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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.
Unpublished images from Star Tribune archives offer fresh proof of his love for the Twin Cities.
With "Jersey Boys" and Bon Jovi coming to town this week, we compare their Garden State frontmen.
He cherished his privacy. There were a lot of things we didn't know. We certainly didn't have a clue — and maybe he didn't either — that trying to ease the pain would bring his demise.
Review: He appeared on a video screen accompanied by live musicians at Target Center.
He liked Häagen-Dazs ice cream, 5-Hour Energy drinks and MAC beauty products.
Big gigs for April 20-26, also including Camila Cabello, Robyn Hitchcock and a co-headlining tour featuring Waxahatchee and Hurray for the Riff Raff.
A three-day symposium kicked off with "wonky" speeches, but other panels feature sound engineer Scottie Baldwin, hairstylist Kim Berry and dancer Mayte Garcia, Prince's first wife.
Headed for a gig in Minneapolis, this seemingly odd couple of TV actors make music — and laughs — together.
Big gigs for April 13-19, also including Laura Veirs, Echosmith and Abdullah Ibrahim.
Joyann Parker is the new Twin Cities singer you need to hear.
The late Prince will appear Friday in video footage with a live band at Target Center. Is that in good taste?
They all figure in a new memoir by rock hustler Owen Husney.
Review: The country quartet's harmonizing shines live on tour.
Big gigs for March 30-April 5, also including Weird Al Yankovic, Little Big Town, John Maus and Margaret Glaspy.
The hard-to-please jazz queen will celebrate her feat at the Dakota Jazz Club.
Singer-actor triumphs with Broadway, jazz and pop tunes with the Minnesota Orchestra.
REVIEW: The New Zealand star paid tribute in her Twin Cities debut, calling Prince the "very best there is."
Concert picks for the week of March 23-29, also featuring Leslie Odom Jr., Kristin Hersh & Grant Lee Phillips, Wolf Alice and Yo La Tengo.
The pop star makes her Twin Cities debut Friday at Xcel Energy Center.
Graham Nash talks about Crosby, Stills & Young, politics and his solo tour coming to Minneapolis.
Big gigs for the week of March 16-22, also including Jonathan Richman, Graham Nash and Buckethead.
She was the right mix of acrobatic daring, believable singing of meaningful pop.
From acting in "Fifty Shades Darker" to singing a Bill Withers tribute, Minneapolis native José James keeps surprising.
At Target Center, the pop star was more into spreading positivity than entertaining.
John L. Nelson's daughter has produced a CD of his tunes played by jazz all-stars.
Big gigs for the week of March 9-15, also including Demi Lovato, k.d. lang and Pink.
Big gigs for the week of March 2-8, also including Lila Downs, Cecile McLorin Salvant and Charles Lloyd.
Review: Opening a Friday night country concert with a ballad is dicey. But darn if Young didn't pull it off.
Review: He pulled out some Zep classics, too, in new versions at the Orpheum in Minneapolis.
Big gigs for the week of Feb. 23-March 1, also including Chris Young, Ani DiFranco and husband-and-wife banjo virtuosos Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn.
Sidemen and vocalists bring evolving lineup for Celebrating David Bowie Tour to Minneapolis.
Heading for a Minneapolis concert, Robert Plant will talk about anything but Led Zeppelin.
Big gigs for the week of Feb. 16-22, also including Big Turn Festival, Galactic & Lettuce and the Celebrating Bowie tribute.
Big gigs for the week of Feb. 9-15, also including Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Manhattan Transfer and Take 6.
Review: While charged with charisma, his halftime performance felt rushed.
The Super Bowl halftime show star, Justin Timberlake, considers Prince a big influence. But the move is controversial with Prince fans, associates and even the artist. Late Saturday, a Prince friend raised the possibility of changes.
Justin Timberlake, “Man of the Woods” (RCA) Don’t be fooled by the title or the latest images with Timberlake looking like he stepped out…
Do's and don'ts for Justin Timberlake's halftime performance at the Super Bowl.
He said there would be no Jackson, N' Sync, Chris Stapleton or any other special guests. Just his current band, which he called the Tennessee Kids.
Big gigs for the week of Feb. 2-8, also including New Power Generation, Questlove, Kimbra and Pink.
Down-to-earth Kelly Clarkson lands in Minneapolis for a pair of VIP Super Bowl gigs.
Country stars Florida Georgia Line have scored hits with pop stars, rappers and a boy band.
But who will get the bigger boost from the awards, Mars or rapper Kendrick Lamar?
A recording inspired by Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" led to the orchestra's second trophy.
Super Bowl week stars Imagine Dragons make an arena-size noise.
Jam-packed Nicollet Mall crowd gets frozen waiting.
He wouldn't say whether his pal will be in Minneapolis for the festivities.
"Let It Go" star Idina Menzel kicks off outdoor Super Bowl Live series.
Al Jardine will tell stories behind the famous surf songs — and sing them — in Minneapolis.
Big gigs for the week of Jan. 19-25, also including Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine and a Johnny Cash tribute.
Big gigs for the week of Jan. 12-18, also including Roy Hargrove, Tracy Nelson and an annual tribute to Janis Joplin.
REVIEW: Emotional lyrics but little emotion at Target Center.
Twin Cities concerts of the week: Lana Del Rey, Rebirth Brass Band, First Ave's Best New Bands of 2017
Big gigs for the week of Jan. 5-11, also including Birthday Suits, Flobots, Christine Lavin and Devil Makes Three.
Big gigs for the week of Dec. 22-28, also including Katie McMahon, the Klituation and Rio Nido.
Big gigs for the week of Dec. 15-21, also including Darlene Love, Semisonic and Cornbread Harris.
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Big gigs for the week of Dec. 8-14, also including Kellis, Drivin' n' Cryin,' Nachito Herrera and a Replacements tribute.
REVIEW: It was all about the props and production, not her personality or music.
Big gigs for the week of Dec. 1-8, also including Run the Jewels, Rufus Wainwright, Lindsey Stirling and the Staves with yMusic.
REVIEW: The first-time headliner needed some Bruno Mars tunes to spice up his pleasant radio hits in St. Paul.
MPR writer Andrea Swensson examines the music scene that produced Prince.
Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie bring their duo act to Minneapolis.
Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
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