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Sonny Knight at Lyn Lake Street Festival 2014

Posted in Concert Reviews, Culture, Life Perspectives from T.S. Niebeling, Local Love, Media, Mind Inversion Exclusive with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Thursday, June 12, 2014 by tsn_

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… Sonny Knight was, and is great. He came across as the kind of guy who comes from bygone era, while effectively staying relevant. His music has life. He utilized three backup singers and a full band, he was doing it right. At the peak of the numbers in the crowd, Sonny rocked the stage like a champion. The best song of the day was “Hey Girl”, naturally, but even less familiar songs moved those in attendance. From behind the performers looking out, one could see raw excitement, and the power which Sonny sustained. His set was charged and intimate, and precisely electric. It was a pleasant and unexpected surprise, having never seen him before.

Sonny played for some time, and then the show was over. The crowd was pleased. I exited the stage at about the same time in hopes of having a one-on-one conversation with the artist. I ran around back as he was being mobbed by fans and snapped at with cameras. He took time for the adoration and with a broad smile he vanished. Sonny was something; to me, he seemed like a classic soul singer from the distant past, yet he was thriving in 2014. I wondered where his time machine was parked. Searching, I found nothing…

For the full story coming soon, check: www.dirtyterry.com

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Concert Review: El-P and Killer Mike at the Fineline MPLS

Posted in Concert Reviews, Local Love, Music News with tags , , , on Sunday, July 8, 2012 by tsn_

The Fineline as a venue was nothing short of amazing for an intimate hip-hop show, with a very ‘live’ crowd and even more amped performers.  Impressively done, I say.  Go see these acts.

I heard about El-P at the fineline about a month ago and right away I knew I needed tickets.  The Fineline is, in looks, similar inside to First Ave, but a mite smaller.  The best part, I got to see some really great performers for $17.50, however drinks were not cheap.  The show was Amazing, here’s how it went…

Despot:  Was a highlight act of the night, and was the opener?  Surprise, this guy was on point.  Despot came on in great fashion.  His message was upbeat and he came on as very comedic, and crowd oriented.  He even managed to incorporate some aerobic into his set, getting the crowd involved with some Despot (Simon) Says action.  The pace of the show was set early on, and only built from Despot.  Despot’s DJ resembled MF Doom in appearance and did a very good job of keeping the beats solid and crisp.  I had heard of Despot by name, but I had not heard any of his music, not surprisingly because he has yet to release an album, which I now highly anticipate.  Expressing that he might release an album soon, or possibly never, jokingly.  Let’s hope he does.  Despot came across as energetic, lyrically mastered, and was really cool to chat with after the show.  He also sold some pretty “genius” merch, which he designed and touted on stage.  This guy has charisma and a lyricists appeal.

The crowd at this time was great, but intensified nearing the main stage for the main acts.  I found a spot left of center, right where the artists walked on.  This was a great spot.  I highly recommend this location at a show.  Constant high-fives from your favorite artists.  I was not too crowded out, only a little by some other individuals in search of my awesome spot, a few beautiful women in fine attire, and some hip-hop heads talking hip-hop.  Go figure.  I was there to enjoy the show, and did so effortlessly.

At this time an act came on of which I had never heard before (Mr. Mothafuckin’ eXquire) and brought the energy up a notch.  Mr. Mothafuckin’ eXquire came out, one wearing a ski-mask and the other dressed like a G, looking hard and sounding hard.  There beats were banging’.  I think at one time someone’s hat got snatched, thrown on stage and adorned by Mr. Mothafuckin’ eXquire himself.  The crowd got even more amped and the performers fed off this accordingly.  By the time Mr. Mothafuckin’ eXquire got off I was completely and utterly ready to see El-P.  I was ecstatic, and moderately buzzed from some beers.  Killer Mike was up next.

This is right before Killer Mike gets on stage-I think I see El-P standing to my left, right next to Aaron and the crowd is going nuts.  Again, I am close enough to one of my favorite artists to realize how incredible the Minneapolis music scene is.  There is a lot of closeness in the hip-hop world up here.  Grateful for the many supporters and artists in the locale.  Maybe, if you get the chance, come up and take in the surroundings as much as you can.  Even if you miss something you will still get an eyeful.  This city is extensively invested and immersed in the local music scene.  Its a cycle of good acts.  

 Killer Mike is huge and on top of his game.  His message was positive and his music was produced amazingly (his new album mostly by El-P), his lyrics were well put together and made me want to party.  The crowd got super rowdy for his set.  Believe in your dreams and anything can happen, were the main ideas of his send off.  I was inspired.  Killer Mike killed the set and really got everyone warmed up for El-P.

Finally, El-P, what can I say?  I am a huge fan, I love his music, he is a production virtuoso and his lyrics make me wish I could write music of such a caliber.  I at the very least envy his delivery, with confidence and conviction, and approach to mind expanding ideas.  Dude tells it how it is.  This is the first El-P show I have been to and I was not disappointed.  He gave 110% and kept the crowd happy.

El-P is solid on his game, doing what he loves and it shows.  His attitude was business and party, he was a crowd pleaser from word one on the mic.  Slug came on stage brandishing a stuffed animal (Killum*) from the Full Retard video, which was pretty sweet.  Before he did his set he came on stage numerous times and pumped up the crowd, most of the time carrying a bottle of Grey Goose.  A preview of what was to come, you might say.  The crowd was out of control when El-Producto jumped on stage.  He claimed he was doing Cancer4 Cure in its entirety from front to back, and he made it happen.  By the time he did songs from Fantastic Damage I was completely sated.  The show was great, if you didn’t get a ticket and you are an El-P fan you missed a very impressive show.

After the show at Pizza Luce, we noticed we left our credit cards at the bar and had to go back and pick them up.  We got inside and pretty much were able to chat with all of the acts, I even got into a one on one conversation with Tony Bones about hip-hop in Minneapolis, about Prof and other musically inclined people from South (MPLS).  Got to see El-P again, running around with the stuffed animal (Killum*), saw him run down the street towards downtown and then we left.

Hands down this was one of my favorite shows.  For price and venue, it couldn’t have been better.  The crowd (full of a lot of local celebs) was great and all of the artists put on a top tier show with little to zero snags throughout.  Check them out if you can.  If I could have had one more thing I would have asked that Slug do a song with El-P, but the show was excellent sans.  I approve of the Fineline for any show, this was some great stuff.  If you get the chance to catch these acts, do so,  you will not regret it.  Tell your friends.

Photos by Terry Scott

*Thanks Aaron for the correction on the name.  (“El-P(‘s) stuffed animal is the Killum, not a muppet bro.”)

tUne-yArDs do not disappoint at Summerfest

Posted in Concert Reviews, Music News, News, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on Monday, July 2, 2012 by Eric Gilardi

The tUne-yArDs’ album, w h o k i l l, was an album that was in my top 5 of 2011. It may have even been my favorite album of last year and I have been in the market to attend one of their shows for the past year and a half. I finally made it happen at Summerfest for my birthday. July 1st, 2012 will go down as one of my better birthdays of recent memory.

Merrill Garbus is an unreal and unusual talent. When you listen to
w h o k i l l you wonder how this will play out at a live performance. It plays out in a perfection that is surreal to the human brain. Merrill loops and recreates the album to the T. Making the live performance a more enjoyable experience than going to get ice cream at the local dairy with your grandparents on a hot summer day. In all honesty, I may just be a prisoner of the moment, but it was one of the best performances I have witnessed in a long, long time. If you are a fan of the album, go out and just witness what Merrill can provide you with at a live show.

Here are some more photos from the performance last night at the Briggs and Stratton Stage on the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee, WI.

Concert Review: SOJA @ the Cabooze Minneapolis

Posted in Concert Reviews, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Monday, February 20, 2012 by Eric Gilardi

The final chapter in the Strength to Survive story is about to be written. It started with a teaser to promote the release of their new album and is ending with this review of their show at the Cabooze in Minneapolis on February 19th, 2012. Just because this book is about to be done doesn’t mean there will be no more books written about SOJA in the future. The relationship built here is as strong as their message and I want to let everyone know; I am not done yet.

When talking to Jacob Hemphill you understand that it isn’t about getting rich and famous but more about gaining popularity in order to spread their message. SOJA’s passion to spread this message really comes to life when in the presence of one of their live performances. This was apparent from the get go when the band opened up with “Mentality” the opening track on their new album. Jacob was very appreciative of the fans and genuinely thanked everyone that came together on that Sunday night numerous times throughout the show.

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Concert Review – Cool Kids, Camp Lo, + F. Stokes plus special guests

Posted in Concert Reviews, Media, Reviews with tags , , , , , , on Monday, August 31, 2009 by Nolan Levenson

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Mikey Rocks (Cool Kids), Photo courtesy of me

So last night, I had the pleasure of attending the Cool Kids show in NYC last night at SOBs. The show was EXCELLENT. Easily one of the best hip hop shows I’ve been too. Soo much fun. The Cool Kids absolutely DESTROYED the venue and are awesome guys. I got to meet a bunch of people after the show. Great times all around with some nice surprises including Nice and Smooth and Paper Tiger of Doomtree. Follow me after the jump for some more photos and details.

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Concert Recap: The Crinn, Zebulon Pike, The Body Beneath, Ambassador Gun @ Triple Rock Social Club

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Friday, July 3, 2009 by Ryan Buege

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Zebulon Pike live @ Triple Rock Social Club(Zebulon Pike)

The Body Beneath live @ Triple Rock Social Club(The Body Beneath)

Ambassador Gun live @ Triple Rock Social Club(Ambassador Gun)

Our exclusive photo coverage of the The Crinn’s must see return show and their equally awesome local support continues after the jump. Enjoy! Continue reading

Concert Photo Recap: Cocaine @ the 400 Bar

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Cocaine live @ 400 Bar

On Saturday, Minneapolis’s hardest rocking, hardest partying, and (perhaps) hardest working band Cocaine continued their streak of high energy local live performances (while they spend their off-time working on the band’s new album) with a tight show that quickly won over a crowd who never ceased to cheer them on throughout the night. Photos from the band’s set continue after the jump… Continue reading

Concert Recap: Shellac, Bear Claw @ Varsity Theater

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on Monday, June 29, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Shellac live at the Varsity Theater

Shellac, the famed noise rock outlet comprised by Steve Albini, Bob Weston, and Todd Trainer, made it to the Varsity Theater for a rare concert appearance at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis last week on the day of Michael Jackson’s passing. Despite some ill-advised humor mocking the death of MJ that got under the skin of more than a few concertgoers, the music at the center of the band’s free-flowing set of  prog and noise rock was well-received by nearly everyone in attendance. Intricate, snarky, abrasive, and thick, the band has a sound that keeps you on your toes at attention, waiting to see where the rollercoast will veer to next.

For my part, I was there to see the legendary Albini (producer of most of my favorite albums from bands ranging from Neurosis, High On Fire, Mogwai, Nirvana, and many, many more) execute his music genius right in front of me. I was situated right in front of his amp on stage right, and I don’t think I could have picked a better spot. With the warm tones and complicated melodies from Steve’s guitar dominating my hearing, I watched from the perfect angle as Trainer banged away at his drums like Animal. The show left me completely impressed (I was skeptical about seeing how these studio-based legends would translate in the live seting), and I’m sure everyone would have been on board for their sarcastic humor on most other days of the year.

Bear Claw opened the show. Videos and photos from my steady shot Sony DSCW80 follow below!

VIDEO: Shellac, Live at the Varsity Theater, 6/25/09

Shellac live at the Varsity Theater(Shellac)

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Concert Recap: Mayhem, Anal Blast, Grand Demise of Civilization, and Deterioration @ Station 4

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Thursday, June 11, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Mayhem live @ Station 4

As Mayhem brought Blackened Fest to St. Paul, MN on June 9, 20009, the vibe was unexpectedly and unfortunately even more somber than one would have hoped for the return of some of Norwegian black metal’s reigning elite. After already suffering the crippling blow of a late visa-related cancellation from Marduk before the tour began, the rest of the lineup except for Mayhem (Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation, and Withered) were forced to cut the trek short the night before St. Paul due to a variety of complications described by Justina V. over at Metal Injecction. Whether or not Justina’s indictment of Mayhem’s responsibility for the festival’s implosion is accurate or not, I certainly can understand her resentment as a fellow Metal Injection reporter (based in MPLS) and someone who was on the opening band’s guestlists that never arrived. To put it shortly, it was a huge bummer to be greeted with the cancellation announcement sign as I walked in, and it made me skeptical I’d even enjoy what was now becoming an expensive evening for me (although, I must say, the ticket price was actually slashed to 1/2 the original cost for those who bought advanced tickets, and refunds and free Absu tickets for next week were being offered to attendees – the venue was graciously being overly apologetic for the unfortunate circumstances).

While performances from Cattle Decap, Cephalic Carnage, Withered, and Marduk would never occur, Mayhem pushed on against the odds and advice of financial experts, carrying the torch of blackness alone on the last dates of a now-solo headlining tour. Playing to a crowd of devoted Twin Cities extreme metal faithful, Mayhem’s blistering, theatrical black metal and a collection of local bands that adequately replaced the openers who were dismissed eventually won over the dejected.

Chris Deline, my pal from CultureBully, has already posted an excellent review that breaks down the action for the show set-by-set, so I invite you to check out his recap and live videos to see exactly how the entire night panned out.

For my part, every opening act that played brought something unique to the table, just as I had originally expected heading into the night. Deterioration‘s two-instrument aural assault was the most eye-opening physical display of death-grind talent I’ve seen all year, while Grand Demise of Civilization‘s straight-forward black metal offered one of the most spectacularly ceremonious performances you’re likely to see from a band of any kind in this region. To top it all off, the classic campy metal humor of deathgore lifers in Anal Blast helped to lighten the mood considerably before Mayhem finally took control of the room.

By the time Mayhem hit the stage, the crowd was primed and ready to unleash under their dizzying spell of disgusting black metal. As Necrobutcher, Hellhammer, and the guitar duo of Morfeus and Silmaeth blasted out the storm, Attila Csihar hung his rope mockingly above the thrashing mass of a darkness in front of him, taunting the pulsing mosh pit with an oppressive arm and repeatedly ridiculing the disgraces of humanity. The stage set up was grizzly and overbearing, as well; however, one such as myself couldn’t help being sucked sucked in by this chaotic display from such a legendary and influential band beneath the dazzling lights at Station 4 in the much the same way that many people are by shocking horror films. Until the end, Mayhem never ceased to shock and impress my blackened heart after so many years throughout the lenght of their performance; when it’s said and done, they put together a show well-worth the ticket price and surely were appreciated by everyone who they stuck it out and played for (despite their inevitable financial loss).

Concluding our coverage at Station 4, I’ve got my own video from Mayhem’s set as well as some pretty vivid photographic evidence from the night. The media continues below:

VIDEO: Mayhem, Live at Station 4 in St. Paul, MN, 6/9/09

Mayhem live @ Station 4(Mayhem)

Mayhem live @ Station 4(Mayhem)

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Concert Recap: Victims, Trap Them, and Black Breath @ the Triple Rock Social Club

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Victims live at the Triple Rock

Victims, Trap Them, and Black Breath stormed through Minneapolis yesterday evening with what could easily be called the most vicious hardcore tour making rounds in the U.S. early this summer, and all bands displayed an overwhelming presence despite the underwhelming crowd size (..for better or worse, I’m speculating that a local concert calendar that is more saturated than usual with hardcore shows courtesy of the ENR 15th Anniversary and tightening working class budgets are to blame..). However simply put, Victims were on top of their game, Trap Them proved to be more than worthy of the praise that has been thrown of them by some of extreme noise music’s most respected names (these days Napalm Death and Disfear even cite them as influences, to give you an idea), and Black Breath, while young, introduced the crusty part of my evening with a heavy swagger rocking through their dirty modern hardcore. Personally, I just felt lucky to be one of the few who got to pit it up to the live tornado of chaos contained within the cavernous club in west bank Minneapolis for one night; and lucky for you lazy punks, I brought my camera and captured some guerilla style videos and photos from the show which follow below:

VIDEO: Victims, Live at the Triple Rock Social Club, 6/1/09

Victims live at the Triple Rock(Victims)

Victims live at the Triple Rock(Victims)

Trap Them live at the Triple Rock(Trap Them)

Trap Them live at the Triple Rock(Trap Them)

Black Breath live at the Triple Rock(Black Breath)

More videos from Trap Them and Black Breath and photos from all the sets I attended last night available for you after the jump… Continue reading