Tim Bohmer of Minneapolis:
1 George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers, Minnesota Zoo. He has been playing the same set list for years, and it’s never tiring — albeit this year, the 68-year-old did seem a little tired.
2 Andy Grammer, Basilica Block Party. From his humble beginnings playing for change on Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade to headlining a stage at Basilica Block Party, Grammer and his library of pop hits grow every year.
3 Ohio Players, Lowertown Blues & Funk Fest. From funk to soul to love ballads, Ohio Players fill the stage with great musicians and timeless songs. Their scheduled performance Friday in St. Paul brought me back to the first time I saw them at Northrop Auditorium at the U in the mid-1970s.
Jon Bream of the Star Tribune:
1 The Pretenders, State Theatre. The usually mercurial Chrissie Hynde was friendly, playful and chatty as she led her kick-butt band through a terrific rock concert. Great spirit, great vocals, great songs, great swagger, great fun. Her best local show ever.
2 “Imagine Dragons come to the Forum as rock conquerors, newfound activists,” Los Angeles Times. August Brown’s inspiring piece looks at how lead singer Dan Reynolds came to challenge Mormons on LGBTQ issues and how his HBO documentary, “Believer,” and outreach activities have sparked healthy conversations for his fellow Mormons.
3 “Springsteen on Broadway” to air on Netflix. Thom Zimny’s film of this splendid performance-art vehicle — the Boss tells soul-searching stories between songs — premieres Dec. 15, the night of his Broadway finale.