WARNING – SPOILERS!!! Pac Man, Back to the Future, and Blade Runner are only a few titles that make up the 1980s cinematic nostalgia trip in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, now playing in theaters. Based on the novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One follows a young man named Wade Watts who lives in a dystopian United States in 2045. Humanity, as Wade knows it, is plagued by a failing economic system, an ominous corporate-governing body, and a tainted outdoor environment, all the result of an energy crisis caused by global warming, corporate greed, and the depletion of Earth’s fossil fuels. Since the real-world is no longer a pleasant place to spend your time, Wade, like most people, spends his days in the OASIS, an interactive virtual reality comprised of games and puzzles from every video game, movie, book, or television show made primarily between 1980 and 1990, although there are a few exceptions. The OASIS is the mind-child of James Halliday (obviously Cline’s own doppelganger) who, prior to his death, left a hidden Easter Egg inside the OASIS that, if found, provides the winner with his massive fortune and control of the corporation running the OASIS, and that’s where Wade’s (or Parzival as he is named in the OASIS) story begins. Continue reading →
Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Sunday, December 31st @ 8PM
P.O.S has a busy December ahead of him. His “Chill, Dummy” tour just kicked off it’s European leg with 10 stops across 6 countries. Shortly after returning to the states he will team up with Surly Brewing for what should be an awesome NYE party. The night will also feature performances from Later Babes, as well as DJs Ander Other and Rowsheen. This is bound to be a high energy affair and there’s no telling who else might make an appearance throughout the night. This show is now SOLD OUT, your best bet for tickets might be Facebook or Twitter.
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: 6 W 6th Street, St. Paul When: Thursday, September 21st @ 8PM
St. Paul’s own Corbin (F.K.A Spooky Black) will make his hometown tour stop next Thursday. It’s hard to believe that the kid has experienced so much success and is still only 19, his latest project, Mourn, further establishes him as one of the best in his class. L.A producers and Wedidit members, Shlohmo and D33J; will accompany Corbin rounding out what should be an awesome show. This show is 18+ and tickets are still available for only $20, click the link below to buy yours now before they sell out.
Location: 913 Cedar Avenue S, Minneapolis When: Friday, July 28th @ 8PM
Brooklyn born, ATL bred rapper/singer Nessly will be live at The Cabooze this Friday. He broke out in a major way in 2016 with his Solo Boy Band EP and has continued his upward trajectory in 2017 with a slew of bangers via Soundcloud, most notably “Falling Down.” The event will also feature opening performances from GainesFM, SPVCE, The Hooligans, and Student 1 among others. This one is 18+ and tickets can still be purchased in advance for $15 ($20 @ door), click the link below to buy yours now.
Earlier this week, Sir Roger Moore, the third actor to portray Ian Fleming’s British Secret Service Agent, James Bond, passed away at the age of 89. Moore died after a brief battle with cancer at his home in Switzerland, according to his family members. The actor first achieved fame with lead television roles in series like Maverick and The Saint in the 1950s and 60s. His first outing as James Bond came with 1973’s Live and Let Die, the second Bond novel by author Ian Fleming. Moore’s appointment to the role came after Sean Connery returned for one additional film (Diamonds Are Forever) following actor George Lazenby’s dismissal from the the part. He would then go on to star as Bond in an additional six films throughout the remainder of the 1970s and up until 1985’s A View To A Kill. Continue reading →
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.
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: 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 →