltyCanon, the record feels jubilant and grimy at the same time. A variety of xylophone and bell tones are sprinkled over a hard, rumbling bass line, Father does what he does best injecting his quirky, off-canter style. The visual is equally stimulating as it follows a group of kids leaving havoc in their wake, you probably wont take away anything truly profound, but the video definitely displays an air of cool. Check out the video for yourself above and keep an eye out for more from Father.

Palm “Shadow Experts”

The east coast never has a shortage of musicians and artists breaking out and Philly band, Palm is no exception. The group recently released their EP, Shadow Expert, via Carpark Records, the 6 track project bound tightly with a wide variety of eclectic records. Lead singles “Walkie Talkie” and the title track, “Shadow Expert” engage the listener with a kaleidoscope of sounds and rhythms, by the time you land on track 3 you should already be sucked in. Their sunny and vibrant sound is perfect for the encroaching summer months, like moving gears this album presses along right until it’s final moments. Check out Shadow Expert above, if you like what you hear they’ll be in town at the top of July as they continue their nationwide tour. Click the link below for more information regarding their upcoming Turf Club show.

Palm “Shadow Expert” Tour w/ Palberta

The Bad Waitress

the-bad-waitress
the-bad-waitress-minneapolis-minnesota-breakfast1

Location: 2 E 26th Street, Minneapolis
Hours: Mon-Fri: 7AM-11PM, Sat: 7:30AM-11PM, Sun: 8AM-11PM

Before Eat Street was well…..Eat Street, The Bad Waitress stood prominently at the corner of 26th & Nicollet as a sign of things to come. As the strip grew (Icehouse, Eat Street Social, Black Sheep etc) The Bad Waitress maintained it’s glory as the areas go-to diner. Minneapolis’ Whittier neighborhood has always been known for it’s wide range of international eats, Thai & Chinese places sit side by side with Mexican & Middle Eastern eateries; while The Bad Waitress embodies the American diner style of restaurant. As with most diners, cool nostalgic posters, toys & records from America’s past adorn every wall; giving you plenty to look at while waiting and eating. Setting itself apart from other diners in Minneapolis, The Bad Waitress strictly buys local; assuring you that everything you eat was in fact produced in the great state of Minnesota. Another cool touch is the comic book & monster themed tables (The Invisible Girl table is primo) that allow for super quick service, our food was laid before us in what felt like one blink of the eye. With all of the great things that can be said about The Bad Waitress, i did leave with 1 pretty insignificant gripe. Other breakfast places like My Kitchen, Uptown Diner & Mickey’s offer more bang for your buck, we know ridiculously large portions are now frowned upon; but when you’re hungover and in need of a monster meal, having to order twice can be dissappointing. All in all, The Bad Waitress is a great place to eat with great service and a cool atmosphere (prime location); however, if you find yourself looking for a feast on a budget, you may want to look elsewhere.

Phil’s Last Stand

20120921-aht-chicago-phils-last-stand-exterior
Phils
20120316-197351-standing-room-only-phils-last-stand-burger

Location: 2258 W Chicago Avenue, Chicago
Hours: Sun: 10:30AM-10PM, Mon-Tue: 10:30AM-Midnight, Wed: 10:30AM-2AM, Thur-Sat: 10:30AM-4AM

Chicago’s hot dog game is on another level; red hots, char-dogs, grilled or raw onions, Chicago style toppings or old school style, poppy seed bun or plain, NO KETCHUP; it is it’s own madness. Last weekend we were out late in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood and decided to stop by Phil’s Last Stand to finally find out what all the hype’s about. {2:00am, Saturday}: Upon entering, the place was full of all sorts of Chicago’s finest, everyone from drunken college kids, fed up locals; and yes the odd bum or two. Classic atmosphere at any Chicago stand around bar close, the interior was packed but the picnic table filled patio was pleasantly vacant. Both the burgers and the hot dogs were awesome, and like my friend Blanco said, “This place doesn’t give a fuck about fries”; they literally filled the entire basket around the hot dogs. Phil’s easily earned it’s spot within my top 5 hot dog stands in the city, good food, decent prices and they offer more space than the average stand. If you’re ever in West Town or the Ukraine Village on an empty stomach, i’d highly recommend a stop here; you wont leave hungry.

Harold’s Chicken Shack

Harold's 1
Harold's 2
harold's 3

Location: Numerous (Best are 87th & Kedzie, 83rd & Ashland)
Hours: Vary by location

Growing up in Minnesota, KFC and Popeyes were the marquis chicken places aside from a few token spots like El-Amins, Shorty & Wags, and Pizza Gallery. When i came to the city of Chicago, it was clear that one name rang loudest in the conversation over chicken; Harold’s. A Southside institution, Harold’s Chicken Shack has reached national acclaim for having some of the best wings, not only in Chicago; but in the entire United States as well. When driving on the Southside you’ll see a Harold’s in just about every neighborhood stretching down into the city’s south suburbs, you can find them all across the city but they are most prevalent out south. The chicken itself is great, Juicy, Crispy and lathered in a sauce locals have named “Mild Sauce”; it’s like a blend of BBQ, Honey BBQ and ketchup. They provide a variety of sauces but Mild is really the only way to go, if you’re ever in Chicago you CAN NOT leave without eating at one of the many around town. Thank me later.

Red Bull Sound Select x Greenroom Magazine: Big Freedia

Location: 917 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis
When: Wednesday, June 21st @ 8PM

Pride month will be in full effect in a next weekend leading up to the annual downtown parade and beer dabbler event in Loring Park. The good people at Greenroom will link up with Red Bull Sound Select for a party of their own, New Orleans artist Big Freedia will headline what should be an awesome show. The night will also feature performances from Cupcakke, Lex Allen, and Zed Kenzo, as well as DJ sets from Shannon Blowtorch and DJ Keezy. The door is 18+ and entry is only $5 w/ RSVP ($15 w/o), click the link below to RSVP.

Red Bull Sound Select x Greenroom: Big Freedia RSVP

Lizzo Special Guests on Viceland’s “Desus & Mero”


Lizzo is currently touring the nation, but made a pit stop at the Vice offices to appear as a special guest on Desus & Mero’s show. The talented songstress fit right in providing plenty of funny moments and even a little chemistry with Desus Nice in particular. Lizzo continues to rise through the ranks of stardom, her music, attitude and work ethic will surely get her to where she wants to be.

The Roman Empire Imagined as a Subway Transit Map

University of Chicago student, Sasha Trubetskoy recently unveiled one of the coolest “transit iterations” in recent memory. A few weeks designing and researching led to what he sees as a solid re-imagining of the Roman Empire’s network of roads and cities in the 2nd century. Click the link below for a closer look at the map, if you donate a few bucks Sasha will send you a hi-res PDF for prints.

Roman Roads

Donate