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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.
John Mayer revives his Grateful Dead spinoff band – jamming its way to Target Center.
Review: Singing felt secondary in dance-packed jam that hit its groove in the second half.
Grammy-winning producer/songwriters Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis reunited with Target Center-bound Janet Jackson to record her chart-topping new album.
Ringo Starr always was the least Beatle. Not only was he the last to join the band (hence John, Paul, George and Ringo) but he…
Prince hatched the idea on Wednesday afternoon: If the Lynx won the WNBA title, he’d host an after-party for them at Paisley Park. The Lynx…
Owl City’s Adam Young of Owatonna has gone from one-hit wonder to appearing on movie soundtracks, TV commercials and a McCartney tribute album.
Review: The pop diva had plenty of spice but was easier to like than in her 2012 Xcel tour stop.
She might be tame compared with today's sex-obsessed stars, but let's not forget Madge once set the standard for pop controversy.
Highlights at the annual Nashville festival ranged from Glen Hansard doing Springsteen to a bluegrass band doing “Tommy.”
Editor’s note: Star Tribune critic Jon Bream enlisted more than 50 musicians, writers and professors to dissect Bob Dylan’s albums in the new book “Dylan:…
Review: In the first of three weekend shows at the Xcel Energy Center, a snootier new Swift appeared.
What's big in Twin Cities pop-music concerts this fall? Look for veteran artists like the Who and Madonna in October and newer artists such as Beach House and Lianne La Havas in the coming weeks.
We measure the impact of America’s top pop phenom, who comes to the Twin Cities this weekend for a three-night stand.
On “HitNRun,” the Purple One delivers a hodgepodge of R&B, EDM and some guitar heroics.
The singer reunited with her Minneapolis-rooted producers and is returning to the arena circuit witha tour that hits Target Center Nov. 1.
Review: The two country giants, ages 78 and 79, dominated with oldies but goodies.
Review: After tentative start, the eccentric soul man ignited for a blazing two-hour finale.
St. Louis Park High's 50-year reunion last weekend had a special twist: a performance by a bunch of sixty-something musicians who haven’t played together since a one-off reunion in 1997.
He dropped hints that this show could be last at fair.
There was fun, fashion and frenzy in the 71-year-old’s show, but the guiding light was passion.
The longest running full-time music critic at a daily U.S. newspaper gives his take on the best of the best during four decades of coverage.
The fair features country acts three straight nights for first time since 1996.
Review: The country superstar found his bearings and entertained another sold-out grandstand crowd.
Radio's dance card is overcrowded with boot-scootin' men, but two of Nashville's rising stars boast new moves.
Review: After breaking his leg, the Foo Fighters frontman rocked hard in his custom-made throne at Xcel Energy Center.
Relive Beatlemania through the eyes of four people who were at the Mop Tops' Met Stadium concert 50 years ago Friday.
Review: From girlish to grand, the big-voiced belter delivered a 1-2 knockout punch.
Theory of a Deadman had just finished the fourth song at the legendary downtown Minneapolis club when a 30-by-30-foot section of ceiling fell. Three people went to Hennepin County Medical Center and were in satisfactory condition
Review: The “American Idol” idol was strong and confident in her own songs and covers.
The filmmaker brought his New Orleans jazz band for an entertaining concert at the State Theatre.
The singer-songwriter credits her Up North uncle for her love of music and Minnesota.
Review: It all felt so familiar at the sold-out Target Center concert.
The "Firework" singer, the foundation's biggest headliner yet, brought big buzz, but she didn’t ignite the crowd Sunday night in St. Paul.
In the pop queen, the Starkey Hearing Foundation gala nabbed one of its biggest stars to date.
Pentatonix aims to take a cappella to new heights – namely, sports arenas with Kelly Clarkson.
After vocal and personal problems, country/pop queen Shania Twain is back on tour, headed to Target Center on Tuesday.
Review: His amped-up show raises the question: Can there be two kings?
He's back on the road, recharged and ready for an unprecedented two-night stand at Target Field this weekend.
Matthew Sweet, Wilco, Weezer and others were big draws to the festival.
Our critic compares the two legendary bands after seeing them back-to-back last week.
Dr. John was the first to play a concert at CHS Field, and the new venue got high marks.
Luke Bryan was all wiggling butt and pickup truck machismo Saturday night at TCF Bank Stadium, and 43,000 fans approved at the first country-music concert at the U stadium.
There was no tailgating allowed in the parking lots near TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday. But that didn’t stop the party before the big Luke Bryan/Florida Georgia Line country music concert.
Anything goes for Florida Georgia Line, the hit duo that cruises into TCF Bank Stadium Saturday with fellow star Luke Bryan.
Here is a dining guide, whether you’re going for a summer concert or the animals.
Review: She poured her heart and soul into the ballads Sunday in St. Paul.
Neither rain nor age nor Mick Jagger’s hesitation about how to pronounce “Minneapolitan” could stop the world’s oldest, richest and greatest rock ’n’ roll band — the Rolling Stones — Wednesday night at TCF Bank Stadium.
The birthday drummer sat in with several Stones sidemen on the song “Ruby Tuesday.”
Guitar god Jeff Beck returned to the State Theatre Saturday night with the same old hairdo, same old Stratocaster and a new vocalist.Having obscure Southern…
From the Stones to Soundset and beyond, it’s a season bound to satisfy.
Gen-Xers got a chance for nostalgic fun with a triple bill featuring New Kids on the Block, TLC and Nelly at the Xcel Energy Center.
Our assessment of the 2015 summer concert season around the Twin Cities is there’s simply too much. Here’s a breakdown to help sort through it all.
Review: Billy Joel played his old hits to a jam-packed Target Center crowd.
B.B. King was the hardest working guitarist in show business. Maybe make that the hardest touring guitarist in show business.The last few times in town,…
The lineup is not as exciting as in past years.
review: The Brit showed the voice of a champ at First Ave.
The St. Paul-based American Composers Forum celebrates its 40th anniversary with a nationwide event this week.
REVIEW: Chip Esten and Clare Bowen led the TV stars onto the stage with mixed results.
Chip Esten and Clare Bowen lead the TV stars onto the Northrop stage with mixed results.
The Minnesota State Fair is turning to — surprise! — some familiar names for its grandstand lineup: Patti LaBelle, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Garrison Keillor. But favorite Brandi Carlile will be playing the Cabooze in August.
The Minnesota State Fair is turning to — surprise! — some familiar names for its grandstand lineup.
Deacon, Scarlett and company from the TV drama are headed to Minneapolis on Wednesday as part of a concert tour.
The boomer-rock hero is in a good place as CSN prepares for Saturday’s PACER benefit.
The opera-trained vocalist’s songbook Tuesday at Pantages included Odetta, Dylan and Dolly.
Review: The opera-trained vocalist’s songbook included Odetta, Dylan and Dolly.
The Grammy-winning singer has an unexpected solo career thanks to her “fairy godfather.”
This summer’s lineup is heavy on repeaters but includes country acts and Salt-n-Pepa.
The rock Hall of Famer was in great voice during a St. Paul concert Sunday.
This summer’s lineup is heavy on repeaters but includes country acts and Salt-N-Pepa.
The rock Hall of Famer was in great voice during a St. Paul concert Sunday.
Judith Hill, 31, is one of the few singers who has worked with both Michael Jackson and Prince. Asked to compare and contrast, she takes a long pause.
Northern Voice Festival will stretch for 30 days throughout Minnesota.
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