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A Show to See: XTRAV 9: HALLOWEEN HONEY

Posted in Local, Minneapolis, Music, Show with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by sir minivan dad

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Hey all you hip hop/local music fans.  I’ve heard tell of a Halloween themed mini-festival taking place at Honey (NE), Thursday, Oct 23rd.  Now I know it’s that time of year when the witching hour takes full effect, but fear not!  Come out and celebrate with local artists, music, and some booze.  Perchance the headless horseman will ride again.  It’s party time, and you don’t want to miss out (avoid FOMO).  There will be a wide variety of up-and-coming local acts, and maybe even a scary storytelling contest.  Wear a costume, bring a friend, listen to some music, and have a few drinks- you earned it.  I mean, You Only Live Once… Have some fun before it’s Christmastime; autumn is for hell raising and party making, not going to bed early.

Check out the details below:

XTRAV 9: HALLOWEEN HONEY is an 11-act 18+ Halloween-themed mini-fest at Honey at Ginger Hop NEXT THURSDAY, Oct 23rd.
‪#‎whatsreallycrazy‬?: Cover is $5/ $3 in costume
Botzy hits the MAIN STAGE at the stroke of midnight!
Other acts include Josiah Lemanski, Jourdan Myers, Aleko Loughrey, and MORE!
We’ll also be debuting:
‪#‎PALESPECTER‬, feat. Aaron Hammerly, members of Gloss, and Frankie Teardrop bassist Jack Woolsey!
‪#‎LADYSLIPPER‬, feat. Jamie Quinn (Sexy Delicious), Cole Premo, and Eric Mayson (Toki Wright & Big Cats)
‪#‎THEMAYAPROJECT‬, feat. Maya Elena Baglien and Mark Mallman’s guitarist Mike Geronsin
AND Live Art from Ethan Heidlebaugh Art!
‪#‎BlackWiddowLoveAffair‬ ‪#‎CreepingRoundTheCorner‬ ‪#‎HalloweenMinifest‬‪#‎XTRAV9‬
https://botzy.bandcamp.com/track/black-widdow

— with Maya Elena Baglien and 2 others.

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Sean Anonymous; 331 Block Party and Anonymo E.P. Wavs

Posted in Culture, Local Love, Music Discovery, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by sir minivan dad

You are probably reading this because it is made out of words.  I digress.

The real story:

I worked all weekend; however, I found out earlier on friday about the numerous block parties happening over the next couple of days.  Where there is a will there is a way, its hard to stop when there is so much going on around you.  Luckily, I was at block parties all weekend getting drunk, having promiscuous sex on bridges near downtown, and checking out supremely awesome hip-hop acts.

Um, if you haven’t attended a block party in Minneapolis you don’t know what it is like to have an exclusively progressive music scene in your area.  There are girls, music, booze, and tons of sights to take in and process.

I saw more fresh acts this weekend, with great potential, than I have in the recent years, and it was mostly free and very close to Downtown Minneapolis.  I think I might’ve paid $10 for a ticket, unlimited beer, and I even got VIP access on accident.  Whoops!  My bad, but it was really good.  These are social events to take advantage of and respect.

Summer time in Minneapolis is like this:  Work a little, drink a lot, check out the block parties and what’s kicking with local musicians, and ride bike.  Your favorite artists are everywhere, even in the crowd.  Go and make friends.  I would say it is a perfect city if you are interested in art, fun times, and music in any way at all.  Come see what we got.

I was at The 331 this last weekend drinking and listening to an act I had not heard before, a hip-hop artist by the name of Sean Anonymous.  So good, with such a sick-chill-awesome flow and the ability to rock the crowd.  I was impressed and really happy that I had taken advantage of the free block party show at The 331.  

There were classic cars, insane motorcycles, and art on display throughout the block, and around the back of the bar people gathered near a stage in preparation of the show.

Sean Anonymous has much empathy in his songwriting, and a realistic relatable idea behind it.  His energy on stage was powerful, he had some guest acts, and a personality that was fun to take in from concert venue viewpoint.  If you get a chance check him out at:  Sean Anonymous Facebook , Sean Anonymous Twitter Handle .

I met Sean in the crowd after his set (or rather in VIP, above at he Thrifty Hipster Headquarters) and gave him my credentials, talked with him over some beer for a few moments.  Asked for a CD, and joyously thanked him for hooking it up.  Said mad respect, and here I sit listening, and I like what I hear.

In the album, Anonymo, he really goes into detail on how, and what its like to be a struggling artist.  The hoops you have to go through.  The beats on the album are bumping, the production is well rounded and interesting.  Its fresh, heavy, and gangsteresque, with a tongue-in-cheek Minnesota nice feel, but in a passive aggressive way.  This 7 track album is packed with creativity, intellectual understanding, and a head-bobbing feel, ya feel me?  If you have a chance, give Sean Anonymous a listen, get his CD.  I love the representation of Minneapolis that he facilitates throughout Anonymo.  Honest and down to earth.  Honestly worth being heard.  No bullshit.

Highlights of the album:  Mostly all of the songs.  1. Fast Forward, 4.  Alright, and all the others beyond that are standout quality songs.

Lows:  There aren’t many lows.  Sean is representing Minneapolis, flowing like a fountain, and banging beats like I’m banging someone’s girlfriend or mother.  But really its good.  A real and personal artist with a great stage presence, worthy of an audience.  I look forward to the next show.

Video: Minnesota-based local music internet TV show Northern Outpost airs third episode featuring The Yoleus

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on Monday, February 2, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Recently the Minnesota music community gained a valuable addition when the Uptown Minneapolis-based internet TV show Northern Outpost launched at vimeo.com/northernoutpost. It’s a much needed visual outlet for local music artists that showcases the musicians with studio performances and interviews filmed at their coopted Owl Recording studio which air bi-weekly at Northern Outposts’ website. They’ve already gone through two episodes (that we unfortunately failed to mention here), and now they’re on to the third where they are featuring St. Paul avante-garde/mathrock group The Yoleus. In addition to a live performance of The Yoleus’s driving, bass-heavy rhythms and dissonant guitar theatrics at Owl Recording, the band gives a brief interview where they discuss topics ranging from the current local music scene to the nature of guitar-based instrumental music. It’s a really great show, and it looks like they’ll have an entire season of excellent local artists to come.

Stay tuned for more episodes; they’ve got 4 and 5 filmed already!  And don’t hesitate to click the links below to visit all of their previous episodes.

Episode 1: Andy Elwell (01/02/2009)
Episode 2: Kill to Kill (01/16/2009)
Episode 3: The Yoleus (01/30/2009)