KFAI Goes Underground

Club U _postcard_web.standardJoin KFAI listeners on Thursday, May 28, 2009 at Club Underground, 335 Monroe Street, NE at 8 p.m. for a concert featuring Chastity Brown, See More Perspective, Margeaux, Jello Slave and Guante. Proceeds from the event will benefit KFAI, Fresh Air Radio. Admission is $5.00 and tickets will be available at the door beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Midwest Broadcast Presents Flyover Land Vol. 1 (Mixtape)

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Midwest hip-hop blog Midwest Broadcast has released a compilation mixtape, Flyover Land, Vol.1, featuring exclusive and unreleased tracks from some of the most talented emcees and producers in the Midwest. It’s named Flyover Land in reference to the common notion that the Midwest is a region not known for producing proficient hip-hop artists, and can thus be overlooked. This couldn’t be further from the truth, and the mixtape seeks to put rest to that opinion. Some of the gifted artists whose tracks are featuring on Flyover Land, Vol. 1 are Heiruspecs, Muja Messiah, M.anifest, Add-2, D/Will, Big Quarters, Guante + Big Cats! and more. The mixtape features sixteen consecutive tracks of uninterrupted, high-quality hip-hop, and is sure to be an enjoyable listen to everyone who gives it a chance. The purpose of Flyover Land, Vol. 1 is to help promote the considerable pool of talented artists we have in the Midwest, but who do not always get the publicity or attention that their skills merit.

To download the mixtape: http://tinyurl.com/flyoverlandV1download
To view the original post on Midwest Broadcast: http://tinyurl.com/flyoverlandV1

Big Cats! + See More + Chantz to join Guante for Soundset 09

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Guante will be performing at one of the biggest hip hop festivals of the year – Soundset 09. Performing with Guante during his set are collaborators Big Cats!, See More Perspective + Chantz. The festival takes place at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN. Gates open at 11:00am. The list of artists is a who’s who of indie hip hop, with a strong showing of Twin Town talent: Atmosphere, The Pharcyde, MF Doom, Brother Ali, Freeway & Jake One, Sage Francis with B. Dolan, Immortal Technique, P.O.S, El P with Mr. Dibbs & TMQ, Eyedea & Abilities, Abstract Rude + Aceyalone & Myka 9 = Haiku D’Etat with DJ Drez, Prince Paul, Buck 65, Blueprint with DJ Rare Groove, DJ Numark, Heiruspecs, Cunninlynguists, Blue Scholars, Sims of Doomtree, One Be Lo, I Self Devine, Awol One, Mike Mictlan & Lazerbeak = Hand Over Fist of Doomtree, Toki Wright, Grieves, Unknown Prophets, Lil Buddy Mclain, Just.Live, Kristoff Krane, El Guante, Plain Ole Bill, BK One, King Otto, and DJ Nikoless.

Pre-Sale tickets are sold out. VIP and After Party tickets are sold out. But General Admission tickets are still available here.

For more information about the festival, check out the Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/soundset

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Get tickets here.

Quilombolas at 501 Club

quilombolas - blue nile 1The new 501 Club has been getting a lot of buzz since opening earlier this year. Similar to the 331 club, and own by the same folks, it will carry the same philosophy, only with a larger venue. Like the 331, the club will have no cover, and will have a mix of indie music, from folk to rock to hip hop. It has already featured Retribution Gospel Choir, Lookbook, Chibalo, and others. This Thursday it will feature Quilombolas, along with Capybara (from Kansas City). Doors at :00pm. Music 10:30pm. 501 Club, 501 Washington Avenue South, Mpls. Parking Options: There is a 15 space parking lot located on the corner of 5th and Washington South that is FREE. Parking is also available in the lot located behind the 501 club this is a large lot that takes up about two thirds of the block and you can access the lot on washington, 5th Ave, 6th Ave or 3rd street. Parking in this lot is $1.50 after 4pm.

Quilombolas at Headwaters 25th Anniversary Celebration

quilombolas logo 1The Headwaters Foundation for Justice launches its 25th anniversary year with a celebration and fundraiser Wednesday, May 20 at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis. Founded in 1984 by a group of young philanthropists, Headwaters has long distinguished itself for its social justice grantmaking and its work to level the playing field between donors, nonprofits and community members, engaging them as partners in decisions about the ends and means by which social change is created in the community. Quilombolas will be the featured musical act, along with other performers including Ibé Kaba. The show is at 6:00pm, and is free and open to the public. Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power Street, Minneapolis, MN.

Free Download from ‘Start a Fire’ on Culturebully.com


FROM CULTUREBULLY.COM: “Life ain’t short, it’s just a lot of people waste it.” This could simply be coincidental, but it’s fitting that the tracks on Guante and Big Cats!’s Start a Fire EP have been edited and cut down to their most basic, wasting nothing in the process. It’s not that Big Cats!’s beats are any less flowing or robust than normal, or that Guante’s lyrics are any less poignant—the EP simply takes the duo’s abilities and projects them at their most concentrated. One shining example of this is the remix to “One of These Mornings;” the track that the previously mentioned quote comes from. Despite coming in at nearly a minute shorter than the original, nothing feels lost between it and the remix. If anything, the flute-based beat of the remix adds a fresh complexity to the track that allows it freedom while shedding the excess.

Guante has offered up some commentary on the duo’s site for their upcoming full-length release, An Unwelcomed Guest, including these thoughts on the remixed “One of These Mornings”:

The success that the original version of this track had really caught me off guard. The Current picked it up and was playing it every day this past Fall, and everyone was telling me how it was their favorite song on “El Guante’s Haunted Studio Apartment.” I liked it a lot as a recorded track (Eugene, OR producer G-Force put together a beautiful beat), but wanted a more lively, uptempo version to play at shows. Big Cats! delivered. One note about the lyrics: I think a lot of people hear this as a “slice of life” song, a song about me walking around and talking to random people. The song is about DEATH. The sample in the original (and the hook in the remix), “one of these mornings, you’re going to rise up singing,” is referring to the fact that someday you’re going to die. It’s from Porgy and Bess, “Summertime.” Again, I like this song a lot, but the live version with our band is on another level.

In collaboration with Tru Ruts, Culture Bully is proud to present Guante & Big Cats!’s release show for the duo’s new Start a Fire EP. The duo will be joined by Chastity Brown, See More Perspective, the Tribe and Chantz. The show will be at the Nomad World Pub on the West Bank Saturday, May 9 @ 9:00 p.m. Entry is only $5.

Click here for the free download.

Chantz at The Depot w/ Facade + Fresh Squeeze + Cay-Riss


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Chastity Brown + Guante at Mother Fools (Madison)


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