Music
September 3

New music reviews: Killers offer grandiose pleasures; Swamp Dogg duets with John Prine

POP/ROCK The Killers, “Imploding the Mirage” (Island) The Killers have perfected the moment when a song explodes into an anthem, and their sixth album…
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September 3
Singer/songwriter Matt Wilson’s bimonthy web series is “Into Dreams.”

Virtual entertainment picks: Matt Wilson from his basement, jazz singer Lila Ammons and a burlesque birthday

Matt Wilson Saturday: After twice delaying the in-person release party for Matt Wilson & His Orchestra’s alternately playful and serene debut album, “When I Was…
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September 3
"#MeTooMpls" will be released Oct. 2.

Hear Tina Schlieske's powerful song for 'MeTooMpls' charity album

Seventeen Minnesota songwriters address the movement for a compilation LP and upcoming livestream concert.
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September 2
Watch: Lyle Lovett's virtual concert continues tradition of performing in Minnesota

Watch: Lyle Lovett's virtual concert continues tradition of performing in Minnesota

He's played here nearly every year for two-decades-plus. But this year, we get him virtually.
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September 2
Watch Minnesota rock heroes the Jayhawks play a fun all-covers set

Watch Minnesota rock heroes the Jayhawks play a fun all-covers set

After releasing their 11th album to widespread praise, the band kicked back in their studio for a set of other people's tunes.
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August 31
From 'Colbert' to Madison Square Garden, guitar star Cory Wong plays it big

From 'Colbert' to Madison Square Garden, guitar star Cory Wong plays it big

But while fiery fretwork has raised his national profile, the hyperprolific Twin Cities musician has nurtured a quieter, acoustic side.
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August 31
In this video grab issued Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, by MTV, Lady Gaga performs during the MTV Video Music Awards.

VMA viewers get punk'd in a ceremony that was anything but live

Lady Gaga dominated the annual event that took more than a few liberties during its pandemic broadcast.
Music
August 28
Billie Eilish performs "My Future" virtually during the recent Democratic National Convention.

6 cool things in music this week include Billie Eilish, Rhiannon Giddens, Bettye LaVette and Max Weinberg

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.   Liv Martin of Minneapolis: 1 Billie Eilish’s Tiny Desk concert.…
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August 28
Video: Prince's old friend Andre Cymone speaks in music to a 'World on Fire'

Video: Prince's old friend Andre Cymone speaks in music to a 'World on Fire'

Aside from its continuing racial problems, "Minneapolis is a beautiful city," says the North Side-bred funk-rocker.
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August 27
James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of Metallica in 2018. The band will broadcast its only 2020 show on big outdoor screens this weekend.

Virtual entertainment picks: Metallica, sketch comedy, bluesman Big George Jackson

Metallica plays a drive-in movie concert. Plus: Minnesota State of Unfair, Blues Fest Live.
Music
August 27
Mick Sterling wrangled 50 acts for the Relief Sessions.

Burnsville concert series offers 12 days of Relief to live music lovers

Mick Sterling's 12-day concert series was inspired by the fair.
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August 27

Ticket Alert: Martin Zellar, Free Fallin' and more

11 a.m. todayMartin Zellar's Neil Diamond Tribute, Oct. 2-3 at Medina Entertainment Center. $33-$43. Eventbrite.com … Free Fallin' with Rubber Soul Acoustic Trio, Oct. 17…
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August 27
Throngs of music lovers purchased music at Electric Fetus Records during Record Store Day in 2016, back when there were no worries about a pandemic.

Record Store Day returns with caution as one Twin Cities shop closes for testing

Safety concerns for Saturday's first of three RSD installments are renewed after Mill City Sound shut down Wednesday.
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August 27
Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear will open the SPCO's fall series of livestreamed concerts from the Ordway. (photo by Anita Zvonar)

SPCO plans to livestream free concerts from the Ordway this fall

While in-person concerts were canceled, this series will bring world premieres to audiences at home.
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August 26
Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams sounds off: 'I haven't lost my idealism and my spirit'

Three-time Grammy winner Lucinda Williams will kick off the Star Tribune State Fair's virtual grandstand, a 12-day online concert series, on Thursday.
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August 25
Members of the Jack Brass Band played for folks participating in the Minnesota State Fair Food Parade in the Visitors Plaza at the corner of Dan Patch

Jack Brass Band honks its horns at fair food parade

The funky Twin Cities-based ensemble set up shop on the fairgrounds last Thursday, and it's not leaving its post until Labor Day.
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August 24
Guitarist Pat Donohue of “Praire Home Companion” plays a show at Dick Cohn’s home in St. Paul.

Tiny porch concerts are lifesavers for Twin Cities musicians, fans

Pat Donohue is perched at the top of the front steps with his acoustic guitar. At the bottom of the steps sits a…
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August 21
Swift

6 cool things in music this week include Nina Simone, Eliza Blue, Taylor Swift and Dolly Parton

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.   Jim Walsh of Minneapolis: 1 Nina Simone, “Sinnerman.” One episode…
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August 20

New music review: On her debut, Skullcrusher strikes softly with her songs

POP/ROCK Skullcrusher, “Skullcrusher” (Secretly Group) The artist who performs as Skullcrusher crafts work that on the surface is hardly as menacing as her moniker.…
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August 20
Singer/songwriter Mary Bue has been holed up at home in south Minneapolis since returning from India in March.

Minneapolis rocker Mary Bue is in love with the world (yes, despite everything)

Mary Bue's journey from Duluth to Minneapolis, New Mexico and India culminated in her best album yet, "The World Is Your Lover."

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