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  • Atlantis Quartet

    published October 26, 2011

    For the fourth Halloween in a row, the Atlantis Quartet, increasingly distinguishing itself locally and nationally as a premier 21st-century jazz... More >>

  • They Might Be Giants

    published October 26, 2011

    By their own pretzel logic, They Might Be Giants hail from Brooklyn. But the longtime duo of John Flansburgh and John Linnell are fanatic dodgers... More >>

  • Warren Haynes Band

    published October 19, 2011

    Certified guitar monster Warren Haynes is all over the place, playing with the Allman Brothers and the Dead, popping up on numerous guest shots,... More >>

  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

    published October 19, 2011

    The brash phenomenon of Trombone Shorty and his infectious, wildly eclectic, New Orleans-spawned "supafunkrock" (as it's been lately dubbed) rolls... More >>

  • Matt Slocum Trio

    published October 19, 2011

    This three-night AQ residency marks the return of New York-based drummer-composer Matt Slocum to his hometown. The St. Paul-born, western... More >>

  • Drive-By Truckers

    published October 19, 2011

    Despite early punk influences that had no particular geographical tilt (notably including the distinctly northern Replacements), the Drive-By... More >>

  • Willie Murphy

    published October 12, 2011

    As inextricably tied to the Twin Cities scene as any musician in modern times, Willie Murphy has just about done and seen it all in a career that... More >>

  • Robert Randolph & the Family Band

    published October 12, 2011

    The collision of sacred and secular doesn't get any more explosive (in a good way) than when sacred steel guitar hero Robert Randolph and his... More >>

  • Baaba Maal

    published October 12, 2011

    One of the iconic voices of West Africa, Senegalese singer-songwriter-guitarist Baaba Maal long has championed a distinctive style that fuses... More >>

  • Aretha Franklin

    published October 5, 2011

    She's still the inimitable Queen of Soul, and at age 69 apparently is hale and hearty a year after mysterious health problems and a... More >>

  • Battles

    published October 5, 2011

    Much of Gloss Drop, Battles' second LP, sounds like some extraterrestrial circus dropped into feverish Carnaval on a surrealistic... More >>

  • Ziggy Marley

    published October 5, 2011

    Contending with the monumental legacy of his late father apparently hasn't been an enduring issue for eldest son Ziggy Marley, who has embraced... More >>

  • Megafaun, Doug Paisley

    published September 28, 2011

    With the release of their eponymous fourth studio album, the North Carolina-based, Eau Claire-bred trio Megafaun have only complicated efforts to... More >>

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

    published September 28, 2011

    Arguably the world's premier contemporary jazz orchestra, led by one of the most significant current figures in jazz, Marsalis and the JLCO will... More >>

  • St. Vincent

    published September 28, 2011

    Although it's tempting to say St. Vincent is the alter ego as well as the stage name of Annie Clark, the art-pop she creates is so... More >>

  • Esperanza Spalding Chamber Music Society

    published September 28, 2011

    For best new artist at this year's Grammy Awards, the academy was widely expected to leave it to Bieber. But confounding widespread cynicism and... More >>

  • Bomba Estereo, Joaquin Diaz

    published September 21, 2011

    With the local steam in precipitous transition from ambient to radiant, the time is especially ripe for a double shot of tropical fire, which... More >>

  • Faustin Linyekula/ Studios Kabako

    published September 21, 2011

    This is a surviving component of the Walker's mini-festival Despair Be Damned: New Music and Dance from the Congo. The Congolese band Staff Benda... More >>

  • Celebration of Lionel Hampton

    published September 21, 2011

    Singer and producer Jacey Falk has put together a stellar group to celebrate the late jazz icon Lionel Hampton, a pioneer and master of jazz... More >>

  • John Hiatt & the Combo

    published September 14, 2011

    Ace songwriter John Hiatt has been cranking out memorable songs and great albums so consistently for so long (more than 30 years), it's almost too... More >>

  • Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal, Sidi Toure

    published September 14, 2011

    The Cedar's annual Global Roots Festival opens with a tasty dose of Malian blues, but with a French twist. Guitarist and singer Sidi Touré... More >>

  • James Farm

    published September 14, 2011

    An all-star-caliber collaborative band, James Farm features four outstanding members of jazz's younger generation, each leaders in their own... More >>

  • Psychedelic Furs, Tom Tom Club

    published September 7, 2011

    It'll be déjà vu all over again when these two hallmark bands of the new-wave era reconvene at First Avenue. The Furs (pictured)... More >>

  • Sena Ehrhardt Band (CD-Release)

    published September 7, 2011

    This gig celebrates the release by the national blues label Blind Pig of Leave the Light On, the debut album from Rochester's Sena... More >>

  • Vieux Farka Toure

    published September 7, 2011

    Son of late Malian guitar giant Ali Farka Touré, Vieux may be only three albums into his career but already is creating a new synthesis... More >>

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