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First Avenue’s Best New Bands: Nur-D

This year’s Best New Bands showcase took place this past Saturday at First Avenue. Writer Colleen Cowie and photographer Helen Teague attended to check out each of the seven acts: Green/Blue, Under Violet, Loki’s Folly, FruitPunchLoverBoy, Mae Simpson Music, Muun Bato, and Nur-D. Matt Allen began rapping in 2018, but he’s already performed at Soundset, […]

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Nur-D wins City Pages 2019 Picked to Click poll

With 69 points, Nur-D took first place as the Twin Cities’ “best new local artist” in the City Pages annual Picked to Click poll of Minnesota music influentials. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the winner and some of the other artists who made the top 10 are free spirits who can’t be categorized into […]

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Nur-D: Meet the rapper blending geek culture, activism, and pro wrestling to keep Minnesota hip-hop weird

If you ask Matt Allen, known on stage as hip-hop artist Nur-D, how he’d describe himself, he would tell you that he is “weird,” “your seventh favorite hip-hop person,” and then declare himself a “nerd.” Vocal about his love for comics, professional wrestling, video games, ’80s hair metal bands, and superheroes, Nur-D creates his music […]

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