Vetter Stone Amphitheater in Mankato is well worth the drive. Mankato Free Press

Summer Fun 2018: The eight best outdoor music venues in Minnesota (for now)

These are the finest venues for seeing outdoor gigs in Minnesota — while we wait for First Avenue's proposed amphitheater.
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State Fair's 2018 free stages to feature En Vogue, Har Mar, BoDeans

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State Fair's 2018 free stages to feature En Vogue, Har Mar, BoDeans
The nightly roster for the Leinie's Lodge Bandshell will also include Tower of Power and Clay Walker.

Young Minneapolis rockers the Carnegies strike gold with retro style

May 18
This week offers ample chances to hear the Carnegies, a Minneapolis band that looks and sounds straight out of the 1960s.
Brothers Roman and Royce Mars continue mining rock's past after tragic loss of a bandmate.
Music
May 21
Ben Klepfer, Quincy Erickson and James Hong at a Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands rehearsal in Edina.

Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands provide 'jazz family' for talented students

Minnesota's best high school jazz musicians harmonize their talents and energies.
Music
May 21
Bob Seger's postponed Xcel Center concert is back on for Dec. 12

Bob Seger's postponed Xcel Center concert is back on for Dec. 12

The Detroit Hall of Famer is reportedly feeling like a rock again after some heavy vertebrae work.
Music
May 20
SPCO artistic partner Jonathan Cohen conducted a program of Haydn, Avison, Zelenka and C.P.E. Bach.

Hadyn's 'Morning' Symphony shows Jonathan Cohen's influence on SPCO

Conductor's patient layering delivers beguiling program of baroque and early classical works.
Music
May 20
Violinist Marc Levine will perform with pianist Gloria Shih on Saturday at the Baroque Room in St. Paul.

The week's 5 best Twin Cities classical concerts

Ten years of ¡Cantaré!This special concert celebrates the 10th anniversary of VocalEssence's ¡Cantaré! program, with composers in residence from Mexico embedded with Twin Cities high…
Music
May 19
Emma Symanski, Isabelle Jones, Maia Mingelgrin and May Keret danced while Dwynell Roland performed at Rock the Garden in 2017.

Summer Fun 2018: June highlights

Summer gets into gear with Paul Simon, Northern Spark, the World Cup, outdoor sets from the Eagles and Spoon and more.
Music
May 19
Taylor Swift will bring her Reputation Stadium Tour to U.S. Bank Stadium for two nights, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

Summer Fun 2018: August highlights

Wrap up summer with Beyonce, Taylor, the Fringe Festival and of course, the State Fair.
Music
May 19

Pick Six: Praise for Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Childish Gambino, Nellie McKay, more

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.
Music
May 18
Desdamona posed at Mears Park in St. Paul last month. “I need to talk about this because so many women that I know are having these symptoms and the

Creative women confront menopause: 'I'm so [freaking] sick of being embarrassed'

These Minnesotans are speaking out and even making art on the subject of menopause.
Music
May 18
Soul Asylum's first two Twin/Tone albums to be reissued in July

Soul Asylum's first two Twin/Tone albums to be reissued in July

The collector's label Omnivore will put out "Say What You Will..." and "Made to Be Broken" with dozens of bonus tracks.
Music
May 18
David Byrne and his band Thursday night at the Orpheum in Minneapolis.

David Byrne sings about Philando Castile during his encore at the Orpheum

The mention came during an update of Janelle Monae's 2015 protest piece about racial violence.
Music
May 18
Violinist Nina Tso-Ning Fan and her fellow SPCO players didn’t dumb it down for a recent Turf Club concert, tackling Hungarian composer Ernő Dohná

How 'risk-taking' SPCO is making classical music cool

With edgy programs and bargain concert tickets, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra is drawing a new generation of fans.
Music
May 17
David Byrne and his band early in their set Thursday night at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.

Rocker David Byrne artfully burned down the house

Review: Rock's Renaissance man came up with the most imaginative staging of a concert in years.
Music
May 17
Superchunk performs Saturday outside Grumpy’s.

Our critic's guide to the best live music at Art-a-Whirl 2018

Nineties punk heroes Superchunk add roar to the Whirl this weekend.
Music
May 17
Pat McLean behind her desk Thursday.

Five years after Sue McLean's death, her Minneapolis concert biz is thriving

The longtime independent concert promoter is thriving five years after after its founder's death.
Music
May 17

New album review: Courtney Barnett examines simple truths with her modest rock

POP/ROCK Courtney Barnett, “Tell Me How You Really Feel” (Milk/Mom + Pop) Don’t say she didn’t warn you. “Put me on a pedestal and…
Music
May 17

Ticket alert: Drake, Disney on Ice, Keith Sweat, Stone Sour, Sebastian Maniscalco and more

10 a.m. FRIDAY Cirque du Soleil “Corteo,” Nov. 8-11 at Target Center in Mpls. $45-$140. axs.com. … Drake, Aug. 1 at Xcel Energy Center in…
Music
May 17
Joey Bada$$ is at First Avenue on Saturday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Joey Bada$$, Slayer, Freddy Cole, Becky Kapell

Big gigs for the week of Aug. 18-24, also including a Kid Dakota re-release party, the Suburbs, Wye Oak and Sum 41.
Music
May 17
Daryl Hall performed in concert Wednesday night to a packed audience at the Xcel Center in St. Paul.

Hall & Oates struggled to ride soul train while Train was on the right track

Review: Daryl Hall's voice was off, but Train was on as they teamed up.
Music
May 16
The cramped, padded walls of “Staged: Three Deuces,” a 2015 installation by Jason Moran, recalls a New York club where bebop flowered.

A jazz pianist plays the museum: Jason Moran's remarkable show at Walker Art Center

Jason Moran harmonizes a variety of artistic disciplines in an ambitious new show at Walker Art Center.
Music
May 16
Shania Twain early in her show Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center.

'90s country queen Twain delivers most rewarding Twin Cities concert

Review: Shania Twain gave her best concert performance promoting her worst album.
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