Music

Why are Minnesotans so quick with standing ovations? A newcomer investigates

Did you love the show, or do you just want to get your coat on and head to the door?

It's supposed to be the ultimate accolade for concerts and theater productions. Why, then, do Minnesotans hop to their feet for almost every show?

Twin Cities concerts of the week: John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett at the State, Destiny Roberts at the Southern

Provided Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

Your guide to the Twin Cities' must-see shows.


Pick Six: Praise for Dakota Dave Hull, Maud Hixson, the Suburbs, more

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.


Former SPCO maestro presides over sexy, daring Minnesota Orchestra program

Review: Former SPCO maestro expertly guides works by Mendelssohn, Bartok and Thomas Ades.


The week's best Twin Cities classical concerts: A baroque master, a feminist take on 'Hansel and Gretel'

Fortepiano master Englishman Richard Egarr has emerged in the past decade as one of the leading performers in baroque music, equally at home as a…


Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis named to Songwriters Hall of Fame

They will be honored in June in New York City along with Berry Gordy, Babyface, Jay-Z, Max Martin and Peter Cetera and Robert Lamm of Chicago.


Ticket alert for Feb. 24-25: 21 Savage, Marian Hill, J. Cole, Jim Gaffigan and more

10 A.M. FRIDAY Nicholas David, March 16 at the Dakota in Mpls. $30-$40. dakotacooks.com. … Chris Brown, April 9 at Xcel Energy Center in St.…


New album reviews: Ryan Adams is set free; Sampha makes powerful electro-soul debut; Alison Krauss sparkles on covers

POP/ROCK Ryan Adams, “Prisoner” (Pax Am/Blue Note) Let’s get this out of the way: Adams’ new album is not the second coming of “Heartbreaker”…


Gee wiz, Weezy! Saturday's Lil Wayne concert at Target Center postponed

The makeup date is set for March 31.The rapper also cancelled on Twin Cities fans in 2015.


Palace Theatre amps up with Pixies, At the Drive-In, Old Crow Medicine Show

St. Paul's newly renovated venue has 15 shows on the books already, including the "Blonde on Blonde" performance by Old Crow.


Minnesota musical giant Stanislaw Skrowaczewski dead at 93

Polish emigre became the dean of Minnesota's classical music scene, leading the Minnesota Orchestra for two decades.


J. Cole, Chris Brown each announce 2017 Xcel Center dates

After cancelling his 2015 local gig, Brown will try again with 50 Cent and Fabolous for openers.


Jazz highlights: Zacc Harris at Reverie; Thundercat at Fine Line

Choose your own adventureLovers of guitar, clear your calendar. For starters, you have a choice of fine gigs on Thursday. Guitarist Zacc Harris is one…


'Weird Al' still armed with wit – and an accordion

Subversive genius "Weird Al" Yankovic looks to next phase with song parodies.


The week's best Twin Cities classical concerts: Hugh Wolff leads the Minnesota Orchestra

Catching up with WolffThe name of Hugh Wolff will be familiar to many classical concertgoers in the metro area. Wolff served as principal conductor and…


One, two, three, four! What makes a protest song really soar?

Protest songs have a long history, but the forms and the culture may be changing their purpose.


Pick Six: Praise for Tabah, Jay Smart, Gary Clark Jr., more

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.


Angry about Beyonce's Grammy snub? Smash 8-bit car windows with video game 'Lemonade Rage'

Fans upset about Queen Bey's loss can now blow off steam by playing this hilarious "Lemonade"-inspired computer game.


Jazz composer Maria Schneider performed (and celebrated) a Minnesota-inspired masterpiece

Review: Maria Schneider's Grammy-winning "The Thompson Fields" album was the centerpiece of this homecoming concert.