Jon Bream

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    Minnesota named 10th best state for pop music contributions

    Lists of things are stock-in-trade for Complex Magazine. Tucked somewhere within the stream of 100 Hottest Women Right Now and 11 Tuxedos Kanye West Should Wear to His Wedding, we get a list that addresses how each state has provided music for our country. Minnesota is one of those states!And so, Ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    MN Zoo dedicating amphitheater stage to Sue McLean

    Before Wednesday's Lyle Lovett show at the Minnesota Zoo's Weesner Family Amphitheater, the stage will be dedicated to the woman who made it a premiere concert destination. For almost 20 years, independent concert promoter Sue McLean nurtured Music in the Zoo into a diverse series that revamped the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Watch Prince perform "Let's Go Crazy" on the Billboard Music Awards

    Prince kicked off what should be an epic week with a storming of the 2013 Billboard Music Awards Sunday in Las Vegas. It was announced earlier this year that he'd be collecting the Icon Award at the ceremony, and he did, with Erykah Badu and Janelle Monáe presenting the honor.He also performed a me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Concert promoter Sue McLean has died

    Sue McLean, an independent Twin Cities concert promoter, passed Friday afternoon after a battle with cancer. Any regular show-goer in the region has attended countless shows booked by McLean over the past four decades. McLean is responsible for booking the Basilica Block Party since it began in 1995 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Prince made fans wait an hour for Welcome 2 Chicago encore

    A newly afro-ed Prince's opening night of his three-evening Welcome 2 Chicago residency at the United Center proved to be a test of most fans' patience. Although Chicago-area supporters have already waited eight years to get to these concerts, it seemed that most weren't prepared to hang in their se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Jane's Addiction fans criticize the Brick, form "The Brick MN Sucks" site

    ​Well, that was swift. Within a few hours of the Brick's opening bash hosting Jane's Addiction in Minneapolis' Warehouse District, many dissatisfied customers have voiced their discontent. Our reviewer noted that the sound was excellent, but did have some concerns himself.Much of this commentary i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Confederate Railroad to play Povlitzki's Saturday; Hillbilly Voodoo Dolls bassist passes

    ​If you've read this here weekly piece over the years, you probably know '90s country is firmly situated in the softest spot of my heart -- for all its good, bad, and ugly. I saw '90s country hit-makers Confederate Railroad at South Dakota's Brown County Fair the summer of 1993; our grandstand but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Bon Iver ninth-best in Pazz & Jop 2011 Poll

    ​Bon Iver's Bon Iver was obviously a bit of a local success story, and we rightfully felt the need to put his bearded, thoughtful mug on our cover last fall. (Read Andrea Swensson's cover story here.) Our beloved sibling paper the Village Voice showed some serious (but not ultimate) dedication to ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 9, 2011
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    May 26, 2010

    James Taylor and Carole King go 'round and 'round at the Xcel

    Photos by Steve Cohen​Forty years after they first met, James Taylor and Carole King are in the midst of a Troubadour Reunion tour that showcases the duo's love for each other's songwriting styles and that looks back fondly at the times they first played together. Likewise, their concert last nigh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Grammy nominations: Do we care?

    How many local music fans will tune in to this year's Grammys?

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    April 28, 2009

    MSP Music Expo this weekend

    The New Brighton Tri-City American Legion will host an audiophile's delight this Sunday.

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2008

    Bream on irking Zep and Prince

    Jon Bream is one of the longest-running popular music critics in the United States, having reviewed concerts for the Minneapolis Star Tribune since 1974 (when it was still the Minneapolis Star). He is "author-in-chief" of a massive new book about Led Zeppelin, Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin: The Illustrat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2008

    Breakfast of Champions 4/7: Viva la Feministas

    Special Feisty and Feminist edition! The weekend brings chanteuse Nellie McKay (battling John McCain's tiny head) and news about ethanol. Plus, a wack billboard downtown.

  • News

    July 25, 2007

    Trials and Stribulations

    Staffs gutted. Secrets stolen. A traitorous publisher forced to defend his actions in court. The future has never looked bleaker for the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press.

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2006

    Bob Feldman, 1949 - 2006

    Bob Feldman, founder and president of Red House Records, died in his St. Paul home Wednesday.

  • News

    November 24, 2004

    Picked to Click

    To those who have recently begun to rock, we salute you

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    December 18, 2002
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    January 2, 2002

    The Hunted Man Awards

    A Jesse-free review of the headlines that made us wince in 2001

  • News

    July 25, 2001

    Purple Hazy

    In the past year, Prince has become a Jehovah's Witness, bitched about the record industry, canceled a national tour, and delayed the release of his new CD. But he doesn't want to talk about it.

  • News

    May 9, 2001

    Picked to Click

    The 11th Annual City Pages New Music Poll

  • Music

    February 21, 2001
  • Books

    November 8, 2000

    A&E: R.I.P.

    Eyes on the bottom line, management at the Minnesota Daily ends a 34-year tradition

  • Arts

    July 12, 2000

    A Clockwork Purple

    How Prince's revolution was won--and where it got him

  • Music

    April 19, 2000

    Picked to Click X

    Astronaut Wife, decembers architects, and the Foxfire factor: The 2000 City Pages New Music Poll

  • News

    August 4, 1999
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    April 21, 1999

    Scene Not Heard

    Computer wizards leave their bedrooms, rappers reach the stage, and the Mason Jennings Band creates the bar buzz of the decade. In the ninth annual City Pages New Music Poll, 60 local music fans pick the bands that made the biggest noise.

  • News

    December 23, 1998

    Robyne's Hood

    Other TV news personalities stay planted behind the desk. Then there's Robyne Robinson, who claims the whole Twin Cities for her stage.