Although he is playing the 7th St Entry, Busdriver is no small artist. An L.A. staple since 1999, and known for being one of the most dynamic artists in SoCal, he began rapping at the age of 9, and after building up a cult following self-releasing and producing a few neo-rap records in the early 2000’s, he then signed to indie label Epitaph in 2007 and has put out some incredible experimental albums, his most recent being Perfect Hair, collaborating with P.O.S., Son Lux, and many others on the project. Any local hip-hop fan won’t want to miss Busdriver in the Entry tonight.
Sounds like: El-P, Open Mike Eagle, Aesop Rock
Part rapper, songwriter, producer, and singer, Jon Bellion does it all in what is an incredibly anticipated show this Tuesday. His Beautiful Mind Tour started just this month, after releasing his third (and free) mixtape, The Definition. Millions of free downloads later, this 23 year-old artist has a bright future in store, writing choruses of many famous songs, including for Eminem and Rihanna. Catch him in the Entry before his eventual move to bigger-venue shows.
Sounds like: Huey Mack, Cris Cab, G-Eazy
The Entry will be putting its cowboy hat on this Wednesday, inviting the country music darling Rich O’Toole to the stage for the first time in Minneapolis. The Houston-born singer-songwriter has opened for the likes of Willie Nelson and the Josh Abbott band, racking up 14 top ten hits in Texas. Now recording out of Los Angeles, his shows are known for being high-energy and impressively intimate for a country act. With his fifth studio album having been released this past June, big things are expected of this young southern music star.
Sounds like: Boyce Avenue, Sugarland, George Strait
Jay Nash and Josh Day are out on a 21 date tour supporting their newest release, Meet the Contenders EP. This is Jay Nash’s first time touring with another bandmate, previously a very busy solo performer. Citing influences such as Willie Nelson, The Grateful Dead, and The Band, his roots lie deep in some essential artists of the previous generation. With percussion virtuoso Josh Day on drums and backup vocals, it is truly the most full-sounding tour Jay Nash has embarked on, giving even more reason to check out the bluegrass they have to offer this Thursday.
Sounds like: The Head and the Heart, Ray Lamontagne, Cat Stevens
It’s about to get spooky this Halloween night in the Entry. With local hip-hop collective #MPLS co-headlining with yet another local act, Nooky Jones. #MPLS, consisting of collaborative vocals from five of the eight members, is best known for their sold-out Michael Jackson tribute shows they hold annually at the Cabooze. Nooky Jones, also known for their eclectic mix of group members, contains a brass section of its own, with a trumpet and trombone taking center stage. Led by trumpetmaster Cameron Kinghorn, their music would make Duke Ellington proud. There are hints of R&B, hip hop, and it is “very danceable”.
Sounds like: Doomtree, Young Fathers, John Legend
Any Doomtree fan knows the name, but for those less aware, Mike Mictlan is one of the founding members of the infamous Minneapolis hip hop collective, and the fastest-spitting lyricist of the bunch. This Saturday he will be holding this release party in support of his most recent effort, Hella Frreal. In the past, Mike has collaborated with some top names here in Mpls, including Lizzo, Greg Grease, and of course fellow Doomtree member P.O.S. It is hard to say what to expect out of a Doomtree member playing the Entry, but expect a few guest appearances from some familiar faces.
Sounds like: Lazerbeak, Sims, Grieves
Up-and-comers from New Orleans, indie rock duo the Generationals will be headlining their second 7th St Entry show this Sunday, behind their most recent release, Alix, which has been met with strong praise following their breakout from 2013, Heza.
Sounds like: Avi Buffalo, Givers, Oberhofer