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Kelly Clarkson's voice and personality dazzle, but her St. Paul concert lacked winning pacing.
As Elton John's farewell tour heads to Minneapolis, we look back at 30 songs — the good, the bad and the undeniably Elton.
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.
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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.
Want to impress the music lover on your shopping list? Try these books and deluxe reissues.
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.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: A Perfect Circle, Elvis Costello, Liz Callaway & Ann Hampton Callaway
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.
Ricky Peterson joins Fleetwood Mac in St. Paul on Monday.
Her St. Paul concert was short but spectacular.
Big gigs for the week of Oct. 19-25, also including Twenty-One Pilots, Umphrey's McGee, Fleetwood Mac and Phil Cook.
Review: The country veteran wowed an Ordway crowd with her voice and taste.
REVIEW: Her performance blazed with personality and energy, while Stewart's was mostly a disappointment.
At Target Center, the country superstar didn't overstay his welcome, but he overplayed his new electronica songs.
Before she returns to the Dakota, Bettye LaVette talks about her great new album of Bob Dylan songs.
Big gigs for the week of Oct. 12-18, also including Rod Stewart, Troye Sivan, Bettye LaVette and Gladys Knight.
Big gigs for the week of Oct. 5-11, also including Jade Bird, Four Fists and the PRN Alumni Foundation's second annual Funk 'n' Roll Weekend.
On their final tour, the Southern rockers thrilled 12,000 at Xcel Energy Center.
As she retires from touring, folk-music queen Joan Baez still makes some noise about politics and Bob Dylan.
His St. Paul show was as ambitious as this winter's Super Bowl halftime.
Lynyrd Skynyrd's Johnny Van Zant talks about his late brother, the band's farewell tour and "Free Bird."
His "Man of the Woods" album fell flat, but Justin Timberlake is still a big draw.
Big gigs for the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 4, also including Suicidal Tendencies, Chvrches and Denzel Curry.
Honorary doctorate was given to the late music icon in an hourlong ceremony full of live performances.
The ex-Beatle was funny and spirited, but his bandmates were more musically satisfying at Sunday's concert at the Ordway.
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.
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