Last Sunday, Phantogram headlined the Palace Theater for the final night of the venue’s re-opening weekend. The sold out space was HUGE, cavernous at the upper levels, but the views were solid from pretty much all angles. The crowd arrived ready to have a good time and opening band, The Veldt, did a great job of harnessing that energy. The snow was falling outside, but you wouldn’t have known it by the size of the crowd just before Phantogram went on. The stage display made their performance even more dazzling and lead singer Sarah Barthel was electric from the moment that she stepped on stage. The sound throughout the evening was excellent as well as the lighting, the Palace is worthy of it’s place among Minneapolis’ top venues. Phantogram played a gamut of their most recent hits, including an encore performance that gave everyone more than their money’s worth. A stunning display, I’d recommend buying your tickets early the next time they’re in town. Check out the photos above and be on the look our for more from Phantogram.
Location: 910 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis When: Fri-Sun, March 10th-12th // varying times
Legendary comedian Chris Rock will be live at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Minneapolis. Rock has been quiet since hosting the Oscars last year, but his “Total Blackout” tour has proven successful despite the absence. His 3 night stint will no doubt be a riot, Chris Rock is arguably one of the best stand up comedians of all time. Click the link below for information regarding tickets.
The Cool Kids are heating up as of late with recent news breaking that they’ve been working on a new project. Their latest release is titled “Running Man” and features Houston MC Maxo Kream. The up beat banger is primed for the streets, all three artists put forth solid verses playing off each others energy. Chuck’s production is still as crisp as ever, check out “Running Man” above and keep an eye out for more from The Cool Kids.
Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks recently announced that they are indeed reuniting as The Cool Kids. This is welcome news for hip hop fans who fell in love with their aesthetic and sound nearly 10 years ago. Their most recent release comes in the form of a loose track titled, “Connect Four,” it’s almost like they picked up right where they left off. Peep “Connect Four” above and stay tuned for more from The Cool Kids as 2017 gets into full swing.
Bobby Raps has been heating up as of late, the Twin Cities artist took to Worldstar HipHop yesterday to premiere the video for his latest track “Purgatory.” Directed by Stephen Maturen, the visual compliments the song very well. Dark and gritty, Bobby gets personal on this record exploring his inner depths; a powerful practice of introspection. Check out the video for “Purgatory” above and peep the fire snippet towards the end.
RP Hooks has always had some of the more artistic visuals in the Twin Cities, his most recent release, “Pac Talk,” continues that trend. Directed by Alan de Leon Taverna, the visual takes on a dark tone that matches the record perfectly. Minimalist, the video does a good job of providing a cinematic feel. Hooks’ abrasive style sounds rebellious in a world where tension is mounting, short but sweet; this track definitely sets the tone. Check out the video for “Pac Talk” above and keep an eye out for more from RP Hooks.
Metasota is fresh off a 30+ date tour across the western United States, but still has found time to release new music. Although short, the veteran Minneapolis MC blesses us with some incredible bars over a laid back instrumental. Word play and flow for days on this one, make sure to check out “Gone Home” above and click his soundcloud for the other 4 (yes, FOUR!) records he dropped yesterday.
Minneapolis’ own Drelli has been releasing new music at a steady rate as of late adding to those releases with “Jucy Lucy.” The south side artist is known for his oft-tropical and colorful sound, ironic being from Minnesota. “Jucy Lucy” follows suit with it’s vibrant quality that begs for the playful, carefree days of summer, another solid track from a kid who continues to impress. Check out “Jucy Lucy” above and be on the look out for more from Drelli.
Location: 111 N 5th Street, Minneapolis When: Friday, March 3rd @ 10PM
Soulja Boy has been all over the place lately, whether it’s one of his multiple on going beefs or issues with the law. His up and down battle, turned boxing match, with Chris Brown could have been one of the most watched events of the year if it weren’t for Breezy backing out. The event will also feature CRAM, Lyric Marid, GainesFM, J. Plaza and more, DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip will hold down the 1s & 2s. This one is 18+ and early bird tickets are still available for $20 ($25 GA), click the link below to grab yours now.
Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Thursday, March 2nd @ 8PM
PROF’s Time Bomb Tour will wrap up tonight with it’s homecoming show at First Avenue. These guys have been through some crazy times during their trip (van burglary, van breakdown), so it’s nice to see them all back home in 1 piece. The event will also feature Metasota, Finding Novyon, Cashinova and Willie Wonka; we also have a suspicion that you’ll see a few special guests. This one is 18+ and tickets are still available for $20, click the link below to buy yours now before they sell out.