Location: 913 Cedar Avenue S, Minneapolis When: Friday, July 28th @ 8PM
Brooklyn born, ATL bred rapper/singer Nessly will be live at The Cabooze this Friday. He broke out in a major way in 2016 with his Solo Boy Band EP and has continued his upward trajectory in 2017 with a slew of bangers via Soundcloud, most notably “Falling Down.” The event will also feature opening performances from GainesFM, SPVCE, The Hooligans, and Student 1 among others. This one is 18+ and tickets can still be purchased in advance for $15 ($20 @ door), click the link below to buy yours now.
As the anticipation builds for Vic Mensa’s new album, The Autobiography: As Told By Vic Mensa, He’s followed his critically acclaimed mixtape with what appears to be a first single. Titled “Wings,” the record features 2 legendary artists in Pharrell Williams and Saul Williams, no relation. Over the years Vic has really showed us that is as versatile as any artist out there, “Wings” is another example of how his technical songwriting continues to expand. Still a half decade away from 30, Vic Mensa’s journey thus far has been enthralling to say the least. If “Wings” is an indicator of what to expect from his upcoming album, lets just say he’s raised the bar. Check it out below and stay tuned for more from Vic Mensa.
Arvell Genius recently released his debut EP, MYDVYZVRE#, a sonic exploration of self and an observation of the world around him. A member of SPVCE, the crew is known for their top notch production, all of which is done in house; MYDVYZVRE# is a perfect example. Arvell’s cryptic, often introspective observations sound schizophrenic at times, the vocal mixing adds to this feeling on tracks like “Assasssment” and “Loop.” At just under 20 mins, MYDVYZVRE# is a dense project that warrants multiple listens. Check it out above and stay tuned for more from Arvell Genius.
Over the last year or so, we’ve grown quite fond of Lubi, the 18 yr old artist currently making waves out the Twin Cities area. His most recent offering comes in the form of quick loosie titled “FIVE.” The WEST1NE produced instrumental is laid back and piano driven, as Lubi heaves bar after bar, the record begins to transform with more sounds being layered. Lyrically Lubi possesses a prowess beyond his years and it appears that he is becoming more comfortable with his own sound. “FIVE” is a solid example of Lubi’s abilities as a pure MC, check out the record above and stay tuned for more from Lubi.
The homie Finding Novyon took to Twitter last week to release his debut album, That’s My Dawg. The budding Minneapolis artist has continued to be a fixture within the Twin Cities hip hop scene, 1 part of the newly formed So Cold Records, he looks to ride the momentum into 2018. From someone who has seen Novyon work from a relatively unknown artist, into one that is leading his peers; That’s My Dawg feels like the culmination of all that hard work. Everything learned along the way, all of the progress and preparation seems locked into this body of work, a testament to just how far the kid has come. Tracks like “Kiss The Sky” and “Get Involved” further illustrate his aforementioned work ethic, while records like the Allan Kingdom assisted “Tall Hills” take the listener for a carefree journey. The few features on the album are deliberate and well placed, another sign that That’s My Dawg is a cut above your average release. Although there is no doubting that Finding Novyon has a lot more room for growth and a lot more hard work ahead, That’s My Dawg stands out among his projects as defined, something that signals his upward trajectory. Peep That’s My Dawg above and make sure to stay tuned for more from Finding Novyon.
Location: 1601 University Avenue, St. Paul When: Saturday, July 8th @ 8PM
Philly’s own Palm will be live at the Turf Club just after the 4th of July. Their upcoming project, Shadow Expert, released through Carpark Records on June 18th; just before kicking their tour off in Brooklyn. They’ll be joined by special guests Palberta and Double Grave, not a bad way to spend an evening in St. Paul, the proximity to the light rail even makes this one convenient for folks living in MPLS. The event is 21+ and advance tickets are currently available for only $10 ($12 @ door), click the link below to buy yours now.
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.
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.
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.
Location: 3090 Southlawn Dr, Saint Paul When: Saturday, June 10th @ 6PM
Redman, Devin The Dude, and Dizzy Wright will all be at MYTH Nightclub this Saturday for an event that should be a smoker’s paradise. Redman and Devin are certified legends, while Dizzy Wright’s cult fan base makes for an interesting evening of music. The night will also feature performances from MayhemTheTruth, Lyric Marid, A.C.E, Bobby Hatfield, and Sake Red; a solid lineup full of Twin Cities support. This show is 18+ and both general admission tickets, as well as VIP balcony (21+) passes are still available for $40 and $60, respectively. Click the link below to buy yours now.