P.O.S. announces first solo show since his kidney transplant

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As P.O.S. continues to get his strength back while recovering from his recent kidney transplant, the dynamic MC has been making occasional live appearances, both with the Marijuana Deathsquads and his Doomtree crew. But it's been nearly two years since his last live solo show in town, as Stef is working hard to get fit enough to rock a crowd on his own once again.

Well, that moment has finally arrived and then some, as P.O.S. is headlining The Fucking Best Show Ever, an outdoor festival held at First Avenue and Fourth Street in downtown Minneapolis, on Saturday, September 13, with a lineup curated by none other than P.O.S. himself.

See Also: P.O.S. feels like "new dude" after kidney transplant

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Here's what not to do at a rap battle

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Math Hoffa and Dizaster, moments before the punch.
Rap battles are filled with personal insults. They can also be extremely intense, especially when there's a lot on the line. They almost never end in violence, however.

But that was not the case on Saturday night at Los Globos, when the main event at King of the Dot's Battle of Los Angeles 5 ended in an all-out brawl. It was truly shocking.

The catalyst? During his battle with Brooklyn rapper Math Hoffa, Los Angeles rapper Dizaster concluded his final round by saying: "I should punch you in your fucking face."

"Do it," Math replied, continuing: "I dare you to do it."

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Curtiss A still angry about Stephin Merritt's John Lennon diss

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Stephin Merritt's comments about John Lennon enraged Curtiss A
It turns out that Curtiss A has almost as much distaste for the Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt as Merritt has for "Imagine" by John Lennon. In a Gimme Noise interview conducted by Monica LaPlante last year, the droll and oft-dour singer-songwriter said "[The song] makes me want to shoot him."

As Merritt's side project Future Bible Heroes roll through town tonight, the words still weigh heavy on Mr. Almsted's mind. According to Vita.mn, "He's so mad, in fact, he planned to protest tonight outside the Cedar Cultural Center."

See Also:
The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt on songwriting, the Spice Girls, and hating John Lennon's "Imagine"
Future Bible Heroes: Cry while laughing, laugh while crying

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Danny Brown's Triple Rock show sparks unseemly oral sex controversy

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Danny Brown at Triple Rock Social Club on Friday

Live performance is an incredibly intimate bond between artists and fans, but that intimacy got busted worse than Danny Brown's front tooth during Friday's show on Minneapolis's West Bank. At minimum, the Detroit rapper led several fans at the sold-out Triple Rock Social Club to believe, and many to proclaim on Twitter, that they saw a female concert-goer in the front row performing oral sex on him.

At max, the 18-and-up crowd witnessed something that put Brown's evening alongside Jim Morrison's "Miami Incident." Either way, this is one of the most unfun blogs about Brown ever. There are some pretty graphic, NSFW stories that follow, so proceed with caution.

See Also: Danny Brown at Triple Rock Social Club, 4/26/13

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Astronautalis' house in Northeast Minneapolis gutted by fire

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A fire seriously damaged Astronautalis and his roommates' duplex in Northeast Minneapolis on Thursday evening. According to Minneapolis Fire Department reports, they responded to a blaze found on the structure's back porch at about 7:40 p.m.

Although no human injuries were reported to the home's residents, their cat succumbed to the smoke. In a few postings on his Tumblr blog, Astronautalis summed up the damage and effect of the incident. He theorizes that the fire could have started because of an electrical problem.

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Archers Of Loaf's Matt Gentling on cult status, the reunion, and witnessing a stabbing on the road

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Archers of Loaf are the very definition of the '90s stalwart alt-rock band. They toiled in relative obscurity while many of their contemporaries made it big and ruled the airwaves for a good decade or so. Those who knew them loved them like a small child loves a puppy: with a bursting-at-the-seams excitement that refuses to be reigned in by any words or actions. Those who didn't -- and, sadly, there were many -- missed out on what was likely the hidden gem in the '90s alt-rock landscape.

More arty and obtuse the Big Three (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins) and even more underdoggy than the bands who deliberately positioned themselves as such (Pavement, Dinosaur Jr., Superchunk, et al), AoL have seen all four of their studio albums re-released in the last year to higher praise than when they were first released -- impressive since they were critics' darlings from the beginning.

Listening to them now, away from the clatter of two decades ago, brings the realization that, in the end, much of their work had more in common with British bands like Gang of Four and Wire (their 1993 debut, Icky Mettle, in particular), with their vaguely angular hooks and noisy passages, than with the thunderous sludge being peddled out of the Pacific Northwest. It has aged approximately 342 times better, to boot. Sometimes vindication for your actions takes a little while. Ahead of Archers of Loaf's Saturday and Sunday gigs at 400 Bar, Gimme Noise talked with AoL's bassist Matt Gentling about cult status vs. widespread popularity, and a stabbing they witnessed in Florida.

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Dulono's Pizza closes for weekend after kitchen fire

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Dulono's Pizza had a scare over the weekend as the Lake Street eatery's kitchen caught fire Friday evening. A variety of roots, bluegrass and old-time music rolls through Dulono's on a regular basis, including regulars like the Middle Spunk Creek Boys, Cousin Dad (booked for this past weekend), and the space hosts semi-annual fundraising shows for the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association (MBOTMA).

Several folks on Twitter reported seeing smoke and fire at the restaurant, including Stuff About Minneapolis' Paul Merrill and friend of Gimme Noise Danielle Morris, who was working across the street at Fuji Ya. She snapped the photo above, and left the comment "ON FIRE!"

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Opeth cancel Myth show after singer hurt on tour bus

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Swedish prog-metal act Opeth was forced to pull out of their slot opening for Mastodon last night at Myth after singer-guitarist Mikael Akerfeldt bumped his head on the tour bus and cut himself, according to a posting on Facebook. He was hospitalized in the Maplewood area of St. Paul.

Prior to their set, the band's tour manager announced that they would not go on, and Mastodon and Ghost extended their sets to compensate for the change. City Pages' contributor Ryan Siverson was at the show.

Check out a picture of the gash Akerfeldt sustained and read his note to fans below.

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Bachmann demands apology from NBC for Fallon diss, calls them the 'entertainment elite'

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What started as an LOL for music fans in Questlove's social network has turned into a roaring political migraine for NBC, as Michele Bachmann has gotten word of the "diss" the Roots delivered in the form of her walk-on music on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Monday night.

Never one to let a controversial moment pass her by, Bachmann is inexplicably aligning herself with First Lady Michelle Obama and railing against what she calls the "entertainment elite" in response to being serenading with the opening strains of Fishbone's "Lyin' Ass Bitch" on Monday night's show.

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The Roots diss Michele Bachmann with 'Lyin' Ass Bitch' as she walks on Jimmy Fallon

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Anyone who follows Roots drummer and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon staple Questlove on Twitter knows that he puts a lot of thought into the walk-on music the band plays for each of the guests on their show. One of the Roots' finest zingers to date was playing the Milli Vanilli song "Girl You Know It's True" when infamous lip syncher Ashlee Simpson came on the show -- complete with a skip on the main chorus to accentuate the part of the song that revealed that Milli Vanilli did not, in fact, sing their own music. 

But last night's entrance music just might take the cake.

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