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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.


6 cool things in music include Taylor Swift speech, Reba McEntire on TV and Seun Kuti concert

Shout-outs, too, to Good-Time Gals, Powderhorn Porchfest and Midtown Global Market music.


Review: Why Broadway's Ben Platt was almost amazing in his Minneapolis debut

He had the bravura voice, but not the production or the audience to fill Target Center.


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

Concert highlights for Sept. 22-28 include Marcus King, Giveon, Death Cab for Cutie, Nachito Herrera and Wynton Marsalis' return to Orchestra Hall.


Review: Michael McDonald makes Doobie Brothers fans listen to the music at Treasure Island

After missing last year's State Fair gig due to COVID, the smoky-voiced keyboardist provided many highlights.


6 cool things in music include David Bowie documentary, Yola and Explosions in the Sky

Shout-outs, too, to Disco Death Records and Beth Ditto in "Monarch."


Dear Ben Platt: Are you ready to sing in arenas?

The Tony, Grammy and Emmy winner of "Dear Evan Hansen" fame discusses his singer-songwriter career.


Top 10 Twin Cities pop concerts to see this fall, from Lizzo to Ringo

Other fall highlights include Maren Morris, Santigold and hot newcomers Jack Harlow and Marcus King.


COVID confidential: Michael McDonald explains missing Doobie Brothers' State Fair gig in 2021

He's healthy now as the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers head to Treasure Island Casino on Friday.


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

Concert highlights for Sept. 15-21, including My Chemical Romance, Doobie Brothers, Killers, Arlo Parks and a Gear Daddies special.


6 cool things in music include Kelly Clarkson, Lizz Wright and Dire Straits Legacy

Pick Six shout outs, too, to the Jayhawks and the Family Stone at Minnesota State Fair.