Where do we even begin with this place. When I first moved back to MPLS in early 2013, I never knew this place existed. Immediately after being introduced, it became my favorite Asian restaurant for a number of reasons. This one of a kind establishment, offers great specials on food and drinks, with the quality to match. The bar features a dance floor, disco ball, lasers and a live DJs. The subtle sit down restaurant, turned bar/venue, is complete with dazzling lights to make your Asian Taste experience. The restaurant really does it right by featuring rotating DJs and serving the best General Sao’s chicken in the city. When you make it down to Asian Taste, make sure to grab a bite, it’s hard to resist.
Our “All City” series is a collection of some of our current favorites from the Twin Cities. The series is meant to introduce music from the Twin Cities’ scene to wider national/international audiences. This installment features the likes of Allan Kingdom, Drelli, Finding Novyon, K. Raydio, Greg Grease and Dwynell Roland among others. We hope you enjoy All City Vol. 5 as much as we do, check it out below and stay tuned for volume 6.
Arvell Genius recently released his debut EP, MYDVYZVRE#, a sonic exploration of self and an observation of the world around him. A member of SPVCE, the crew is known for their top notch production, all of which is done in house; MYDVYZVRE# is a perfect example. Arvell’s cryptic, often introspective observations sound schizophrenic at times, the vocal mixing adds to this feeling on tracks like “Assasssment” and “Loop.” At just under 20 mins, MYDVYZVRE# is a dense project that warrants multiple listens. Check it out above and stay tuned for more from Arvell Genius.
The homie DJ Low will be back at the Viking Bar tonight for a dance party that should have the West Bank rockin’. The evening features a solid lineup of DJs/producers including BabyGhost, Alejandra, Wicker and a few special guests. The Viking Bar is always a good time and they serve some of the best bar grub in town. This one is 21+ and the door is $3 all night for women, but $6 after 11pm for guys, click the link below for more information.
Location: 315 14th Avenue SE, Minneapolis When: Thursday, June 29th @ 9:30PM
DJs Rowsheen and Devata Daun will be hosting a dance night at the Kitty Cat Klub every last Thursday of every month. This month’s event will also feature a special guest set from DJ Yon Lgnd AND there’s NO COVER (21+). If you’re looking for something to do tonight, head over to the Kitty Cat Klub.
The homie Finding Novyon took to Twitter last week to release his debut album, That’s My Dawg. The budding Minneapolis artist has continued to be a fixture within the Twin Cities hip hop scene, 1 part of the newly formed So Cold Records, he looks to ride the momentum into 2018. From someone who has seen Novyon work from a relatively unknown artist, into one that is leading his peers; That’s My Dawg feels like the culmination of all that hard work. Everything learned along the way, all of the progress and preparation seems locked into this body of work, a testament to just how far the kid has come. Tracks like “Kiss The Sky” and “Get Involved” further illustrate his aforementioned work ethic, while records like the Allan Kingdom assisted “Tall Hills” take the listener for a carefree journey. The few features on the album are deliberate and well placed, another sign that That’s My Dawg is a cut above your average release. Although there is no doubting that Finding Novyon has a lot more room for growth and a lot more hard work ahead, That’s My Dawg stands out among his projects as defined, something that signals his upward trajectory. Peep That’s My Dawg above and make sure to stay tuned for more from Finding Novyon.
Location: 205 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis When: Tuesday, June 20th @ 9:30PM
Ackronem has held down Honey for the entire month of June, bringing his “Summer School” residency to Northeast. The first two are in the books, but the 3rd of 4 will feature performances from Rich Garvey, Knucky Brown, Lifted Minds, and Gabriella Jacobs among others. These will be 18+ and the door is only $3 before 10PM ($5 after), click the link below for more information regarding the residency’s entire schedule.
The Best Damn Beat Battle was dormant for a couple of months, but things have picked up as of late with the 7th event falling a couple of weeks ago. Now a new cast of 16 producers will vie for the $250 dollar prize and bragging rights as the reigning champion. Some of the participants who are already confirmed include, Joey Bones, Grouchy Bambino, Big Cats, and Tommy Karate among others. This event is 18+ and the door is only $5, click the link below for more information.
So Cold Records has emerged as the most buzzing label/collective of hip hop artists among the youth in the Twin Cities. Front man Allan Kingdom recently announced the North American leg of his Lines tour, he’ll be joined by fellow So Cold artists, Finding Novyon and Drelli, among others. Over the last couple of months the trio has released more than a handful of tracks in various forms of collaboration with each other, “Relax” being one of their most recent. The Topper Atwood produced track thumps along and Allan’s masterful vocals provide a hook that instantly captures the listener. Allan and Drelli appear to be forming a Penny/Shaq, Stockton/Malone like duo, if these are just loose records we can’t wait to see what else So Cold has up their sleeves. Check out “Relax” above and keep an eye out for more information regarding Allan Kingdom’s Lines tour.
The east coast never has a shortage of musicians and artists breaking out and Philly band, Palm is no exception. The group recently released their EP, Shadow Expert, via Carpark Records, the 6 track project bound tightly with a wide variety of eclectic records. Lead singles “Walkie Talkie” and the title track, “Shadow Expert” engage the listener with a kaleidoscope of sounds and rhythms, by the time you land on track 3 you should already be sucked in. Their sunny and vibrant sound is perfect for the encroaching summer months, like moving gears this album presses along right until it’s final moments. Check out Shadow Expert above, if you like what you hear they’ll be in town at the top of July as they continue their nationwide tour. Click the link below for more information regarding their upcoming Turf Club show.