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The big gigs for July 13-19, also including Moore By Four, the Pretenders, George Clinton, X Games Pre-Party more.
Our critic visits the Boss, the hottest ticket on the Great White Way.
The big gigs for July 6-12, also including St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Panic! at the Disco, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Boz Scaggs.
Review: It was obvious from the reaction of the worshipful crowd that the singer has gone from cult hero to cultural hero.
The doubleheader at the Twins stadium proved that parents still like to party.
Review: Her Minnesota Zoo concert was short and disappointing.
The big gigs for June 29-July 5, also including Spoon with Grizzly Bear, Chaka Khan, Kesha and Old Crow Medicine Show.
Jimmy Buffett's Parrotheads and fans of the Eagles have made these stars among the wealthiest in rock.
REVIEW: Following her surgery, they have an emotional show at the X.
The big gigs for June 22-28, also including Frank Turner, Buddy Guy and some Allman Brothers heirs.
Meet the one-man staff who makes the math work for the metro's biggest ticket-free music festival.
Review: These old FM favorites pleased a crowd of 8,000 at the X in St. Paul.
Big gigs for the week of June 15-21, also including Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers, Gomez and Jackson Browne.
Review: Vocalist amazes with a cappella improv extraordinaire.
Vocalist will perform for four nights at the Dakota without a script.
Review: Paul Simon was generous, musical and crowd-pleasing at the X as he said farewell to the road.
Justin Levy is hoping to do with the T-shirts what singer/rapper Lizzo has done with such empowering, self-love anthems as "My Skin."
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.
Electric Fetus owner Keith Covart has some stories to tell.
Review: Phair celebrated the 25th anniversary of her influential album "Exile in Guyville."
As he heads here Friday as part of his farewell tour, we recap all of Paul Simon's Twin Cities performances.
Lack of air-conditioning, imagination and bass singer mar annual pops concert.
Robert Hilburn spent 100 hours interviewing the private star for this definitive new book.
Big gigs for the week of June 1-7, also including Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Liz Phair and Shawn Colvin.
Big gigs for the week of May 25-31, also including Revival Music Festival, the Klituation and Al Jardine.
Review: The folk legend's voice and humor were spot on.
Review: Rock's Renaissance man came up with the most imaginative staging of a concert in years.
The longtime independent concert promoter is thriving five years after after its founder's death.
Big gigs for the week of Aug. 18-24, also including a Kid Dakota re-release party, the Suburbs, Wye Oak and Sum 41.
Review: Daryl Hall's voice was off, but Train was on as they teamed up.
Review: Shania Twain gave her best concert performance promoting her worst album.
Review: The ageless crooner was so full of vitality, charm, warmth, humility, grace, courtliness, smiles and, of course, joy.
Big gigs for the week of May 11-17, also including Shania Twain, Bishop Briggs, Jennifer Hudson and Marian Hill.
Review: Despite sound problems, the country star's energy, spirit and songs thrilled 48,000.
Twin Cities singer Wee Willie Walker heads to his native Memphis, where he's nominated for five Blues Music Awards.
Grammy-winning singer will perform at the PACER benefit: "My mother always taught us the importance of helping others and giving back."
Concert spotlights for May 4-10, also including Romantica, Nellie McKay, Suzanne Vega, Ike Reilly and Tony Bennett.
Concert spotlights for April 27-May 3, also including Ike Reilly's Icehouse residency, Kitten Forever album release and Jonathan Davis's solo debut.
Unpublished images from Star Tribune archives offer fresh proof of his love for the Twin Cities.
With "Jersey Boys" and Bon Jovi coming to town this week, we compare their Garden State frontmen.
He cherished his privacy. There were a lot of things we didn't know. We certainly didn't have a clue — and maybe he didn't either — that trying to ease the pain would bring his demise.
Review: He appeared on a video screen accompanied by live musicians at Target Center.
He liked Häagen-Dazs ice cream, 5-Hour Energy drinks and MAC beauty products.
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.
A three-day symposium kicked off with "wonky" speeches, but other panels feature sound engineer Scottie Baldwin, hairstylist Kim Berry and dancer Mayte Garcia, Prince's first wife.
Headed for a gig in Minneapolis, this seemingly odd couple of TV actors make music — and laughs — together.
Big gigs for April 13-19, also including Laura Veirs, Echosmith and Abdullah Ibrahim.
Joyann Parker is the new Twin Cities singer you need to hear.
The late Prince will appear Friday in video footage with a live band at Target Center. Is that in good taste?
They all figure in a new memoir by rock hustler Owen Husney.
Review: The country quartet's harmonizing shines live on tour.
Big gigs for March 30-April 5, also including Weird Al Yankovic, Little Big Town, John Maus and Margaret Glaspy.
The hard-to-please jazz queen will celebrate her feat at the Dakota Jazz Club.
Singer-actor triumphs with Broadway, jazz and pop tunes with the Minnesota Orchestra.
REVIEW: The New Zealand star paid tribute in her Twin Cities debut, calling Prince the "very best there is."
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.
The pop star makes her Twin Cities debut Friday at Xcel Energy Center.
Graham Nash talks about Crosby, Stills & Young, politics and his solo tour coming to Minneapolis.
Big gigs for the week of March 16-22, also including Jonathan Richman, Graham Nash and Buckethead.
She was the right mix of acrobatic daring, believable singing of meaningful pop.
From acting in "Fifty Shades Darker" to singing a Bill Withers tribute, Minneapolis native José James keeps surprising.
At Target Center, the pop star was more into spreading positivity than entertaining.
John L. Nelson's daughter has produced a CD of his tunes played by jazz all-stars.
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.
Review: Opening a Friday night country concert with a ballad is dicey. But darn if Young didn't pull it off.
Review: He pulled out some Zep classics, too, in new versions at the Orpheum in Minneapolis.
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.
Sidemen and vocalists bring evolving lineup for Celebrating David Bowie Tour to Minneapolis.
Heading for a Minneapolis concert, Robert Plant will talk about anything but Led Zeppelin.
Big gigs for the week of Feb. 16-22, also including Big Turn Festival, Galactic & Lettuce and the Celebrating Bowie tribute.
Big gigs for the week of Feb. 9-15, also including Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Manhattan Transfer and Take 6.
Review: While charged with charisma, his halftime performance felt rushed.
The Super Bowl halftime show star, Justin Timberlake, considers Prince a big influence. But the move is controversial with Prince fans, associates and even the artist. Late Saturday, a Prince friend raised the possibility of changes.
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