“After eight albums and 20 years, I think we were all sort of ready for a shift,” said guitarist Bryce Dessner of the National.

Rock the Garden headliners the National take a new tack: 'We needed to hear female voices'

This was supposed to be an off year for the acclaimed Cincinnati rockers. Instead, they joined up with women singers to make an album for a movie.

Lizzo's performance rocks BET Awards, gets standing ovation from Rihanna

June 24
Lizzo's performance rocks BET Awards, gets standing ovation from Rihanna
She reprised the wedding theme of the song's video, which has belatedly become a hit three years late.

Mick Jagger delivers satisfaction after health scare, heart procedure

June 23
Mick Jagger, from left, Charlie Watts, and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones performed during the “No Filter” tour Friday night at Soldier Fiel
The Rolling Stones opened their delayed tour on Friday in Chicago. And fans found out there's no reason for a nervous breakdown about the frontman.
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June 26
A bicyclist rides past the Stonewall Inn in New York City. Riots at the bar in 1969 helped launch the gay rights movement.

Concert explores common ground between black and gay struggles for civil rights

A choral concert explores the common ground between black and gay liberation movements.
Music
June 24
String players of the Oratory Bach Ensemble.

Bach's masterful Mass stands tall at inaugural Minnesota festival

REVIEW: Pinnacle of choral music got a masterful performance at Bach Roots.
Music
June 24
Hugh Jackman entertained at the Brit Awards in February.

A spontaneous Hugh Jackman charmed with his greatest live show in St. Paul

The movie and Broadway star charmed at Xcel Energy Center.
Music
June 23
Joshua Bell opens the Beethoven Festival. Associated Press

Joshua Bell and the Stonewall anniversary: The week's best classical music concerts

Bell opens Beethoven Festival in WinonaWith a career spanning three decades and more than 40 CDs to his credit, American violinist Joshua Bell has long…
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June 21
Taylor Swift performs at Wango Tango on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.

Pick Six: Praise for Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Tab Benoit, Erik Koskinen, more

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.
Music
June 21
Michael Barone, host of "Pipedreams," at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie.

MPR's Michael Barone picks the best of new music for pipe organ

‘Pipedreams’ picks Here are some organists making new music on the pipe organ, selected by “Pipedreams” host Michael Barone. You can hear them at
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June 21
“Give Away Horses” by Growing Thunder, left, and “Blanket Stories” by Marie Watt, right.

Best of the Week (June 23-30): Native women artists, Bazzi, 'To Let Go and Fall,' Alabama, Bach and Brews

Making unseen artists visible “Hearts of Our People” at the Minneapolis Institute of Art is the first exhibition ever at a major institution to focus…
Music
June 21
Shawn Mendes performed Friday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Still only 20, Shawn Mendes turns sexy in third Xcel Center appearance

Fellow Toronto-area vocalist Alessia Cara opened the sold-out show.
Music
June 21
“It felt very freeing and liberating to play an instrument that was so colorful and had such a huge dynamic range compared to the piano,” says Bri

Can a pipe organ be cool? Younger musicians are playing with this 'big toy box'

An old instrument is getting new tricks, thanks to a cutting-edge group of experimentalists.
Music
June 21
Courtney Barnett is back after performing at Rock the Garden in 2015.

Running down the rest of Rock the Garden's 2019 lineup

Courtney Barnett returns to the Walker's garden party alongside punk legends X and locals Bad Bad Hats and Heart Bones.
Music
June 21
Shawn Mendes returns to Xcel Energy Center on Friday.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Carrie Underwood, Pride parties, Hugh Jackman, Shawn Mendes

The big gigs for June 21-27, also including the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Bazzi, Built to Spill, Wand and Pentatonix.
Music
June 21
The Family Stone took the stage Thursday night.

Summer Skolstice music fest at Vikings' Eagan facility opens with modest crowd

Fans didn't rush the field for the music fest at the Vikings' training camp.
Music
June 20
Madonna, “Madame X”

New album reviews: Madonna's personality can't carry 'Madame X'; Jonas Brothers get grown up and sexy

POP/ROCK Madonna, “Madame X” (Interscope) Her new record is suffused with a sense of place — Portugal, where she has lived in a castle-like…
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June 20
Nathaniel Rateliff brings his Night Sweats to the Surly Brewing Festival Field on Aug. 30.

Ticket Alert: Mike Epps, Illenium, Trisha Yearwood, Anthony Hamilton and more.

8 a.m. FRIDAY Heatbox, July 27 at Parkway Theater in Mpls. $10-$15. theparkwaytheater.com. 10 a.m. FRIDAY Greg Koch & Rick Vito, July 27 at Hook…
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June 20
Groupon was used to help boost atendance at last Tuesday's concert by New Kids on the Block at Xcel Energy Center.

Groupon for Twin Cities concerts? Big acts are now banking on the discount site

After seeing the Who twice before — and not being all that amped up to hear the band’s new material — Dan Israel didn’t want…
Music
June 19
Dominick Argento at his home after winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1975.

A loving, mesmerizing concert honors the dean of Minnesota music, Dominick Argento

Memorial concert spoke in many ways to the composer's gifts.
Music
June 19
Motion City Soundtrack announces reunion tour with hometown Minneapolis gig TBA

Motion City Soundtrack announces reunion tour with hometown Minneapolis gig TBA

The tour kicks off New Year's Eve in Chicago and will likely include a show at the new Fillmore club in Minneapolis.
Music
June 19
A Buddy Holly/Roy Orbison hologram tour is headed to Mystic Lake in October

A Buddy Holly/Roy Orbison hologram tour is headed to Mystic Lake in October

The two late Rock Hall of Famers will appear as holograms accompanied by a live band and backup singers.
Music
June 17
Nancy and Ann Wilson of Heart.

Heart and Joan Jett to rock Xcel Center together Oct. 13

The two tour follows Ann and Nancy Wilson's return from a three-year split.
Music
June 16
Ronnie James Dio appeared via hologram.

Twin Cities' rock-hologram era begins with the late Ronnie James Dio at Myth

Saturday's Dio Returns concert was the first of its kind to hit Minnesota.
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