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The Sounds Critics’ Pick

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Rising out of a Swedish scene that was rife with such garage-rock revivalists as the Hives, the (International) Noise Conspiracy, and Mando Diao, the Sounds were driven by a radically different sound in 2002 with their debut album, Living in America. To the casual music fan, the band might be most recognizable from their song “Hurt You,” which […]

Haunted House “Guess Who’s Not Coming To Dinner” Review

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In a time when bands are able to buff out their every last blemish by way of modern production techniques, Mike Watton’s embrace of his monotone growl seems that much more unusual. On his band Haunted House‘s debut, Guess Who’s Not Coming To Dinner, the singer’s peculiar tone is the first sign of just how […]

Mashups of the Week: The Hood Internet & Halloween mixes

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This week Chicago’s Hood Internet hit their 300th mashup & celebrated by autotuning Biz Markie and mashing “Just a Friend” with Phoenix and Classixx. For those interested in more of the Hood, ABX & DJ STV SLV will be dropping their fourth mixtape November 9. ABX “Just A Friendomania” (mp3) As is tradition, a number of […]

P.O.S releases “Never Better” video, shares Halloween memories

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The perception P.O.S leaves with the video for “Never Better” almost suggests that the emcee has some serious hate in him for Halloween. After all, in the music video he gets into a rumble with all sorts of fiendish ghouls, only to take a serious beat down. Sharing some of his Halloween memories with MTV recently, the […]

Retribution Gospel Choir to play 501 Club, release “2”

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It’s been a busy month for Alan Sparhawk, and it doesn’t look things are going to slow down any time soon. In addition to having announced that Low will be performing a series of select fall/spring dates, his Retribution Gospel Choir is now deep in the production of its sophomore release 2. Having recently signed to Sub […]

Lookbook “Wild at Heart” Review

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Minneapolis is becoming increasingly known for being a hotbed of hip-hop and rock/noise acts, but somewhere in the shadows of the city lurks a stellar electronic scene that is just as remarkable. This often overlooked niche is arguably led by the duo of Grant Cutler (Passions) and Maggie Morrison (Digitata) who, under the Lookbook moniker, […]

Solid Gold release new song, need your vote

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As the teaser reads on mtvU’s site, “Your votes determine which videos get into rotation on mtvU each week only on The Freshmen.” Even if you’re one of the unfortunates who haven’t signed on with a participating cable or satellite provider to get the far-beyond-standard-cable network (myself included), you should still head over to their […]

The Tragically Hip Critics’ Pick

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Did you know that Canada has a Walk of Fame? It does. Located in Toronto, it includes but a slim 123 members added since its establishment in 1998. Among those with a star along the enshrined path are such expected names as Wayne Gretzky, Neil Young, and Jim Carrey. But in 2002, Kingston, Ontario’s Tragically Hip joined ranks of such […]

Fu Manchu Critics’ Pick

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Though they may have focused on a heavier, harsher sound on their last two records (2004’s Start the Machine and 2007’s We Must Obey), the stoner-rock elder statesmen of Fu Manchu have returned to a sound akin to their skater-punk roots with the release of Signs of Infinite Power. No strangers to waves of smoldering effects, classic-rock swagger, or heavily […]

Brother Ali heads to Canada, collaborates with Gift of Gab

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Rhymesayers has just released the second installment of its Fresh Air Tour video blog which is following Evidence and Brother Ali as they make their way across North America on their current tour. This video captures the the group as they head North of the border for shows up in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. […]

Har Mar Superstar brings “Tall Boy” to Late Night

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Har Mar Superstar made an unusually clothed (as in, he actually had clothes on) appearance last night when Late Night with Jimmy Fallon hosted a performance of “Tall Boy,” the first single from the new album Dark Touches. Originally penned for Britney Spears, the song is accompanied by a pair of music videos which were released earlier this month. The first features guest […]

Toki Wright “Devil’s Advocate” Video

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Currently on the Fresh Air Tour with Brother Ali and Evidence, Toki Wright has just dropped the first music video from his full-length Rhymesayers debut A Different Mirror. “Devil’s Advocate” just saw it’s debut on MTV—which also acts as Wright’s solo debut on the national station—where it is now acting as the emcee’s introduction to […]

DJ Schmolli Interview

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When did you start making mashups? DJ Schmolli: I did my first mashup in summer 2000 (Creed vs. Destiny’s Child); after doing a couple more I decided to go for other musical projects as I am a live musician too. I rediscovered the bootleg scene in autumn 2005, going strong since then. Was there any […]

Mischke Show Interview

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Interview segment from the October 23, 2009 edition of the Mischke show. Full episode available here.

Kill to Kill release “Sugar Sugar” music video

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Aside from being a “band to watch” and having the “flyer of the week,” Minneapolis’ Kill to Kill have just released a video for the song “Sugar Sugar” which comes from their new Fighter EP (which is being released tonight at the Hex). “Sugar Sugar” comes produced by Northern Outpost, the local video site best known for its […]

Mashups of the Week: Spice Girls & “Fleetwood Mashed”

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Regardless of whether or not you’re a fan of mashups, or just want something fresh for your jam-box, this taste-test from the new Fleetwood Mac Mashed album should sit well with you. The first track from the mix debuted this week (as did the entire album) at A plus D’s monthly Bootie Top 10 mix; here’s what they […]

Red Pens “Reasons” Review

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“It’s not every year that the winner of our Picked to Click poll blows the rest of the competition out of the water, but every so often a band comes along that manages to win over the hearts of the entire music scene.” Though a tad hyperbolic, City Pages‘ recent introduction of this year’s best […]

Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles “Special Party Time for Everybody” Review

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The past year has offered a world of change to the six members of Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles. Dropping the independently released Orange Peels and Rattlesnakes in the summer of 2008 only added to the budding attention that the band had already been attracting for its live performances around the Twin Cities. By […]

Mates of State to play Weisman Art Museum, release digital EP

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News just came in that Mates of State would be performing at the inaugural installment of the WAMplified! at the Weisman Art Museum. WaMplified! is a late-night series that “presents a live performance by a band or musician with a thematic connection to the major exhibition in the galleries.” Included in the $22 ticket price ($18 for […]

“The March of Time” mixtape gets heavy on MPLS

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Streetwear company The Airtime Collection & Pwelbs recently dropped an absolutely ferocious mixtape that is packed with some of Minneapolis’ brightest emcees. Here’s a taste of what you’re getting yourself into if you decide to take them up on the offer of downloading it at the low low price of free.99: Nero “Yep, Ya Dig”Dave Coresh “Keep It Movin’”Chuck L.I. “Contact”LA […]

Stream Bob Dylan’s “Must Be Santa”

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Yesterday saw the release of Bob Dylan’s new Christmas-themed album, Christmas in the Heart. And while the final product is a bit hit-or-miss (miss, definitely miss) Dylan’s heart is in the right place with the release as proceeds the sale of the album will be going to Feeding America, “All of the artist’s U.S. royalities [sic] from sales of […]

team9 Interview

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When did you start making mashups? team9: In their current form I started probably about 2002. I think the first one I did was Shola Ama vs. the Pet Shop Boys, I’ve got no idea where that is now–long deleted. I used to mess around with mixing tapes into records though back in the ’80s. […]

Lyoto Machida

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Despite giving up some 60 pounds to the Heavyweight Champion, the UFC’s current Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida said in a recent interview with Sherdog‘s Marcelo Alonso that he would jump at the opportunity to fight Brock Lesnar. Alonso: “I also heard you said if you can defend your title for five times you’re thinking […]

As His Future Remains Uncertain, Roger Huerta Looks to Mickey Rourke for Guidance

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During a post-fight interview following his loss to Kenny Florian at UFC 87, Roger Huerta commented on remarks he had previously made about his future in the UFC, “All I was saying is that as a business decision—and you can’t argue about this, it’s in all business—if a company offers you something better for you […]

No Bird Sing “Devil’s Trombones” Video

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In preparation for the release of No Bird Sing‘s self-titled debut earlier this summer, City Pages interviewed the band and attempted to draw an accurate description of its music. “[No Bird Sing] is a hybrid, a product of a city where the MCs listen to NPR, musicians feel free to mix partying and post-modernism, and […]

Murs, Slug & Aesop Rock get their cake on

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To express anything remotely resembling a slanderous shot at Rhymesayers is typically grounds for an ass-kicking in the Twin Cities. And if you take that one step further and talk smack about Atmosphere, you might as well start shutting down your Facebooks and your MySpaces, because some serious hate is coming your way. Even when […]

Dan Henderson to Strikeforce is anything but a done deal

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Earlier today Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports reported that the UFC and Dan Henderson had broken off contract negotiations, quoting UFC President Dana White as saying, “He had a figure he believed he was worth, and we had our own figure, and we weren’t able to get together.” Immediately the internet went ablaze with discussion suggesting that Henderson was well on his way […]

To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie “In People’s Homes” Video

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Continual Stereogum darlings Jehna Wilhelm and Mark McGee have popped up on the music site once again, this time debuting a new music video from their latest album Marlone. If anything, “In People’s Homes” is an outlier in terms of what can be expected from the band, but a diversion that is as enjoyable a […]

To Kill A Petty Bourgeoisie release “In People’s Homes” video

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Continual Stereogum darlings Jehna Wilhelm and Mark McGee have popped up on the music site once again, this time debuting a new music video from their latest album Marlone. If anything, “In People’s Homes” is an outlier in terms of what can be expected from the band, but a diversion that is as enjoyable a listen as […]

Copycat Interview

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When did you start making mashups? Copycat: Depends on what you categorize as a mashup. I’ve been laying tracks on top of each other since the ’80s. But as regards the modern equivalent, doing it on a computer, using parts of different tracks to create entirely new ones, I’d say around 2002/2003. But I didn’t […]

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