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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.
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.
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