Jay Boller of City Pages:
1 Camp Cope, “How to Socialise & Make Friends.” This Aussie trio’s album is a snarling, melodious depth charge of feminist punk.
2 Drag City gets streaming. As of April 1, this celebrated 28-year-old Chicago indie-rock label finally started streaming music from Silver Jews, Ty Segall and others.
3 Margo Price. She is the most badass lady in contemporary country. Check out “Pay Gap” on her “All American Made” album. Go see her at First Avenue on Saturday.
Jon Bream of the Star Tribune:
1 Dan Auerbach, the Palace. What glorious guitars from Auerbach and ex-Minnesotan Russ Pahl. What a tremendous band. What a vocal force in Robert Finley.
2 “Kinky Boots,” Ordway. Nifty choreography and Cyndi Lauper’s rockin’ if unmemorable songs make for an entertaining if slight show.
3 Shemekia Copeland and Carolyn Wonderland, the Dakota. What a potent doubleheader from these two standout blueswomen.