Music
October 2
Shires

6 cool things in music this week include Robyn, Amanda Shires, Rhiannon Giddens and Neal Karlen's Prince book

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view. Justin Levy of Minneapolis:1 SG Lewis, Robyn & Channel Tres, "Impact."…
Music
October 2
Steve Heitzeg: “I’m very committed to the idea that music can bring positive change in the world, and this recent period has reinforced that. Musi

Minnesota composers adjust to life in a minor key: 'Music makes humans better'

For Minnesota composers, the pandemic has brought a host of changes, not all of them bad.
Music
October 2
John Munson, left, and Dylan Hicks.

Minnesota music vets Hicks and Munson have one of year's most charming albums

Dylan Hicks got John Munson to do more than just produce his new song collection.
Music
October 1
Trailer Trash is this week’s guest artist in “Back Catalog Listening Party.”

Virtual entertainment picks: Trailer Trash, Black-Eyed Snakes, virtual dance

Trailer Trash Friday: Minnesota banjo pickers Ellen Stanley, aka Mother Banjo, and Anthony Ihrig, of the High 48s, host a weekly music program, “Back Catalog…
Music
October 1
Lissie to play five outdoor October concerts at Icehouse in Minneapolis

Lissie to play five outdoor October concerts at Icehouse in Minneapolis

The Midwest folk-rocker will play some shows solo, some with her band
Music
October 1

New album reviews: Bon Jovi is living in reality in '2020'; Big Sean jams with Eminem

POP/ROCKBon Jovi, "2020" (Island)This is not your momma's Bon Jovi. These days, no one's having a nice day as a virus kills hundreds of…
Music
September 30
Philip Brunelle, founder of VocalEssence, conducted a performance at the Cathedral of St. Paul in 2018. RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER • renee.jones@startrib

VocalEssence choir to launch its virtual season with a celebration of women's suffrage

The Minneapolis choral group's new on-demand site will include family-friendly programs as well as concerts.
Music
September 29
Melvoin

12 choice rarities in the deluxe reissue of Prince's 'Sign o' the Times'

“Wally.” After fiancée Susannah Melvoin moved out of Prince’s Chanhassen mansion, engineer Susan Rogers expected him to pour his heart into a song. He…
Inspired
September 24
Putting together “How Many Breaths?” has been cathartic for violinist Ariana Kim.

George Floyd's death inspires Minnesota violinist to create 'video meditation'

"How Many Breaths?" will premiere online Sunday.
Music
September 24
Nachito Herrera

Virtual weekend entertainment: Trampled by Turtles, Illusion Theater

Nachito Herrera Friday: To celebrate his recovery from a near-death experience with COVID-19, piano master Herrera will livestream a concert from his White Bear Lake…
Music
September 24

On new album, Alicia Keys offers a message of uplift tinged with regret

Alicia Keys, “Alicia” (RCA) Alicia Keys has plenty of kindly, uplifting advice on her seventh studio album. “Once you free your mind/ There is…
Music
September 24
Prince

Massive reissue of Prince's best album shows he had 'no time for self-pity' in 1987

The super-deluxe reissue of "Sign o' the Times" shows the masterwork still holds up — and then some.
Music
September 24
First Avenue nightclub’s iconic star facade is getting its once-per-decade paint job this week, but with a couple sign-of-the-times twists: Due to p

First Ave adding George Floyd star, 'Purple Rain'-era marquee in latest repainting

The once-a-decade paint job on the rock club's iconic facade was otherwise scaled back.
Music
September 23
Marianne Combs

MPR reporter quits, saying bosses stalled for DJ accused of misconduct

MPR President Duchesne Drew said editors decided a story about sexual misconduct allegations against a Current DJ was "not ready to run because it does not meet our journalistic standards" and they were blindsided by reporter Marianne Combs' resignation.
Music
September 23
Bob Mould performed at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand in 2014.

Bob Mould is on fire with new album echoing his Hüsker Dü years

The ex-Minneapolitan's burning rager "Blue Hearts" will be followed Oct. 23 with a massive 24-CD box set.
Music
September 22
Tickets to Thursday’s virtual release party for “#MeTooMpls” include a digital copy of the album, also available on CD.

17 Minn. musicians explore sexual harassment, abuse in '#MeTooMpls' album

The new compilation album "#MeTooMpls" explores the movement through the songs of 17 Minnesota singers. All of them have stories.
Coronavirus
September 22
The pandemic has disrupted just about every part of school but band and choir programs are making adjustments. At top, Farmington High School 10th gra

School music programs play on, despite the pandemic

From specialized masks to band practice in the gym, music programs adapt
Music
September 19

Influential Twin Cities radio DJ John Pete dies at age 82

On free-form KQRS, he introduced Twin Cities music lovers to Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Steely Dan and Shawn Phillips.
Music
September 18
Grohl

6 cool things in music this week include Dave Grohl, Beastie Boys, Mickey Guyton, Tom Morello and Taylor Swift

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.   Bob Pickering of Eagan: 1 Dave Grohl video. There have…
Music
September 17

New album reviews: Bright Eyes battles depression, apocalypse with hope; Dua Lipa gets great remix

POP/ROCK Bright Eyes, “Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was” (Dead Oceans) Considering Conor Oberst’s history as a poetically gifted sad boy…

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