There are few interesting indie releases opening in local theaters this weekend, alongside Jordan Peele’s directorial horror debut Get Out. The first is a war-drama titled Bitter Harvest, starring Max Irons (The Host, Woman in Gold) and Samantha Barks (Les Miserables, The Christmas Candle) as lovers facing the oncoming Ukraine Genocide of 1932-1933 under Joseph Stalin. The film comes from director George Mendeluk and follows a young artists (Irons) as he works to save his love, Natalka (Barks), from being rounded up and executed as part of the death-by-starvation camps that would be made all the more famous during Hitler’s time in Nazi Germany during World War II. The script comes from writer Richard Bachynsky Hoover and co-stars Terence Stamp (Superman, Young Guns) and Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile). Continue reading →
Director Denny Tedesco‘s The Wrecking Crew was originally released at SXSW in March 2008, followed by the Nashville Film and Seattle International Film Festival. The film then saw various releases at festivals around the world following the rest of 2008 and into 2009, but never actually saw a mass release for reasons unknown, although the unofficial assumption is that, given the content of the project, the rights to most of the songs were tied-up until now. Centering on The Wrecking Crew, a group of musicians who played for such acts as The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, and Sonny and Cher, the film contains archival footage and recordings of the musicians, plus interviews with the members including Lou Adler and Herb Alpert. Check your local theater listings for showtimes near you.
This last Friday, Toki Wright and Big Cats released their debut album Pangea. As soon as the doors swung open, Icehouse was immediately filled with anticipation. Well before entering, it was quite apparent that Icehouse was the place to be.
POS took to the stage first, getting the crowd hyped – and man is it good to see him performing regularly again. As Toki and Cats performed a plethora of songs from Pangea, they pervaded the venue with nothing but good vibes. With many familiar faces, friends and family came out to witness some of Minneapolis’ most talented musicians. It’s moments like these that we can’t take for granted, as we continue to have something unique happening here in MPLS. This night was a highlight, and will absolutely be remembered for some time.
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Our good friends in Beasthead recently announced a surprise Summer Mini Tour. During the tour, they will be accompanied with some talented artists: Glow Mechanics, TeamMates, and Psalm One. We strongly suggest catching one of these shows, especially if you are remotely going to be around these parts.
July 16th, 2014 – Gabe’s in Iowa City, IA
July 17th, 2014 – Jerry’s in Chicago, IL
July 18th, 2014 – Up and Under Pub in Milwaukee, WI
Just like Minneapolis, Chicago’s music scene is currently on fire; with an abundance of artists and crews coming out of the woodwork. Since the explosion of Chance The Rapper’s career, Chicago’s Save Money crew has seen a huge bump in exposure. Since then, many of the other, lesser known members have begun getting their due shine. The track below features Joey Purp & Kami De Chukwu on the verses, but the visual features cameos from Vic Mensa, Dally Auston, Tokyo Shawn & Chance as well. After a gun-point robbery caused the video shoot to be cancelled, the finished product is finally here; check it out below.
Location: 2447 N Halsted Street, Chicago When: Thursday, December 26th @ 8:00PM
The homie Cody DeCamry & the Rooflife guys will be holding a holiday party tomorrow. The event is going down at Tonic Room starting at 8PM with free Bacardi for partygoers between 8:30PM & 9:30PM. As far as music goes the line up is packed with Second City Citizens, Chris Crack & The New Deal Crew, MC Everest & Raps Instant Obsession all taking the stage among others. This one’s most likely going to be 21+ (sorry kids), if you’re in the CHI make sure to get out for this one and party with Cody DeCamry for his b-day.
Starting tonight, Show You Suck will be commencing a mini-tour making 4 stops in a week. First up is Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, New York tonight, then Show will make his way back to the mid-west with stops in St. Louis, Indianapolis and Urbana, Illinois. If you happen to be in one of these cities you should definitely get down to your respective venue and check him out. Peep Dude Bro and Auggie The 9ths #GAWS if you haven’t yet and stay tuned for more.
Chicago’s own Auggie The 9th took to Twitter earlier today to release his 1st official project (doesn’t feel like it) entitled “#GAWS”. The tape features some familiar faces in Show You Suck, Cadillac Duke & Blakkass Wesley among others, with production from Nick Astro, Na$im Beats, SavierTBO and Frank4Fingaz. I’m a few tracks in at the time of this writing and it’s already shaping up nice, check it out for yourself below.
Early yesterday, Show You Suck released his new project “Dude Bro” just in time for the holidays. Brought to us by the good guys at Closed Sessions, the EP contains 6 tracks produced by some well known beatsmiths including Mike Jaxx, The Hood Internet & Javelin, Peter Cottontale and J. Arthur of the WHOevers. The project even sees a feature from Minneapolis’ own P.O.S. Click the link below and check it out, “Dude Bro” is also available for purchase on iTunes.
Location: 1354 W Wabansia Ave, Chicago When: November 21st, 9PM
Show You Suck will be headlining his first Chicago show in what feels like forever. This one will be going down at Hideout and will also feature Auggie The 9th, DJ Matt Boy White & Today’s Hits. Show also eluded to dropping “Dude Bro” in preparation for his upcoming EP “Rad”, if it’s anything like OMPP4 it should be another dope ass project. Keep an eye out for more singles and visuals as we get closer to the release date.