Location: 244 Cleveland Avenue S, St. Paul Hours: Sun-Wed: 11AM-8AM, Thurs-Sat: 11AM-9PM
Minnesota’s burger scene is at an all time high, but you’ll probably get a different answer 9 times out of 10 when you ask people how they feel about our current situation. On one hand you’ve got $15 (sometimes more) behemoths, with amazing ingredients being slung in trendier areas like Uptown and the North Loop. On the other, you’ve got places like Snuffy’s Malt Shop in St. Paul. Inspired by 1950s diners of the past, Snuffy’s is a Minnesota classic with absolutely zero pretension, simply good food. You can probably guess by their name that the malts are good, but the burgers are a thing of lore. The menu is straight forward diner format, your burger options are wide and they also offer a plethora of other sandwiches for those looking to switch it up. Their most expensive burger falls at $8 and you can make it a double for only $2, convinced? If you happen to be near the river or St. Thomas make sure to stop by for a bite, click the link below for more info on their other locations.
Allan Kingdom took to Twitter last week to announce the release of a new music video, as well as the release of a new project dubbed Lines. Directed by Cole Bennett of Chicago based Lyrical Lemonade, the colorful visual fits the record well. The green screen approach isn’t always effective, but Bennett does a good job of keeping things fresh. Allan’s versatility shines bright, his prowess with auto-tune has translated into songs with a lot of depth. This one could easily hit air-waves just in time for the summer. Check out the video for “Know About It” above and keep an eye out for Lines April 7th.
Last Sunday, Phantogram headlined the Palace Theater for the final night of the venue’s re-opening weekend. The sold out space was HUGE, cavernous at the upper levels, but the views were solid from pretty much all angles. The crowd arrived ready to have a good time and opening band, The Veldt, did a great job of harnessing that energy. The snow was falling outside, but you wouldn’t have known it by the size of the crowd just before Phantogram went on. The stage display made their performance even more dazzling and lead singer Sarah Barthel was electric from the moment that she stepped on stage. The sound throughout the evening was excellent as well as the lighting, the Palace is worthy of it’s place among Minneapolis’ top venues. Phantogram played a gamut of their most recent hits, including an encore performance that gave everyone more than their money’s worth. A stunning display, I’d recommend buying your tickets early the next time they’re in town. Check out the photos above and be on the look our for more from Phantogram.
Location: 6 W 6th Street, St. Paul When: Wednesday, March 15th @ 7:30PM
Legendary NYC MC, Rakim, will be live at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall tomorrow. A man who needs no introduction, Rakim announced back in October that he’ll be reuniting with Eric B after a nearly 25 year dispute. No word on whether Eric B will be on stage, but the news is welcoming to all hip hop fans alike. This show will also feature performances from Farr Well, Truth Maze, and a set by DJ Francisco. Unfortunately for the youngins this one is 21+, but everyone else will be glad to know that tickets are still available for $25. Click the link below to buy yours now before they sell out.
Location: 701 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Friday, March 10th @ 8PM
GO95 & Stophouse have put together an awesome lineup at 7th Street tonight. Local MC J. Plaza has hit his stride as of late and will headline the evening. Baby Shel, Cashinova, and Sieed Brown will provide support along with DJ sets from Rich Lee & Nug Mama. This one is 18+ and advance tickets are available for only $5 ($7 @ door), click the link below to buy yours now.
Location: 17 7th pl W, St. Paul When: Sunday, March 12th @ 7PM
This Sunday, the Palace will celebrate it’s opening weekend with 3 sold out shows in a row, the 3rd of which will feature electro rock duo Phantogram. They’ll wrap up the rest of their national tour before they head to Romania for the first stop of their international leg. The Veldt will open up the night rounding out what should be an electric evening. This one is 18+ and tickets are already SOLD OUT, if you’re dying to go you’ll have to opt for Craiglist or scalpers.
Bobby Raps has been heating up as of late, the Twin Cities artist took to Worldstar HipHop yesterday to premiere the video for his latest track “Purgatory.” Directed by Stephen Maturen, the visual compliments the song very well. Dark and gritty, Bobby gets personal on this record exploring his inner depths; a powerful practice of introspection. Check out the video for “Purgatory” above and peep the fire snippet towards the end.
Located in downtown St. Paul, Mickey’s Diner is quite possibly Minnesota’s most iconic diner. The classic box car was originally designed in New Jersey then transported to Minnesota in 1939. Known for their pancakes and breakfast plates, this is a place where a slim wallet can take you far. Milk shakes and malts are a must with any burger, everything is cooked to order so you’ll know it’s fresh when it hits the table. If it’s hockey season beware, things can get crowded quick, Mickey’s is a very small diner so make the trip during off hours. Click the link below for their official website.
A few weeks ago we began getting acquainted with the music of St. Paul producer _whtspce. His latest offering, Pale Cocoon, is described as a “fusion of hip hop rhythm, ambient soundscapes, and glitchy sound design to conceptualize my love (obsession really…) for Bushido and our earths’ moon.” Stoic and unwavering, we found that “nightfall” embodies this very spirit really well. Constant and calculated, yet cold, the instrumental seems to morph as it floats along. Check out “nightfall” above and be on the look out for Pale Cocoon in it’s entirety.