Genre: Polka Hip Hop
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Sounds like: A Tribe Called Quest mashed up with Gogol Bordello
Comprising emcees Brümeister, Spade One and NTSC, the November Criminals create a raucous, energetic atmosphere with powerful melodies, head-nodding beats and fierce, conscious lyrics.
Formed in 2011 from an unlikely collaboration, the band uniquely embodies what it is to be from the Midwest and Milwaukee in particular. They draw equally from the tenets of hip hop and the roots of European, Slavic and Baltic musical traditions. There is nothing ironic or tongue-in-cheek about what they do. They are earnest, honest and viscerally raw in every performance.
The band recently celebrated the release of their second full-length album, The Great War.
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photos by Stephen James and DeWook