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December 27, 2019
The Bakken Trio performs at MacPhail on Sunday.

Champagne and a saxophone phenom: The week's best classical concerts

Saxophone phenom English saxophonist Jess Gillam is just 20 and already has an exclusive recording contract with Decca Classics. She’s guest soloist at this week’s…
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December 26, 2019
Rochester’s Six Mile Grove plays the Parkway on Jan. 24.

Ticket Alert: Six Mile Grove and more

8 a.m. FRIDAY Hamiltunes: An All American Singalong, Jan. 11 at Parkway in Mpls. $15. theparkwaytheater.com. … Six Mile Grove, Jan. 24 at Parkway. $18-$23.…
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December 26, 2019
Soul Asylum (Winston Roye, Dave Pirner and Michael Bland are pictured.)credit: Soul Asylum

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Snowta festival, Soul Asylum, Cheap Trick, PaviElle

The big gigs for Dec. 27-Jan. 1, also including Heiruspecs, Anonymous Choir, Flipp and the Honeydogs.
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December 25, 2019
Cheap Trick performs New Year’s Eve at Treasure Island Casino.

The 10 best New Year's Eve live music gigs in the Twin Cities

An amateur's guide to Tuesday's best options for NYE 2019 music, from a quiet supper club to a hi-fi rave.
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December 24, 2019
Kelly Hogan is among the contributors to “Too Late to Pray: Defiant Chicago Roots.”

New album review: Bloodshot compilation redefines roots rock

POP/ROCK Various artists, “Too Late to Pray: Defiant Chicago Roots” (Bloodshot) After drawing up a business plan on cocktail napkins at various drinking establishments…
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December 23, 2019
Billie Eilish sold out the Armory in June.

Luis, Lizzo and Billie: Jon Bream picks the best concerts and albums of 2019

Bream's picks for the best concerts and albums of the year.
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December 20, 2019
Dessa performing with the Minnesota Orchestra.

Dessa, Big Thief and Lizzo top our music critic's 10 best albums and concerts of 2019

Riemenschneider's picks for the best albums and concerts of the year.
Music
December 20, 2019
“Candide”

The 10 concerts that shone brightest in 2019 on Minnesota's classical scene

The best classical concerts this year.
Music
December 20, 2019
The Jayhawks return to the Palace Theatre on Saturday fresh off recording a new album. From left: Tim O'Reagan, Karen Grotberg, Gary Louris and Mark P

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Jayhawks, JD McPherson, the Bad Plus, Little Fevers

The big gigs for Dec. 20-26, also including Kinda Kinky, Mark Mallman's Peace on Earth, Paul Metsa's 40th anniversary, the BoDeans, Sara Evans and a Willie Walker tribute.
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December 20, 2019
Luverne Seifert (Tor), Jane Froiland (Olive) and Avi Aharoni (Gus) in “The Norwegians.”

Best of the Week (Dec. 22-29): 'The Norwegians,' Paul Metsa, Kwanzaa, Heiruspecs, the Bad Plus, 'Nutcracker Noir,' more

For these ‘Norwegians,’ relationships are murder Olive (Jane Froiland) meets Betty (Sara Marsh) in a bar and quickly discovers that Betty may know some hit…
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December 20, 2019
Minneapolis' Eleganza! to rock 'Monday Night Football' theme during Vikings-Packers game

Minneapolis' Eleganza! to rock 'Monday Night Football' theme during Vikings-Packers game

The rowdy band will be filmed performing at the base of the Spoonbridge & Cherry sculpture.
Music
December 19, 2019
From left, siblings Fred, Jearlyn, Billy, Jevetta and J.D. Steele sang at Jevetta’s Golden Valley home.

In a Twin Cities living room, the Steeles cook up their 35th annual Christmas show

The Steeles' annual Christmas show is a family affair, brewed up in a Golden Valley living room.
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December 19, 2019
From left, siblings Fred, Jearlyn, Billy, Jevetta and J.D. Steele stood for a portrait on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at the home of Jevetta Steele in Golden

Meet the Steeles

In addition to performing as a family group, the five siblings stay busy with other endeavors.J.D. Steele: He's composing "Shaamya — Of Equality" for…
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December 18, 2019
Harry Styles’ second solo album is “Fine Line.”

New album reviews: On their second solo albums, Camila Cabello and Harry Styles get convincingly romantic

POP/ROCK Camila Cabello, “Romance” (Epic) Harry Styles, “Fine Line” (Columbia) Teen-pop vocal acts — boy bands and girl groups — always have an…
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December 18, 2019
Hair-raising Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison tour adds June 27 date at U.S. Bank Stadium

Hair-raising Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison tour adds June 27 date at U.S. Bank Stadium

The tour sold out in many of the previously announced cities and added Joan Jett as an opening act.
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December 17, 2019
David Lee Roth jumps on Kiss' 2020 farewell tour in time for Midwest dates

David Lee Roth jumps on Kiss' 2020 farewell tour in time for Midwest dates

The Van Halen frontman will open the Feb. 24 stop at Xcel Center with a new two-guitar band.
Music
December 16, 2019
Saxophonist Irv Williams (photo by Jon Bream)

Saxophone great Irv Williams dies at 100 in St. Paul

He toured with Ella Fitzgerald, recorded with Dinah Washington and declined invitations to join bands led by both Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Saxophonist Irv…
Music
December 16, 2019
"Gift box with sheet music wrapping paper, on a red background with plenty of copy space.The wrapping paper is a section of Beethoven's Symphony Numbe

20 gift ideas for the music lovers on your holiday list

Giving the gift of music can be tricky. We're here to help, with suggestions for music lovers of all ages and styles.
Music
December 16, 2019
Harpsichordist Jory Vinikour will lead the SPCO’s “Messiah” this weekend.

Songs for the season: The Twin Cities' best classical concerts this week

A celebration of French songFrench art song, for all its exquisite subtleties, still struggles for parity of recognition with the Austro-German tradition exemplified by Schubert,…
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December 15, 2019
Twin Cities jazz saxophonist Irv Williams, who chose family over stardom, dies at 100

Twin Cities jazz saxophonist Irv Williams, who chose family over stardom, dies at 100

After working with Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and many greats, Mr. Smooth blew his horn until his final days in the Twin Cities.
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