"I wanted to get outside myself," Mason Jennings said of when he and Stone Gossard started working on Painted Sheild's debut album, out Friday.

Mason Jennings, Stone Gossard 'off and running' in new band Painted Shield

Minnesota music mainstay Mason Jennings and Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard launch their new band Painted Shield with 1,700 miles of social distancing.

Kevin Smith's pop-up restaurant Mooby's to open in First Ave's Depot Tavern

November 23
Kevin Smith and Jason Mews of "Jay and Silent Bob" fame at a previous pop-up installment of Mooby's.
The fictional fast-food joint from Smith's "Clerks" movies will sell takeout only Dec. 12-18.

At age 75, Minnesota guitar hero Leo Kottke releases a new album with Phish bassist

November 20
Leo Kottke’s latest album, “Noon” with Phish bassist Mike Gordon, “woke up the recording appetite in me.”
Minneapolis guitar hero Leo Kottke is missing his 40th annual Thanksgiving concert, but celebrating his first album in 15 years.
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November 21
Taylor Swift danced across the We Fest stage in 2008 back when she was still wearing cowgirl boots.

We Fest will return to Detroit Lakes in 2021 after planned hiatus

After a one-year absence that was planned before the pandemic — and despite the lingering uncertainty of the pandemic — We Fest will…
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November 21
Stapleton

6 cool things in music this week include Bruce Springsteen, Lucinda Williams, Black country singers and Chris Stapleton

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view. Steve Bonfig of Maplewood:1 Trevor Noah's interview with Bruce Springsteen on…
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November 20
Musician Bob Dylan performs with The Band at the Forum in Los Angeles on Feb. 15, 1974.

Tony Glover's trove of Bob Dylan items sold for $495k total

The late Twin Cities music legend's trove of memorabilia was put up for auction last week.
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November 20
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COVID didn't steal Christmas concerts: Streaming shows in the Twin Cities

Minnesota musicians have planned streamed performances and some treats.
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November 20
Garth Brooks’ new album “Fun” drops Friday. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Promoting 'Fun,' Garth Brooks talks politics, pandemic and George Floyd

With his new album, the country megastar offers comfort food during the pandemic.
Music
November 19
Angus Young of AC/DC performed in 2016.

New music review: AC/DC recharges with the same old hard-rock tricks

POP/ROCKAC/DC, "Power Up" (Columbia)This isn't the first time AC/DC has successfully recharged itself. In 1980, the Australian hard-rock band drafted Brian Johnson to replace…
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November 18
Taylor James Donskey taught an online ukulele class from his Minneapolis home.

Housebound Minnesotans are picking up the easy-to-learn ukulele

Inexpensive and easy to play, the ukulele is the go-to instrument of the pandemic.
Music
November 16
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis release new slow-jam single with Babyface

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis release new slow-jam single with Babyface

The song is expected on the first album starring the hit-making Minneapolis producer-songwriters as recording artists.
Music
November 16
Low members Mimi Parker, Alan Sparhawk and Steve Garrington were supposed to tour Europe again this month.

Minnesota's best Christmas album reissued on gold vinyl by Sub Pop

The eight-song collection by Duluth trio Low has grown in stature since its 1999 release.
Music
November 13
Morris

6 cool things in music this week include Raul Malo, Maren Morris, Eric Church, Dave Grohl and Green Day

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view. Tommy Woodward of Sartell, Minn.:1 Raul Malo, "Quarantunes." He has been…
Music
November 13
Members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, seen here at the Minnesota State Fair in 2009, might need to take at least three steps apart to safely perform in 2021.

TC Summer Jam hopes to fly on with Lynyrd Skynyrd and more 2021 additions

Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown are also confirmed for the July festival at Canterbury Park.
Music
November 12
Smokey Robinson performed at the BET Awards in 2015.

Smokey Robinson talks Bob Dylan, 'My Girl,' his Twin Cities benefit concert

The Motown legend is performing only one concert — Saturday in a virtual gala for the PACER Center, a Bloomington nonprofit.
Music
November 12
Sam Smith encouraged the crowd to sing in St. Paul.

New album review: Ever sad Sam Smith explores intimacy on cinematic scale

POP/ROCKSam Smith, "Love Goes" (Capitol)"Put your hands in the air if you sometimes ever get sad like me," Smith urges in "So Serious," one…
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November 12
Eric Church performed in February, 2019 at Target Center.

What was missing at CMA Awards? Any mention of the word COVID-19

The K102 morning country crew Chris Carr & Company won major market radio personalities of the year.
Music
November 11
More than 10,000 people spread out on the hill outside Walker Art Center in Minneapolis for Rock the Garden in 2019, a lineup that featured the Nation

Rock the Garden in Minneapolis has already been called off for 2021

Organizers cited extra planning needs for their June music fest outside Walker Art Center.
Music
November 11
Tony Glover interviewing Jimi Hendrix and Noel Redding (bassist for the Jimi Hendrix Experience) when they played the Minneapolis Auditorium on Nov. 2

Minnesota legend and Dylan friend Tony Glover's 'extraordinary time machine' is up for auction

Late Minnesota music hero Tony Glover's trove of items from Dylan, Hendrix, the Doors and more has been unearthed in a widely publicized auction.
Music
November 10
Carrie Underwood arrived at the CMT Music Awards in 2019. This year, she’ll be watching the CMA Awards instead of hosting.

Carrie Underwood talks CMA Awards, Twin Cities Summer Jam and a little bit of hockey

Country queen is scheduled to headline Twin Cities Summer Jam 2021 in July.
Music
November 10
John Munson with arms wide open during the New Standards' holiday concerts at the State Theatre in 2018.

Semisonic, New Standards bassist John Munson on the mend from stroke

The Minneapolis music vet urged awareness for stroke symptoms and pledged another new album by year's end.
Music
November 6
DAVID JOLES • david.joles@startribune.com Faith Boblett at First Avenue’s annual Best New Bands showcase in January 2019. Boblett ranges musically

Minnesota music roundup: strong new albums by Nur-D, Faith Boblett, Ryan & Pony

Four excellent new local records to consider for Bandcamp Friday, also including all-star hip-hop project the Sophisticated Dip.
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November 6
David Huckfelt performed one of the last shows of the year Monday on Icehouse's patio, which became a popular music venue by default during the pandem

Twin Cities music scene on thin ice again as outdoor season ends

The end of outdoor concerts doesn't mean the end of live music entirely in the Twin Cities, but it's going to be a long winter for most.

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