Nazeem & Spencer Joles have had an excellent year. Between releasing one of Minnesota’s best projects of of the year “Years of Obscurity,” playing Soundset and then Summer Set; it appears that they’ve found their formula for success. The duo recently took to Twitter to release the visual for their standout track “Holy Goat.” Dark and gritty, the visual does a great job of embodying the song’s sound. Imagery bordering the occult, the video is one of the duo’s best to date, it’s obvious that these two are just getting warmed up. Check out the video for “Holy Goat” above and be on the look out for more from Nazeem & Spencer Joles.
Location: 917 Cedar Avenue S, Minneapolis
When: Saturday, December 30th @ 9PM
The homies from Gold Culture will be throwing a Stranger Things themed dance party at the Cabooze just before New Years Eve, the weekend promises to be packed with fun things to do and this is definitely one of them. The event will feature performances from Medicate, Bathing Belles, Tekk Nikk, and Lizea Harper; as well as DJ Low on the 1s and 2s. The door is 18+ and pre-sale tickets are currently available for $5 ($7 @ door), click the link below to buy yours before the price goes up.
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.
Francis Brown has proved himself to be very capable behind the mic, whether with his band Unknown Creatures or as a solo artist. His latest release comes in the form of a single titled, “Coffee,” which also features Spencer Joles. Produced by Aquarius Mind, the dreamy, hi-hat laden instrumental provides Brown with a canvas to unleash some of his inner thoughts. As the track progresses, the record morphs into something entirely different with Joles’ distorted vocals playing as an instrument itself. A well rounded release from an artist who you should be hearing a lot more of in 2018, check out “Coffee” above and stay tuned for more from Francis Brown.
Location: 2524 Nicollet Avenue S, Minneapolis
When: Friday, December 1st @ 10PM
DJ Frank Castle & DJ Just Nine are back with a new dance party dubbed “Sweatshirt.” Arguably 2 of the best DJs in the Twin Cities, these two are known to bring the good vibes every time they take the stage. The event will go down at Pimento’s new side venue and will be hosted by the illustrious Mica Mary Jane. The night will feature hip hop and R&B along with a menu of rum infused cocktails, while the kitchen pumps out signature Jamaican fare all night. This one is 18+ and the door is only $5, click the link below for more info.
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.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Talib Kweli and Metasota’s ongoing feud, the two MCs have been going back and forth ever since Meta’s now infamous tweet poking fun at Talib’s exemption from Jay-Z’s last series of tweets. The God MC himself took time out of his busy schedule to thank various artists including many from Talib’s old crew, except there was no mention of Talib himself. Meta took to Twitter with this observation, and lets just say that things escalated quickly. Recently more fuel was thrown onto the fire resulting in more back and forth insults on Twitter, but Metasota took things a step further by releasing a diss track titled “Get Bye.” Produced by MMYYKK, the record feels tailor made for Meta allowing him to waste zero bars addressing the situation. Punchlines and slick word play are all over this one, but it honestly feels like Meta was holding back. Check out “Get Bye” for yourself below and keep an eye out for more as things heat up.
Writer/director Martin McDonagh’s latest dramatic dark-comedy, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri drew mass acclaim on the film festival circuit this season, winning awards at BIFA, and the Venice Film and Toronto International Film Festivals. McDonagh, along with lead cast members Frances McDormand (Fargo, Almost Famous) and Woody Harrelson (No Country For Old Men, Zombieland) are already expected to receive Oscar nominations for their telling of a mid-Western mother (Mildred Hayes) who abruptly calls out the local sheriffs department for failing to resolve their investigation into her daughter’s brutal murder. Supporting actor Sam Rockwell (The Green Mile, Moon) is also being praised for his role as second-in-command Officer Dixon, in a film Woody Harrelson describes in the Hollywood Reporter as, “Super Troopers meets Seven Psychopaths,” (the latter another of McDonagh’s feature films).
Three Billboards was a huge hit at the British Independent Film Awards, winning for Best Music and Best Editing and receiving nominations for Best Director, Best Actress (McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Harrelson and Rockwell), Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. Additionally, Three Billboards won the Feature Film award at the Denver International Film Festival, as well as Best Screenplay (Venice Film Festival), Gala/Special Presentations for McDonagh (TIFF), Overall Winner (Leeds), and Supporting Actor of the Year for Rockwell (Hollywood Film Awards). The trailer is nothing short of mesmerizing, and all bets say this one will be one of the top contenders of the Holiday season, so be sure to see it on the big screen before all the theaters are teeming with Star Wars fanatics.
Location: 2916 Lyndale Avenue S, Minneapolis
When: Sunday, October 22nd @ 10PM
The homie DJ Low will take over the Uptown VFW this Sunday for BABYGHOST’s B Day/ Halloween Dance Party. The event features a solid lineup including Travis Gorman, DJ BabyGhost, DJ Low, DJ Patrish, WNDRLND, and UJU; rounding out what should be a good time. This one is 21+ and the door is FREE, they will also be taking donations to aid those in Puerto Rico who are still dealing with hurricane damage. Click the link below for more info and make sure to come in costume!
Location: 2920 Talmage Ave SE, Minneapolis
When: Saturday, November 4th @ 9PM
The Blockfort is becoming a go to spot for artists looking to engage their fan bases in a more intimate setting. They’ve had consistently solid lineups and their next event continues that trend. The night will feature performances from Lex Allen, Nick Jordan, Mixie D Best, and Gabriella Jacobs, don’t be surprised if you see a special guest or two throughout the night. Tickets for this one are still available for $7 ($10 @ door), click the link below to buy yours now.