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Culture Club triumphed Sunday in its first local concert since 2000.
What does it take to command the biggest stages during the Twin Cities' busiest concert season ever?
Boy George dishes on Prince, Trump and Culture Club's Twin Cities concert this weekend.
Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
The chatty pop queen talks and sings a great show, the first of two in St. Paul to kick off her North American tour.
Prince's backup band from his 1980s heyday will play Sept. 2-3 at First Avenue, where "Purple Rain" was filmed. Tickets go on sale Friday.
Adele is very fussy about her audience, so be sure to follow these dos and don'ts in St. Paul.
Your guide to the week's best concerts.
Review: Following on the heels of Justin Bieber's Twin Cities tour stop, Selena showed she knows how to sell a song, though her voice may not be as soulful.
Jennifer Hudson testifying, Bilal writhing around on the stage and Janelle Monae cutting loose in ruffles, feathers and pants with cutout derierre panels. Throw in…
He had no will, so attorneys — a profession the star distrusted — are in charge.
Your guide to the week's best concerts.
The veteran jam band will open its summer tour in St. Paul.
Fans loved Justin Bieber at Target Center even if he didn't seem to be enjoying himself.
Flight of the Conchords: They’re calling it “The Flight of the Conchords Sing the Flight of the Conchords Tour,” and if you don’t find that…
Paul Simon brought happy hands and a great band in surveying his famed song catalog.
Here's why the neurotic New Yorker ranks right behind Bob Dylan in the rock era.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band and Plymouth's Hilde Performance Center get thumbs-up from fans.
Review: The rapper was entertaining, but few people came as his brand continues to take a hit.
Singer Andrea Bocelli talks about Pavarotti, movies, romance and Target Center, where he's headed on Thursday.
As a practicing Jehovah's Witness, Prince did not believe in observing his birthday. So on what would have been his 58th birthday, we are going to celebrate the gift of song that he gave to other singers.
REVIEW: Concerts featuring some of Prince's former band mates are a tonic for grieving fans.
Review: FloMac's appeal grows by leaps and bounds at the X.
They just didn't have the heft of a headliner band.
Do you want to walk in the steps of rock's most revered lyricist?
Robert Allen Zimmerman was born on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minn. He's better known as Bob Dylan, the man who changed popular music with his words, voice and vision.
Star Tribune music critic, Jon Bream ranks his top 25 Dylan songs and comments on his top ten.
Chris Thile is still months away from grabbing the key to the city of Lake Wobegon from Garrison Keillor on radio's "A Prairie Home Companion." But he's hopelessly curious about how to keep the seemingly ancient medium of radio compelling in a social media world.
The latest — and last — members of Prince's ever-evolving, elusive inner circle face a firestorm of questions about his apparent illnesses and sudden demise.
Court-appointed trustee is enforcing a ban on events at Prince's estate.
Review: Witnessing McCartney, who turns 74 next month, delivering three dozen songs in nearly three hours reminded us that the music of our late heroes will live on.
The Who: This is it for this once-great British rock band. Pete Townshend’s hearing is shot. Let’s hope Roger Daltrey’s voice has recovered from…
Review: Singer Roger Daltrey was not in top voice but guitar hero Pete Townshend didn't disappoint during the Target Center show.
Here’s a look at the legacy left by one of pop music’s most prolific recording artists. The following list of 37 albums is as complete…
Though he was a puzzle at times, the rocker was a true Minnesotan who revolutionized music more than once in a nearly 40-year career.
They were close friends for nearly 40 years. He wrote hit songs for her, she played in his band and the two were for a time romantically linked.
In the months before his death Thursday at 57, Prince was active, onstage and off.
I knew him for six years before he looked me in the eye. Yes, Prince was very shy. Until he got onstage. Or until you…
Banjo man Bela Fleck and jazz pianist Chick Corea team up at the Guthrie.
Finally, after the release of his fifth solo album, Los Angeles singer-songwriter Sean Watkins is undertaking his first extensive tour under his own name.
Blondie, k.d. lang, the Jayhawks, Grace Potter, Home Free and kids’ music favorite Laurie Berkner are among the first-timers announced for the 24th annual Minnesota…
Our pop music critic reflects on the late legend through interviews spanning four decades.
Review: The Xcel show was heavy on nostalgia and medleys – just what the Fanilows wanted.
Sitting in his tour bus, he was in a mellow mood. "I'd like it to say: `He was the greatest jazz guitar player in the world that loved to play country."'
"There is no in-between," he told the Star Tribune, explaining why he continued to tour into his 70s.
REVIEW: Once the queen of Americana got warmed up, the melancholy and the lyrical flowed freely.
Barry Manilow talks about Bob Dylan, Judy Garland and his final concert appearance in the Twin Cities.
Looking back, these are the "Idol" alums who can truly deliver in concert.
Don Henley is going on with his solo career. He will perform Aug. 25 at the Minnesota State Fair to promote his 2015 solo country album, "Cass County."
The closing-night crowd ordered pierogi and vodka and snapped souvenir photos.
REVIEW: With fellow Windy City veterans Chicago, the group had the Xcel Center on its feet.
Lucinda Williams chronicles her Southern life on stellar new double album.
For 23 years, pianist Richard Dworsky has been Garrison Keillor's "indispensable guy" on "A Prairie Home Companion." But most Minnesotans don't even know his name.
Also mark your calendars for Zakir Hussain, Laurie Anderson and the Mavericks.
Maybe readers are amazed that the demand for a second concert was so high since tickets don't go on sale until Monday — or 10 a.m. Thursday for American Express cardholders.
Jazz vocal adventurer Dee Dee Bridgewater teamed up with trumpet tour de force Irvin Mayfield and others last year on “Dee Dee’s Feather,” a marvelous…
Chris Hawkey's day job on KFAN's top-rated "Power Trip" morning show has brought him minor celebrity in the Twin Cities area. But after dark, the radio man becomes Chris Hawkey, the aspiring country star. Can he do it all?
Why is Bruce Springsteen performing a two-disc album from 1980 in concert, including a stop Monday in St. Paul?
St. Paul composer Stephen Paulus finished editing his new piece, “Prayers and Remembrances.” Then six weeks later, he had a massive stroke and died in…
For Minnesota winners, the award can bring prestige and exposure – or nothing at all.
Unless you're an AC/DC fan, here are some sexist tunes to avoid on Valentine's Day.
Host-in-waiting Chris Thile has a hoot and coaxes out an encore.
Springsteen and Prince in concert: Two all-time greats give fans something new.
Morris Wilson was a jazz musician who could play R&B. But the saxophonist wasn’t one to compromise — with either his music or his life.…
REVIEW: On Thursday night, Prince finally made his debut as a live one-man band with a sizable Afro at Paisley Park in Chanhassen. It was the most revealing, intimate and personal show he's ever given.
The former "Voice" star is expressing a new mantra as he makes his debut at the Dakota Jazz Club.
Whether he was conducting the session with his saxophone or a tennis racquet, Percy Hughes was a gentle, knowledgeable leader. Saxophonist Dave Karr recalls when…
Skip the iTunes gift cards and Adele CD. For the music lover on your holiday list, consider a more substantial present such as a book or CD boxed set.
Review: Shawn Mendes, the Jonas brothers and Charlie Puth had KDWB-loving teen girls swooning.
Analysis: The Compton rapper picked up the most nominations, but will he win big?
Popular Twin Cities retro jazz trio Rio Nido returns to the scene after a three-decade absence.
Rock star Scott Weiland was found dead Thursday night in his tour bus in Bloomington, and a small amount of cocaine was nearby, authorities said.
Thyroid surgery cost blues-soul singer Renee Austin her voice in 2005 — but it's back, and so is she, with a gig at the Dakota.
Review: Young pop star not only fit well but brought electricity.
The Twin Cities guitarist's annual Thanksgiving time concert has moved to Black Friday at the Fitzgerald.
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