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Big gigs for the week of Sept. 21-27, also including Jeff Tweedy, Arthur Buck and Madeleine Peyroux.
The coveted 1983 recording features solo piano work and an embryonic "Purple Rain."
Review: "The Voice" star triumphed in St. Paul with his killer falsetto.
At Treasure Island Casino, the popular comic also talked a lot about sex, of course.
Since leaving the popular jazz trio, pianist Ethan Iverson has been super busy with projects, including his duo coming to Crooners.
REVIEW: At First Avenue, Prince's former musicians were entertaining but lacking.
The music of baby boomers drives shows on Broadway.
Big gigs for the week of Sept. 14-20, also including Wailin' Jennys, Liz Phair, J. Cole, Deep Purple and Judas Priest.
Review: His first of two shows in St. Paul was very similar to 2017's except for a Prince tribute and a special opening act.
With Bruno Mars playing in St. Paul tonight, we explain why he's pop's best all-around talent.
The blues-rock guitar hero launched his career in the Twin Cities nearly 25 years ago.
Review: State Fair show celebrated MTV's heyday.
Review: At U.S. Bank Stadium, there were fireworks and fountains, multiple stages and a multitude of dancers, and snakes everywhere.
A changed sound and personality have altered how people perceive the star, who returns here this weekend.
Big gigs for the week of Aug. 31-Sept. 6, also including Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker, Car Seat Headrest and Neko Case
Big gigs for the week of Aug. 24-30, also including the Beach Boys, Alejandro Escovedo with Joe Ely, and Alice Cooper.
The Beach Boys and Righteous Brothers were like reconditioned classic cars at the grandstand show.
REVIEW: After a 5-year hiatus, the country duo thrills 12,418 fans at fair.
Bill Medley, who brings "That Lovin' Feeling" to the State Fair Monday night, talks about Aretha, Phil Spector and his new partner.
REVIEW: Ex-boy band star still wows women with his acoustic songs.
Flyte Tyme Studios — the hit factory of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis — will be razed for a housing complex.
Our music critic recalls a brief but memorable interview with the Queen of Soul in 1996.
Also on deck is Beach House, Deadmau5, Irv Williams and more.
A powerhouse vocalist until the end, Franklin gave up touring only last year.
REVIEW: Many times during her 100-minute set, she reminded 9,647 grandstand-goers why she is the greatest singer in the history of modern popular music — and also one of the more confounding.
With so many sad ballads, the Grammy-winning Brit relied on cool staging and smart arrangements at the X.
The hitmakers played as many covers as their own biggest songs at Target Field.
Duluth’s Bayfront Blues Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this weekend. Here are 10 things to know about the three-day event headlined this year by…
It's a stacked few days with Zac Brown Band, Drake and Kid Rock coming to town.
"Bey-lievers" came from all over to see her. Oh, and also Jay-Z.
TC Summer Jam, a splashy new outdoor country-and-rock festival, is set for July 18-20 at Canterbury Park, with Nashville superstar Tim McGraw as one of its headliners — and investors.
Best concerts of the week Aug. 3-9: Jack White, Shelby J, Nathaniel Rateliff, Kinky Friedman, Charlie Puth
Big gigs for the week of Aug. 3-9, also including HazelFest, Red Stag Supperclub Block Party and the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival.
Big gigs for the week of July 27-Aug. 2, also including Rufus Wainwright, Playboi Carti and Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite
Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain may disagree about politics, but they don't stop believin' in the music.
Crooners owner listens to her customers, but she also wants them to listen to the music.
Big gigs for the week of July 20-26, also including Jerry Lee Lewis, Courtney Barnett and Raphael Saadiq.
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.
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