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This week's big gigs for April 26-May 2, also including Neko Case, Kodak Black, Arturo Sandoval, Foals and more.
How big is Garth Brooks? We run the numbers on the size king, who's headed to Minnesota to set yet another concert record.
Prince's estate is announcing the collection of his performances of songs he wrote for others.
The bar is losing its parking lot to make way for the Southwest light-rail line.
One of the last greats of his generation, jazz master Benny Golson talks about Coltrane, Spielberg and "A Great Day in Harlem" as he heads to Minnesota.
Bob Cavallo recounts some of the tales he'll tell at Paisley Park for the third annual Celebration.
The big gigs for April 19-25, also including Anvil, Yung Gravy, Jon Anderson and Rachael Kilgour.
After moving to Minnesota, the veteran singer-songwriter sets a confident new career path.
The big gigs for April 19-25, also including the Legends of Hip-Hop Tour, Ex Hex, Todd Snider and Alan Sparhawk's Velvety new project.
Aretha's soul-stirring film "Amazing Grace" finally lands in theaters, 47 years later.
The hoops-savvy star showed in-the-moment fun in song and conversation.
The Disney Channel darlings played their exuberant teen pop plus newer tunes that suggest they're growing up.
The big gigs for April 5-11, also including Earl Sweatshirt, Bill Frisell, Robyn Hitchcock, Faarrow & Astralblak, and JazzMN Orchestra.
British glam-rockers Mott the Hoople return to Minneapolis for the first time in 45 years.
The big gigs for March 30-April 4, also including Hayes Carll, J.S. Ondara, Mott the Hoople and a Baroness and Deafheaven twofer.
3rdEyeGirl guitarist Donna Grantis will celebrate her new jazz-rock fusion album in Minneapolis.
There are no lyrics but every one of Donna Grantis’ song titles has a story. She explains a few of them. “Trashformer”: She found…
Her entertaining show was long on vocalizing, short on lyrics.
REVIEW: The "Tequila" hitmakers were all about romance Friday night in Minneapolis.
She's making a rare Minneapolis appearance this weekend at Crooners.
The big gigs for March 22-28, also including St. Paul & the Broken Bones, A Boogie Wit Day Hoodie, Katy Vernon and Mayda release parties and more.
The superstar's remains once greeted fans as they entered. As with many things involving the Prince estate, his heirs disagree.
Sell-out crowd was grateful to hear his jazzy new trio.
With his romantic songs and glib humor, he was terrifically entertaining.
How super-producer Don Was wound up in Bob Weir's new St. Paul-bound trio.
REVIEW: He brought three of his country heroes to enliven his show in St. Paul.
The big gigs for March 15-21, also including the Subdudes, Dan Wilson, Ike Reilly and a "Sgt. Pepper's" tribute.
REVIEW: She played the diva in her Twin Cities debut at the State Theatre.
The big gigs for March 8-14, also including Mike Doughty, Kip Moore, Winger & Lita Ford, Habib Koite plus the Revivalists.
How does Mariah Carey, who makes her overdue Twin Cities debut this week, measure up to other grand female voices?
He returns home this weekend for a 75th birthday celebration.
The big gigs for March 1-7, also including I'm With Her, SteelDrivers, Cowboy Mouth, Sharon Isbin and Adrian Belew.
Rock Hall of Famers Buddy Guy and Mavis Staples proved to be still vital at Mystic Lake.
The big gigs for Feb. 22-28, also including Pert Near Sandstone's Winter String Gathering, Big Head Todd, Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Young the Giant.
REVIEW: The rock icon was too loud but pleased fans with exciting piano, countless classics.
An old secret spawned a play about how a family integrated a Minneapolis neighborhood.
As Elton John's farewell tour heads to Minneapolis, we look back at 30 songs — the good, the bad and the undeniably Elton.
Kelly Clarkson's voice and personality dazzle, but her St. Paul concert lacked winning pacing.
Women rule Sunday's Grammy Awards, from Kacey Musgraves to Cardi B to Brandi Carlile.
Longtime bar singers celebrate classic songs from the Eagles, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra and more.
Hip-hop is at the heart of modern pop. How come the Grammy Awards are so afraid of it?
Country superstar saved his best for second half.
In the mood for music? Check out these gigs.
The big gigs for Feb. 8-14, also including the Beach Boys' Al Jardine, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Battle of the Jug Bands and Pieta Brown.
Our two critics recap four nights of the rock god in Minneapolis.
The big gigs for Feb. 1-7, also including Matt Wilson, Devil Makes Three, Jesse McCartney and Barb Ryman.
COMMENTARY: As she heads to a sold-out concert in St. Paul, everyone seems to love Kacey Musgraves' latest album. Everyone, that is, but me.
On the eve of a four-show marathon, here are 12 reasons Neil Young still matters.
The big gigs for Jan. 25-31, also including Ruston Kelly, Emily King and Trapper Schoepp.
A musical visionary and tireless self-promoter, VocalEssence founder Philip Brunelle is a world-renowned force.
Big gigs for the week of Jan. 18-24, also including Tina Schlieske, Kristin Chenoweth, Fred Steele with Nachito Herrera, and Tim Sparks with James Buckley.
Big gigs for the week of Jan. 11-17, also including Sean Anonymous' birthday, "The Last Waltz" tribute, St. Paul Peterson, Kathy Mattea and Brian McKnight.
Randy Bachman discusses the Guess Who, his old pal Neil Young and his Minneapolis connections.
The big gigs around town for Jan. 4-10, also including Hooked on Hamilton, A$AP Rocky and a celebration for Sarah Papenheim.
REVIEW: He crooned songs associated with Elvis Costello and Dionne Warwick as well as his own standards-worthy ballads in Minneapolis.
Here's where you can hear Davina & the Vagabonds, Lamont Cranston and other Twin Cities acts.
Our critic's year-end picks for best albums and concerts of the year.
Pianist Orrin Evans will finally debut in Minneapolis with locally rooted jazz trio the Bad Plus.
The big gigs around town for Dec. 21-27, also including Katie McMahon's Celtic Christmas, Heiruspecs, BoDeans and the All Tomorrow's Petty residency finale.
The big gigs for Dec. 14-20, also including Halloween, Alaska, Jillian Rae with Eliza Blue, Jimi Hendrix Remembered and Kurt Vile.
REVIEW: The heartland rocker's band and songs, not his voice, carried the night at Xcel Energy Center.
REVIEW: They had some high-end helpers, too, including Dessa, Gaelynn Lee and Tina Schlieske.
The big gigs for Dec. 7-13, also including Third Coast Percussion, Richard Thompson, Bob Seger and Sheila E.
Lady Gaga, Brandi Carlile and Cardi B landed nominations in top categories.
The big gigs for Nov. 30-Dec. 6, also including Phosphorescent, Mark Mallman's Peace on Earth, Freddy Cole, Allen Stone and more.
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Singer Brandi Carlile talks about her movie debut, parenting and love of Minnesota.
Review: Beach Boys tunes saved the opening night of his first holiday tour.
Big gigs for the week of Nov. 23-29, also including the Cactus Blossoms, Leo Kottke, Khruangbin, Rev. Horton Heat, JD McPherson and Brandi Carlile.
Big gigs for the week of Nov. 16-22, also including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Maxwell, Moore by Four and Ike Reilly Assassination.
Big gigs for the week of Nov. 9-15, also including Wynonna Judd, the Get Up Kids, War and Treaty and the Cities 97's Sampler 30 Party.
Big gigs for the week of Nov. 2-8, also including Josh Groban, Lee Ann Womack, Okee Dokee Brothers and Cole Swindell.
Six Minnesota musicians finally get official recognition for their contributions to Dylan's 1975 landmark album.
Big gigs for the week of Oct. 26-Nov. 1, also including Hailu Mergia, Gaelynn Lea and , Loudon Wainwright III and Tedeschi Trucks Band.
The Hall of Famers were revitalized by two new replacements.