Location: 16180 Flying Cloud Dr, Eden Prairie Hours: 11AM-10PM Daily
When it comes to acclaimed burger joints in Minnesota, the Twin Cities metro usually garners most of the mentions, but a little known spot in Eden Prairie is a MUST stop for burger lovers. The restaurant known as The Lions Tap is situated along the Minnesota river in an area that can only be described as rural (not suburban). Their claim to fame is perfectly made medium rare patties with precision, no frills, no bullshit, no “jams” or “aiolis,” just good ass burgers. Their menu only extends to five burgers and 1 side, crinkle cut fries that always come out perfect, just like the burgers. One of the few mom & pop shops to beat McDonalds in court (undisclosed settlement), it’s no longer about funds, it’s all about the love at the Lions Tap. Although technically a brewery, this is a family establishment, so be mindful of dinner rushes and weekends to avoid crowds. If you have the time, I highly recommend you take a trip to the southwest ‘burbs to enjoy this gem, click the link below for more information.
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.
Darren Sipity is one of Minnesota’s better pure MCs with a propensity for quick witted wordplay and slick metaphors. A few days back he sent us his new track “Shinaab Faces” which came as a pleasant surprise. Produced by Musikal, Sipity rides the laid back instrumental with heavy doses of introspection, reminiscing about times passed. A good one to kick back and roll one up to, check out “Shinaab Faces” above and stay tuned for more from Darren Sipity.
Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Monday, December 18th @ 6:30PM
Miami’s own Lil Pump will be live at First Avenue next Monday. 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.
Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Sunday, December 31st @ 8PM
P.O.S has a busy December ahead of him. His “Chill, Dummy” tour just kicked off it’s European leg with 10 stops across 6 countries. Shortly after returning to the states he will team up with Surly Brewing for what should be an awesome NYE party. The night will also feature performances from Later Babes, as well as DJs Ander Other and Rowsheen. This is bound to be a high energy affair and there’s no telling who else might make an appearance throughout the night. This show is now SOLD OUT, your best bet for tickets might be Facebook or Twitter.
Jugrnaut continues it’s steady stream of dope pickups with some new 10 Deep pieces as well as a Stussy long sleeve. 10 Deep has been at the forefront of street wear for 2 decades, some would argue that their 2017 campaign has been one of their strongest in quite some time. Good for gifts or for yourself, the “Sun Also Sets” cap ($38) and the “Death Is Everywhere” tee ($35) are both still available via Jugrnaut’s online store. The Stussy “Skull Roses” L/S tee ($42) is another sought after piece that is still available, click the link below for more information.
The guys from Phenom have always been super clean while remaining low key. They’ve found a great aesthetic and clientele base that has allowed them to branch out into California with a 3rd location. As of late things have been slow for their flagship releases, but their “Gold Script” tee has been turning heads. Flashy, yet clean, the “Gold Script” tee is currently available for $32. If you like what you see, click the link below for a better look.
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.
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.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Talib Kweli and Metasota’s ongoing feud, the two MCs have been going back and forth ever since Meta’s now infamous tweet poking fun at Talib’s exemption from Jay-Z’s last series of tweets. The God MC himself took time out of his busy schedule to thank various artists including many from Talib’s old crew, except there was no mention of Talib himself. Meta took to Twitter with this observation, and lets just say that things escalated quickly. Recently more fuel was thrown onto the fire resulting in more back and forth insults on Twitter, but Metasota took things a step further by releasing a diss track titled “Get Bye.” Produced by MMYYKK, the record feels tailor made for Meta allowing him to waste zero bars addressing the situation. Punchlines and slick word play are all over this one, but it honestly feels like Meta was holding back. Check out “Get Bye” for yourself below and keep an eye out for more as things heat up.