Variety
May 7
Philip Blackburn, who ran the adventurous Twin Cities label Innova Recordings for three decades, organized stock for the label he now oversees, Neuma

St. Paul composer Philip Blackburn is a missionary for new music

A champion of the unorthodox for three decades, St. Paul composer Philip Blackburn tackles a new challenge.
Local
May 6
The Paramount Center for the Arts in St. Cloud reopens this week.

St. Cloud's Paramount Center for the Arts plans full season 'bravely and with bated breath'

The historic downtown St. Cloud venue opened Thursday for its first in-person show since last March.
Variety
May 6
Clarice Assad

SPCO adapts to pandemic with a series of small-scale works by composers of color

The orchestra will premiere a series of small-scale works starting Saturday.
Variety
May 6
Yolande Bruce in rehearsal for “Black Nativity” in 2018.

Five great things to do this weekend in the Twin Cities

'The Root Beer Lady'Once proclaimed "the loneliest woman in America" by the Saturday Evening Post, Dorothy Molter was the last, non-Indigenous person to live in…
Music
May 6

New music reviews: Billie Eilish reflects on where age, gender and celebrity meet

POP/ROCKBillie Eilish, "Your Power" (Interscope)In her haunting new single, Eilish, 19, depicts a destructive relationship in which a predatory older man takes advantage of a…
Music
May 6
Kiss the Tiger recorded its third album “Vicious Kid” during lockdown.

Kiss the Tiger announces new album and Minneapolis residency at Icehouse

Hear the first single from "Vicious Kid," due out June 3.
Music
May 5
The Belfast Cowboys, photographed pre-pandemic, return to the state this week to promote a new album.

Minneapolis rockers Belfast Cowboys wrap quarantine with new album, $100k to charity

'One Magic Night' arrives Friday, same day as their inspirator Van Morrison's new LP.
Music
May 4
Wayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips will float to town again April 8 to play the Palace Theatre.

Jolt in First Ave's concert calendar sees Flaming Lips, Rufus Wainwright, many more added

Glass Animals, Dead Can Dance, Jose Gonzalez and the Lemonheads are also among this week's new show announcements.
Variety
May 4
Music
May 3
Music will return to Duluth’s scenic Bayfront Festival Park at least in time for August’s blues fest.

Duluth's Bayfront Blues Fest is back on, with limits and Louisianans

Ticket numbers are being capped for now at the 2021 festival, which will feature Tab Benoit and CJ Chenier.
Variety
May 1
Courtesy of Minnesota Orchestra Fabien Gabel led the Minnesota Orchestra in the finale of Friday night’s concert, Mozart’s Symphony No. 39.

Minnesota Orchestra and Fabien Gabel join for a joyous celebration of spring

REVIEW: Familiar works by Mozart and Stravinsky sounded fresh again in a concert led by French conductor Fabien Gabel.
Variety
April 30
Minnesota performers gear up for pandemic comeback: 'My hustle has changed'

Minnesota performers gear up for pandemic comeback: 'My hustle has changed'

Performers are beginning to book gigs and banter with audiences again. But they're rethinking what they do and why they do it.
Variety
April 30
The Jayhawks in 2019 at the Basilica Block Party, which is being pushed to the fall as only a few big summer concerts remain on tap for summer.

Minnesota concert scene remains rocky as another quiet summer approaches

Country bashes like We Fest and Twin Cities Summer Jam are still on for now, but many big concerts are being pushed again.
Variety
April 30
Caption_Credit:Courtney Perry Osmo Vanska conducts at the Minnesota Orchestra’s first livestream concert of the 2020 season.

Indoors or out, more classical concerts are coming to Twin Cities

Missing live classical music? More opportunities are on the way.
Music
April 30
Sarah Krueger said “it’s just so easy to escape” into nature in Duluth, a heavy influence on the Lanue album. MICHELLE BENNETT

After a long lull, Duluth songwriter Sarah Krueger re-emerges with a poetic new album as Lanue

Her new album under a new name features an all-star cast and songs inspired by change.
Music
April 30
Black Eyed Snakes will play Earth Rider Brewery on Thursday during Homegrown week.

'Unofficial' gigs add to Duluth Homegrown festival's virtual run next week

For the most part, music lovers will have to enjoy Duluth's Homegrown festival from home this year."We hate being so lame, but we don't want…
Variety
April 30
Blaze

Six cool things in music: St. Paul 'Freedom Fighter,' Indigenous singers and Dino Jr.

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.Teague Alexy, Duluth, who performs next Friday at Earth Rider Brewery in…
Music
April 29
At top, Jamecia Bennett performed at Crooners last Friday night.

4 Twin Cities venues are getting an early jump on outdoor concerts

Still leery of indoor crowds, these four Twin Cities clubs are getting a jump on summer.
Variety
April 29

Quest for hope leads to a music/video/poetry mini-epic

Premiering Sunday, "Meta Simulacrum" gathers a host of artists embracing the "surreal times ahead."
Music
April 29

Famed backup singer Merry Clayton bares her 'Beautiful Scars'

Merry Clayton, "Beautiful Scars" (Motown Gospel )Clayton's spine-tingling vocal on the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" is one of the most indelible in rock history, created,…