Mark Mallman spent four months listening to 50 uplifting songs.

Can happy songs get you out of a funk? Minneapolis musician's new memoir says yes

A memoir by Twin Cities rocker Mark Mallman tells how music got him out of his depression and anxiety.

Two Twin Cities takes on Mozart opera that 'treats women like they're idiots'

March 15
Skylark Opera Theatre rehearsed “Così fan tutte” last week with Justin Spenner, Tess Altiveros, Laurent Kuehnl and KrisAnne Weiss. “I think the
Mozart's "Così fan tutte" sounds sexist to many opera lovers. Twin Cities directors offer differing views on staging the work for modern audiences.

Blake Shelton charms Xcel crowd with ballads, B.S.

March 16
Blake Shelton showed off his musical prowess, his sense of humor and his gift of fab Friday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
REVIEW: He brought three of his country heroes to enliven his show in St. Paul.
Music
March 19
Michael Bublé was quick, witty and downright funny during his performance Monday at the Xcel Energy Center.

Review: Michael Bublé leaves crowd feeling good

With his romantic songs and glib humor, he was terrifically entertaining.
Music
March 18
Joshua Dennis, center left, sang the part of “Shoeless Joe” Jackson, a Chicago White Sox outfielder accused of conspiring with other players to lo

Minnesota Opera batting above average with satisfying world premiere of 'The Fix'

Review: Joel Puckett's opera is based on the infamous "Black Sox Scandal" of 1919.
Music
March 17

The week's five best Twin Cities classical concerts

Medieval gets modernPicture a trio singing medieval works. Add newly penned pieces and plenty of electronics. Then squint a little, adjusting for the unexpected. Liquid…
Music
March 17
Phinehas Bynum, Bradley Greenwald, Philip Brunelle and Liv Redpath in “Candide” by Theater Latté Da and VocalEssence.

Twin Cities team tries to 'fix' Leonard Bernstein's biggest flop

Theater Latté Da doubles up with VocalEssence to rethink a confounding musical theater work.
Music
March 16
Bob Weir and Wolf Bros — from left: Jay Lane, Weir and Don Was — will perform Tuesday at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul.

Grateful Dead guitarist's new St. Paul-bound trio literally started with a dream

How super-producer Don Was wound up in Bob Weir's new St. Paul-bound trio.
Music
March 15
Stevie Nicks

Pick Six: Praise for Chuck Prophet, Cactus Blossoms, Stevie Nicks, more

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.
Music
March 15
A detail from Catherine Opie’s “Untitled #1-#14 (Icehouses)”

Best of the Week: Walker Art Center, Black Sox opera, Better Oblivion, Tori Kelly, more

Ways of seeing Who says oldies aren’t goodies? The Walker’s “Five Ways In: Themes From the Permanent Collection” tackles contemporary art broadly, sorting 100 works into…
Music
March 15
Lizzo performed at Palace Theatre in St. Paul.

5 can't-fail songs from Mark Mallman's 'Happiness Playlist'

Rocker-turned-author Mark Mallman talks about the most reliable feel-good entries from the 50-song playlist featured in his new book. 1. “Friendship,” Pops…
Music
March 15
Ike Reilly kicks off St. Patty's weekend at the Dubliner Pub in St. Paul on Friday night.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Blake Shelton, Vince Staples, Bob Weir, Michael Bublé

The big gigs for March 15-21, also including the Subdudes, Dan Wilson, Ike Reilly and a "Sgt. Pepper's" tribute.
Music
March 15
The two surviving Monkees, Michael Nesmith, left, and Micky Dolenz, performed at Mystic Lake Casino Thursday night.

Last surviving Monkees honor late bandmates at nostalgic Mystic Lake concert

Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz paid homage to their late bandmates at Mystic Lake.
Music
March 15
Colin Currie

Minnesota Orchestra conjures grief, grandiosity with works by Mark-Anthony Turnage and Aaron Copland

REVIEW: A pair of poignant works contrasted with a hard-driven rendering of Copland.
Music
March 14
Batiste performed at last spring’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Stephen Colbert's bandleader, Jon Batiste hosts 'Live From Here' at the Fitz

Jon Batiste, bandleader for late-night TV host Stephen Colbert, takes over "Live From Here" at the Fitz Saturday.
Music
March 14
Katy Perry performs at the Xcel Energy Center.

Katy Perry, Zedd to play downsized Final Four concert series at Minneapolis Armory

Due to weather concerns, only about 8,400 fans will get into the concerts each day, compared to 40,000-plus in prior host cities.
Music
March 14

New album reviews: Maren Morris aims for her golden hour; 2 Chainz triumphs with LeBron James

POP/ROCK Maren Morris, “Girl” (Columbia) Next year, Morris isn’t going home empty-handed. That’s the impression you get from her new album, which arrives after…
Music
March 14
Reba McEntire will play Treasure Island Casino on Aug. 17.

Ticket Alert: B2K, Luis Miguel, Rhett & Link, Reba McEntire, Built to Spill, NCAA Wrestling and more.

10 a.m. FRIDAY Kruger Brothers, April 15 at the Dakota in Mpls. $25-$35. … Jonatha Brooke, April 23 at the Dakota. $35. … B2K, May…
Music
March 14
Mariah Carey, shown in 2018 at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, made her Twin Cities debut Wednesday, a concert 29 years in the making.

At long last, Mariah Carey has a magical moment in concert in Minneapolis

REVIEW: She played the diva in her Twin Cities debut at the State Theatre.
Music
March 14
Black Keys coming back to Target Center in Sept. with Modest Mouse

Black Keys coming back to Target Center in Sept. with Modest Mouse

The Saturday night show comes a week into the Keys' tour and five years since their last outing.
Music
March 13
Ken Burns is putting the finishing touches on “Country Music,” an eight-part series premiering Sept. 15 on PBS.

For his next documentary series, Ken Burns is tuning into country music

He believes the songs paint a picture of grass-roots history.
Music
March 12
Second-generation rocker Tucker Jensen, 29, mourned by Minnesota music community

Second-generation rocker Tucker Jensen, 29, mourned by Minnesota music community

The son of blues and soul vet Mick Sterling fronted the rising band Dirt Train at the same time he was undergoing chemotherapy.
Prince
March 12
Paisley Park rocks again with four of Prince's female protégées in concert

Paisley Park rocks again with four of Prince's female protégées in concert

Sheila E, Judith Hill, Liv Warfield and Donna Grantis entertained at a private, five-hour concert at Prince's studio.
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