Variety
February 5
Batiste

6 cool things in music this week include Madlib, Sault, Jon Batiste and holding Morgan Wallen accountable

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.Jon Jon Scott of the Electric Fetus and Sound Vérité Records:1 Madlib,…
Variety
February 5

Last week's top Billboard hits

POP/SINGLES Last week1. Drivers License, Olivia Rodrigo12. Mood, 24kGoldn33. Blinding Lights, The Weeknd44. 34+35, Ariana Grande25. Levitating, Dua Lipa66. Go Crazy, Chris Brown and Young…
Music
February 4
Contemporary Christian hitmakers like Andrew Ripp  will take the place of the hip-hop and rock programming on the two Go stations.

Christian music stations to replace Go 95.3 and 96.3 FM in April

Nonprofit EMF's K-Love, Air1 branding is waiting for approval from the FCC.
Music
February 4
From left: Under Violet’s “Threes,” Rich Mattson & the Northstars’ “Skylights” and Mac Irv’s “The Breakthrough”

4 new Minnesota albums to consider for Bandcamp Friday

Albums by Mac Irv, Under Violet, the Northstars and Kid Dakota are now online.
Local
February 4
The Minnesota Orchestra performed to a nearly empty hall last March in its last performance before the pandemic shutdown, a concert that wound up as a

Minnesota Orchestra reports $11.7 million loss, its largest ever

The deficit is the largest yet reported by a Minnesota arts institution. The financial results for fiscal year 2020 capture the first few months of the pandemic, which shuttered theaters and concert halls across the country.
Variety
February 4
Guitar star Cory Wong at home last month.

Think you're busy? Minnesota guitarist Cory Wong just released his 12th album in 13 months

Grammy-nominated Twin Cities guitar star Cory Wong releases his 12th album in 13 months.
Variety
February 4
“Chim Lac (Lost Bird)” is a new mini-opera.OANH VU/CHARLIE McCARRON

Minnesota creatives respond to a big idea: Let's make opera small

"What does it have to do with me?" That question has probably kept many people of color away from opera.It's understandable, given that the subject…
Variety
February 4
Jearlyn, left, and Jevetta Steele will bring “Healing, Peace and Joy.”

Virtual entertainment highlights: Tribute to Joni, Carole and Carly, plus dance and music that celebrate healing

River: The Music of Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Carly SimonFriday: Three gifted Twin Cities vocalists pay tribute to three of rock music's most cherished singer-songwriters…
Music
February 4
Arlo Parks, a singer and songwriter, in London.

New music review: Arlo Parks makes rainbows out of something painful

POP/ROCKArlo Parks, "Collapsed in Sunbeams" (PIAS)Parks wrote her own job description into the closing song on her debut album. "Making rainbows out of something painful,"…
Variety
February 4
When doves die: Prince's longtime pet Divinity passes at Paisley Park

When doves die: Prince's longtime pet Divinity passes at Paisley Park

The dove was 28, beyond average life expectancy. She will be replaced.
Variety
February 4
Sallie Steele Birdsong

Four Minnesota Black elders tell their stories in a film about racism by singer J.D. Steele

He interviewed three civil rights veterans as well as his own mother.
Music
February 3
The Weeknd has spent 47 weeks in the Billboard top 10 with his hit song “Blinding Lights.”

Super Bowl halftime star the Weeknd announces new St. Paul tour date

The "Blinding Lights" hitmaker now won't tour until 2022 but is making Xcel Center one of his first stops.
Variety
February 2
Debbie Duncan

A who's who of Minnesota music will celebrate the life of singer Debbie Duncan

A memorial service for Minnesota's First Lady of Song will be livestreamed on Saturday.
Variety
February 2
Outpost co-founders Carrie Henneman Shaw and Sam Bergman performed at the start of Monday’s livestream from the Parkway Theater.

Boldly mixing new music and spoken word, Outpost 'variety show' bursts out of hibernation

REVIEW: A bold mix of new music and spoken word.
Variety
February 1
Drummer Dave King and photographer Alec Soth during rehearsals for “The Palms” at the Parkway Theater in Minneapolis.

Sound meets vision as Dave King and Alec Soth square off in an artistic pingpong match

REVIEW: Alec Soth and Dave King trade sound and vision in the spirited "The Palms."
Variety
January 31
From left, saxophonist Sophia Kickhofel, vocalist Eycis Maxon, rapper Pablo Giebink Valbuena and guitarist Julen Manzur.

Twin Cities teens make a noteworthy album at Experience Jazz program

Twin Cities teens make a top-notch album on weekends in Experience Jazz program.
Variety
January 30
Minnesota Orchestra oboist John Snow and violinist Peter McGuire took the lead in Bach’s Concerto in C minor for Oboe, Violin and String Orchestra d

Minnesota Orchestra's livestreamed concert rich and comforting

REVIEW: Bach's Concerto for Oboe and Violin stands out.
Variety
January 29
Cyrus

6 cool things in music this week include Miley Cyrus, Willie Jones, Joyann Parker and Downbeat's blues

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.Kevin O'Connor, KBEM music director:1 Emmet Cohen, "Future Stride." With this album,…
Variety
January 29

Last week's top Billboard hits

POP/SINGLES Last week1. Drivers License, Olivia Rodrigo12. 34+35, Ariana Grande113. Mood, 24kGoldn24. Blinding Lights, The Weeknd45. Positions, Ariana Grande36. Levitating, Dua Lipa67. Go Crazy, Chris…
Music
January 28
Jade Tittle toasted teen rockers Bruise Violet at 89.3 the Current’s birthday bash in 2016 at First Avenue.

89.3 the Current's Jade Tittle adds music director duties to her playlist

The midday on-air host at Minnesota Public Radio's alternative music station will now more heavily shape its programming.