Jazz composer Carei Thomas at his home in south Minneapolis.

Minneapolis jazz pianist and composer Carei Thomas dies at 81

The innovative, Buddhist arts leader and educator died after six decades in music.

Hook & Ladder operators see 'moral responsibility' after surviving Lake Street riots

June 2
The Hook & Ladder Theatre was damaged but still stood after last week's rioting along E. Lake Street.
Hook & Ladder's plans are on hold for now as the nonprofit venue hopes to fill other needs in its ravaged community.

George Floyd was once part of Houston hip-hop legend DJ Screw's crew

May 28
A recording of Floyd with the Screwed-Up Click surfaced Thursday following his death in the hands of Minneapolis police.
Music
4:42pm
Jason Isbell

6 cool things in music this week include Duran Duran's John Taylor, Steve Cropper, the Steeles and Jason Isbell

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.   John Austinson of Robbinsdale: 1 John Taylor’s “Stone Love Bass…
Coronavirus
11:03am
From left, siblings Fred, Jearlyn, Billy, Jevetta and J.D. Steele stood for a portrait on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at the home of Jevetta Steele in Golden

Virtual entertainment highlights: The Steeles, ComedySportz, Blues Fest Live

The Steeles Now: On Thursday last week, Jearlyn Steele called Dakota proprietor Lowell Pickett, saying the Steeles needed to sing. So in response to what…
Music
June 4

New music review: Lady Gaga delivers a banging club album at a clubless time

POP/ROCKLady Gaga, "Chromatica" (Interscope)After detours to jazz standards with Tony Bennett and the movies with Bradley Cooper, Gaga makes her inevitable return to pop…
Music
June 3
Mark Wheat introduced one of the bands at 89.3 the Current's birthday party at First Avenue in 2016.

DJ Mark Wheat signs off at 89.3 the Current after 15 years

The well-known British DJ, there from Day One, plans to pursue other unspecified interests.
Music
June 2
The remnants of the Hexagon Bar on Friday morning after it was ravaged by fire overnight.

Hexagon Bar owners deny blaming Black Lives Matter for arson, cite 'heavyset white male'

A post on the destroyed bar's Facebook page that pointed at "Black Lives Matter arsonists" was allegedly not approved by management.
Music
June 1
Twin Cities R&B favorite Joyann Parker opened Crooners' drive-in concert series with her Patsy Cline tribute band.

They gave a sitting ovation, at Twin Cities' first drive-in concert since pandemic

A drive-in concert at Crooners Monday evening brought live concerts back to the Twin Cities.
Music
June 1
St. Paul rapper Dua Saleh issues single 'body cast' in response to George Floyd tragedy

St. Paul rapper Dua Saleh issues single 'body cast' in response to George Floyd tragedy

The song addresses police brutality and will benefit Minneapolis-based Black Visions Collective.
Music
May 31
The remnants of the Hexagon Bar on Friday morning after it was ravaged by fire overnight.

Hexagon Bar destroyed, Turf Club and Hook & Ladder flooded during overnight rioting

Fire ravaged the Hex, and looters and sprinkler water damaged the Turf and Hook & Ladder.
Music
May 29
Ondara recorded his new album in quarantine. Photo by Ian Flomer

Minneapolis singer Ondara releases quarantine album: 'I was just trying to give myself a little therapy'

Fresh off a Grammy nom and Lumineers tour, Minneapolis tunesmith Ondara was on a roll and apparently couldn't stop.
Music
May 29
Megan Thee Stallion

6 cool things in music this week include Lucinda Williams, Larkin Poe, Eric Clapton

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.   Rick Lee of St. Cloud: 1 Larkin Poe, “Self Made…
Duluth
May 28
The Bayfront Blues Festival, which draws thousands of people to Duluth’s waterfront park, will next be held Aug. 13-15, 2021.

Duluth's Bayfront Blues Festival canceled and refunds put on hold

Ticketholders have to wait a year to request a refund.
Music
May 28
The Schooner Tavern is seeking help in boarding up its damaged facade Thursday.

Music venues Hook & Ladder and Schooner Tavern damaged but survive protests

Already reeling from the coronavirus quarantine, the venues are in the heart of the ravaged protest area.
Music
May 28
Jeff Daniels’ virtual concert takes place June 17.

Ticket alert for Friday, May 29

10 a.m. FRIDAY Jeff Daniels virtual concert, June 17. $15. … The Singing Out Virtual tour with Heather Mae and Crys Matthews, June 18. $15.…
Coronavirus
May 28
Alexander O'Neal

Virtual entertainment picks: Alexander O'Neal, Dan Israel, Asian-American monologues

Alexander O’Neal Saturday: The soulful-voiced Minneapolis Sound hitmaker of “Fake” and “Criticize” fame doesn’t call Minnesota home anymore, but he’s bringing it back home live…
Music
May 28
“How I’m Feeling Now” by Charli XCX

In new album, Charli XCX looks for connection in life under lockdown

Charli XCX, "how i'm feeling now" (Atlantic)The title of Charli's fourth album is lowercase, e.e. cummings-style, to express the disconnection and dissatisfaction of a…
Music
May 23
Bob Dylan, seen here in Martin Scorsese's "Rolling Thunder Revue" documentary, has been keeping fans guessing for decades.

At 79, Bob Dylan reminds us he's still full of surprises

"Murder Most Foul" is the latest unexpected move from the birthday boy. Here are 17 more surprises from throughout his career.
Music
May 22
Pete Hutchison, founder of the Electric Recording Co.

British record company turns back the clock

Restored vintage equipment is anti-tech.
Music
May 22
Stokley

6 cool things in music this week include Band of Heathens, Dead & Company, Stokley and Marshall Chapman

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.   Ron Elwood of Minneapolis: 1 The Band of Heathens’ “Good…
Music
May 21
Rapper Prof

No Soundset, no problem: Prof readies new album 'Powderhorn Suites'

The rowdy rapper is releasing his hotel-themed record despite sidelined Soundset and tour plans.
Music
May 21
Bill Pagel at Bob Dylan's former Hibbing home.

Collector owns both of Bob Dylan's childhood homes – and his highchair

Bill Pagel has more than 15,000 photos, 4,000 concert posters and 18 four-drawer file cabinets filled with manuscripts and ephemera.

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