Music
February 15
Kat Bjelland and Lori Barbero of Babes in Toyland, seen here at Rock the Garden in 2015, contributed a 1992 track to “First Love 2.0.”

Second First Ave benefit set includes Low, Babes, Nur-D, Slim Dunlap

The First Love Project's "2.0" album is part of a Bandcamp subscription service to help the club.
Variety
February 13
Joe Goetz, the new classical music director for St. Paul-based American Public Media, is working from his home in Indiana for the time being.

This MPR boss sets the soundtrack for nearly 3 million classical music lovers

How can classical music speak to this moment? That's the challenge for MPR's Joe Goetz.
Local
February 12
Chris Weber in 1975.

Chris Weber, 'unsung hero' of Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' and former owner of the Podium, dies at 73

Musician Kevin Odegard's mission was to find a small acoustic guitar — one like the kind Joan Baez played — for an unnamed player who…
Variety
February 12
Isbell

6 cool things in music this week include Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele, Mary Wilson, Stokley and Jason Isbell

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.Sheletta Brundidge, CEO of ShelettaMakes MeLaugh.com:1 Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele, the Dakota…
Variety
February 11
Joyann Parker stood for a portrait at Crooners Supper Club .

At midlife, self-schooled Twin Cities singer comes 'Out of the Dark' with a triumphant album

Joyann Parker triumphs with a liberating, proudly eclectic album.
Variety
February 11
Members of Cantus rehearse for the ' annual "Cantus Idol" contest, in which the eight members of the group sing songs of various styles, a la "Ame

It's a knockdown sing-off, as Twin Cities choral group Cantus competes for donors' dollars

The group's virtual fundraising contest comes to a climax on Sunday.
Variety
February 11
Billy McLaughlin RYAN TAYLOR Photo by Ryan Taylor

Live and virtual entertainment picks: Valentine's Day live music, 'Stand by Me' dance theater, Al Church, Billy McLaughlin

Valentine's Day musicSaturday/Sunday: If you're willing to step out into the deep freeze to celebrate Valentine's Day this weekend, you have some live-music options. If…
Music
February 11
Hayley Williams

New music review: Hayley Williams looks at life without her man and her band

POP/ROCKHayley Williams, "Flowers for Vases/Descansos" (Atlantic)The pandemic has fostered music of solitude and self-reliance. As singer and central songwriter of Paramore, the popular punk-pop band…
Music
February 10
The Go-Go's, with guitarist Charlotte Caffey, left, and singer Belinda Carlisle performed Oct. 5, 1982 at Met Center. in Bloomington.Photo by Tom

From Go-Go's to Foos: Ranking the 2021 Rock Hall of Fame nominees

The Go-Go's should be a go, but where do Jay-Z, Iron Maiden and Carole King fall on the list?
Variety
February 9
deVon Russell Gray is composer-in-residence at the Schubert Club.

From hip-hop to jazz to classical, composer deVon Russell Gray has forged a singular voice

Whether working in classical, jazz or hip-hop, the composer seeks "beauty and connection."
Variety
February 8
Sarah Hicks, center, prerecorded a segment with the Amur tiger and her keepers at the Minnesota Zoo for the Minnesota Orchestra’s Young People’s C

Minnesota Orchestra plays with tigers and bears for its first TV children's concert

The Minnesota Orchestra enlisted new on-camera talent for its first-ever televised children's concert.
Music
February 8
Ruby Stinson plans to drop her new EP in late-spring.

Hear Replacements daughter Ruby Stinson's new Minneapolis-inspired single

Rolling Stone premiered the new tune by Tommy's kid, who recently moved back to Minnesota from New York.
Variety
February 8
The Weeknd performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Feb. 7, 20

Review: The Weeknd puts on lavish, but niche halftime show

Was it too soon for this hitmaking Toronto star to headline the Big Game?
Variety
February 5
Star Tribune file  The Surf Ballroom’s annual Winter Dance Party, pictured here in 1999, pays tribute to Buddy Holly’s death.

The ballroom that held Buddy Holly's last concert becomes a historic landmark

But the Surf is historic for more than that fateful concert on a frigid night in 1959.
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.