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Minneapolis rapper Brother Ali's new album finds 'Beauty' at an ugly time

Brother Ali went on a deep spiritual exploration in the five years since his last album, heavy traces of which can be heard on his new album, "All The Beauty in This Whole Life."

The rapper trekked from Oakland to West Africa and even Iran on a spiritual journey that led him home for another album.

In St. Paul, it was a Neil Diamond in the rough

Neil Diamond performed Wednesday night at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

REVIEW: He was in good voice, but lacked energy and spirit in St. Paul concert.


Soundset survives last-minute cancellations in a strong 10th year

No-shows and schedule delays couldn't spoil the hip-hop mega-fest in its 10th year, thanks to strong showings by Lauryn Hill, T.I. and the locals.


Week's best classical concerts: Cantus sings 'Sgt. Pepper,' Minnesota Orchestra gets romantic

Singing 'Sgt. Pepper'Fifty years ago this week, the Beatles released "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," still considered one of the best albums ever. Twin…


Pick Six: Praise for Amy Helm, Chris Thile, Chance the Rapper, Hypstrz and more

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


Mpls. City Hall clock to chime Friday for upcoming anniversary of JFK's birth

A special bell program honoring JFK will ring as scheduled midday Friday.


5 newcomers to watch at Soundset 2017, including Denzel Curry and Lil Uzi Vert

The nationally renowned festival once again delivers a promising batch of buzzing MCs.


Twin Cities concerts of the week: Memory Lanes Block Party, Michael Kiwanuka, Regina Marie Williams

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


New album reviews: Linkin Park goes pop, Mountain Goats go goth

POP/ROCK Linkin Park, “One More Light” (Warner Bros.) Linkin Park’s transformation from the howling rap-metal of its breakthrough album “Hybrid Theory” to the radio-ready…


Prince's FBI file includes reported threat to sell his personal info to media

It took a year for the FBI to release four redacted pages, describing threats to the pop star, from their vault.


Minneapolis twangers the Cactus Blossoms talk 'Twin Peaks' ahead of Sunday's appearance

The country duo were honored if a bit mystified to be invited onto David Lynch's newly relaunched cult TV series.


Chris Blue wins 'The Voice,' with homeboy Jesse Larson fourth

As they say, Chris Blue blew them away. The 27-year-old worship leader from Knoxville was named the winner Tuesday on the 12th season of NBC’s…


The week's best Twin Cities jazz: Celebrating saxophone legend Lester Young

Percussion discussion Leave it to Khyber Pass curator Davu Seru to remind us that Douglas Ewart, multi-instrumentalist and past president of Chicago’s groundbreaking Association for…


Will Twin Cities' own Jesse Larson win tonight on NBC's 'The Voice'?

He may have shown the best singing voice in the finals but Chris Blue may be the best all-around talent.


Twin Cities finalist on NBC's 'The Voice': Prince 'taught me to believe in myself'

The burly, bearded, bespectacled dude who's never had a voice lesson or sung in a choir is trying to find his singing voice. And he's going about it in a rather novel way.


Week's best classical concerts: SPCO plays a Messiaen masterpiece

Messiaen masterpieceFrench composer Olivier Messiaen was interned at a POW camp during World War II. While there, he wrote "Quartet for the End of Time,"…


Foxy Tann is the block-party queen of summer in the Twin Cities

If you’ve been to a few summer block parties in the Twin Cities, there’s a good chance that Foxy Tann was the emcee. The sassy,…


Judge officially rules 6 people as heirs to Prince's fortune

More than a year after Prince's death, a Carver County judge has officially determined that the musician's sister and five half-siblings are heirs to his massive fortune. Prince left no will.


Summer Fun 2017: GNR, Coldplay and Bieber make it the summer of the stadium concert in the Twin Cities

Fans are pumped for five blockbuster concerts at U.S. Bank Stadium and Target Field. But are the venues ready?