Best Bets: Big bands, big sounds
Can the stage take it: A so-hot-right-now Minneapolis group that mixes afrobeat/funk music will join up with a local funk-soul band for a mega-show at The Rex.
Top 89 of 2016: Local Songs
We asked, you voted! All December long, you — the local music lover — voted for your favorite Minnesota songs released in 2016, and the results are in!
Album of the Week
Our Album of the Week is the afrobeat on "Cheat And Start A Fight" by Black Market Brass.
Best concerts of the week:
Band of Horses at State Theatre, Black Market Brass rides good buzz with debut album
Black Market Brass gets inspiration from Nigerian Afrobeat music Today's Morning Edition is from "Half a Cig" by Black Market Brass. It's from their debut album "Cheat and Start a Fight," which will be released Friday.
Black Market Brass perform in The Current studio
Black Market Brass perform their tunes "Gloom" and "Half a Cig" live in the studio of 89.3 The Current.
The week's best concerts: Sept. 14-20
Cut live to capture the raw intensity of BMB shows, the album presents a band brimming with confidence, power, and increasingly eclectic original material.
Black Market Brass Turn It Out On WCCO's Rooftop
The local band will be performing at Summit Brewing's Backyard Bash this Saturday (2:54). WCCO Mid-Morning - September 11, 2015
Black Market Brass gives Afrobeat a prairie home
"The 10-piece Black Market Brass has become an unlikely go-to summer party band in Minnesota. "
Jazz & Funk & Soul, Oh My!
"After years of simmering on the backburner of the Twin Cities music scene, jazz-inspired funk bands are back—and they’re bigger, louder, and groovier than ever"
After Hours with Afrobeat lovers Black Market Brass
"With only a 7" single to their name, the expansive Afrobeat group Black Market Brass have gained local notoriety solely on the strength of their live shows, which can be engaging, hypnotic, and irresistibly groovy."
CITY PAGES Top 10 Videos of the Week
"Black Market Brass bring the funk, soul, and rock 'n' roll in this studio clip for their hot jam, "The Powers." It's remarkable in and of itself that the sprawling group can even find a studio space big enough to fit all of the various musicians who add to their own distinctive musical flavor, and this video does a great job capturing the band laying down a demo version of their new track."
STAR TRIBUNE TCCT 2014 Top 10 Live Acts in Minnesota
4. The Replacements
5. Prince and 3rdEyeGirl
6. Black Market Brass
"We reached out to Pierre Chrétien from Souljazz Orchestra, who knows his way around an Afrobeat tune, to hear his thoughts on the band’s sound. Says Chrétien, “It sounds amazing. Definitely no lack of sweat and stink here!” No disagreements here!"
"Their live show is the stuff you rave about to your friends the next day. It's precise execution meets raw and freaky free-experimentation, locked tight into an uptempo groove that just won't quit."
CITY PAGES Top 10 Videos of the Week
"Black Market Brass brings the fresh, thunderous funk wherever they go, and this live clip taken from a rousing recent performance by the 12-piece at the Triple Rock proves that fact and then some."
"They are a unique and befittingly eccentric facet of the local music scene."
"The massive Afrobeat-stylin' funk group seems to grow more fearsome with every show, and when their four-man horn section and three percussionists go full-bore, the sound hits like a runaway elephant."
FLEA MARKET FUNK
"The elder statesmen of the genre, Budos Band, and Antibalas among others, have a whole new crop of brethren to break their bread with these days. Hailing from the Twin Cities, MPLS, or just plain Minneapolis, Black Market Brass are taking the Afro Beat scene by storm."