Tad Selzer of Minneapolis:
1 Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, “Tear It Down.” This track, squarely aimed at the proposed border wall, was recorded during the sessions for Jones’ final album (“Soul of a Woman”) and is a righteous reminder of why so many mourn her passing.
2 Tracy Nelson and the Bel Airs, the Dakota. The blues-country veteran and the harmonizing roots trio thrilled with songs ranging from Don Covay’s “Take This Hurt Off Me” to Memphis Slim’s “Mother Earth.”
3 Cactus Blossoms residency, Turf Club. Monday’s set will close this run of shows recalling the original year-plus period when the duo forged a sound and a body of material.
Jon Bream of the Star Tribune:
1 James Corden to host Grammys again. This year, the Recording Academy got at least one thing right.
2 Huun-Huur-Tu, the Dakota. The quartet from Tuva mesmerized with their voices, intensity and mastery of instruments ancient and contemporary.
3 Al Jardine, the Dakota. With the help of his high-voiced son Matt, the Beach Boys co-founder offered timeless tunes and inside stories in an unfocused but fun, fun, fun night.