Dwynell Roland broke out big in 2016 after the release of his project, The Popular Nobody. He kept the momentum going into 2017 supporting P.O.S on the western leg of his national tour, an opportunity that proved the valuable for the young artist. He recently did an in-studio performance of his song, “Whirlwind,” with The Current. Joined only by producer Travis Gorman, Dwynell’s vocals sound remarkably identical to the actual recording. Check out the performance for yourself above and keep an eye out for more from Dwynell Roland.
Location: 501 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis
Hours: Mon-Fri: 4PM-2AM, Sat-Sun: 8AM-2AM
In recent years, Minneapolis’ West Bank has begun the transformation from a place often overlooked, into a bustling, multi-cultural strip with plenty of cool bars, good restaurants and venues to enjoy live music. One such bar/venue is the Nomad World Pub, which is located just across from Palmer’s; a couple of blocks from the Triple Rock. In addition to a constant rotation of live acts, the Nomad offers bocce ball, pinball (brand new) and even curling in the winter, along with a separate patio complete with a fire pit. Drink specials like 2 for 1s and the good ole’ prefix (PBR & shot) are offered pretty much every night and the music is always on point whether it’s rock, hip hop, soul or a DJ spinning. The Nomad is often at that perfect capacity, not too packed, but far from empty, however; there always seems to be a random influx or two throughout any night, probably due to it’s location between so many other bars. If you’re into futbol, the Nomad is one of the best places in town to catch a match in peace, and game days are usually accompanied with extra specials. All in all, the Nomad World Pub is a great bar to kick back a few brews and enjoy some good local music, they always have good beers on tap and they consistently book quality bands/artists. If you’re ever on the West Bank in search of a place to drink, stop by the Nomad and check out what they have to offer.
Location: 2528 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis
When: Friday, May 26th // 7AM-11AM
Sway will bring his “Sway In The Morning” radio show to Minneapolis for Rhymesayers’ Soundset Music Festival. This year the live broadcast will be held at Icehouse, a solid venue for this year’s Friday Fire Rap Cypher. The show is open to the public and serves as the official kick off for Soundset weekend.
Location: 3090 Southlawn Dr, Maplewood
When: Monday, June 19th @ 7PM
The kid XXXTentacion has been popping up all over the place as of late, starting with his claim that Drake bit his flow for one of his upcoming singles. Over the last few weeks he’s gone back and forth with San Diego rapper, Rob $tone, all of which culminated in $tone being taken off of Miami’s Rolling Loud Festival lineup. The ultra hype artist will be live at MYTH this June while he crosses the nation on his “Revenge” tour. He’ll be joined by Ski Mask The Slump God and Craig Xen, two artists who are beginning to make names for themselves as well. This show is all ages and general admission tickets are currently available for $27, VIP tickets are also available ranging from $63-$111; click the link below to buy yours now.
Location: 917 Cedar Avenue S, Minneapolis
When: Tuesday, May 16th @ 7PM
TDE’s been having a strong year, Schoolboy Q continues to be a fan favorite and Kendrick Lamar recently dropped what might turn out to be the best album of 2017. Ab’s most recent album, Do What Thou Wilt. was well received across media outlets, it also solidified him as an artist to be reckoned with. His “YMF” tour will make a stop at The Cabooze tomorrow for what should be a good show. The event will also feature Little Simz, but don’t be surprised if local wordsmith Metasota is spotted either. General admission tickets are still available for $24, if you want to go the extra mile you can buy the meet & greet package for $64. This one is 18+, click the link below to grab tickets.
A new documentary centered around the youngest actor to portray British agent James Bond 007 (and for only one film) is coming to Hulu this May 20th. George Lazenby, a car salesman from Australia, famously conned his way into the role by going to meet with producer Albert R. Broccoli, securing an audition by claiming he had acting experience in his native Australia, which wasn’t true. He was, however, able to pull off an audition that was good enough to convince fellow producer Harry Saltzman of his worthiness for the part, and thus On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) became the first Bond film without original actor Sean Connery appearing in the title role. Although audiences and critics had mixed reviews upon its release, OHMSS has, over the years, became one of the more favored entries in the Bond franchise. Incidentally, Lazenby is also the only actor to have received major recognition for his portrayal of the character, earning a Golden Globe nomination in 1970 for Most Promising Newcomer/Best New Star. Continue reading
Location: 6 W 6th Street, St. Paul
When: Wednesday, March 15th @ 7:30PM
Legendary NYC MC, Rakim, will be live at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall tomorrow. A man who needs no introduction, Rakim announced back in October that he’ll be reuniting with Eric B after a nearly 25 year dispute. No word on whether Eric B will be on stage, but the news is welcoming to all hip hop fans alike. This show will also feature performances from Farr Well, Truth Maze, and a set by DJ Francisco. Unfortunately for the youngins this one is 21+, but everyone else will be glad to know that tickets are still available for $25. Click the link below to buy yours now before they sell out.
Location: 17 7th pl W, St. Paul
When: Sunday, March 12th @ 7PM
This Sunday, the Palace will celebrate it’s opening weekend with 3 sold out shows in a row, the 3rd of which will feature electro rock duo Phantogram. They’ll wrap up the rest of their national tour before they head to Romania for the first stop of their international leg. The Veldt will open up the night rounding out what should be an electric evening. This one is 18+ and tickets are already SOLD OUT, if you’re dying to go you’ll have to opt for Craiglist or scalpers.
Director Sydney Lumet‘s 1973 undercover police drama Serpico earned Al Pacino his second Oscar nomination for Best Actor. While it was another in a long-running streak of Oscar nominations for Pacino that resulted in no wins until 1992’s Scent of a Woman, Serpico‘s other Oscar nomination was for Best Adapted Screenplay for screenwriters Waldo Salt (Midnight Cowboy, The Day of the Locust) and Norman Wexler (Saturday Night Fever, Staying Alive). Although Serpico proved to be the last Oscar-worthy project of Wexler’s, Waldo Salt had a much longer, and much darker story in Hollywood screenwriting history.
Waldo Salt was born on October 18, 1914 and grew up in Chicago an accomplished academic. He was so accomplished, in fact, that he graduated from Stanford University at the same time his friends were graduating from high school. Shortly thereafter, Salt was in Hollywood working as a screenwriter for MGM. There he worked on and assisted with various writing projects, but his first solo writing adaptation was with a 1937 film called The Bride Wore Red. The next year, Salt joined the American Communist Party, putting himself on the radar for the House Un-American Activities Committee during the Red Scare/McCarthy era 12 years later. Continue reading
On September 13, 1916, children’s author Roald Dahl was born in Cardiff, Wales. Although his career was focused mainly in print, Dahl’s career has made a significant contribution to popular film. The author is behind such classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Witches, and Fantastic Mr. Fox, all which have seen big-screen adaptations. His career in the film industry includes several screenwriting endeavors. He wrote an early script for the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice, and another for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, although both of these scripts were later reworked by other screenwriters. As if his scripts being thrown out and reworked wasn’t enough to make him steer clear of the film business, Dahl also wrote the initial script for the film adaptation of his book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Paramount Pictures, however, brought in a second screenwriter, David Seltzer, to write another version with the character focus falling on the magical chocolatier Willy Wonka instead of the young boy Charlie in Dahl’s novel. The title of the film was also changed to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to reflect the importance of the character. Continue reading