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  • John Hiatt & the Combo/Robert Cray Band

    published June 18, 2014

    The dynamic duo of John Hiatt and Robert Cray — plus their bands — should incite plenty of righteous howls at the zoo. Both are... More >>

  • Bob Weir & RatDog

    published June 11, 2014

    The Dead live. In fact any number of bands lay partial claim to the Grateful Dead's legacy, but none come closer to the rambling, exploratory,... More >>

  • Booker T. Jones

    published June 11, 2014

    Booker T. Jones created the classic Hammond B3 organ sound that was at the core of Booker T. and the MGs, the iconic Stax Records house band that... More >>

  • Billy Hart Quartet

    published June 11, 2014

    This quartet shows all the deeply intuitive instinct of their decade together. Leader and master drummer Billy Hart has a lengthy... More >>

  • The Okee Dokee Brothers

    published June 11, 2014

    Proud to be Okees from Shakopee — or at least somewhere in the Twin Cities, via Denver — Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander rarely get... More >>

  • Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses)

    published June 4, 2014

    From renegade roots rocker to collaborator with some of bluegrass's finest, from hard country and blues purveyor to folkie busker (in spirit,... More >>

  • Yann Tiersen / NO

    published June 4, 2014

    French composer and multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen's sweeping, evocative music is often cinematic in scale. Richly endowed with enchanting... More >>

  • Elvis Costello

    published June 4, 2014

    Elvis Costello's long, prolific, and brilliant career has been punctuated by a wide array of collaborations reflecting his wildly eclectic musical... More >>

  • Joe Ely

    published May 28, 2014

    Hailing from the wind-whipped Texas Panhandle, Joe Ely absorbed all the juicy sounds blowing by: Buddy Holly rock 'n' roll, honky-tonk, Tex-Mex,... More >>

  • The Monkees

    published May 28, 2014

    Hey, hey, they're still the Monkees, appropriately opening the Zoo's summer music series. Nearly 50 years after being assembled by corporate types... More >>

  • Irv Williams

    published May 21, 2014

    Listening to tenor saxophonist Irv Williams's burnished tone, his knowing way around a jazz ballad, or the way he swings passionately through a... More >>

  • Eels / Chelsea Wolfe

    published May 21, 2014

    If Eels' enigmatic engineer E hadn't ever encountered essentially every enervating emotion in his songwriting over the course of his career, the... More >>

  • Victor Wooten

    published May 21, 2014

    Victor Wooten is astoundingly eclectic, encompassing bluegrass, jazz, funk, R&B, rock, and fusions of every stripe. He co-founded the Flecktones... More >>

  • The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

    published May 21, 2014

    The tiger isn't the only ghost with a prominent role in Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl's band GOASTT. The sweeping, meticulously crafted... More >>

  • The Idan Raichel Project

    published May 14, 2014

    Keyboardist, singer, composer, and producer Idan Raichel leads Israel's most popular band, something all the more extraordinary because in the... More >>

  • Ragamala Dance & Rudresh Mahanthappa: Song of the Jasmine

    published May 14, 2014

    This is the world premiere of Song of the Jasmine, an extraordinary collaboration between Twin Cities-based Ragamala Dance and acclaimed jazz alto... More >>

  • Cassandra Wilson

    published May 14, 2014

    To mark the 20th anniversary of jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson's landmark album Blue Light 'Til Dawn, Blue Note has reissued a digitally... More >>

  • Youngblood Brass Band

    published May 7, 2014

    The Youngbloods originated in the '90s as high schoolers around Madison, Wisconsin, inspired by the funky, bopped-up neo New Orleans brass band... More >>

  • Flamin' Groovies

    published May 7, 2014

    The Flamin' Groovies surfaced in San Francisco in the mid-'60s playing gnarly, exuberant rock 'n' roll in all its primal glory. The band had a... More >>

  • Nickel Creek

    published May 7, 2014

    Seven years after going on a dreaded "indefinite hiatus," Nickel Creek are emphatically back, marking the 25th anniversary of the trio's origin... More >>

  • Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys

    published April 30, 2014

    On his latest wild and woolly, rockin' and twangin' slab, Free State Serenade, former BR5-49 co-leader Chuck Mead conspires with His Grassy... More >>

  • Mystic Braves

    published April 30, 2014

    This psychedelia-obsessed L.A. quintet juggled several monikers (Blackfeet Braves, Mystic Rabbit) before settling on Mystic Braves and scoring an... More >>

  • Leon Russell / Riley Etheridge Jr.

    published April 30, 2014

    Virtually disappeared from popular view until Elton John collaborated with him on the 2010 album The Union. With Life Journey,... More >>

  • Senses Working Overtime: An All Star Benefit Tribute to XTC

    published April 23, 2014

    This second annual local tribute to the English art-pop band XTC will feature a rich, eclectic array of Twin Cities musicians. Money raised at the... More >>

  • Burnt Sugar

    published April 23, 2014

    Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, as it's officially known, is an expansive big band that roams an avant-garde astral plane once defined by Sun... More >>

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