One, two, three, four! What makes a protest song really soar?

One, two, three, four! What makes a protest song really soar?

Protest songs have a long history, but the forms and the culture may be changing their purpose.

Meet the Delano-raised R&B/pop singer who won our Are You Local? contest

February 17
Meet the Delano-raised R&B/pop singer who won our Are You Local? contest
Never mind the jet lag. R&B/pop singer Nick Jordan won our Are You Local? contest with a high-energy set.

Prince's music racks up 3.7M streams in one day after catalog released

February 17
Prince's music racks up 3.7M streams in one day after catalog released
Prince fans worldwide are partying like it's 2017, not 1999, now that his heyday music catalog is available on all major streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon.
Music
February 20

'Weird Al' still armed with wit – and an accordion

Subversive genius "Weird Al" Yankovic looks to next phase with song parodies.
Music
February 19

The week's best Twin Cities classical concerts: Hugh Wolff leads the Minnesota Orchestra

Catching up with WolffThe name of Hugh Wolff will be familiar to many classical concertgoers in the metro area. Wolff served as principal conductor and…
Music
February 18

Pick Six: Praise for Tabah, Jay Smart, Gary Clark Jr., more

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.
Music
February 17

Angry about Beyonce's Grammy snub? Smash 8-bit car windows with video game 'Lemonade Rage'

Fans upset about Queen Bey's loss can now blow off steam by playing this hilarious "Lemonade"-inspired computer game.
Music
February 17
Maria Schneider Photo by Briene Lermitte

Jazz composer Maria Schneider performed (and celebrated) a Minnesota-inspired masterpiece

Review: Maria Schneider's Grammy-winning "The Thompson Fields" album was the centerpiece of this homecoming concert.
Music
February 16

The big gigs: Pert Near Sandstone, Slim Dunlap celebration

Pert Near Sandstone The Twin Cities’ well-established neo-bluegrass quintet is a mainstay of summer festivals, including their own Blue Ox Fest in June in Eau…
Music
February 16
Pert Near Sandstone

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Slimabration at Hook & Ladder, Pert Near Sandstone at the Cedar

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.
Music
February 15

Minnesota music legends the Suburbs preview new album Friday at First Avenue

"We're ready to kick off what I think is going to be another great run for this band," the Suburbs frontman said.
Music
February 15

The last Run the Jewels show? Rap stars joked about Myth gig being their last

Review: Killer Mike and El-P joked about Tuesday's sold-out gig being their last.
Music
February 14

Jazz darling Maria Schneider comes home with Minn.-inspired 'Thompson Fields'

Jazz composer Maria Schneider returns to perform a Grammy-winning work born in rural Minnesota.
Music
February 14

Jazz highlights: Dave Rempis at Jazz Central

Romping with Rempis Dave Rempis is a rugged saxophonist best known for his membership in the Vandermark 5, though he also performs with a slew…
Music
February 14

Worst love songs? St. Thomas music faculty says avoid these on Valentine's Day

Given that all are "deemed equally abominable," the St. Paul university declared in announcing the choices, "the songs are listed in a random jumble, like a sack of broken hearts."
Music
February 14
Bruno Mars performs a tribute to Prince at the 59th annual Grammy Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles.

Grammys go crazy for Prince: Tribute took months of planning

Bruno Mars sang "Let's Go Crazy" and it started with the Time, the hit-making Minneapolis band Prince put together around singer Morris Day in 1981.
Music
February 14

Comedian Gaffigan, rocker Mellencamp to perform at State Fair

Tickets for both shows go on sale Feb. 24.
Variety
February 14

Grammy breakout Chance the Rapper taking a chance on Xcel Center May 12

The spirited Chicago hip-hop star announced arena dates following his big showing at the Grammy Awards.
Music
February 13

Go crazy: Our critics' personal Prince playlists for your streaming pleasure

In light of the news that Prince's catalog is now widely available on all streaming services -- including Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play…
Music
February 13

Adele bests Beyoncé, and the Grammys reach peak irrelevance

The black artists whose work defines this musical era keep losing to white acts doing less-challenging, less-timely, less-imaginative work.
Music
February 13

Danish String Quartet rejects Beethoven stereotypes in Schubert Club concert

Review: The Danish String Quartet rejected classical music stereotypes in St. Paul concert.
Blogs
February 13

HealthPartners will continue to use Lizzo track for Grammys spots

Following commercials that ran locally during the Super Bowl, HealthPartners will also have spots that run during the Grammy Awards.
Music
February 13
Adele backstage during the 59th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center...

She had them at 'Hello': Adele tops Beyoncé in a Grammy showdown

Adele topped Beyoncé in a record-setting sweep of the top Grammy Awards.
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