Music
September 5
Co-author details 'extremely unlikely' story behind new Prince memoir

Co-author details 'extremely unlikely' story behind new Prince memoir

Dan Piepenbring describes the book as "Prince the raconteur, in a storytelling mode reminiscent of his more narrative songs."
Music
September 4
Lizzo is officially No. 1 with 'Truth Hurts,' and here's why it's historic

Lizzo is officially No. 1 with 'Truth Hurts,' and here's why it's historic

The Twin Cities-rooted rapper/singer hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart Tuesday with a two-year-old song.
Music
September 4
Roger Daltrey, left, and Pete Townshend of the Who will perform in St. Paul with a 52-piece orchestra. The two are working on an album of mostly new m

Headed to St. Paul with orchestra, Townshend says the Who is brand, not band

The guitar and songwriting legend talks "Tommy," Woodstock and the Who's next album.
Music
September 3
ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, left, and guitarist Billy Gibbons with drummer Frank Beard during the first song of their Grandstand set Monday night. ] JE

ZZ Top, Cheap Trick make a fairly cool finale at the grandstand

The two hall-of-fame bands finished off the grandstand series with familiar hits.
Inspired
September 2
Members of Southwest High School’s adapted guitar program are raising funds to perform at a national convention in Florida in November.

Adapted guitar program at Southwest High turns special kids into rock stars

Southwest High School music educator Ruth LeMay teaches music through color-coded guitars.
Music
September 1
Brandi Carlile performed to a packed grandstand Saturday at the Minnesota State Fair.

Brandi Carlile gets giddy at her great Minnesota State Fair concert

She seemed genuinely in awe at the response of the sell-out crowd in her biggest market.
Prince
August 31
Prince, shown at Coachella in 2008. The late rock star’s estate is planning “Paisley Park in Your Heart 2020,” an open-air exhibit with Prince a

Prince exhibit coming to the Minnesota State Fair next year

Superstar's estate planning site with artifacts, merchandise and nightly performances.
Music
August 31
On the last night of his current North American tour, Lionel Richie was perhaps extra chatty Friday at the State Fair grandstand.

Lionel Richie is ham on a shtick at the Minnesota State Fair

He was chatty and comical in a sold-out hits-filled concert.
Music
August 30
Lizzo performed a medley at the MTV Video Music Awards on Monday.

Pick Six: Praise for Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Music in the Zoo, Brian Oake, Tina Schlieske, Tommy James

Greg Gibson of Brooklyn Park: 1 Music in the Zoo, Minnesota Zoo. The state’s best outdoor summer concert series continued in the tradition espoused by…
Music
August 30
Hector Pazaran and Elizabeth Vizuet - Crossbow - in "Cirque Italia" at the Walker.credit: Dustin Rush Media

Best of the Week (Sept. 1-8): Cirque Italia, the Who, the Seratones, 'Do the Right Thing,' more

Cirque de aqua Cirque Italia gives audiences a taste of European culture in its aquatic-themed big-top production “Water Circus,” currently making the rounds at Minnesota…
Music
August 30
The Bakken Trio (Pitnarry Shin, Stephanie Arado and Mina Fisher) opens its new season on Sunday.

'The Rape of Lucretia' for #MeToo era plus soprano Liv Redpath: The week's best classical concerts

A thoroughly modern ‘Lucretia’ The setting may be ancient Rome, but the story line of “The Rape of Lucretia” could hardly be more disturbingly relevant…
Music
August 30
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats perform Saturday at the Surly Brewery Field.

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Tyler the Creator, Nathaniel Rateliff, Kesha and fair music galore

The big gigs for Aug. 30-Sept. 5, also including Lionel Richie, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Brandi Carlile and Dessa at the fair, plus Under Violet's release party, Squeeze, Jon Spencer, Eddie Palmieri and more.
Music
August 30
Logic returned to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Thursday after headlining the Soundset festival there in 2018.

Logic proves a sensible pick for State Fair's latest rap concert

Hometown star Prof joined in for the fair's first big rap gig since 2016.
Music
August 29
“Lover,” the latest release by Taylor Swift.

New album review: Taylor Swift impresses on a grown-up 'Lover'

POP/ROCK Taylor Swift, “Lover” (Republic) Well, it’s no wonder she nixed that dopey lyric telling kids that spelling is fun: On “Lover,” Swift turns…
Music
August 29

Ticket Alert: Ruben Studdard, Ryan Caraveo, GB Leighton, Brains on Live and more

9 a.m. FRIDAY JC Sanford Quartet, Sept. 26 at Hook & Ladder in Mpls. $10-$15. thehookmpls.com. … GB Leighton, Oct. 18 at the Hook &…
Music
August 29
Daryl Hall, left, and John Oates early in their set Wednesday night at the Minnesota State Fair grandstand.

Daryl Hall & John Oates finally land at State Fair

The grandstand was packed, but Hall's voice wasn't the guilty pleasure of the past.
Music
August 28
Lady Lark is among the performers in the lineup for this weekend’s “First Avenue Goes to the Fair.”

First Avenue expands again, this time to State Fair for free concerts

The club's two revue-style shows at the Schell's Stage will "show people what we're all about."
Music
August 28
Weird Al Yankovic performed "The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota" early in his set Tuesday night at the Grandstand.

'Weird Al' pulls some strings — and twine, too — in sold-out fair concert

Yankovic packed the State Fair grandstand with a full orchestra. No kidding.
Music
August 27
Lizzo performs a medley at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, in Newark, N.J.

Lizzo's big booty balloon also has Minnesota roots

Thanks to a Burnsville company, the singer and rapper wasn't the only local on stage at the MTV VMAs.
Music
August 27
Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris shot notes out to the crowd during "Where Eagles Dare" early in Monday night's set at the Xcel Center in St. Paul.

Iron Maiden as beastly as ever in oldies-filled St. Paul show

The British metal gods' claims of its biggest tour production yet did not fall flat.
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