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KDWB’s Jingle Ball can be viewed as an annual December parade of pop stars in one long teen-thrilling concert on a school night. Or…
Tickets to see the three-time Grammy winner go on sale Friday.
The big gigs for Dec. 6-12, including Blackalicious, J.S. Ondara, Nicholas David and holiday shows by Martina McBride, Sunny Sweeney, Katie McMahon and the Old 97's.
After a health hiatus, Suburbs rocker Chan Poling is back in action with the New Standards and a pileup of projects.
An expanded reissue of Prince's breakthrough album shows how prolific he was in the early '80s.
The big gigs for Nov. 22-28, also including Ronnie Milsap, Poliça, Anthony Hamilton, Bobby Rush, Nancy Harms and Leo Kottke's usual Thanksgiving week gig.
Review: Kris Kristofferson's excellent 100-minute concert had a sense of farewell to it.
Newcomers will lead a strong field for best new artist when Grammy nominations are announced Wednesday.
The big gigs for Nov. 15-21, also including Charlie Parr, Okee Dokee Brothers, King Diamond, Julia Jacklin and Blues Traveler.
Country-pop star Maren Morris may have a fresh bunch of awards in hand when she arrives in Minneapolis on Saturday.
Pat Hayes of the Lamont Cranston Band celebrates 50 years of the blues.
The big gigs for Nov. 8-14, also including an all-star benefit at Hook & Ladder, a Neil Young birthday tribute, Bishop Briggs and more.
New owner could make Detroit Lakes country music event "king of the mountain again."
This week's big gigs, also including Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Tiffany Young, Janiva Magness and New Order's Peter Hook.
Filled with ephemera, photos and philosophy, "The Beautiful Ones" is incomplete yet revealing.
He'd never written a book before. But Dan Piepenbring carried on after Prince's death.
With a revamped band, he was focused, impassioned and arguably singing at his best in decades.
Headed for St. Paul this weekend, country star Miranda Lambert lets her gut be her guide.
The big gigs for Oct. 18-24, also including Frank Turner, Ingrid Michaelson, Big K.R.I.T., Tom Morello and Mpls. Ltd. XX
After a bizarre falling out, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson rocked in vintage form at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center.
Buddy Holly is coming to town with Roy Orbison? Yes, rock 'n' roll holograms are here to stay.
The big gigs for Oct. 11-17, also including the Mavericks, Lucy Dacus, Tegan & Sara and Stiff Little Fingers.
The big gigs for Oct. 4-10, also including Jon Pardi, Stereolab, Tech N9ne, Sam Fender and release parties by Dan Israel and MaLLy.
Bound for Minneapolis, the 1980s hitmakers are having a pop culture resurgence thanks to "Africa."
Newcomer gave an exuberant, captivating show at the Armory.
The big gigs for Sept. 27-Oct. 3, also including Bon Iver, Branford Marsalis, Martin Garrix, 4 Bitchin' Babes, the Waterboys and Temptations.
The big gigs for Sept. 20-26, also including Sophie Allison, Michael Feinstein, Avril Lavigne, Donna Grantis and the Melvins & Redd Kross.
The boy-band members proved themselves as grown-up pop stars.
Review: Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis spark her winning concert at Treasure Island.
Balancing motherhood and megahits, Janet Jackson talks about her return to Minnesota, where she recorded her breakthrough albums.
The big gigs for Sept. 13-19, also including Nick Lowe, Of Monsters & Men, Brittany Howard, Lee "Scratch" Perry and release parties for Porcupine and Sean Anonymous.
1 Dave Dudley of Spencer, Wis., records "Six Days on the Road" at Kay Bank Studios in Minneapolis. One of the first big truck-driving…
Review: He'll return in April to star in "The Last Ship" about his hometown in England.
With his pop-soul leanings, Rhett charmed young women, and his dad brought the beer.
It wasn't a bad idea, but the great British band lacked power and volume in its Xcel Energy Center show.
The big gigs for Sept. 6-12, also including Lenny Kravitz, Thomas Rhett, Social Distortion and Static Panic's EP release party.
The guitar and songwriting legend talks "Tommy," Woodstock and the Who's next album.
She seemed genuinely in awe at the response of the sell-out crowd in her biggest market.
Superstar's estate planning site with artifacts, merchandise and nightly performances.
He was chatty and comical in a sold-out hits-filled concert.
The big gigs for Aug. 30-Sept. 5, also including Lionel Richie, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Brandi Carlile and Dessa at the fair, plus Under Violet's release party, Squeeze, Jon Spencer, Eddie Palmieri and more.
The grandstand was packed, but Hall's voice wasn't the guilty pleasure of the past.
Graceland Holdings — which operates Elvis Presley's Graceland mega-tourist attraction in Memphis — will no longer oversee Paisley as of Oct. 1.
With a new album and their first tour in 12 years, the MTV favorites thrilled.
Video director Dale Kivimaki remembers 25 years of stellar shows and near-mishaps at the State Fair.
'Online bartender' Mick Sterling pays bills so people can catch up.
Twenty-five years later, the South Carolina group is bigger than ever.
Reunited band is headed to the State Fair if not the Hall of Fame.
Stray Cats reunite for 40th anniversary tour and first album in 26 years.
The big gigs for Aug. 16-22, also including Dr. Dog & Shakey Graves, BoDeans, Stephen Marley and Jearlyn Steele.
Bob Dylan's story has been told many times, but not by someone who knew the international icon as just a northern Minnesota kid at heart.
The life of Louie Kemp has been entwined with Bobby Zimmerman's since childhood.
After a wildly varied 50-year music career, Maurice Jacox releases a quiet solo debut.
The big gigs for Aug. 2-8, also including Queen, Lady Midnight, Kamasi Washington, Gladys Knight and Amanda Shires.
The "creatively restless" piano man brings his daring new music to Minneapolis on Friday.
The country legend delighted his 9,000 fans, delivering 21 tunes in a mere 60 minutes.
His show featured stellar guitar work, Doobie Brothers and a nod to Prince.
The filmmaker got David Crosby to bare his soul for the camera.
Outstanding documentary paints an unflattering portrait of the rock star.
The big gigs for Aug. 2-8, also including Davina & the Vagabonds' release party, John Mayer, Broken Social Scene, A Giant Dog, Steve Earle and Slash.
Jack Black's band rocks hard and delivers laughs at Palace Theatre.
The big gigs for July 26-Aug. 1, also including John Paul White, Jawbox, Bobby Lyle, Lord Huron, Conor Oberst, the Ocean Blue and a twofer of British rock vets.
British rocker revisited his orchestral hits of the '70s and '80s at the sold-out X.
"Life is a gift," the crooner says as he returns to Minneapolis.
How Tony Bennett and other senior singers preserve their voices as they age.
Review: Aerosmith, Pitbull and Tim McGraw show Twin Cities Summer Jam how to party.
Here are the performers who thrilled us.
The big gigs for July 19-25, also including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Home Free, Black Midi, Backstreet Boys and Rosanne Cash.
The mellow Grammy-winning singer headlined the 25th annual fundraiser for the Minneapolis church.
While the band loves its Vegas residency, Joe Perry is eager to play this week's Summer Jam.
The big gigs for July 12-18, also including Parquet Courts, Pop 2000 Tour, Black Pumas, Snail Mail and the hard-rocking Northeast Food Truck Rally.
After a high-concept, often splendiferous concert Monday night at Xcel Energy Center, reviewer Jon Bream offers this note of gratitude.
John Sebastian talks about Woodstock, Dylan and "Welcome Back."
The Big Gigs for July 5-11, also including Rebirth Brass Band, I'm With Her, John Sebastian and Billy Idol.
Grande's last two albums, "Sweetener" and "Thank U, Next" are masterworks of pop as well as chart-toppers