Six cool things in music, from two points of view:

Suicide Commandos, Turf Club. They ripped it up, closing with Clash and Ramones covers with an assist from the Hold Steady's Tad Kubler and Craig Finn. Pure Minnesota … punk.

"Rock & Roll," Mpls Photo Center. The photo exhibit featured a panel discussion starring famed Chicago photographer Paul Natkin. Hearing his escapades with the Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, Fall Out Boy, Bush and Oprah made for a memorable night.

Nostalgia rocks. With the Fleetwood Mac and Mötley Crüe tours returning to the Twin Cities, it seems boomers and Gen Xers are willing to relive their glory days to the tune of 75,000 tickets sold.


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George Ezra. Opening for Sam Smith at Roy Wilkins Auditorium and on his new album "Wanted on Voyage," this 21-year-old Brit impresses with his deep, brawny voice and well-crafted folk-pop.

Bob Dylan, "Shadows in the Night." He's no Sinatra, duh, but he's seriously invested emotionally in these standards, accompanied by understated, pedal-steel guitar-bathed arrangements. Out Tuesday.

Dianne Reeves, the Dakota. The regal jazz singer provided some magic moments, notably on standards and the wordless vocal number "Tango."

Jon Bream, Star Tribune