Music
December 21, 2020
The owner of First Avenue, which has been closed since March, helped lead the push for federal relief.

Congress agrees to $15B for locally led Save Our Stages effort

First Avenue and Sen. Amy Klobuchar were instrumental in bringing relief to music venues and other performance spaces.
Obituaries
December 18, 2020
Debbie Duncan

Debbie Duncan, 'Minnesota's first lady of song,' dies at 69 after a series of strokes

One of the busiest singers in town, the Detroit native sparkled onstage.
Variety
December 18, 2020
Liv Redpath (Thomas Brunot)

Rising opera star from Edina comes home for 'A Holiday Special'

COVID and a Christmas special bring rising opera singer Liv Redpath home.
Variety
December 18, 2020
Robinson

6 cool things in music this week: #MeTooMpls, Prince, Smokey Robinson and Highwomen

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.Krista Vilinskis, music publicist, Bloomington:1 "First Love Project." For a $25 subscription,…
Music
December 18, 2020
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Best music of the worst year: Our music critics' favorite albums and songs of 2020

Our critics agreed on Fiona Apple's sonic opus and the bolt-cutting value of 2020's other great albums and songs.
Variety
December 17, 2020
Darlene Love brings her Christmas special to pay-per-view.

Bring some (Darlene) Love into your home: Best things to watch this week

Our weekly picks to lift your spirits and expand your pandemic playlist.
Variety
December 17, 2020
The Steeles will stream their annual holiday show from the Dakota this weekend.

Virtual holiday entertainment: Mark Mallman, The Steeles, 'Snow Queen' ballet & more

Mark MallmanFriday: Not only has Minneapolis' exuberant piano rocker stayed active during quarantine with regular livestream performances since March, but he's also stayed uncommonly positive,…
Variety
December 17, 2020
Miley Cyrus performed at Glastonbury Festival in 2019.

New music reviews: Miley Cyrus showcases her rock chops on 'Plastic Hearts'

POP/ROCKMiley Cyrus, "Plastic Hearts" (RCA)The run-up to her seventh album built expectations that the former teen star with the powerhouse voice was ready to pull…
Music
December 16, 2020
The moods of Beethoven illustration
istock photo, Star Tribune illustration

Happy birthday, Beethoven: A road map to understanding the great composer

The volcanic composer, whose 250th birthday we mark this year, was a man of many parts. Here's a road map to six facets of his personality.
Music
December 16, 2020
Jason Isbell performed at the Basilica Block Party in Minneapolis in 2018.

Blue Ox Music Fest bumped to August 2021 with Jason Isbell, Shakey Graves

The rootsy Eau Claire area musical camp-out is usually held in June with local hosts Pert Near Sandstone.
Variety
December 15, 2020
Minnesota Orchestra in concert in 2020.

Orchestra aims to reflect Minnesota's diversity in its virtual 'Midwinter Gathering'

The Minnesota Orchestra embraces a wider circle for its first-ever virtual holiday celebration.
Variety
December 15, 2020
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First Ave benefit album announced with Tweedy, Truckers, Dessa, Hold Steady

The pandemic-easing First Love Project arrives via a subscription service spearheaded by Kill Kancer's Mary Beth Mueller.
Music
December 14, 2020
Bartender Cory Richter pours a beer at Modist Brewing in 2019.

Minneapolis' Modist Brewing and hip-hop duo Run the Jewels partner on new beer

No Save Point IPA is named after the rappers' single of the same name.
Variety
December 14, 2020
Taylor Swift

Review: Taylor Swift's surprise new album is ever-good

"Evermore" arrives less than five months after her "Folklore," the bestselling album of 2020.
Variety
December 14, 2020
Cantus recorded its Christmas program in an empty Ordway Concert Hall.

Minnesota chorus rises to the occasion once again in 'Christmas With Cantus'

REVIEW: Chorus offers solace through music and poetry.
Variety
December 11, 2020
The Minnesota Orchestra's bass section during a recent livestream concert.(photo by Courtney Perry)

Minnesota Orchestra to continue livestreaming concerts through March

The pandemic forced another round of cancellations of in-person concerts.
Variety
December 11, 2020
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6 cool things in music this week include Gullys Boys, Hayley Williams, Bob Dylan and Jake Clemons

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.Sara Fish, Minneapolis music photographer:1 Thundercat and Haim. A tweet from Este…
Variety
December 10, 2020
Steve Roehm, Chan Poling, John Munson are the New Standards.

Twin Cities lounge trio New Standards deliver a joyously jazzy 'Holiday Show' album

POP/ROCK"The Holiday Show Album" by the New StandardsThis jazzy lounge trio's annual holiday shows with unadvertised all-star guests have become a must-see December tradition in…
Variety
December 10, 2020
“Who Brought the Humbug?” in 2019.Provided by Rhythm Street Movement

Virtual entertainment picks: Har Mar Superstar & Nicholas David holiday shows plus 'Who Brought the Humbug?'

Har Mar SuperstarFriday: One bit of good luck on top of 2020's overriding bad luck, Sean "Har Mar Superstar" Tillmann and his band managed to…
Music
December 10, 2020
The Okee Dokee Brothers Joe Mailander, foreground, and Justin Lansing.

Minnesota's Okee Dokee Brothers withdraw from all-white Grammy Awards list

The folk duo teamed with two other nominees for best children's music album calling for more inclusivity