X Games Minneapolis 2019 features musical performances by Chevy Metal, SWMRS, P.O.S, Wu-Tang Clan, The Blind Shake and Incubus. For X Games Minneapolis 2019 music listings and schedule, see below.
SWMRS: Thurs., Aug. 1 at 7:45 p.m. CT at The Armory
Within the opening bars of SWMRS second LP comes a sea change. You think you’re in familiar rock territory with the Oakland-formed quartet when suddenly an electronic beat kicks in that throws you for a loop. The same thing happens throughout the ten tracks that make up Berkeley’s On Fire — the band’s most urgent, electrifying and groundbreaking record to date.
Chevy Metal: Thurs., Aug. 1 at 10:15 p.m. CT at The Armory
Chevy Metal, the brainchild of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, keeps it straight and simple by playing dirt rock covers from the ’70s, with obvious nods to Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Queen and The Rolling Stones.
P.O.S: Fri., Aug. 2 at 11:15 p.m. CT at The Armory
Doomtree co-founder, punk philosopher and lyrical bomb-thrower Stefon Alexander, aka P.O.S, makes tight, declamatory music that builds on the Minneapolis-bred rapper and producer’s penchant for grinding beats and radical lyrics.
Wu-Tang Clan: Sat., Aug. 3 at 12:45 a.m. CT at The Armory
Twenty-five years ago, the Wu-Tang Clan changed hip-hop music forever. Bursting onto the music scene with the release of “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers),” the group quickly became recognized for its innovative beats and clever lyrics, as well as the diverse personalities and talents that make up its nine member hip-hop group. The Wu Tang Clan has released seven gold and platinum studio albums with worldwide sales of more than 40 million albums.
Diplo: Sat., Aug. 3 at 10:30 p.m. CT at The Armory
Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, is one of the most dynamic forces in music today. The three-time Grammy-winning artist is as much an international brand as he is a musician/DJ/producer. Year after year, he’s proven himself to be a ubiquitous cultural figure, consistently bridging high and low, mainstream and underground, with remarkable tact and reverence.
The Blind Shake: Sun., Aug. 4 at 5:30 p.m. CT at The Armory
The Blind Shake have been tunneling through the underground for over a decade. Having six full-length albums to their credit, several singles, three collaborations with psych legend Michael Yonkers and another with downstroke warrior John Reis (Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes), the band continues to push the sliding scale between catchy punk songs and pitch red noise. Described as “Primitive and futuristic: an extraterrestrial backyard surf party,” The Blind Shake have toured extensively through the U.S. and Europe.
Incubus: Sun., Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. CT at The Armory
Hailing from Calabassas, California, Incubus is comprised of members Brandon Boyd, Mike Einzinger, Jose Pasillas, Chris Kilmore and Ben Kenney. Formed in 1991 in the L.A. music scene, Incubus honed their craft on the Sunset Strip and achieved commercial success following the release of “Enjoy Incubus” on Epic Records. Perhaps most well known for the 2001 single “Wish You Were Here,” Incubus has shared stages with the likes of The Police, Beastie Boys, K.O.R.N., Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam.