Today (May 26th) marks the 50th anniversary celebration of The Beatle’s revolutionary album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The LP was the first released by the band following their retirement from touring after their final performance at Candlestick Park in 1966. Although The Beatles had already begun a steady transition from being a more traditional pop-rock group with albums like Rubber Soul and Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s has been hailed as their ultimate creative masterpiece, followed closely perhaps by 1969’s Abbey Road. Released at the beginning of the Summer of Love, it set a new precedent for what a rock and roll record could be. The concept behind the album began following the exhaustion the group experienced after the whirlwind of Beatlemania. Paul McCartney came to Lennon, Starr, and Harrison with an idea that they would record an all new album under an alternative persona, which would free them from the weight of being the Beatles and usher in a fresh wave of musical creativity. Sgt. Pepper’s not only ushered in a new era for the Beatles; it also marked the beginning of the psychedelic rock movement that would see new groups like The Doors, Pink Floyd, and Jefferson Airplane begin to climb the pop music charts. Now, 50 years later, Sgt. Pepper’s is known not only for its conception and importance to 60s rock (and music in general), but also for the history of its production. Continue reading →
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.
Allan Kingdom is on fire right now, one of the Twin Cities’ brightest stars recently garnered another Grammy nomination. With the summer looming, Allan has been in rare form, releasing a new video and surprisingly announcing a new album titled, Lines. His most recent release comes in the form of a collaboration with London based producer Cadenza. The production fits Allan’s style like a glove, it’s almost as if it was tailor made. The Northern Gentleman sounds as confident as ever on each new release, we can’t wait to hear Lines, which is due out April 7th. Check out “Vibes” below and be on the look out for more from Allan Kingdom.
The 67th Berlin Film Festival, better known as Berlinale, kicks off each year shortly after the Sundance Film Festival ends, and continues with an impressive line-up of independent films, ranging from comedy to drama and even science fiction. This year the festival closed with the premiere of James Mangold‘s R-rated comic entry Logan, which will see the last outing of Hugh Jackman as the immortal and tormented Wolverine, opposite Patrick Stewart reprising the role of Professor Charles Xavier. In addition, director Danny Boyle‘s long-anticipated follow-up to Trainspotting also debuted at the festival, and saw the original cast return for a look at how the characters are dealing with the realities of life 20-years after the drug-induced original. The festival also played host to a solid line-up of independent films. Unfortunately we’re not able to afford the trip (or take the time off) to make it to Berlin for the 10-day celebration, so this all based on reviews and speculation, but here are just a few noteworthy entries we figured were worth mentioning… Continue reading →
ZuluZuluu took to the web today to release their highly anticipated project, What’s The Price. A collective that is only beginning to show what they’re capable of bringing to the scene, ZuluZuluu’s sound is as unique as they come. Drawing inspiration from African traditions, jazz, R&B, electronic music, funk and rock & roll among other genres, Zuluzuluu is a true musical medley. The somber “Black Maybe” opens the project, but you should be dancing by the time you get to the SUPER funky “Fall Behind.” At only 7 tracks, What’s The Price breezes by in about 25 mins, while listening one gets the feeling that not a second is wasted. Check out What’s The Price below and click the link to purchase the album.
Next Friday, the Crunchy Kids will hold their highly anticipated EP release show for Crop. The lineup for this one is absolutely stacked with performances from Doks Robotiks, DJ Sarah White and more than a few special guests. If you happened to hit up Chance York’s release party earlier this week then you already know this will also be a great night. A family affair as far as sponsors, this event is 21+ and the door is only $8, click the link below for more info.
Location: 2354 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago When: Thursday, March 11th @ 8PM
YGP & Them Flavors will join forces tomorrow on an event dubbed “Midwest Standard.” With a focus on both music and art, the event will feature the sounds of Gosh Pith, A Billion Young, Karol Fox and Them Flavors themselves. On the art side of things, Julia Kriegel, Benjamn Marasco, Nicole Mizglaski, and Keith Smith will all be displayed throughout the venue. This one is 21+ and there is NO COVER, mark your calendars and click the link below for more information.
The Icehouse’s “Nightchain” series has been holding down Sunday evenings over the last few months, this Sunday marks yet another dope event. This time around, DJ Keezy will take over the Icehouse with a NeoTrapSoul event; Keith Millions and Ken Hannigan will also provide support. The event is free and there will be happy hour prices ALL NIGHT, not bad for a Sunday evening on Eat Street. Click the link below for more information and keep your eyes peeled for more.
ZuluZuluu took to Twitter a couple of weeks back to drop a new single via Sound Verite Records. The band is formed by an eclectic group of collaborators including Greg Grease, Myke Shevy, DJ Just Nine, and Adept among others. The new track, “Black Maybe,” is as spacey as can be with dream like vocals spread across a futuristic soundscape, the drop towards the end of the record really takes things to the next level. We can’t wait to catch these guys live again, until then, check out “Black Maybe” below and stay tuned for more from ZuluZuluu.
The good people over at Sound Verite recently announced an event at Icehouse dubbed “Throwing Shade.” The chill vibes of Icehouse will be accompanied by DJ Just Nine, VJ, and special guests Dizzy Fae and Talia Knight. A solid lineup that’s sure to bring out a good crowd, this event is 21+ and tickets are currently available for $8 ($10 @ door); click the link below to grab yours now.