Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Monday, December 18th @ 6:30PM
Miami’s own Lil Pump will be live at First Avenue next Monday. The young artist is one of hip hop’s more controversial in recent years, the youth touts him as a new age star; while older generations regard him as a detriment to the culture as a whole. No matter your opinion on the subject, Pump has arguably one of the hottest songs of the year in “Gucci Gang,” and he continues to thrive as an independent artist. The Twin Cities’ own Devon Reason will open up the night, rounding out what should be a fun show. Tickets for this show are already SOLD OUT, so if you’re dying to go you’ll have to surf social media, try craigslist, or deal with scalpers. Good luck.
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: Saturday, December 23rd @ 9:30PM
DJ Keezy’s dance parties are always a good time, but the Klituation is a step above the rest. The events feature all female lineups that include some of the Twin Cities most talented artists across genres such as Rap, Hip Hop, and R&B, as well as photographers, designers, dancers, visual artists, and many many more. This time around the event will feature the likes of Lexii Alijai, Maria Isa, DJ Sophia Eris, Lady Midnight, Manchita, Sarah White, Serene Supreme, and Destiny Roberts to name a few. These are 18+ and tickets are still available for $15, these are always a good time, so we recommend clicking the link below and buying your tickets now.
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.
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.
The Twin Cities’ own Big Cats is preparing for the release of his latest project, “Most Days,” which will be celebrated at the Icehouse next Saturday. Big Cats is well known for his production work having collaborated on projects with a wide range of artists including Toki Wright, the aforementioned Eric Mayson, Caroline Smith, Lizzo, and Haley Bonar among others. The night will feature some of his oft-collaborators in Chance York, Eric Mayson, and DJ Just Nine, as well as visuals from Psychographics. This show is 21+ and tickets are currently available for only $10, click the link below to buy yours now.
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.
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!