Happy Birthday, Twitter. Check Out Some Local Musicians’ First Tweets.

In honor of Twitter’s birthday, they’ve launched a tool that lets you see your first tweet. I decided to take the creeping level a step higher and compile some of my favorite local musicians’ first tweets. Check out their life-changing thoughts below.


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Check out the Black Market Arts II live artists

The idea of the Black Market Arts show is really simple : let’s get a ton of amazing artists from our amazing city and have them all showcase their talent on one night, in one room.

The best and brightest up-and-comers of the Sioux Falls hip-hop scene will all be at The District celebrating each other’s talent on Saturday night. But this is more than just another show – it also features artists creating pieces of work LIVE. And here’s your chance to meet them before the event.

The Black Market Arts II Showcase is Saturday, March 1st, at The District.

The all-ages show is hosted by FreeWryte, with performances by Nikko McFadden, Phantom Balance, Dino Babic, D G T, Stones, Prophet, Saint, Mickey Oneil, Royal, Jason Spars, and Silent Obliteration, with DJ 8Eproof playing music all night.

Tickets in advance are $7.00 and day of show are $10.00. All tickets are standing general admission. Doors are at 8:00pm.


Ccarly4arly Zebell, 26
How would you describe your art?
The best way I describe my art is abstract realism. I can’t say if that’s 100% accurate as far as actual terminology goes, but it relates to how I like to take some realistic objects and people, and then add a weird abstract twist to it. I use a lot of bright colors that tend to make darker things and ideas more whimsical. I like bright colors … it helps my dark thoughts not be so scary and more welcoming in a way. Helps me embrace them at times, at least.

What inspires you when creating new pieces?

A lot of my inspiration comes from music. Music will trigger emotions, day dreams, feelings, thoughts, etc. There’s some really beautiful poetry and embodiment that is found in good music. I love the escape that music brings to me and just lets me float in my head for a while.

Have you always been creative or was there a certain time where you felt you started doing art?

I think I’ve always had a passion for creativity. I remember at a very young age that I loved doing art-type things. My first painting I ever did was in 6th grade, though. It’s ugly, but my mom keeps it, which is nice. It’s interesting to look at it and then compare it to my recent art.

carly5If you could sit down with any three artists / creators (dead or alive), who would they be?

Good question. One would probably be van Gogh. He was crazy. I bet you could have some interesting conversations with that fella. And, did you know … he actually pre planned every color on his canvas? That had to of taken forever. Do musicians count? I’m going to say so, they’re artists too! I would like to hang out with Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeroes. They’re music is so full of joy and what an interesting group of people. I would greatly love to listen to an acoustic show of them. That would be pretty neat. One more … probably Leonardo DaVinci, that guy was SMART. You could learn so much from him in so many different aspects I bet.

Do you have a goal with your art? What do you want people to get out of it?

There are a lot of goals with my art. One of them is finding a way to make money from it which is a common challenge for many artists. How do you find that balance of creating what you want and still finding that niche that will want to have that art in their home? It’s an ongoing challenge, but it can be a fun one. Some times it’s best to just say ‘screw it, I’ma paint what I wanna paint’. Worst case scenario, no one buys it and you can give it away, donate it, or paint over it! No sense in wasting time and energy and throwing it away. As far as what I want viewers to get out of my art, I would say my greatest excitement is when people develop their own story of a piece. Especially with the portrait pieces I’ve made. Everyone has a different view on how that person looks, what they’re feeling … which is really exciting because that means I’ve made a connection to someone that I’ve never met and know nothing about. It’s interesting.

What do you think about the ‘art scene’ in Sioux Falls? Do you feel like there is a good support system for artists to thrive in?

I think that there is a good support system for artists in Sioux Falls. I feel like it’s continuously growing, too. However, I don’t think there are many buyers for the upcoming art scene in Sioux Falls. A lot of the artists that are coming out of the woodwork are not pheasant or deer painters… so there’s a transition going on that hasn’t quite caught up between buyers and painters. From my observation anyway, I could be completely off base. As an artist, especially for those that chose to make it a living, it’s probably very difficult in this area. I think you’re probably pretty limited as to what will sell, which is a lot of landscape pieces and wildlife pieces, unless you branch out to other regions. I will say that I feel like the artists in this community definitely support one another and network like crazy to help each other stay involved with things, though. There’s a competitive attitude in the art community, but a not cut throat competition. In my opinion anyway.

Do you know what you’ll be creating at the Black Market Arts show? What can people expect?
I have a couple ideas in mind. I guess they’ll just have to come to the show and see! :)
Koda1Koda Blue, 20

How would you describe your art?
I think my art would be described as something a little different. When I see a media that’s interesting I do it but with my own style.

What inspires you when creating new pieces?
Anything and everything can inspire me. Stuff like movies, other talents, advertising, etc. I try and look at everything with more than one perspective to try and get the real image behind it.

Is art something you see yourself doing long-term? What would YOU like to get out of it?
Hands-on art is something I consider myself to be really talented at so someday I’d love to make it into a career. Perhaps putting my work on vehicles and having people wowed by it.

What artists or creators (dead or alive) have influenced you, and how?
There are a lot of artist/creators I like but there’s no way to make a list of them. An old time favorite would be Michelangelo but in today’s time it’s anyone who creates beautiful concept cars, anyone who doesn’t do “normal” pieces, someone who really has their own image and loves doing it.

Do you have a goal with your art? What do you want people to get out of it?
Currently I don’t have much of a goal for my art. I only want people to be wowed by it.

Koda3What do you think about the ‘art scene’ in the Sioux Falls area? Do you feel like there is a good support system for artists to thrive in?
For the size of Sioux Falls I would say the art scene here has really blown up. I can see a lot of people getting into art here and supporting it. Whether it be music, sculpting, painting, tattooing, drawing, or anything in between, and they end up making it big in the world.

Do you know what you’ll be creating at the Black Market Arts show? What can people expect?
My project for my the Black Market Arts show is something kind of different that I don’t think the average person would expect.

Dan Richards, 23
Note : Dan will not be doing live art, but will be selling several prints and designed sweatshirts.

How would you describe your art?

My art is a mixture of realism and surrealism.  Most of what I do is Lithography printmaking, which is essentially drawing on to a master stone and then printing the drawing onto sheets of paper.

What inspires you when creating new pieces?
I would say that being a student plays a huge role in creating new pieces, but also I seem to do a lot of commission art.  Friends and random people will pay me to draw something for them.

As a USD student – do you think college has helped your art? What would you say to someone looking to go to school for art?
Being a student at USD has Largely improved my art, and work ethic.  USD has a great fine arts school with great teachers!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given about being an artist?
Always try to create something that has meaning to you.  People do not tend to make great art when they themselves do not care about what they are making.

Do you have a goal with your art? What do you want people to get out of it?
I would say that my goal is simply to make art that people will like and appreciate.

What do you think about the ‘art scene’ in the Sioux Falls area? Do you feel like there is a good support system for artists to thrive in?
Sioux Falls is not a big city, but we have a growing appreciation for art.  Which is nice to see in the mid-west.

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2014 Predictions

I don’t know why I just said ‘predictions’. I’m not a psychic. I just hate those ‘Artists To Watch” lists.

Anyway, here are some of my top choices for artists that I think will blow up (even more) in 2014, and music I’m excited for.

Find me on Facebook or in the comments section to tell me who is on the top of your ‘predictions’ list.

The London-based ‘alt rock’ group was formed from mastermind Dan Smith and I am obsessed with them. Their latest single, “Pompeii”, is all over Top 40 radio and finally giving the group the attention they deserve. Check out the video below and definitely consider buying their debut album, Bad Blood. You won’t regret it.

Obviously. I’ve been supporting this beautiful woman for years since I heard her on Mackelemore’s “Same Love”. She’s been touring with Macklemore all year long but tomorrow she officially releases her own album and I’m so giddy / excited about it. She recently signed to Capitol and I can’t wait for her to put more time into pursuing her solo career. Check out “She Keeps Me Warm” below and buy her album tomorrow!

In the hip hop world, I think Chance has already hit the ‘blow up’ status in 2013. The release of his mixtape Acid Rap (featuring appearances from artists like Action Bronson and Childish Gambino) has been certified platinum and got him a nod for a BET Hip Hop Award. I think 2014 will show him a lot more love outside the hip hop world, featuring him on many more Billboard lists and worldwide tours. Check out “Juice” below or go download his mixtapes FOR FREE!

Another UK band. Get over it. I had the pleasure of being introduced to Passenger earlier this year and am so glad their single “Let Her Go” is blowing up – it’s even broken into the list of top-grossing singles in the UK. It’s like pop rock with a twinge of folk in it. Kind of like if Connor Oberst was British and had a slightly higher vocal range. Check out the single below or consider buying their latest album, All The Little Lights.

You know I have to give some credit to Minneapolis hip hop. Lizzo has been topping the ‘to watch’ lists over the past few months and hopping on tours around the world like crazy. I can’t wait to see what else this lady does – I think 2014 will be the Year of the Lizzo. Check out “Batches & Cookies” below and go cop her album, Lizzobangers, soon.

Are you sick of me talking about them yet? Get over it because in 2014 you will actually get to hear a shit ton of new music from them, so just clear your schedule now. I’m like some weird mama-bear proud about these fellas’ music and can’t wait to continue to share all of it with anyone who will listen to me. I really think they will be your new favorite group. Listen to “The Art of Being Pulled Apart” below, check out their backlog on Bandcamp, and follow them on Facebook to be the first to know about new music.

This Sioux Falls group will be releasing an album in the Spring and I’m pee-my-pants style excited about it. UGP boasts some of my favorite local musicians (and friends) and their new album is high on my list of ‘most anticipated’. Check out this video of them performing on White Wall Sessions and like them on Facebook to stay up to date about new tunes.

Other Honorable Mentions : Betty Who, Lorde, Vayns, FACEBELTS! (coming soon)

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New York City

I’m going to New York City today, so I obviously made a playlist of songs about the Big Apple. Enjoy.

“Empire State Of Mind” by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys

“New York New York” by Frank Sinatra

“New York City” by John Lennon

“New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” by LCD Soundsystem

“Walk On The Wild Side” by Lou Reed

“The Message” by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

“6th Avenue” by India.Arie

“Broadway” by Old 97s

“Hello Brooklyn” by All Time Low

And in honor of the Holidays … “Christmas in Hollis” by Run DMC

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Fun Tunes For Your Friday

Happy Friday everyone! Here’s a short but long overdue post. :)

Minneapolis rapper Ecid dropped a new EP on Monday titled Euphoria (Vol. 2). The album picks up where the previous Vol. 1 left off but also leaves you anticipating his upcoming full-length. My personal favorite tune is “You’re Really Something”, but that might have something to do with Ceschi’s feature. Ecid’s first single from the EP, “G R U N G E H O T E L”, is the banger track – even as I was listening to it through headphones I felt like the walls around me were shaking. Check out a video for the single below or head to Bandcamp to download the album for free (you can also pay money for physical merch or get the deluxe version on iTunes).


A good friend recently suggested I check out a Portland band called Typhoon and I’m pretty glad he did. I’ve started with their newest album, White Lighter, and am definitely digging it. They’re one of those bands that rarely plays without a dozen members – but I love that full band effect. The horn section, string instruments, and drums all backing this rough indie rock vocalist. My friend described them as a sort of Bright Eyes type band – and I can see that. It’s like if Conor Oberst grew up on Mumford and Sons. Check out their video for one of my favorites, “Dreams of Cannibalism”, below – or check out this rad not-so-Tiny Desk Concert they did for NPR.


I was watching some random TV show (probably on MTV) the other day and they played a City and Colour song, “Forgive Me”. I was instantly flooded with memories of how much I love this band and how little I’ve been listening to them lately. So I’ve been on a C&C binge lately and now you get to hear about. Lucky you. City and Colour is the brainchild of Dallas Green, who is also the guitarist/vocalist for Alexisonfire, a post-hardcore band. This is like his indie-rock outlet. Most of it is toned down a lot though his latest album has a much fuller sound to it. Check out this video for “Thirst” off their newest album, The Hurry And The Harm.


If you haven’t seen/heard Mary Lambert‘s “She Keeps Me Warm”, you really have to. An extension from her feature on Macklemore’s “Same Love”, the song is as lovely as a bucket of puppies. I absolutely adore this women and her strength as an artist and a person. Check it out below and then Google all the rad shit she does. Or just check back here for more updates in the future because I’m sure she’ll be mentioned again.

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New Wide Eyes Album With Phillip Morris

wideeyesRap fans rejoice! Minneapolis’ Wide Eyes have just released a new album, The Sick And The Dead, with Chicago/Minneapolis’ Phillip Morris – their first album in two years. Oh, and it’s free!

Wide Eyes has played Sioux Falls several times, including an opening spot for Soulcrate Music last summer. The group consists of Sean Anonymous (who has been called a “maverick in the world of underground hip-hop“), Dimitry Killstorm, Tony Phantom, and DJ Name. The group has done famously in the Minneapolis rap scene and their partnership with Morris is no surprise. The vocals work perfectly for the collaboration - Morris fits in to the group naturally. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the album so far and look forward to what else the artists have up their sleeves (together or separate).

Check out the album below or right here.

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YouTube Channel of the Day

It’s Monday, so I know you don’t actually want to be working. Here’s an excuse to waste some time.

I watched this video of a group covering Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” in a Doo Wop 50s style on YouTube last week. Suddenly I saw it popping up everywhere on Facebook. Turns out other people liked it, too. But what is even better is that the whole channel is this group of amazing musicians, Postmodern Jukebox, covering current Top 40 songs in all different time-period styles including 40s, 50s and even Ragtime.

Check out a few of the videos below, or check out their channel.

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