A half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view:
David Byrne and St. Vincent, State Theatre. A pleasant, eclectic, brass-dominated show in a comfortable setting. But it made me want to go crank "Remain in Light," wishing for more Talking Heads songs.
Jesus and Mary Chain, First Avenue. Sobriety rears a tight, greatest-hits show but one that was still dominated by speaker-shredding fuzz guitars and bass. It still amazes me these industro- goth guys got attention in the States back in the day.
Allman Brothers, "A/R Studios 8/26/71." Solid, classic Duane Allman-era set, live in the studio, that rivals the Fillmore sets. Superior sound.
TIM MCKENNA, Minneapolis
"With the Beatles" by Robert Whitaker. He was the Fab Four's "official" photographer from 1964-66, including the infamous butcher LP cover. Many of these photos haven't been published before. It's a mix of the playful, precious and priceless -- including Paul McCartney practicing next to a Minnesota Twins equipment case.
Twin Cities funk and soul party, the Cedar. Organized to promote Secret Stash's new compilation of local R&B circa 1970, this was a treat for young hipsters and old boomers. Highlights: the Valdons and a Maurice Jacox/ Willie Walker duet.
PSY's "Gangnam Style" goes to No. 2 in Billboard. The giddy/goofy viral sensation could become the next "Macarena."
JON BREAM, STAR TRIBUNE