Variety
April 22
A balloon floated in the breeze on a remembrance fence outside Paisley Park Wednesday as Diane Maus of Lino Lakes put up a poem she wrote to Prince.

Prince fans mark fifth anniversary of his death: 'My soul said I need to be here'

The Minnesota superstar's ashes were on display at Paisley Park.
Variety
April 20
Michael Howe is a former record-label executive and Prince colleague, who last year volunteered to oversee the excavation and preservation of Prince�

From unheard songs to cat doodles, this man catalogs the contents of Prince's vault

An unreleased album is one of many discoveries made by the man in charge of Prince's archives.
Local
April 17
Gena Johnson, shown in her home studio in Nashville, has worked with the likes of Kacey Musgraves and John Prine.

Mankato native is first female audio engineer nominated for ACM Awards

Nomination caps several years working with acts as Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Brandi Carlile and the late John Prine.
Variety
April 17
Jon Kimura Parker played Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto with the Minnesota Orchestra Friday night.

Guests spur Minnesota Orchestra in a stirring concert at a troubled time

REVIEW: Conductor Marc Albrecht and pianist Jon Kimura Parker infused the night with energy.
Music
April 16
Until crowds can return in full like at this Willie Nelson concert, Music in the Zoo promoter Sue McLean & Associates is among the companies hoping fo

Minnesota music venues are still on hold, awaiting federal relief after website crash

Grant money promised by Congress' #SaveOurStages bill was stalled by a website crash last week.
Variety
April 16
Tierra Whack

6 cool things in music this week include Taylor Swift, H.E.R., Dessa, Tierra Whack and Cheekface

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.Keith Harris, Minneapolis music writer:1 "Noise Uprising: The Audiopolitics of a World…
Music
April 16
George Strait, left, is now due in November in Minneapolis, while Roger Waters is delayed until July. 2022.

George Strait, Roger Waters again postpone Twin Cities summer concerts

At least Strait's date at U.S. Bank Stadium has only been put off until November instead of next year.
Variety
April 16

Last week's top Billboard hits

POP/SINGLES Last week1. Leave the Door Open, Silk Sonic32. Montero (Call Me by Your Name), Lil Nas X13. Peaches, Justin Bieber24. Up, Cardi B45. Drivers…
Music
April 16
Koo Koo Kanga Roo’s Neil Olstad (left) and Bryan Atchison teamed with the UNICEF Kid Power program hosting a contest for educators.

Minnesota duo Koo Koo Kanga Roo squeeze out new singles with Murs, UNICEF

The hip-hop-driven kids musicmakers' new album "Slow Clap" arrives May 21 with production by Lazerbeak.
Variety
April 15
Pianist Stephen Swanson and soprano Melissa Holm-Johansen recorded their new Grieg album at Landmark Center in St. Paul.

Norway's musical hero now speaks in English, thanks to these Minnesotans

Edvard Grieg's songs aren't lost in translation on a new Minnesota-made album.
Music
April 15

Rhiannon Giddens, Leslie Jordan sing balms for this time

POP/ROCKRhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi, "They're Calling Me Home" (Nonesuch)Giddens and Turrisi are impressive multi-instrumentalists and astute historians, and their albums, together and apart, are…
Variety
April 15
“A Thousand Ways (Part Two):  An Encounter.”

Live and livestream entertainment picks: Eddie Griffin, Church of Cash, Dre Day, 600 Highwaymen

Eddie GriffinFriday-Saturday: The former "Undercover Brother" star may not be the draw he was 20 years ago, but those eager to laugh may treat his…
Variety
April 15

Japanese Breakfast, Lucy Dacus, Kane Brown and more

10 A.M. FridayDr. Mambo's Combo, June 13 at the Hook and Ladder in Mpls. $23-$29. thehookmpls.com. … Deke Dickerson & the Tinglers, July 30 at…
Variety
April 14
The livestream of Tuesday’s concert at Northrop included a picture-in-picture so viewers could watch organist Paul Jacobs’ nimble footwork.

Organist provides a sonic salve as Northrop reopens to in-person audiences

REVIEW: Virtuoso reopens Northrop stage at a tense time.
Variety
April 12
Selection from a Dan Lacey painting of the memento-covered fence outside Prince’s Paisley Park.

Prince: 5 years after his death, how the Purple One lives on

His overstuffed vault continues to yield treasures. His superfans keep his legacy alive. And critic Jon Bream reflects on how his own opinion has changed over the years.
Variety
April 9
Provided by Cantus Cantus performed Sydney Guillaume’s “Renmen Renmen” to conclude its concert program “Fields of Wonder,” recorded at the O

Cantus hits a high note in 'Fields of Wonder,' devoted to Black composers

REVIEW: Concert is devoted exclusively to Black composers.
Variety
April 9
St. Vincent

6 cool things in music include the Hook & Ladder, First Avenue, St. Vincent and Verzuz with Isleys and Earth, Wind & Fire

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.Christopher Ludtke, Minneapolis music photographer:1 Getting limited-release vinyl in the mail from…
Variety
April 9

Last week's top Billboard hits

POP/SINGLES Last week1. Montero (Call Me By Your Name), Lil Nas X-2. Peaches, Justin Bieber13. Leave the Door Open, Silk Sonic34. Up, Cardi B25. Drivers…
Variety
April 9
Minnesota music scene faces a #MeToo reckoning led by sexual assault survivors

Minnesota music scene faces a #MeToo reckoning led by sexual assault survivors

Survivors are leading the way as the Twin Cities music scene confronts long-standing issues of sexual assault and harassment.
Variety
April 8
Kane Brown is coming to Target Center in January 2022.

Target Center adds country star Kane Brown, postpones Rage Against the Machine

Brown will be the first country headliner to play in all 29 NBA arenas on the same tour.