Willie Murphy sang with bassist Joe Demko at left during a Willie & the Bees rehearsal in 2014.

'Heart and soul of Minneapolis music scene' Willie Murphy dies at 75

The blues and R&B veteran led Willie & the Bees, produced Bonnie Raitt and was a charter member of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.

The Who to perform with symphony, new songs Sept. 6 at Xcel Center

January 14
The Who to perform with symphony, new songs Sept. 6 at Xcel Center
Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are promising a new record in the interim.

Better than Dead? Bob Weir's Wolf Bros. to play Palace Theatre March 19

January 14
Better than Dead? Bob Weir's Wolf Bros. to play Palace Theatre March 19
The new trio features Don Was on bass, Ratdog drummer Jay Lane and a healthy serving of Dead songs.
Music
January 14
Nicola Benedetti

Violin star Nicola Benedetti back in Minnesota to premiere Celtic-flavored work by Wynton Marsalis

Written especially for Benedetti, the piece blends Celtic and African-American traditions.
Music
January 13
Osmo Vänskä conducted William Schuman’s New England Triptych.

Visions of America unfold refreshingly at Orchestra Hall

Unfamiliar works surprise and delight at "American Expressions" festival.
Music
January 13
Pekka Kuusisto leaves his violin behind, but will conduct.

The week's five best Twin Cities classical concerts

Taking the podiumFinnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto hurt his arm, so he can't deliver the solo he planned for this week. But the injury won't stop…
Music
January 12
Rajane Katurah Brown as Marie Knight and Jamecia Bennett as Sister Rosetta Tharpe in "Marie and Rosetta."

Pick Six: Praise for 'Marie and Rosetta,' Joyann Parker, Chance the Rapper, more

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.
Music
January 12
King Princess

Best of the Week: King Princess, 'Carmina Burana,' the Current's 14th, Nicola Benedetti

Let her be your ruler Harry Styles tweeted his love for her and super-producer Mark Ronson made her the first signing to his new label,…
Music
January 11
King Princess (Mikaela Straus) makes here local debut Thursday at First Avenue.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: King Princess, Lanco, Rosetta Tharpe tribute

Big gigs for the week of Jan. 11-17, also including Sean Anonymous' birthday, "The Last Waltz" tribute, St. Paul Peterson, Kathy Mattea and Brian McKnight.
Music
January 11
Netflix to offer Scorsese-directed Bob Dylan documentary about Rolling Thunder Revue

Netflix to offer Scorsese-directed Bob Dylan documentary about Rolling Thunder Revue

That was Dylan's rambling tour with Joan Baez and others that also was the subject of his own 1978 movie "Renaldo & Clara."
Music
January 11
Randy Bachman, of the Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive fame, will perform at the Ordway in St. Paul on Tuesday.

'American Woman' hitmaker Randy Bachman recalls 1960s Winnipeg rock scene

Randy Bachman discusses the Guess Who, his old pal Neil Young and his Minneapolis connections.
Music
January 10
Justin Vernon (here at last summer’s Eaux Claires Music & Art Festival) played the Turf with Big Red Machine.

Justin Vernon helps Andrew Broder supply bold music for dark times at Turf Club residency

Justin Vernon helped his pal Andrew Broder settle in for an ominous Turf Club residency.
Music
January 10

Ticket Alert: Joy Williams, Missio, Blackberry Smoke and more.

10 a.m. FRIDAY Travis Anderson Trio, Feb. 10 at the Dakota in Mpls. $15-$20. dakotacooks.com. … The Band Perry, March 2 at Treasure Island Casino…
Music
January 10
21 Savage, “I Am > I Was”

New album reviews: 21 Savage takes a step forward; Brett Young puts pop into his pitch for country stardom

hip-hop 21 Savage, “I Am > I Was” (Epic) For New Year’s resolution-makers intent on self-improvement, the first album to top the Billboard charts…
Music
January 8
Prince pal St. Paul Peterson drops funky new, Prince-inspired single

Prince pal St. Paul Peterson drops funky new, Prince-inspired single

With a release party on Friday at the Icehouse, he offers a video with guests Donny Osmond, Sinbad, Fred Armisen and Tyka Nelson.
Music
January 8
Unconventional music series NoVox, Two x Deux kick off in St. Paul this week

Unconventional music series NoVox, Two x Deux kick off in St. Paul this week

The Molly Maher-led duet series starts tonight at Vieux Carre, while Minnesota Music Coalition's all-instrumental gigs begin Thursday at Summit Brewery.
Music
January 7
Members of the Korean K-Pop group BTS attend a meeting at the United Nations in September 2018. Mattel is now making toy dolls of the band.

One more sign K-Pop is here to stay, a contract with Mattel

The trappings of success continue to arrive for K-pop sensation BTS, the latest a contract with the toy company Mattel which secured rights to produce dolls of the boy band.
Music
January 7
Lizzo has internet all a-Glo with outrageous new video, 'Juice'

Lizzo has internet all a-Glo with outrageous new video, 'Juice'

The Minneapolis-reared singer/rapper's new track blew up over the weekend with high praise from Rolling Stone, Okayplayer and NPR.
Music
January 6
Gully Boys playing at First Ave's annual Best New Bands showcase Saturday, January 5, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN.

Review: Gully Boys, mostly women ruled First Ave's Best New Bands

Friday's annual roundup also featured the Scrunchies, Faith Boblett and Yam Haus.
Music
January 6

The week's five best Twin Cities classical concerts

Free BeethovenThe Artaria String Quartet is focusing on Beethoven this season. The composer's early Quartet Op. 18, No. 2, opens the ensemble's recital for the…
Music
January 5

Pick Six: Praise for Martin Zellar, New Standards, Jayhawks, more

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.
Music
January 5
Luke Xavier as Pink in Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota’s production of “Pink Floyd’s The Wall: A Rock Ballet.”

Best of the Week: 'The Wall' ballet, Raw Stages, A$AP Rocky, Sarah Papenheim tribute

We don’t need no classical education It’s your second chance to see Twin Cities Ballet’s take on Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” which premiered last year…
Music
January 4
Charlie Parr kicks off a weekly residency at the Turf Club.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Charlie Parr, Cactus Blossoms, Andrew Broder at the Turf Club

The big gigs around town for Jan. 4-10, also including Hooked on Hamilton, A$AP Rocky and a celebration for Sarah Papenheim.
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