Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.
Paul Fletcher, Cities 97 music director:
1 Billie Eilish. She just appeared on the cover of British Vogue in a corset and showing a bit more than her mysterious tattoo. It's a sharp contrast to her previous image and, coincidentally, to the message of her new song, "Your Power." Or maybe that's the point?
2 Dave Pirner. His birthday in April prompted me to go down a self-imposed Soul Asylum wormhole. So satisfying to be reminded of what an incredible and unique songwriter he is. His lyric wordplay is unlike anyone on the planet.
3 Getting Wild. Being one of the very lucky ones to attend almost every Wild home game at Xcel Energy Center and with the season the team is having, I'd say House of Pain's "Jump Around" — the song blasted whenever the Wild score a goal — has never sounded so good.
Jon Bream, Star Tribune critic:
1 "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," Rock and Roll Hall of Fame director's cut. Remember when Prince stole the show with his magnificent guitar work during a tribute to George Harrison at the 2004 Rock Hall induction? Joel Gallen, who directed and produced the original broadcast, has posted a new edit so you get more of Prince and less of Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood and the other performers. This clip magnifies Prince's epic performance.
2 "Girls5Eva," Peacock. This new sitcom from Tina Fey and pals is a cheeky/cheesy sendup of a 1990s girl group reuniting after a current hip-hop star samples one of their hits. Of course, all four singers (the fifth died) moved on, for better or mostly worse. Sara Bareilles and Renée Elise Goldsberry bring golden voices, Paula Pell and Busy Philipps bring outsized humor. If you loved the '90s, they'll keep you laughing 4eva.
3 Rhiannon Giddens, "O Death" video. Her stirring voice accompanied only by Francesco Turrisi's drum becomes more haunting when paired with Maeve Clancy's emotive folk art on an old-fashioned "cranky roll."