Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.
Genie Castro of Hudson, Wis.:
1 Kinda Fonda Wanda, Palmer's Bar. Holy cats, Amanda White has a voice that is glorious and a heart full of passion for Wanda Jackson. And Alan Subola is beyond words on guitar. Along with a bonus set from Lazy Ike, this made for an amazing evening.
2 Pregame concerts, CHS Field. Take me out to the ballgame for a pregame band performance before every St. Paul Saints home game. These open-air shows — starting about 5:15 p.m. — are perfect for live music nowadays.
3 Western Swing Out. I was totally entertained last weekend on Facebook by this festival from down yonder in Tehachapi, Calif. There were so many great performers, including James Intveld, Becky Lynn Blanca and Lil' Sue and the Cowtippers. I especially enjoyed Mitch Polzak of "Banjo Bonanza" dancing to the Dave and Deke Combo's "Hillybilly Twist," lighting the night on fire with his enthusiasm.
Jon Bream, Star Tribune critic:
1 Billie Eilish, "Lost Cause" video. Her latest single is another minimalist, downtempo tune telling off an ex, whereas its busy video depicts an escapist Eilish at a sleepover with her squad, dancing, snacking and playing Twister. Billie knows how to bounce back.
2 Kelly Clarkson salutes Prince. In anticipation of his birthday on June 7, her "Kellyoke" segments on "The Kelly Clarkson Show" featured Prince tunes. She turned "Kiss" into delectable deep-fried Southern soul, and for "When Doves Cry," she soared in a flowery dress inspired by the floral motif of the "Purple Rain" album.
3 Rodney Crowell, "Something Has to Change." The first single from the Americana stalwart's July album "Triage" is a simmering Dylanesque blues with trombone solos about what's wrong in this world — you know, things like greed, living in fear, people who darken the world — where something, somehow has to change.