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This Week In Movie History…

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On September 20, 1956, director William Wyler‘s Friendly Persuasion was released in theaters in the United States. Based on the book by Jessamyn West, the story revolves around a Quaker family in 1862, whose faith and belief in non-violence is tested when Confederate troops come sweeping through their land and the family must decide whether to fight or to remain complacent. The film was written by screenwriter Michael Wilson (A Place in the Sun, Planet of the Apes), and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenwriting. It wasn’t until 2002, however, that Wilson would receive legitimate recognition for his work on the film. Continue reading

Four Midwest Artists to Bump this Summer

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Summer ’16 has already offered a swarm of new releases. But if you are looking for a break from the mainstream buzz and to support close-to-home talent, then these four artists would be great additions to your BBQ, pool party or road trip playlist.

Kweku Collins: Kweku Collins is a 19-year-old Evansville, IL based artist. He has a melodic sing-rap style and cited his influences as a diverse range of artists, including Miles Davis, Black Sabbath, Black-Eyed Peas and Young Thug in a Late with Rosenberg interview last month. His latest project, Nat Love, sounds a lot like falling in and out of love. It includes a sweet and airy track that features Chance the Rapper’s little brother Taylor Bennett. His tracks are less electronic and rawer sounding and instrumental, which could be incidentally influenced by his father who is an African and Latin percussionist.

WebsterX: WebsterX is based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but his content is somewhat otherworldly. WebsterX should be a familiar name if you are a Minnesota hip-hop fan, as he has worked alongside both Finding Novyon and Allan Kingdom. He also falls off the beaten path of traditional hip-hop with an experimental style and chant-like vocals. His imaginative lyrics were recently brought to life in his stunning video for “Everything.”

Martin $ky: Martin $ky is based out of Chicago and if you are looking for traditional rap, then he is most definitely your go-to guy on this list. There really isn’t a song of his that he hasn’t produced. He said he learned how to produce at the age of 13, and started rapping shortly after in a Lyrical Lemonade interview. His experience is evident in the clean production of each track, but at the same time his rhymes are not put on the backburner. In fact, his skills have allowed him to develop a cohesive style that is uniquely his own. In his track BK2CHI, Pro Era’s Kirk Knight kicks off the song and helps to create a stellar blend of two producer turned rappers who stay true to their hometowns.

RO$$I: RO$$I is another more traditional rapper based out of Brooklyn Park, MN. Many of RO$$I’s tracks are also self-produced. His most popular track on Soundcloud is titled “Back At It” and is one of those tunes that you can vibe to, drive to, dance to, light to or all of the above. His tracks carry a lot of light themes of turning up, girls and cars, but he also delves into heavier topics of family problems and conspiracy theories. His crew name goes by SpʌceGʌng, which goes along well with his mentions of Martians in tracks like “Dark Matter.” Be sure to give this local underdog and all the other artists mentioned a listen below.

Orchestral Celebrations Being Planned For ‘Back To The Future’ 30th Anniversary

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With the 30th Anniversary of director Robert Zemeckis‘s (Forrest Gump, Cast Away) classic time-travel tale Back to the Future coming up next year, plans are starting to be made to mark the celebration. Variety recently reported plans by IMG Artists and the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency to showcase the film alongside a live orchestra that will play the classic soundtrack by Alan Silvestri as the film progresses. The first performance will be held in Switzerland this coming May with the 21st Century Orchestra, with additional performances pending in worldwide locations. Zemeckis, working with producer Steven Spielberg, released Back to the Future in July 1985 and the film skyrocketed up-and-coming actor Michael J. Fox to movie stardom. It won the 1986 Oscar for Best Sound Effects Editing and was also nominated for Best Screenplay, Best Sound, and Best Original Music. IMG and Gorfaine/Schwartz performed a similar service for the Star Trek anniversary this year, but seeing as Back to the Future will appeal to a much larger audience across the generation gaps, this one is sure to be just as, if not more, popular. Universal Pictures is also most likely preparing some kind of celebration but that has yet to be announced, so we’ll keep looking out for more news.

Photay EP

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A few days ago, the NY based artist dropped his self titled EP Photay. This EP is something fresh, needless to say, we got our Vinyl ordered and shipped in the wake of hearing about Photay.

Photay blends one of a kind melodies with thick textures, making for one of the finer albums released in 2014.  Dreamy bass lines, unique synths, and mysterious undertones lie deep within Photay’s 9 track EP. Make sure to press play and keep your eyes and ears out for the young 21-year old producer.

#MPLS Debut Album Release @ The Fine Line

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When: Thursday, June 4th 2014 | Tickets $10/$20 |
Where: Fine Line Music Cafe | 318 1st Ave. N. Minneapolis, MN 55401 |

Tonight, the band formerly known as Boombox, will have their debut album release at the Fine Line. Since it will be their debut album, is only right that we pay homage to this group of talented musicians. The newly formed group, #MPLS, consists of Jesse Larson and David Glen (Hustle Rose) on guitars, Ashley Commodore and Bree Turner on Vocals, Rob Coleman, on Synth Bass, David Billingsley on the keys, MC Beeph Morgan and Brandon Commodore (Mint Condition) on drums. The overall makeup of the band blends R&B, Funk, Soul, Blues, and Hip-Hop, to make one interesting group (in a good way). The night will also feature the longtime vets, Heiruspecs, as well as Dj Adora Tokyo, to make for another good night out in Minneapolis. 

Os Gêmeos Paints the Brazilian National Team’s Airplane

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With the World Cup right around the corner, Brazilian artists Os Gêmeos have been called to paint the Brazilian National Teams airplane. The twin brothers used 1,200 cans of paint on the piece which will actually serve as the team’s transportation. If you happen to catch a glimpse of this later this summer, consider yourself lucky.

Fort Wilson Riot – TrIllIun Album Release Party

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When: Saturday May 24th | 18+ @ 9PM | Tickets $7 |
Where: The Triple Rock Social Club | 629 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454 |

Fort Wilson Riot has been making some noise throughout the month of May. From playing house parties to local venues; their buzz is continuously growing. This Saturday will mark the awaited album release of trIllIun, in which they will be joined by multiple talented artists. This show should make for one great night among many this Saturday, and it will be a hard one to miss. Choose wisely people!

For More Visit: http://fortwilsonriot.com

Twin City Sneaker & Art Exchange III

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Location: 917 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis
When: Sunday, May 4th // 12-6PM

Studiiyo 23 will once again be throwing their annual sneaker & art exchange this May. “TCSAX III” will feature live performances from The Lioness, Finding Novyon, Bdot Croc and more along with sets from DJ Enferno & DJ Ray Mills. Chris Styles of KMOJ will host the event alongside a ton of traders, collectors and sellers. This should definitely be a good time, who knows, you might even come up on a cool piece of art or some kicks. No word on the location yet, stay tuned for more info as we get closer to the date.

Fresh Beats for the Streets

As Minneapolis artists continue to release non-stop heat on this cold ass winter, we can’t help but turn these beats up and dream about summertime lakes and chillin. Big Cats and Psymun just added to the fire once again with their latest tracks, “lotion” and “Keep Up”. Each song is just over a minute, so you know every second is good.

Rogue Citizen Closing Party @ Cause Soundbar

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Location: 3001 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
When: Thursday, December 5th @ 7PM

Tomorrow the Rogue Citizen crew will be closing their art show at Cause Soundbar. The event will provide a ton of specials including $3 Powers & $2.50 PBRs for those who come thirsty along with a raffle for Rogue Citizen artwork. Lizardman, Ugaso, AEON, Shawn Dalsen & McGorry will all have works featured and all remaining artworks will be sold at 25% off. If you don’t have anything else going on you should definitely hit this one up.