Fitz & the Tantrums with Saints of Valory and Ivy Levan Varsity Theater, Minneapolis Monday, June 17, 2013 Fitz & the Tantrums could write the textbook entry on how to turn a Monday night show into a party. Flying high on their radio-baiting new album More Than Just a Dream, the band confi ... More >>
Switching from jazz to soul, James evokes Al Green and Marvin Gaye on No Beginning No End
Menahan Street Band7th Street Entry, MinneapolisTuesday, November 13, 2012The close-knit community of musicians who make up Brooklyn's Daptone/Dunham Records family could be almost as incestuous as the scene based right here in our fair cities. Owned and operated by members of the studios' house ban ... More >>
Feel-good soul revival singer from London hops the pond for a tour
The SpinnersDakota Jazz Club, MinneapolisWednesday, August 22, 2012It's interesting to note that Detroit's legendary soul singers, the Spinners have gone through 17 members in their 50-year history. Of the original five only three are still alive -- with Bobbie Smith and Henry Fambrough still active ... More >>
Martha Reeves and the VandellasJanuary 11, 2012Dakota Jazz ClubAs we pulled up for another night of amazing music at the Dakota Jazz Club the cab in front of us came to an abrupt stop. "Wow! that's Martha!" I said to my date for the night, as she and a guy in a suit carrying boxes of CD's jumped ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenDan Penn August 15, 2011 Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis Rock and soul singer/songwriter Dan Penn may not exactly be a household name, but his songs and talents from the past 50 years now are most certainly worth recognition, making his two-night appearance at the Dakota t ... More >>
"Jay is chillin', 'Ye is chillin', what more can I say?" might just be the most descriptive line off new single "Otis," which features Kanye West and Jay-Z trading verses about how awesome, rich, and powerful they are over a hiccuping loop of Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness."&nb ... More >>
Michael Jackson mashed through the ages, NIN vs. Britney Spears & David Lynch gets mashed in plastic.
The drum-loving warriors of Patapon top this week's pop culture picks
Marvin Gaye's divorce album tops this week's pop culture picks
Ten of the year's most timeless records
The ballad of Clark "Motown" Adams, man without a mic
Classic Motown, Atlantic, and Curtis Mayfield tunes get remixed and recast
Rare African American songs commemorate the life of Dave Godin
The Rev. Al Green talks about his spirit and what happened when God found his stash
Two of Motown's Funk Brothers shed light on 'Standing in the Shadows'
Michael Franti replaces hip-hop polemics with soul that's good for the body--and the body politic
The Afghan Whigs' search for their soul produces a new collection of retro rump shakers
A decade ago, Derrick May helped invent a dance music that complemented a hollow city, Detroit. Now that May's music has colonized two continents, its maker has disappeared.
Next week Red House Records issues a momentous tribute album of Pete Seeger's songs. But after 15 years at the margins of American music, this St. Paul label proudly aims to stay there.