9 Ultra-Cool artists still coming to the twin cities this summer

9 Ultra-Cool artists still coming to the twin cities this summer

Get ready, Minnesota. These artists are on their way to the cities, and there won't be any snow to stop them.


Warm weather and live music are a match made in heaven. My ideal night looks like heading out to one of the many awesome venues in the Twin Cities to see a quality band. In the upcoming months, there are a handful of talented artists making their way to Minneapolis and Saint Paul. First Avenue is my favorite indoor venue, but, because it's summer, an outdoor concert is the perfect place to get your live-music fix in the Cities.

There's no better way to soak up the sun than to do so while listening to amazing music. From J. Cole to Jack White, here are nine incredible artists making their way to the cities this summer.

1. Playboi Carti


When: August 2

Where: First Ave

Get your modern hip-hop fix satisfied with Playboy Carti this August.

2. Jack White


When: August 6

Where: The Armory

Although I'm still sad that I haven't experienced The Armory yet, things are looking up, because this incredible artist is going to be performing on its stage in early August. If you act quickly enough, you can still score tickets to legendary Jack White when he performs next month.

3. Sam Smith


When: August 14

Where: Excel Energy Center.

Sam Smith and his impressive vocals are coming to St. Paul this August to perform songs from 2017's album, "The Thrill Of It All." Sam Smith repeatedly shows that not all modern pop music is just a boring blend of sounds. Get your tickets here.

4. Trampled by Turtles


When: August 25

Where: State Fair Grandstand

Come and pay your respect to these folky Minnesotan dudes at the end of August at the Minnesota State Fair. You can get your tickets here.

5. The Beach Boys

When: August 27

Where: State Fair Grandstand

What better way to celebrate summer than with the boys who practically invented the summer hit? The Beach Boys are making their way to the Grandstand during the State Fair this year. This is sure to be a fun-packed show, especially because some of the original members are still in the band. Get your tickets here.



When: September 7

Where: The Armory

NEEDTOBREATHE is a band that has seemingly mastered the balance between modern rock, indie, and pop. Catch these guys at The Armory on September 7. You can get your tickets here.

7. Beck


When: September 13

Where: The Armory

Come and rock out with Grammy-winning Beck in September at the Armory--another great artist coming to the brand new venue.

8. Japanese Breakfast

When: September 18

Where: Fine Line Music Cafe

Cool and eclectic in styling and lyrics, Japanese Breakfast will be in town at Fine Line Music Cafe this September. Score your tickets here.

9. J. Cole


When: September 19

Where: Target Center

Although he won't be outdoors, his modern hip-hop magic will still be in the Cities. The ultra-talented J. Cole will be performing at the Target Center nearing the end of Summer. Get your tickets here.

10. Leon Bridges

When: September 20

Where: Palace Theater

Emotional about summer ending? Leon Bridges will be able to cheer you up. Check him out at the Palace Theater this September.

There you have it. Nine of the coolest artists coming to the Twin Cities before summer ends. Which ones will you be making it to?

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

I will always love you, Akon.

Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

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2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

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13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

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Warcraft 3: Reforged - A legend returns

One of the top 100 games of the century makes a comeback in an epic way.


17 years ago, the legion invaded the realm of Azeroth, forcing the different races of Humans, Orcs, Night elves, and Undead to make the most unlikely of alliances. There were those who fought for the light while the others wished to banish it. Night and day, the furnaces of Lordaeron burnt bright as the loyal dwarves of Khaz Modan hammer away the swords and shields that would aid the fight ahead.

17 years ago, the young orc warchief Thrall foresaw the fate of his people as meteors of green flames crash upon his lands. He saw the upcoming demise of his clanand ordered a mass evacuation towards a new continent where they shall be safe for generations to come. 17 years ago, the night elves felt a corruption within the Tree of Life, causing them to split into opposing factions: one fought in the name of the Goddess, while the other fought in the name of personal hatred. 17 years ago, a legion of undead came upon the shores of Lordaeron, plaguing the land and defiling the life force of the realm. That was the story of Warcraft, one that spanned continents and races only to join them together for a crucial battle of their history.

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Warcraft was a monument to an entire gaming generation, ranked 2nd best game of all time by German games magazine "GameStar." Its fate, however, was ultimately sealed as computing technology became better and overshadowed the old giant. Plus, with the rise of gaming consoles and handheld gaming devices, PC gaming lost its appeal slowly, and games like Starcraft or Warcraft eventually faded into oblivion.

But over on the horizon, Blizzard Entertainment came to the rescue. Following the success of their previous release of Starcraft: Remastered, they decided to come forth with their next great project: remastering Warcraft 3.

Using a new and revamped engine built over the foundations of the old one, they have rebuilt the world we once loved. Adding to that are new, high definition voices and sound effects that they recorded just for this old game. For the blurry characters of old, the team decided to upscale and remodel all present units to give them the 2019 high-def treatment they deserved. For the old user interface (UI), the development team settled on one that resembled the "Starcraft: Remastered" interface, offering more room for players to look at the gorgeous 4K character models. Also, to fit the new continuity from World of Warcraft, Blizzard opted to alter the story by a small margin, showing promising changes to the revived game.

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However, not everyone was hyped when the game was announced. Many gamers expressed disappointment at Blizzard's move of remastering old games instead of developing new ones. Many, feeling uncomfortable at the company's decision, took to the internet and into forums. Some fans expressed concerns over Blizzard's decision to retcon a game they hold dear Some are unhappy with the graphics not being consistent with characters: unit models look too detailed while buildings look cartoonish.

Despite all this, the general population loved the announcement at Blizzcon. As the game slowly reaches its release date of December 31, 2019, the hype can only go up from here. For those of us who can't hold their excitement, here's a video of the crowd's insane reaction to the announcement:

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