Event Review of Sound Verite presents Zulu Zuluu and Shiro Dame 7/05/14.

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By: Becca Martin

“Choosing Sound”, is something that Jon Jon Scott of Sound Verite Records has a real talent for. Minneapolis can thank Sound Verite for uniting unique music and art in an approachable way. Soundverite1.blogspot.com won’t let you down if your music tastes lean toward a more world, hip hop, jazz, or experimental variation that can be a challenge to find on the dial. Continue reading

Lori Barbero Talks – Life, Music, and Legacy

Lori Barbero at the Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis

Photo courtesy Tony Nelson: www.tonynelsonphoto.com

Written by: Becca Martin

“Babes in Toyland get outta town, I’d rather listen to gerbils in a blender than Kat’s vocals from Hell!” How did the infamous tee shirt slogan come to be? It was from an anonymous City Pages reviewer. She went on to say how she loved it. “Oh my God! It was the best thing ever! Some people would go home and cry, and write an angry letter. I was like, this is the best fucking thing for promo! Didn’t affect me, any emotion is good, a lot of people don’t have emotions anymore, technology is killing the world.” She is concerned that as we progress technologically, we are losing the ability to really relate in a deep and real way. “People have to keep doing genuine, artistic acts, and not rely on technology, it will kill you. I am just not into it, communication is faster, but is it better? People have lost connections, looking at one another and talking.“ Continue reading

Secret Stash Record’s Will Gilbert Weighs In On Minneapolis Soul

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By: Becca Martin

Rift: Why is Minneapolis ripe for soul acts like Sonny Knight and the Lakers, Wanda Davis, Black Diet, and Southside Desire? Continue reading

Just another Saturday Night at First Avenue

Farewell Milwaukee at First Avenue

By Becca Martin
Photos By Tony Nelson

Just another Saturday night in the Mainroom of First Avenue, or was it? Continue reading

Prof plays two nights at First Avenue 4/12 and 4/13

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I might be beating a dead horse with this one, since this show is already sold out. I always enjoy the rapper that doesn’t take them self too seriously. I mean it’s all about having a good time, right? Prof is the new popular creep and that’s okay. He is a little bit weird, but in a good way. I don’t know, if you don’t have tickets you either aren’t going to go or your going to be paying more then face value. Buy Prof’s new album then, it won’t be the same but it will satisfy the urge to listen.
A couple other local rags have written a more comprehensive deal about Prof, click on more to get to them.
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This Saturday: The Best Love is Free 4 at The Fine Line

This Saturday: The Best Love is Free 4 at The Fine Line

It’s early February, and Valentine’s Day will soon be here. Some people are getting excited about various capitalist-inspired gifts and things, while others are getting excited about The Best Love is Free! For the fourth year in a row, Botzy (of Culture Cry Wolf) and his team of organizers has sifted through hundreds of submissions (specifically, over 550 submissions from 41 different states) and put together a free 22-track CD to give away to the public. To celebrate, as in years past, there will also be a night of music on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at The Fine Line Music Café. This year, there will be performances by Sophia Eris (The Chalice, Absynthe) with Sexy Delicious, I, Colossus, Later Babes (members of Hooks For Hands and Soulcrate), and Cecil Otter (Doomtree). The show will change flavors a few times but will, no doubt, ensue into a memorable dance party.

“The whole event has this real community feel, with many artists involved expanding beyond the show onto the CD and the video series associated with the promotion.” (Botzy: from City Pages Concert Preview). It’s an opportunity to expose people to music other than what they might normally seek out on their own, or might not even know about. Is there a better way to give back to a community who loves music so?

Dressing up is encouraged, and bring your best moves! Once again, TBLIF will have a photo booth and a competition for “Best Dressed Couple.” People have been diggin’ that prom-esque vibe lately, plus Barbette has donated a $50 gift certificate for the winner. Good luck!

Pick up a free TBLIF CD at the show!
The Best Love is Free 4
The Fine Line Music Café
Saturday, February 9
doors 9pm | music 9:30pm
Performances by
Cecil Otter of Doomtree
Later Babes
I, Colossus
Sophia Eris
$10/$15
18+

Click here for tickets to Saturday’s event: http://thebestloveisfree.storenvy.com/products/841679-pre-sale-ticket

http://www.finelinemusic.com/

For the TBLIF Video Series click here http://www.youtube.com/user/TheBestLoveIsFree

Visit www.thebestloveisfree.com for more information on TBLIF and photos.

Check out these articles too:
http://blogs.citypages.com/gimmenoise/2013/02/the_best_love_is_free_interview.php
http://blog.thecurrent.org/2013/01/botzy-talks-about-the-best-love-is-free-on-the-local-show/

The Best Love is Free 4 Video Series ep. 7 Ecid and Botzy

Tickets currently on sale for the Feb. 9 event at The Fine Line Music Cafe. Visit www.thebestloveisfree.com for more information.

The Best Love is Free 4 Video Series ep. 8 Rapper Hooks & Sean Anonymous

Stay tuned for more information on this year’s TBLIF event coming up on Saturday!!

www.thebestloveisfree.com

When does our past hinder the musical present and future? – Dan Tennyson

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When does our past hinder the musical present and future?

By Dan Tennyson

For many of us that grow up in the Minneapolis/St.Paul music scene. You’re whelped on the notion that so much is owed to bands such as The Replacements, Husker Du, Soul Asylum, Prince, the Suicide Commandos and so on. Should you engross yourself in the Twin Cities’ vibrant musical culture you can see very different things at very different venues every night of the week. Now, here’s your disclaimer: I plan to bring you on a trip to the boggy depths of my hypocrisy in this little essay. Continue reading

Turning Rebellion Into Money – A Tribute To Joe Strummer

Turning Rebellion Into Money - A Tribute To Joe Strummer

Featuring: The 9/16s (Jeremy Ylvisaker, Janey Winterbauer, James Everest, Trent Norton, Matt Darling and Richard Medek), Adam Levy, Al Church & State, Blue Sky Blackout with Janey Winterbauer, BNLX+ with guest Jim McGuinn, Dylan Hicks, The Farewell Circuit, Haley Bonar, James Diers, Jim Ruiz Set, Kevin Bowe & The Okemah Prophets, Martin Devaney, Rob Skoro & Anonymous Choir, Rogue Valley, RuDe GiRL, Tambuca, Van Stee, plus spoken word by Guante and special guest DJs.

All proceeds from the night will be donated to Free Arts Minnesota in memory of Daniel Levy – artist, musician, Clash fan.

Feb 1st
7:30 pm
First Avenue Mainroom
$5 | $10
http://first-avenue.com/event/2013/02/strummertribute

“Free Arts programs seek to interrupt the cycle of violence. Through painting, drawing, music, writing, drama and other creative outlets, the program serves as a catalyst to help children communicate and express themselves in new – and positive – ways.”
http://www.freeartsminnesota.org/

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