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Bream has interviewed such music royalty as the King of Pop (Michael Jackson), the Queen of Soul (Aretha Franklin) and Prince as well as Bob Dylan, U2, three Beatles, four Rolling Stones and all of Maroon 5. He has performed with Alice Cooper, jogged with Willie Nelson and walked the streets of New York with Bruce Springsteen. A longtime voter for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bream has also written for the Los Angeles Times, Billboard, Vibe and other publications. He has a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota, where he established the Jon Bream Scholarship for Arts Criticism.


Review: Actor-entrepreneur Ice Cube reasserts his rap bona fides at Mystic Lake Casino

In his first Twin Cities appearance since 2015, the pioneering gangsta rapper is doing two sold-out shows.


6 cool things in music this week include Pearl Jam, Guns N' Roses and Senate Ticketmaster hearing

Shoutouts, too, to Jamecia Bennett, Turn Turn Turn and Big Head Todd & the Monsters.


John Mayer will bring his solo acoustic show to St. Paul on April 1

Tickets to his Xcel Energy Center concert will go on sale on Feb. 3, with a presale two days earlier.


Review: New boxed set revisits versions of Dylan's masterful 'Time Out of Mind'

A remix, outtakes and alternative versions shed light on Dylan's process for the 1997 Grammy winner.


Grammy-winning Robert Glasper seeks special guests for his six Minneapolis shows

With his expansive contacts, the jazz/R&B/hip-hop keyboardist plots surprises for this weekend.


The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Highlights for Jan. 23-Feb. 1 include Ice Cube, Semisonic, Robert Glasper and Lake Street Dive.


6 cool things in music this week include Madonna, Miley Cyrus and Rick Rubin

Shoutouts, too, to U2, Sudan Archives and Sounds of Blackness.


Remembering David Crosby: A Hall of Fame voice and interview

Our critic says the hippie rock icon sang like an angel and spoke with blunt candor.


The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Live music highlights for Jan. 19-25 include Turn Turn Turn, Ani DiFranco, Suki Waterhouse and Drone Not Drones.


Jazz giants Christian McBride and Paquito D'Rivera will headline 25th Twin Cities Jazz Festival

The rest of the lineup for the popular, free, multi-day, multi-stage June event will be announced later.