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.
Location: 501 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis When: Friday, September 29th @ 10PM
The silent dance party has become more and more popular throughout the U.S., but we’ve yet to hear of one going down at a notable location in the Twin Cities. DJ Keezy plans to change that this Friday with “SHHH: Silent Dance Party” at the Nomad. For those who are unfamiliar, silent dance parties usually feature 2 DJs playing at the same time while everyone wears headphones to listen in. The headphones usually have a switch which allows the listeners to flip between the 2 DJs. This event has a STACKED lineup of DJs including Sophia Eris, Tiiiiiiiiiip, Keith Millions, and Sarah White. This one is 21+ to enter and the door is only $10, if you’re looking for something different to do this weekend, look no further.
Minnesota’s own Corbin (F.K.A Spooky Black) and L.A. based producer Shlohmo are currently on the back end of their 16 date tour which started in Orange County, California on September 7th. His long awaited homecoming date was sold out well before the night of the show and it was only fitting that it took place at the first venue Corbin ever performed.
With a line around the block long after doors opened, the energy in the air was palpable. D33J opened up the night with a great set leading into Shlohmo’s electric performance. A set full of crowd favorites and a few unreleased records, Shlohmo was impressive from start to finish. At only 27 yrs old he’s a producer/artist that all music lovers should have on their radar. As Shlohmo’s set wrapped up, chants of “Corbin, Corbin” could be heard louder and louder while he held the crowd in suspense. An artist who has a certain mystique about him, Corbin’s stage props and visual backdrop immersed fans in a stupor. His booming vocals and droning demeanor floated over Psymun’s production with a chemistry rarely matched among up and coming artists now a days. Towards the end of Corbin’s set, fellow St. Paul native Bobby Raps made a guest appearance sending the venue into an uproar. It was clear that these guys are beloved in their hometown and that the sky is the limit. Corbin and Shlohmo will finish off their tour on the east coast with dates in Boston (9/26) and Philly (9/27), before the final date in NYC (9/30). If you’re on the east coast, click the link below to grab tickets before they sell out.
Location: 318 N 1st Avenue, Minneapolis When: Tuesday, September 19th @ 7:30PM
The guys from Free Minds took things to an entirely different level in 2017. Not only do they throw some of the biggest shows in the state, their artists are starting to be at the forefront of the Twin Cities’ hip hop scene. Tonight, they’re bringing Baton Rouge’s own, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, up for his first appearance in the Twin Cities. The 17 yr old rapper took off after the release of his 2016 mixtape 38 Baby, then managed to dodge an attempted murder charge, among a slew of other mixtape releases. Free Minds’ own GainesFM will open up the night while Tiiiiiiiiiip holds down the 1s & 2s. This show is 18+ and GA tickets are still available for $20 or you can upgrade to reserved seating for $35. Click the link below to buy yours now.
Uptown arcade, Up-Down, recently put the finishing touches on their newly built rooftop and will open it up with a bang. In conjunction with Bauhaus, their monthly Nintendo 64 tournament will once again feature Super Smash Brothers. The tourney starts at 6PM sharp and will be double elimination. The three stages used will be: DK Jungle, Kirby’s Dreamland, and Peach’s Castle. Click the link below for more information and good luck if you decide to enter.
Earlier this year, KAS released a record titled “Arizona,” but has since pulled back on new releases. That trend began to change earlier this month with his feature on Squire’s track “Daydream.” Last week, he popped back up with a self produced record dubbed, “Nirvana;” which sees a feature from songstress Joz. KAS has a way with vibes and Joz’ vocals help to add texture throughout the entire song. The kid has really grown into himself as an artist and looks like one of the more versatile up and comers. Another solid record from KAS, don’t be surprised if you hear this one on the radio. Check out “Nirvana” above and make sure to stay tuned for more from KAS.
Location: 17th Avenue S Between 32nd St.-34th St. When: Saturday, September 23rd // 3:30PM-10PM
The Powderhorn Porchfest will be back this weekend for it’s 6th year in the neighborhood. For those unfamiliar the festival features porches of actual homes as each respective stage. The event also features child friendly games, as well as vendors selling crafts and food. This festival is FREE and kid friendly, so come ready to have a good time, but also think about the little ones! Below we’ve posted the link to the official Facebook page along with the lineup and set times.
This Saturday, the homegirl Aimee will bring here collection of gently used vintage & contemporary clothing pieces and accessories to Eat Street’s B. Resale. The pop up shop will run a short amount of time, but available items will most likely be 1 of 1, so if you don’t want to miss out you should show up early. Mixie D will hold down the sounds and Glam Doll Donuts is right next door for your coffee/hunger needs; click the link below for more info.
At this point it’s no secret to Minnesotans that J Kelr & Finding Novyon dropped one of the most highly totted albums of 2016. Since then Finding Novyon has made the move to L.A. amidst what almost feels like an exodus of talent from the Twin Cities region. A few weeks back the duo dropped the instrumental version of their album, but also released a record that may not have made the initial cut. “Hennepin Ave” is a smooth ride down memory lane, Novyon attacks the MC friendly production with the precision of a boxer preparing for the next big match. Bars overflowing with honesty offer a rare glimpse into the downside of the “come up,” check out “Hennepin Ave” below and stay tuned for more from Finding Novyon.
The kid Lubi has been quiet as of late. Calculated and precise, Lubi has taken his opportunities in stride showing out at GO95’s “Shut Up & Rap” showcase, while working on music behind the scenes. His latest offering strays away from his usual methods in a great way, it’s obvious that he is versatile, but it’s also obvious that he is feeling out exactly where his “sound” might transcend. Accompanied by Drey Nasty, the record has a radio feel, not to mention the flex production credit from Chicago’s own Martin $ky. Two artist that you NEED to keep on your radar, check out “Fear” above and make sure to keep an eye out for more from Lubi and Drey Nasty.