Location: 1265 Snelling Avenue N, St. Paul When: Thursday, August 24th- Monday, September 4th (Memorial Day)
The Minnesota State Fair is right around the corner, this year’s offerings of live entertainment and new foods will not disappoint. Among the many smaller stages throughout the fairgrounds, the Grandstand will feature headliners like Nickelback, Stevie Nicks, Usher, Jim Gaffigan, Phantogram, and Toby Keith on any given night. Sure there will be the classics like Sweet Martha’s cookies, turkey legs, and just about everything on a stick, but you’d be a fool to overlook the newcomers. Some of which include, Dino’s Gyro’s “Honey Puffs,” balls of fried dough dipped in sweet syrup and tossed in cinnamon and sugar, Giggles’ Campfire Grill’s “Duck Bacon Wontons,” or Snack House’s “Memphis Totchos,” sliced banana and sautéed bacon over tater tots, topped with peanut sauce. Grandstand tickets are sold separately, but you can buy general admission tickets in advance for $11 ($14 @ gate). If you’re serious about trying as many new foods as possible, click the link below for a complete list of 2017’s new eats and a map marking their locations.
Location: 726 Central Avenue SE, Minneapolis When: Saturday, August 12th // 3PM-7PM
This Saturday, the homies from No Flashy Shit will be joining forces with AK Collective, Shepherd Goods & Lamb Chops, and Marena for a pop-up shop. The event will showcase clothing, jewelry and artwork, and we’re sure you’ll see a few exclusive items available. The pop-up is free and is kid friendly, click the link below to check out No Flashy Shit’s official website and a few recaps of previous pop-ups.
Chicago’s own Vic Mensa appeared on the Breakfast Club today to talk about the release of his new album, The Autobiography. The budding artist has definitely had some trials and tribulations along his journey to becoming a certified star, he opens up about some of the things that he’s gone through since his move to L.A. Check out the interview for yourself above and keep an eye out for more.
While reminiscing about my days living in Chicago, one of the memories that always stands out most was my oft-sightings of Left Hand Wave artwork throughout the city. Walks along Milwaukee avenue or Division would yield multiple sightings of the secretive crews street art, most commonly being a kid in some sort of suit (/bunny/banana is classic) waving with his left hand (hence the name). Some would be torn down, others would remain for months or until they succumbed to the elements. Since then they’ve began making prints, clothing, stickers and a host of other items that can all be purchased via their web-store. Take a look at some of what they offer above and click the link below for a better look. Left Handed Wave
The Bodega Boys are currently enjoying the most successful year of their lives. From the Red Bull studios to the VICE offices, these guys are now the faces of arguably the funniest show on late night television. The podcast that started it all is still active and they recently released a new episode dubbed “Jew Bang.” Hilarity ensues as usual, check out episode 65 above and be on the look out for the next one.
Adam DeGross is our favorite concert photographer in Minnesota and in our humble opinion, he’s also one of the best. He recently covered Soundset and has been releasing photos steadily via Twitter and Instagram. Above you’ll find shots of Gucci Mane, Travis Scott, Mod Sun, Playboi Carti and more; keep an eye on his Instagram as he continues to release photos.
Tyler The Creator’s album, Cherry Bomb, was yet another signal that the young artist is indeed one of hip hop’s most creative and dynamic. Whether it’s music, fashion, acting, or directing, Tyler has certainly established himself across a variety of mediums. His latest work comes in collaboration with Mikey123xyz, a California based clothing designer and director. Mikey documented Tyler during the process of finalizing Cherry Bomb and the road to it’s release. An interesting behind the scenes look, you can view the documentary in it’s entirety above.
Today (May 26th) marks the 50th anniversary celebration of The Beatle’s revolutionary album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The LP was the first released by the band following their retirement from touring after their final performance at Candlestick Park in 1966. Although The Beatles had already begun a steady transition from being a more traditional pop-rock group with albums like Rubber Soul and Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s has been hailed as their ultimate creative masterpiece, followed closely perhaps by 1969’s Abbey Road. Released at the beginning of the Summer of Love, it set a new precedent for what a rock and roll record could be. The concept behind the album began following the exhaustion the group experienced after the whirlwind of Beatlemania. Paul McCartney came to Lennon, Starr, and Harrison with an idea that they would record an all new album under an alternative persona, which would free them from the weight of being the Beatles and usher in a fresh wave of musical creativity. Sgt. Pepper’s not only ushered in a new era for the Beatles; it also marked the beginning of the psychedelic rock movement that would see new groups like The Doors, Pink Floyd, and Jefferson Airplane begin to climb the pop music charts. Now, 50 years later, Sgt. Pepper’s is known not only for its conception and importance to 60s rock (and music in general), but also for the history of its production. Continue reading →
Earlier this week, Sir Roger Moore, the third actor to portray Ian Fleming’s British Secret Service Agent, James Bond, passed away at the age of 89. Moore died after a brief battle with cancer at his home in Switzerland, according to his family members. The actor first achieved fame with lead television roles in series like Maverick and The Saint in the 1950s and 60s. His first outing as James Bond came with 1973’s Live and Let Die, the second Bond novel by author Ian Fleming. Moore’s appointment to the role came after Sean Connery returned for one additional film (Diamonds Are Forever) following actor George Lazenby’s dismissal from the the part. He would then go on to star as Bond in an additional six films throughout the remainder of the 1970s and up until 1985’s A View To A Kill. Continue reading →
The Bodega Boys are back with episode 64 of their now illustrious podcast. Desus Nice and The Kid Mero are arguably the best new faces on television with their Viceland show, their combination of humorous takes and hilarious guest interviews proving to be a winning formula. Fresh from Vegas the guys put their spin on a variety of topics, check it out above.