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  • Steve Winwood

    published April 15, 2015

    Steve Winwood's noteworthy career stretches back more than 50 years, when the then-teenager helped put the Spencer David Group on the charts with... More >>

  • José González

    published April 15, 2015

    A Swedish native of Argentinian heritage, José González is a supple, quietly evocative singer, vivid songwriter, and classically... More >>

  • They Might Be Giants

    published April 15, 2015

    It's entirely appropriate that Johns Flansburgh and Linnell — the marvelously peculiar Brooklyn duo otherwise known as They Might Be Giants... More >>

  • David Hidalgo and Marc Ribot

    published April 15, 2015

    Ace guitarists David Hidalgo and Marc Ribot have been kicking around for a few years in a cool side project dubbed Border Music. Hidalgo is lead... More >>

  • P.D.Q. Bach & Peter Schickele Birthday Bash

    published April 8, 2015

    Marking both the upcoming 80th birthday of Peter Schickele — musician, composer, humorist, writer, radio host, and once allegedly the only... More >>

  • Jorma Kaukonen

    published April 8, 2015

    A Rock & Roll Hall of Famer due to his memorable stint as lead guitarist for the psychedelic-era Jefferson Airplane, Jorma Kaukonen has spent... More >>

  • Anat Cohen Quartet

    published April 8, 2015

    Consistently ranking atop jazz clarinet polls, Israeli-born New Yorker Anat Cohen actually is a virtuosic multi-instrumentalist who's also... More >>

  • Matthew E. White

    published April 1, 2015

    Something of a renaissance man, Matthew E. White took a circuitous route to his current rock club residencies following the release of his second... More >>

  • Diamond Rugs

    published April 1, 2015

    Diamond Rugs came about in 2011 when a solo project by Deer Tick's John McCauley evolved into a full-fledged supergroup. Joining the fun are Los... More >>

  • Father John Misty

    published April 1, 2015

    Former Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman morphed into Father John Misty on 2012's Fear Fun. The album is a hallucinatory circus of... More >>

  • Happyness

    published April 1, 2015

    South London trio Happyness drop by shortly after the U.S. release of their (expanded) debut album, Weird Little Birthday. It's a quirky... More >>

  • Delfeayo Marsalis

    published March 25, 2015

    The Last of the Southern Gentlemen, which lends its name to this tour, is a wonderful collaborative recording between trombonist Delfeayo... More >>

  • Gregg Allman

    published March 25, 2015

    Steeped in blues, soul, and R&B, Gregg Allman is a great singer whose raspy growl can etch anguish with exquisite intensity or howl with haunted... More >>

  • Stevie Wonder

    published March 25, 2015

    It's been nigh on three decades since Stevie Wonder last performed in the Twin Cities (outdoors at long-lost RiverFest). He returns, finally,... More >>

  • Invisible Guy

    published March 18, 2015

    Invisible Guy is a trio featuring clarinetist Ben Goldberg, drummer Hamir Atwal, and pianist Michael Coleman. All three are busy San Francisco Bay... More >>

  • Cursive

    published March 18, 2015

    Cursive helped put Omaha on the indie-rock map in the early '00s by combining traces of punk with theatrical concepts, intense lyrics, serrated... More >>

  • Helado Negro

    published March 18, 2015

    Helado Negro (that's "black ice cream" en español) is the working group name of experimental electronics wizard Roberto Carlos Lange, a... More >>

  • Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield

    published March 18, 2015

    While on tour with the Avett Brothers a few years ago, Jessica Lea Mayfield and Seth Avett discovered their mutual love of Elliott Smith, the... More >>

  • The Decemberists

    published March 18, 2015

    Four years after The King Is Dead and its irrepressible radio-friendly hit "Down By the Water," the Decemberists returned in January with... More >>

  • Jack DeJohnette's Made in Chicago

    published March 11, 2015

    This extraordinary event is much more than a performance by Jack DeJohnette, one of the most innovative, influential drummers in jazz history.... More >>

  • The Gaslight Anthem

    published March 11, 2015

    With the release of their fifth album, Get Hurt, the Gaslight Anthem poured more, well, gas on the flaming puzzle. Never shy of their... More >>

  • Chris Botti with the Minnesota Orchestra

    published March 11, 2015

    Trumpeter Chris Botti is both an internationally popular touring juggernaut and a quintessential crossover musician, equally at home playing... More >>

  • Hugh Masekela & Vusi Mahlesela

    published March 4, 2015

    South African music legends Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlesela are renowned not only for the ebullient, joyful music they've created over their long... More >>

  • Tweedy/The Minus 5

    published March 4, 2015

    Tweedy's double album, Sukierae, is indelibly tied to family. The chief Tweedy is Wilco's Jeff, who does nearly everything on the album and... More >>

  • Gov't Mule + John Scofield

    published February 25, 2015

    With a cursory glance, Gov't Mule, led by flame-breathing guitarist Warren Hayes, and revered jazz guitarist John Scofield might seem like an odd... More >>

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