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The big gigs for June 22-28, also including Frank Turner, Buddy Guy and some Allman Brothers heirs.
There is a lot to love about the local music right now.
There's a new album to preview at Halloween, Alaska's first gig in 3 years.
The songwriting vet added tributes to his late pals Warren Zevon and Glenn Frey over two sets.
The rapper's firm was supposed to release an album of Prince material.
Rock the Garden on a ridiculously hot day wasn't the best fit for Josh Tillman. But it suited Kamasi Washington and Low Cut Connie.
Rain gave way to sweat at the annual concert outside the Walker Art Center.
Big gigs for the week of June 15-21, also including Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers, Gomez and Jackson Browne.
The Walker party comes amid a rare break for the Nashville-based "Highway Queen."
It's not the best known of Eau Claire's big music shindigs, but the bluegrass and alt-twang campout may be the best loved.
Big gigs for the week of June 8-14, also including Winstock, Diana Krall and Bobby McFerrin.
Check out these fun facts about the Electric Fetus, the head shop/record store that's celebrating its golden anniversary.
Our critic's picks for the best new acts coming soon to Twin Cities block parties, outdoor festivals and concert venues.
Big gigs for the week of June 1-7, also including Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Liz Phair and Shawn Colvin.
The thrash-metal vets' farewell stop at the Armory was stacked with four other intense bands.
As Minnesota's hip-hop mega-fest continues to grow and incorporate younger stars, its original headliner is happy taking on a smaller stage.
The festival's buzz acts include a former child actor and a local Liberian immigrant.
RZA and Raekwon discuss their group's seminal debut album as Minnesota's hip-hop mega-fest becomes the first stop on their tour.
Big gigs for the week of May 25-31, also including Revival Music Festival, the Klituation and Al Jardine.
Hot producer/engineer now owns former Humans Win space, whose operator says he was unfairly ousted.
These are the finest venues for seeing outdoor gigs in Minnesota — while we wait for First Avenue's proposed amphitheater.
Brothers Roman and Royce Mars continue mining rock's past after tragic loss of a bandmate.
Nineties punk heroes Superchunk add roar to the Whirl this weekend.
Big gigs for the week of Aug. 18-24, also including a Kid Dakota re-release party, the Suburbs, Wye Oak and Sum 41.
The sister bandmates are playing a two-nighter in St. Paul with Lizzo.
Tool, Avenged Sevenfold and more hit Somerset Amphitheater this weekend for Northern Invasion, now one of our area's biggest annual music fests.
Big gigs for the week of May 11-17, also including Shania Twain, Bishop Briggs, Jennifer Hudson and Marian Hill.
It's shaping up to be another big year for fans of heavy bands on tour.
How Tom Petty, John Steinbeck and good old friendship helped bring back Minnesota's favorite acoustic band from a nearly two-year hiatus.
Concert spotlights for May 4-10, also including Romantica, Nellie McKay, Suzanne Vega, Ike Reilly and Tony Bennett.
The "bar right next to the train" in the band's new single, Kelly's Tap House is loving the newfound attention.
Concert spotlights for April 27-May 3, also including Ike Reilly's Icehouse residency, Kitten Forever album release and Jonathan Davis's solo debut.
The busy Duluth-bred sideman steps out with a poppy, nostalgic solo album.
The Bon Iver ringleader wants to "disrupt normality" by keeping names under wraps at Eaux Claires' fourth annual installment.
Somehow, cassettes were recently deemed cool again by younger rock 'n' roll hipsters, but the CD deserves to come back in vogue.
Review: The "Havana" singer packed the State Theatre for her solo headlining debut, even though she wasn't always doing the singing.
Collaboration is another interesting sidestep for the ever-elusive Justin Vernon.
Big gigs for April 20-26, also including Camila Cabello, Robyn Hitchcock and a co-headlining tour featuring Waxahatchee and Hurray for the Riff Raff.
Caitlyn Smith left Minnesota for Nashville a decade ago. A No. 1 hit and innumerable writing sessions later, she's coming home with a hot album.
Paisley Park's second annual fan gathering kicked off with a (mostly) upbeat set by Sheila E.
She name-checks the Turf Club, the Mississippi and the cold Minnesota wind. Clearly, Caitlyn Smith knows her subject matter in the new song “St. Paul.”…
With volunteers from all over the globe, the Purple Playground is planning the inaugural Prince Academy at St. Paul's High School for Recording Arts.
Big gigs for April 13-19, also including Laura Veirs, Echosmith and Abdullah Ibrahim.
Former 400 Bar owner Bill Sullivan's new book recounts his wild years as a roadie with Minnesota's rowdiest band.
We weren't too happy about taking our daughters to the Happiest Place on Earth, but a little forethought went a long way.
Har Mar Superstar tested himself, and his audience, with a stylish tribute to soul great Sam Cooke. It worked so well, he's taking it on the road.
Big gigs for April 6-12, also including Renee Austin, S. Carey, Todrick Hall and Ana Moura.
Playing the Cedar and Coachella this month, John Maus returns to music after getting a Ph.D. and literally trying to reinvent the synthesizer.
Jeremy Messersmith offered an unprecedented look at the 2½ years it took to make his new album, from early songwriting sessions to smoothing over legal matters with Neil Diamond.
Minneapolis' historic military structure finds new life as a concert and event facility, after it had dwindled into a crumbling parking garage.
Big gigs for March 30-April 5, also including Weird Al Yankovic, Little Big Town, John Maus and Margaret Glaspy.
Minneapolis' most prestigious graveyard will soon host live music by Anonymous Choir, Dusty Heart and more.
Concert picks for the week of March 23-29, also featuring Leslie Odom Jr., Kristin Hersh & Grant Lee Phillips, Wolf Alice and Yo La Tengo.
Top picks from the increasingly tamer Texas music fest include indie-rockers Caroline Rose, Bodega and Naked Giants.
Singing partners Molly Dean and Barbara Jean came together on a whim and jelled quickly.
Big gigs for the week of March 16-22, also including Jonathan Richman, Graham Nash and Buckethead.
Also: Trailer Trash and Lee's bond again over charity, plus SXSW goers.
Big gigs for the week of March 9-15, also including Demi Lovato, k.d. lang and Pink.
Big gigs for the week of March 2-8, also including Lila Downs, Cecile McLorin Salvant and Charles Lloyd.
Rhymesayers' 11th annual rap marathon is set for May 27 at the State Fairgrounds, also with Ice-T, Tyler the Creator and hosts Atmosphere.
Book deal, New York buzz haven't spoiled the Minneapolis hip-hop star on the city and art form she rode in on.
Big gigs for the week of Feb. 23-March 1, also including Chris Young, Ani DiFranco and husband-and-wife banjo virtuosos Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn.
The Minnesota music-scene vet was also a fixture behind the bar at Brit's Pub for two decades.
The Twin Cities rockers branch out on a new LP and tour with Berlin's neoclassical troupe Stargaze.
Live music takes over 18 downtown spaces for two nights Friday and Saturday as part of the Big Turn Fest.
Big gigs for the week of Feb. 16-22, also including Big Turn Festival, Galactic & Lettuce and the Celebrating Bowie tribute.
Studio owner Chris Moon is auctioning off his ownership stake in the 1978 single.
Big gigs for the week of Feb. 9-15, also including Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Manhattan Transfer and Take 6.
How a mainstream hit has (and hasn't) changed things for veteran band Portugal the Man.
Justin Timberlake paid tribute to the Minneapolis rock legend by projecting video of him from the movie "Purple Rain" on a large screen as a snippet of Prince's "I Would Die 4 U" played. The University of Minnesota marching band joined Timberlake midfield during the funky jam "Can't Stop the Feeling."
The singer suffered through a virus at a concert Friday but sounded strong in U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Texas singer (and Cowboys fan) drew a crowd of 5,000 at the Armory.
Soul Asylum, Bob Mould, the Suburbs and Jayhawks played to maybe the biggest Nicollet Mall crowd yet Saturday.
The shindig at Minneapolis's International Market Square drew a lot of NFL players, and Dr. Oz, too.
The Imagine Dragons show at the Armory was the biggest of many metro shindigs.
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