Hayes Carll With The Warren Hood Band Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis Saturday, March 30, 2013He's been called a troubadour, a Guy Clark or Townes Van Zandt for the younger generation. Austin-based country singer/songwriter Hayes Carll's sold-out appearance at the Cedar Saturday night proved he's ... More >>
Get out your hanky so you don't spill a tear in your beer; from Susanna Clark to Kitty Wells, several legendary country singers and songwriters passed on in 2012, and their loss is felt keenly as our connection to a better time in traditional country goes slippin' away.
Feel-good soul revival singer from London hops the pond for a tour
If there's a Country-Rock Heaven, well you know they've got a hell of a rhythm section. Not quite the lyrics we remember the Righteous Brothers singing, but the way the last few days have panned out, it seems apt. Thursday, we reported the news that Levon Helm, multi-instrumentalist and drummer fo ... More >>
Jeff MangumState Theatre, MinneapolisSaturday, February 4, 2012 With Saturday's performance at the State Theater, Jeff Mangum ended the long and curious estrangement from his public which began shortly after the release of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, the album which has defined him in absenti ... More >>
Photos by Nikki MillerThe Guess Who with opener Chuck Negron April 9, 2011 Mystic Lake Casino What to expect of a performance by two of the greatest soul and blues-infused rock bands of the '60s and '70s, who are now performing in the first case as a singer without his original band, and in ... More >>
Photos by Alexa JonesMavis StaplesNovember 28, 2010Cedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisMavis Staples is a joyful woman. Above all other things, joy is what she was bringing to the Cedar last night. With a smile as big as her booming voice, Staples infused her performance with as much gospel and sou ... More >>
This week's Critics' Picks
Every year I make mix CDs of my favorite tracks, with one song per artist per disc. Here's the '08 edition, local and national. It's all from 2008 unless otherwise specified, but there are a few oldies. At the bottom are my year-end lists, because I know you needed more of those. Happy holidays! MN ... More >>
I can't think of a better way to come down from narrowly escaping a riot: Late Tuesday night, a handful of larger-than-life musicians convened at a small theater tucked away in south Minneapolis t ... More >>
George Clooneys ode to screwball comedies of yore is sooooo close. But yet.
The first disaster was the hurricane. The second was the federal government's response.
The Best Albums in the World Ever!! Okay, Maybe Just in This Town, Circa 2003
'Seabiscuit' keeps its big winner in the stable
Cabaret chameleon Melissa Birch takes the kind of performance risks that can come back to bite you in the ass--literally.
The Kinleys and Shelby Lynne offer womanly alternatives to Nashville's bombast of latter-day chastity
In 1999, cock rock and teenybop ruled the roost
With some of the keenest eyes in pop, Freedy Johnston trails male loneliness into its blackest nights
A roundtable with five Twin Cities songwriters