Variety
December 30, 2021
Thomas Rhett

Our Friday best: Thomas Rhett & NHL Winter Classic, Charlie Parr, Cactus Blossoms & more

Critics' picks for entertainment in the week ahead.
Variety
December 30, 2021
Singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo, 18, became an instant pop phenom when she dropped “Driver’s License” in January 2021.

Looking for something fun to do in Minnesota in 2022? Check out these 13 picks

Our critics offer their picks for Minnesota's 13 hottest arts and entertainment events in the new year.
Music
December 30, 2021
Aretha Franklin

New box sets offer deep dives into music of Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley and Joni Mitchell

The Aretha collection gathers songs from all four of her record labels while the Mitchell set is rich in live recordings.
Music
December 30, 2021
Jean Sibelius, famed Finnish composer, struck a contemplative pose in a rare 1955 portrait shot in Helsinki as he neared his 85th birthday.

Minnesota Orchestra uncorks a three-week celebration of Sibelius on New Year's Eve

Here is a guide to the symphonies of Finland's composer — a specialty of departing music director Osmo Vänskä.
Variety
December 27, 2021
Photographed at the Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis promoter Fred Krohn takes us backstage in his new memoir “Standing in the Wings”

From Dylan to Marlene Dietrich, Fred Krohn offers a backstage view of 50 years in Minnesota showbiz

In a new memoir, the pioneering promoter relates how he made Minneapolis a destination for Broadway and concerts.
Music
December 26, 2021
First Ave owner Dayna Frank at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Minn.

Arts person of the year: Dayna Frank of First Avenue led the way to save our stages

Hailed as "the Stacey Abrams of the concert industry," the club owner became a national leader who brought independent promoters together — and $173 million to Minnesota venues.
Music
December 24, 2021
Elvis Presley

6 cool things in music this week include Mariah Carey, Elvis Presley, Bo Burnham and 26 Bats

Shout-out, too, to the Holiday Soul channel on Sirius XM with yule jams from the 1960s to now.
Music
December 23, 2021
Harry Nordstrom

Harry Nordstrom, longtime Carleton College music professor, dies

He was an accomplished violinist who taught generations of students
December 23, 2021
A scene from “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical”

Our Friday Best: Dessa, 'All Is Calm,' Twin Cities Catholic Chorale and the Donna Summer musical

Critics' picks for entertainment in the week ahead.
Music
December 23, 2021
Mariah Carey

11 best new holiday tunes to hear on Spotify's 2021 playlist

Mariah Carey, Michael Buble, Abba and Jimmy Fallon deliver musical Christmas gifts.
Music
December 23, 2021
Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour,” top middle, and cover art from some of the other best albums of 2021.

Best albums of 2021 included Olivia Rodrigo, age 18, and Monk Boudreaux, age 80

Top picks for records of the year from our staff critics Chris Riemenschneider and Jon Bream.
Music
December 23, 2021
G. Phillip Shoultz III led a rehearsal for the “Voices Rising” concert.

Performers pivoted and voices rose, sounding notes of optimism on the classical scene

1. "Voices Rising: A Choral Affirmation of Black Lives," June 16: VocalEssence's G. Phillip Shoultz III led singers from 12 Twin Cities choirs in a…
Music
December 23, 2021
Harry Styles

The best Twin Cities concert of 2021 was Harry Styles, with feathers on

Old faves Erykah Badu and Bob Dylan also stood out, as did Maren Morris, Billy Strings and Marisha Wallace.
Variety
December 20, 2021
The Bad Plus (from left): Dave King, Chris Speed, Reid Anderson and Ben Monder

Bad Plus adds two as the Minnesota-rooted jazz stars return for the holidays

After 21 years, the revered group is no longer a piano trio. It's a quartet — and no piano.
Variety
December 17, 2021
Renée Fleming

6 cool things in music this week: Renee Fleming, Pistol Annies, Jose James and JD McPherson

Shout-outs, too, to Charles Lloyd and the Peterson Family at the Dakota.
Music
December 16, 2021
Kelly Clarkson on the cover of her holiday album “When Christmas Comes Around.” (Atlantic Records)

Kelly Clarkson, Norah Jones & Pistol Annies deliver noteworthy holiday albums

Clarkson's disc is a standout that somehow manages to be both celebratory and downbeat.
Variety
December 16, 2021
It will be a not-so silent night when the a cappella group Pentatonix takes the stage Saturday at Target Center.

Our Friday Best: Pentatonix, Holidazzle, 'Longest Night' & a 'Classic Nutcracker'

Critics' picks for entertainment in the week ahead.
Music
December 16, 2021
Kiss the Tiger’s Meghan Kreidler seemed to be everywhere in 2021, from the Hook & Ladder in May (pictured here) to 7th St. Entry two weekends ago.

10 signs the Minnesota music scene was alive and well in 2021

Live music's successful re-entry and the many other ways local music made a comeback.
Variety
December 13, 2021

Jose James makes Christmas chestnuts elegantly old-school and deliciously fresh in Minneapolis concert

His sold-out homecoming holiday shows at the Dakota were warm, intimate and generous.
Variety
December 13, 2021
Marie Osmond

Marie Osmond is a little bit opera, too, as she comes to Minnesota for a holiday show

She'll showcase her aria chops Saturday with an orchestra at Mystic Lake Casino.