I’ve been saying it for years: vinyl is the way to go and Millennials are finally catching on! Best Buy announced this week that its stores will stop selling CDs (compact discs) altogether this July 1. Meanwhile vinyl sales have been steadily rising over the last few years, becoming, once again, a high-demand item for music retailers who have been struggling to compete with digital streaming services and music downloaded from the Internet. According to The Guardian, vinyl sales saw a 53% increase between 2015 and 2016, the highest sales numbers for vinyl since 1991. Although vinyls have always been kept around by independent retailers like Half Price Books and local stores like Cheapo Records and Electric Fetus here in Minneapolis, retailers like Best Buy and Target have caught up with the trend. As some begin to drop CD sales, none seem to have any plans to stop selling vinyl. Continue reading →
Location: 629 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis When: Friday, January 3rd @ 9PM
Minneapolis’ own CeeWhy will be holding a release show for his upcoming project entitled “Freedom=Genius” tonight, January 3rd at the Triple Rock. The show has a ton of sponsors and CeeWhy will be joined on stage by Gorilla Panic, MaLLy, Crunchy Kids & DJ SoSupreme with Carnage hosting the event. This one’s 18+ and tickets are $10 at the door, if you like dope music you should definitely hit this one up. Click the link below to check out CeeWhy’s website and stay tuned for more.
Minneapolis’ own Sean Anonymous released a pretty dope record from off of his upcoming project, which will be released on 7″ vinyl. Collaborating with DJ Name (on the entire project) and enlisting Lizzo for the track, Sean definitely knows what the people want. Keep an eye out for more as the Make Some Noise Release Show draws closer.
Location: 629 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis When: Saturday, December 28th @ 8PM
Minneapolis artist Lizzo will be back to headline at the Triple Rock tomorrow. She’ll be accompanied by Lazerbeak & Plain Ole Bill for LAVABANGERS, and who knows who else will pop up. Lizzo has been on fire as of late and continues to ride the success of her recent release with Lazerbeak entitled “LizzoBANGERS”. This might be the last time you’ll get to see her for the low price of $12 bucks so you should definitely cop your tickets soon. This one’s 18+ which means they’ll likely sell out. Click the link below for tickets and keep an eye out for more from Lizzo.
The D.C. artist, Oddisee, continues to bring the heat with his lyricism, as he joins MMG. The brand new track, “Invisible Walls,” was just released off of Mello Music Group’s, Mandala Vol. 1, Polysonic Flows. MMG is composed of 10 producers, in which each one brings a unique rhythm and beat to the mix tape, reminding everyone that Hip-Hop is still fresh. Make sure to take a listen and download all 20 tracks for FREE.
Just because a lot of us can be snoozin, or hibernating perhaps, Glow Mechanics released their latest album, Schmo Mechanics, two weekends ago. Their CD Release show had me feeling like the early 2000s, because they raised the roof off of 7th Street Entry. This album definitely has a newly developed signature style to the group that many are not able to obtain; this is, of course all thanks Bev and Ghostmeat’s clever lyrics and Es El’s bold production. Press Play and stay tuned for more from Glow Mechanics.
Talib Kweli, lyrically has been one of the premier emcees around. The vet is releasing his latest album tonight, and it should be a few notches above his previous two. The album is produced by Ohno, Statik and Dilla as well. Gravitas, is also going to be independently released, which ideally would help for a more authentic Kweli album.
1. Inner Monologue – produced by Khrysis
2. Demonology – featuring Gary Clark Jr., produced by Lord Quest
3. State of Grace – featuring Abby Dobson, produced by Lord Quest
4. Violations – featuring Raekwon, produced by Thaddeus Dixon
5. Rare Portraits – produced by OhNo
6. New Leaders – featuring UnderAchievers, produced by Statik Selektah
7. The Wormhole – produced by OhNo
8. What’s Real – featuring RES, produced by Rich Kidd
9. Art Imitates Life – featuring Black Thought, Rah Digga & ALBe. Back, produced by OhNo
10. Lover’s Peak – produced by 6th Sense
11. Colors of You – featuring Mike Posner, produced by J DillaX
Location: 701 N First Ave, Minneapolis When: Sunday, December 8th @ 7PM
The homies Glow Mechanics will be holding a CD release party for their upcoming project “Schmo Mechanics” at Minneapolis’ legendary venue 7th Street Entry. The event will also feature the likes of Rapper Hooks, Chantz Erolin of Audio Perm & Beast Head while showcasing new tracks from “Schmo Mechanics”. This one is 18+ and tickets are only $5 so everyone of age should definitely hit this one up, in addition to the CD release; Glow Mechanics are also offering a free copy of their new record with entry. Keep an eye out for more Glow Mechs as they get set to drop their sophomore album.
Glow Mechanics just recently released their album art for Schmo Mechanics, which will be available on December 8th, at 7th Street Entry for their release show. The visual art for Schmo Mechanics was done by KB (Kurtis Benson), and it is prettay prettay legit. Make sure to come get your free copy on this night because, not only will it be a hell of a show; but free is always good.
Minneapolis’ own GRRRL PRTY will be throwing their EP release party for their debut project at IceHouse tomorrow. The leading ladies were #3 on City Page’s “Picked to Click” list (Lizzo took #1) and plan to continue rising through the ranks as one of Minneapolis’ top acts. The anticipation surrounding their debut release has translated into an enormous buzz for the group, if you’ve never seen them live; YOU NEED TO ATTEND. Tickets are only $6 and trust us, they wont be that cheap for long so get to it while you still can; stay tuned for more as the prty continues.