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Review: James Taylor's got a friend in Jackson Browne in St. Paul
Review: The comforting quintessential '70s singer-songwriters were comfortable sharing personal stories about the Twin Cities.
6 cool things in music: Silk Sonic, Gully Boys, Rock Hall induction and more
On "Tonight Show," Kristin Chenoweth shares details about her date with Prince.
Guitar great Leo Kottke and drum master Dave King form a new Minneapolis super duo
Kottke's traditional Thanksgiving concert has become a three-night duo stint at the Dakota.
Young pop stars, Jon Batiste and good ol' Tony Bennett top the 2021 Grammy race
Prince and Dylan received nods but Adele wasn't eligible despite having 2021's best-selling album.
In Minneapolis, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti comes across like Ed Sullivan
Review: He trotted out guests including an operatic tenor, balletic violinist, R&B vocalist and Rolling Stones saxophonist.
6 cool things in music this week include Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Taylor Swift and Divinity Roxx
Shout-outs, too, to the Suburbs, Suicide Commandos, Vial and Brothers Osborne.
Tim McGraw, Jake Owen will headline Winstock country fest in 2022
Minnesota's first-of-the-season country hoedown will also feature Brothers Osborne and Jimmie Allen on June 17-18.
Bob Dylan Center acquires early recordings before the singer was famous
The artifacts include 1960-61 tapes in a Madison, Wis., apartment and his first big concert in New York City in '61.
With music and photos, Rondo '56 revue tells story of St Paul's Black neighborhood displaced by I-94
In words and songs, 'Rondo '56' tells the story of St. Paul's Black neighborhood displaced by I-94
The stage show delivers a tough message through song: "Music opens and heals the wounds at the same time."
In Minneapolis, Brothers Osborne show country is inclusive but not for everyone
Review: They celebrated another CMA vocal duo of the year award with guitar fireworks and post-Halloween skeletons.
6 cool things in music this week include Dave Grohl, Jennifer Hudson, Duran Duran and Billy Strings
A half-dozen cool recent things in music, from two points of view:Trevor Tinberg of St. Paul:1 Duran Duran, "Future Past." Their 15th studio album features…
Celebrating 50 years, Minnesota rock legends Gypsy release a COVID-fueled album
Singer James Walsh said the new songs came to him in the night as he battled coronavirus last winter.
Broadway star Marisha Wallace shows off her wondrous voice in Minneapolis debut
Review: There were many wow moments including "Purple Rain" in Prince's hometown
Get ready for a rockin' country New Year's Eve with Thomas Rhett in St. Paul
The "Beer Can't Fix" hitmaker will headline the Wild's Winter Classic NYE's Bash at Xcel Energy Center
In overdue First Ave debut, Elvis Costello triumphs with humor, classics and rockin' new tunes
Review: The Rock Hall of Famer reflected on his 1978 Minneapolis debut and previewed his urgent-sounding 25th album.
Our Friday Best: Dave Chappelle, Brandy Clark, 'Little Women,' flying pigs & more
Critics' picks for entertainment in the week ahead.
After 2-year concert hiatus, ever-surprising Bob Dylan returns to embrace his 'Rough and Rowdy Ways'
REVIEW: A reassuring Milwaukee gig showcased new material and some choice oldies.
Lana Del Rey turns to her 'sisters' for help in painting 'Blue Banisters'
POP/ROCKLana Del Rey, "Blue Banisters" (Interscope)The melodically roving title track to the ever-prolific Del Rey's second album of 2021 feels like a kind of spiritual…
Review: Without their heartbeat Watts, Rolling Stones stage a good but not great show in Minneapolis
REVIEW: The usually manic Mick Jagger paced himself in a performance at US Bank Stadium that was short on fireworks.
A look back at every Rolling Stones concert in the Twin Cities, 1964-2015
The Stones have toured here 11 times over the years, leading up to Sunday's show at U.S. Bank Stadium.
How can Rock Hall of Famers go on after losing a key bandmate? Lessons for the Rolling Stones
Ultimately it's all about the music, fans and other musicians say.
Rolling Stones production manager started his career with Minneapolis bands
He takes problems to the tour's accountants, not Mick Jagger.
The Weeknd calls off St. Paul show and his entire arena tour, aiming for stadiums next summer
No word on stadium dates but refunds will be automatically given for Jan. 21 Xcel Energy Center concert.
Comedy legend Steve Martin gets serious about bullying, Selena Gomez and his upcoming Minnesota event
As his Hulu series "Only Murders in the Building" wrapped up, he talked about the virtual Q&A he'll do for PACER Center next month.
After COVID-related paralysis, '80s hitmaker Christopher Cross is 'Sailing' back to Minnesota
Headed to Treasure Island for a concert Saturday, he talks yacht rock and Billie Eilish.
Erykah Badu performs her neo-soul magic at the Armory in Minneapolis
REVIEW: In her first Twin Cities headline gig in 20 years, Badu mesmerized with her voice, visuals and aura.
Country stars Old Dominion take fans on breezy ride at Mystic Lake
Special guest Caitlyn Smith sparks the beguilingly casual Nashville band
6 cool things in music this week include Tony Bennett, 'Frozen' and Jason Isbell
Six cool things in music this week, from two points of view:Ryan Johnson of Plymouth:Durand Jones and the Indications, "Witchoo." This song from the new…
Minnesota's We Fest will roar back with Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert in 2022
Specially priced general-admission tickets will go on sale Tuesday.
The Eagles revisit 'Hotel California' in St. Paul
REVIEW: The long concert was a generous, nostalgic treat.
Dan + Shay find the right formula for success in concert
REVIEW: With imaginative and over-the-top enthusiasm, the country duo thrilled a Target Center crowd.
6 cool things in music this week include Harry Styles, Questlove, Davina & the Vagabonds, and Delfeayo Marsalis
Six cool things in music this week, from two points of view:Laura Pugh, Golden Valley:1 Davina and the Vagabonds, the Dakota. Music lovers were eager…
It took Dan + Shay '10,000 Hours' to become country music's hottest duo
Their first arena tour comes to Target Center on Saturday.
The 10 biggest modern country duos to know
The Judds: Active: 1983-91 plus reunions, most recently 2017. Key hits: "Mama He's Crazy," "Love Is Alive," "Grandpa." Wynonna Judd's powerhouse voice, Naomi Judd's winsome…
Prince's brother Johnny Nelson is remembered as a 'generous, wise spirit' who taught himself piano
Prince's oldest brother loved Westerns, Jesus and family gatherings.
Mint Condition hitmaker Stokley Williams launches ambitious solo album
Mint Condition singer Stokley's new solo album is a beat-driven tour de force.
Bob Dylan, Prince land several tunes on Rolling Stone's list of 500 greatest songs of all time
The Replacements, Lizzo and Eddie Cochran also placed on this updated list topped by Aretha's "Respect."
Hot hitmakers Dua Lipa, Kid Laroi announce Minneapolis concerts for 2022
Tickets for the separate shows will go on sale Friday.
With new bassist, ZZ Top delivers its bearded boogie in Wayzata
Band's bassist died in July, but the bluesy trio was more refreshed than sad.
Remodeled Dakota finally reopens in Minneapolis with New Orleans music and food
Club used its pandemic pause to give itself a noticeable makeover.
Ex-Fleetwood Mac star Lindsey Buckingham goes his own way to explore his troubles in Twin Cities concert
REVIEW: At Mystic Lake, he focused on his solo tunes but didn't ignore Mac hits.
Questlove to appear at Paisley Park with his film 'Summer of Soul'
The film's director will do a Q&A and DJ set after a screening on Sept. 19.
Tim McGraw scores with girl-dad country at Minnesota State Fair grandstand
He drew the State Fair grandstand's biggest crowd yet.
Doobie Brothers rock State Fair without 'recuperating and isolating' Michael McDonald
The performance went on, as it has without McDonald for decades.
Michael McDonald pulls out of Doobie Brothers' State Fair gig due to COVID
The opening act pulled out as well, but "the show must go on," band co-founder says.
Spinners, Little Anthony deliver a tasty oldies show at Minnesota State Fair
They celebrated vintage R&B with show-bizzy style.
TLC brings '90s nostalgia to State Fair Grandstand
Review: Opening act Shaggy upstaged the headliners.
Doobies are takin' it to the State Fair on reunion tour with Michael McDonald
After 26 years, Michael McDonald rejoins the Doobie Brothers for a State Fair gig.
Maren Morris, Nashville's finest, sparkles at Minnesota State Fair
She showed humor, humanity and heart in an eclectic performance
10 Twin Cities pop concerts we're most excited to see in fall 2021
The EaglesVince Gill and Deacon Frey, son of the late Glenn Frey, have breathed new life into the band, whose 2018 concert at Target Field…
After the lightning at State Fair, Lambert starts slow, then warms up
Review: Weather-delayed show got better after she let her hair down.
Despite hearing damage, Stray Cats' Brian Setzer is ready to rumble with a new Minnesota-made album
The pandemic forced Twin Cities guitar star Brian Setzer to hit pause — and then hit record.
Without Charlie Watts, there's no Rolling Stones anymore
This should be the last time, says our longtime critic.
Blues Traveler singer injured in bus crash in Minnesota
John Popper will be able to perform Friday in Rochester.
James Taylor, Jackson Browne set for Nov. 29 at Xcel Energy Center
The definitive 1970s singer-songwriters will bring their Rock Hall of Fame catalogs to St. Paul.
The Ledge is state's over-the-top new music venue near St. Cloud
The amphitheater near St. Cloud was a big hit with rockers Rancid and Dropkick Murphys.
Our Friday best: Water Is Life Festival, Bay Front Blues Festival
Water Is Life FestivalLanding the first Bon Iver show in Minnesota in over two years would be remarkable enough, but the Water Is Life Festival…
Review: Patti Smith rocks with power in Minneapolis
Review: Rock Hall of Famer mixes poetry, politics and humor in concert at Surly Field.
Shattered: Drummer Charlie Watts won't appear with Rolling Stones in Minneapolis
After a "completely successful" medical procedure, the drummer is resting while Steve Jordan will fill in.
After a long wait, Minnesota arts venues finally get $173M in federal relief
The process "was grueling," said Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, but it received $7.6 million — one of 215 grants in the state so far.
Zoo music fans flock to Canterbury as Old Crow opens a new concert series
Canterbury Park proves to be a decent substitute for Music at the Zoo.
'Welcome 2 America' shows that Prince is still full of surprises
REVIEW: Unearthed album could be a sign of our times.
Large music publishing firm controls half of Prince's estate
Primary Wave has bought out three siblings' interest in the estate; a deal on the value of Prince's real estate also has been reached.
First streamed concert shows another side of Bob Dylan
His intimate, artful show will be available until late Tuesday night.
Country stars are leading the charge as music returns to Minnesota stages
No mask? No vax? No problem, as country acts return to Minnesota in a big way.
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis release their first album as artists
Legendary producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis release their debut album as artists.
20 things to know about the new kaleidoscopic exhibit of Prince's shoes at Paisley Park
We get to the bottom of a new exhibit of the Purple One's shoes at Paisley Park.
Country trio Lady A finally returns to the stage in Minnesota: 'We're all going to cry'
Emotions will ride high when the country trio returns to the stage this weekend in Prior Lake.
Minnesota State Fair grandstand will feature Maren Morris, Kevin Costner and TLC
The Chainsmokers, Lake Street Dive and George Thorogood also will be part of the lineup.
Como Zoo announces free rock concert series for July
The outdoor shows will be held on Wednesdays after the zoo and conservatory close.
With fireworks on and offstage, big-time rock concerts return with an ecstatic John Fogerty
At Mystic Lake Casino, the Hall of Famer thrilled a July 4th crowd raised on the Church of Classic Rock.
Rock Hall of Famer John Fogerty comes to Minnesota with song inspired by George Floyd
John Fogerty will bring his new song "Weeping in the Promised Land" to Mystic Lake on July 4th.
Indigo Girls headline free concert Monday to protest Enbridge pipeline in Minnesota
The Grammy winners will lend their voices to the protest against Enbridge's Pipeline 3 through northern Minnesota.
Minnesota guitar hero Brian Setzer will drop new solo album in August
'Gotta Have the Rumble' is about hot rods and hearing problems, the rockabilly star says.