Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Monday, December 18th @ 6:30PM
Miami’s own Lil Pump will be live at First Avenue in about 2 weeks. The young artist is one of hip hop’s more controversial in recent years, the youth touts him as a new age star; while older generations regard him as a detriment to the culture as a whole. No matter your opinion on the subject, Pump has arguably one of the hottest songs of the year in “Gucci Gang,” and he continues to thrive as an independent artist. The Twin Cities’ own Devon Reason will open up the night, rounding out what should be a fun show. Tickets for this show are already SOLD OUT, so if you’re dying to go you’ll have to surf social media, try craigslist, or deal with scalpers. Good luck.
The Bodega Boys are back with this week’s art. Just like that we’re only 9 episodes away from their 100th episode. Whether you’ve been here from the beginning or you’re more familiar with their show on VICELAND, the BRAND is clearly STRONG. Check out episode 91 above and be on the look out for the next installment.
Francis Brown has proved himself to be very capable behind the mic, whether with his band Unknown Creatures or as a solo artist. His latest release comes in the form of a single titled, “Coffee,” which also features Spencer Joles. Produced by Aquarius Mind, the dreamy, hi-hat laden instrumental provides Brown with a canvas to unleash some of his inner thoughts. As the track progresses, the record morphs into something entirely different with Joles’ distorted vocals playing as an instrument itself. A well rounded release from an artist who you should be hearing a lot more of in 2018, check out “Coffee” above and stay tuned for more from Francis Brown.
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.
The city of Chicago is well known for its hot dogs, polishes & pork chop sandwiches; but only few places cook ’em like the guys at Jim’s. Indeed there are various locations on just about every side of Chicago, but the original location near Maxwell Street is the truly great one. Open 24 hours, 365 days a year; the original Jim’s is a mecca for drunken bar goers of all ages, wasted college kids and pretty much anyone looking for good food at too cheap of a price (yes too cheap). That other place down the street (Maxwell’s) might have the best dogs on the block but Jims’ polishes & pork chops blow theirs out of the water. We’ve made many a drunken stops at Jim’s and I can’t remember an occasion when anyone was unsatisfied upon leaving, if you can’t find 1 thing on their menu that you like; you might not be human (or just vegetarian). If you’re ever near U.I.C’s campus or heading south on 94 from downtown, make the stop; it’ll be worth every penny.
A number of indie projects opened on big screens in New York City this weekend, including visual director Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water and Oren Jacoby’s biographical documentary Shadowman. Both are expected to see nationwide expansions as we get into the New Year, and both definitely belong on your ‘To-See’ list for 2018.
Guillermo del Toro, a visual director known for projects like Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, and Pacific Rim, is once again taking audiences on an imaginative fantasy adventure in The Shape of Water, a Cold War-era drama that won the Golden Lion – Best Film award at this year’s Venice Film Festival. The script, which he co-wrote with Vanessa Taylor, follows a lonely high-security government laboratory employee named Elisa who, along with her co-worker Zelda, discover a mind-blowing, top-classified experiment that changes both of their lives forever. Actresses Sally Hawkins (Layer Cake, Blue Jasmine) and Octavia Spencer (The Help, Hidden Figures) star as Elisa and Zelda, respectively, who are joined on-screen by actors Michael Shannon (Man of Steel, Nocturnal Animals), Richard Jenkins (Step Brothers, Burn After Reading), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man, Steve Jobs), and del Toro regular Doug Jones. If you’ve ever seen Pan’s Labyrinth then you’re likely familiar with del Toro’s mesmerizing, albeit eccentric method of storytelling, so be sure to check this one out on the big screen if you get a chance. Continue reading →
DJ Frank Castle & DJ Just Nine are back with a new dance party dubbed “Sweatshirt.” Arguably 2 of the best DJs in the Twin Cities, these two are known to bring the good vibes every time they take the stage. The event will go down at Pimento’s new side venue and will be hosted by the illustrious Mica Mary Jane. The night will feature hip hop and R&B along with a menu of rum infused cocktails, while the kitchen pumps out signature Jamaican fare all night. This one is 18+ and the door is only $5, click the link below for more info.
Location: 501 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis Hours: Mon-Fri: 4PM-2AM, Sat-Sun: 8AM-2AM
In recent years, Minneapolis’ West Bank has begun the transformation from a place often overlooked, into a bustling, multi-cultural strip with plenty of cool bars, good restaurants and venues to enjoy live music. One such bar/venue is the Nomad World Pub, which is located just across from Palmer’s; a couple of blocks from the Triple Rock. In addition to a constant rotation of live acts, the Nomad offers bocce ball, pinball (brand new) and even curling in the winter, along with a separate patio complete with a fire pit. Drink specials like 2 for 1s and the good ole’ prefix (PBR & shot) are offered pretty much every night and the music is always on point whether it’s rock, hip hop, soul or a DJ spinning. The Nomad is often at that perfect capacity, not too packed, but far from empty, however; there always seems to be a random influx or two throughout any night, probably due to it’s location between so many other bars. If you’re into futbol, the Nomad is one of the best places in town to catch a match in peace, and game days are usually accompanied with extra specials. All in all, the Nomad World Pub is a great bar to kick back a few brews and enjoy some good local music, they always have good beers on tap and they consistently book quality bands/artists. If you’re ever on the West Bank in search of a place to drink, stop by the Nomad and check out what they have to offer.
The Twin Cities’ own Big Cats is preparing for the release of his latest project, “Most Days,” which will be celebrated at the Icehouse next Saturday. Big Cats is well known for his production work having collaborated on projects with a wide range of artists including Toki Wright, the aforementioned Eric Mayson, Caroline Smith, Lizzo, and Haley Bonar among others. The night will feature some of his oft-collaborators in Chance York, Eric Mayson, and DJ Just Nine, as well as visuals from Psychographics. This show is 21+ and tickets are currently available for only $10, click the link below to buy yours now.