Music
December 11, 2021
Conductor Fabien Gabel

Fabien Gabel leads Minnesota Orchestra in an old-school evening with a 'Fantastique' touch

Review: The French conductor is a candidate to succeed Osmo Vänskä.
Music
December 11, 2021
The choral group Cantus.

From serene to silly, Cantus is in top form for annual Christmas concert

Review: The vocal group launched its multiday tour with an exquisitely curated show.
Music
December 10, 2021
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra performing Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto.

With 'Brandenburg Concertos' the SPCO revels in what has become a holiday tradition

The performances combine old-school genius and contemporary instrumental prowess.
Music
December 10, 2021
Lil Nas X had his first official concert in the Twin Cities Monday.

6 cool things in music this week: Lil Nas X, Rick Ross, Steve Jordan and Anderson East

A half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view:Zeke Salo, 89.3 the Current host:1 Lil Nas X, Jingle Ball. From a fill-in at…
Music
December 9, 2021
Mary J. Blige

On a new song, Mary J. Blige looks in the mirror for self-affirmation

Plus: New treats from Grimes and Hurray for the Riff Raff
Variety
December 8, 2021
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra reported a balanced budget despite a year without ticket sales.

Despite a tough year, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra balances its budget

Donors were "the hero in that story," stepping up at a time when the orchestra couldn't sell concert tickets.
Music
December 6, 2021
Lil Nas X performed last weekend at the Jingle Ball concert in Inglewood, Calif., before trekking to St. Paul on Monday.

Lil Nas X, Saweetie couldn't out-party Pitbull in Jingle Ball's return to St. Paul

Monday's annual concert with pop station KDWB at Xcel Center also featured Black Eyed Peas and Tai Verdes.
Variety
December 6, 2021
Olivia Rodrigo

How sweet it is: Olivia Rodrigo will bring her Sour Tour to Minneapolis on April 14

Verified fan registration begins today while the general sale is set for Friday at Ticketmaster.com
Music
December 6, 2021
Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October.

Foo Fighters' suspended 2022 date in Minneapolis will now touch down at U.S. Bank Stadium

The Aug. 3 gig was bounced from the Gophers' stadium over the band's COVID safety practices, which will be followed on the Vikings' turf.
Music
December 4, 2021
Chan Poling toasted concertgoers at the New Standards holiday show Dec. 3, 2021at the State Theatre in Minneapolis.

New Standards' holiday concert is extra-joyful as the merry gentlemen return from a long break

Review: COVID and then a health-related hiatus by co-leader Chan Poling had threatened to derail the popular all-star shows for a second year.
Music
December 3, 2021
Brothers Page Burkum, left, and Jack Torrey will release their third album on Feb. 11.

Cactus Blossoms announce new album 'One Day' and Turf Club residency for early 2022

The harmonious twangers previewed new songs last week at First Avenue, including "Hey Baby," which premiered online Friday.
Music
December 3, 2021
Tony Bennett in 2019 in Minneapolis

6 cool things in music this week: Tony Bennett, 'Annie,' Norah Jones, Jason Isbell and Bela Fleck

A half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view:William Tecku of Gordon, Wis.:1 "One Last Time: An Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady…
Music
December 2, 2021
Summer Walker

Music review: Summer Walker sings about Mr. Wrong, plus a throwback album by Sting

Walker recalls Mary J. Blige while Sting harks back to his early solo sound.
Variety
December 2, 2021
Saweetie performed Nov. 14 at the European MTV Awards in Budapest.

Our Friday Best: Jingle Ball, Miss Richfield, Tribute to John Lennon and piano star Ingrid Fliter

Critics' picks for entertainment in the week ahead.
Music
December 2, 2021
Gully Boys band. Front row, Kathy Callahan and Natalie Klemond. Back row, Mariah Mercedes and Nadirah McGill.

Never mind the van heist, Minneapolis rockers Gully Boys are ready to roll into 2022 in 'comfort'

The nonconforming rock band is reprising its December residency at 7th St. Entry to end its up-and-down year on a high note.
Music
December 1, 2021
Stop-motion animator Erin Pollock made a video to accompany Minnesota Opera’s “Edward Tulane Choral Suite,” streaming for free starting Dec. 13.

Reignite your holiday traditions with 8 great concerts by Twin Cities classical groups

From a bounty of Bach to a Kate DiCamillo opera, there's plenty on tap.
Music
November 30, 2021
Foo Fighters performed their final U.S. date of 2018 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Foo Fighters abruptly pull 2022 concert from Gophers stadium over COVID policies

Citing the U facility's "refusal to agree" on vaccine requirements, the band said it is seeking a replacement venue.
Variety
November 29, 2021
Jackson Browne performed on Monday, Nov. 29, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Review: James Taylor's got a friend in Jackson Browne in St. Paul

Review: The comforting quintessential '70s singer-songwriters were comfortable sharing personal stories about the Twin Cities.
Local
November 29, 2021

'Minnesota Minstrel' Jerry Rau, who brought folk music to street corners, coffeehouses, clubs, dies at 83

Rau found bliss as a troubadour, passion as a peace activist.
Music
November 28, 2021
Jason Isbell headlined the Basilica Block Party in 2018, about 17 years after he first came to Minneapolis as a member of the Drive-by Truckers.

Jason Isbell talks vaccines, Scorsese, John Prine and the wildest year of his music career

The celebrated Americana songwriter returns to the Armory after enforcing strict COVID protocols (and taking a lot of heat for it).