KFAI's 'True Brit' host is back on record 29 years after minor hit

Simon Husbands met his Midwestern wife while touring with Blue Train in 1991.

Prince, MJ, Madonna lead Twin Cities author's book on pop's blockbuster year

December 7, 2020
A Twin Cities author makes the case for 1984 being pop music's most blockbuster year.

More from author Michaelangelo Matos on 1984's top pop mega-stars

December 7, 2020
Here's more of what Twin Cities author Michaelangelo Matos had to say in an interview about the central figures in his new book, "Can't Slow Down: How 1984 Became Pop's Blockbuster Year."
Variety
December 8, 2020
Pianist Phil Thompson organizes “A Minnesota Holiday,” a compilation of musicians playing seasonal songs, which raises money for charity. This yea

How a little known pianist landed Bob Dylan on his 'Minnesota Holiday' charity CD

Woodbury pianist/producer bagged a Bob Dylan track for his annual charity CD "A Minnesota Holiday."
Variety
December 7, 2020
Members of VocalEssence masked up to tape their streaming "Welcome Christmas" concert.

VocalEssence singers make a 'Welcome' return in video holiday concert

REVIEW: VocalEssence returns in a video concert.
Music
December 7, 2020
Brother Ali, left, said he grew up hearing his late mom singing songs by Yusuf Islam aka Cat Stevens.

Minneapolis rapper Brother Ali calls Yusuf/Cat Stevens collaboration a 'great honor'

Ali guests on a remake of the folk-rock legend's 1970 album "Tea for the Tillerman," which brought up memories of his late mother.
Music
December 5, 2020
Tiwana Porter sang during a memorial service for George Floyd at North Central University in Minneapolis.

4 Twin Cities musicians hope to 'heal the pain' after George Floyd's death

Dua Saleh, Tiwana Porter, Nur-D and Tony Zaccardi share their perspectives on the protests and hopes moving forward.
Variety
December 4, 2020
FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2018, file photo, Bruce Springsteen performs at the 12th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert at the Hulu Theater at Madi

6 cool things in music: Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt, Sun Ra and more

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.Dave Nevison of Champlin:1 Todd Snider tribute to Jerry Jeff Walker. The…
Variety
December 4, 2020
The Singers, with artistic director Matthew Culloton.

The Singers warm hearth and home with video concert 'What Sweeter Music'

REVIEW: Choir offers a streaming holiday show.
Music
December 4, 2020
Curtiss A is releasing his first proper album in 33 years this week ahead of his 41st annual tribute to John Lennon at First Avenue, which will be sta

Minnesota cult hero Curtiss A unleashes 'record I've wanted to make for 30 years'

As his old tradition of honoring John Lennon lives on virtually, Curtiss A is also dropping a long-overdue new record that lives up to his complicated reputation.
Music
December 3, 2020
Davina Lozier of Davina & the Vagabonds

Virtual entertainment picks: The Current's Sounds Like Home fest, Miss Richfield, Robert Robinson, Lorie Line

HookStream for the Holidays Friday & Saturday: Concerts that were supposed to be staged live at the Hook & Ladder have been turned into true…
Music
December 3, 2020

5 sides of Curtiss A, from scene pioneer to 'Jeopardy' addict

Curt Almsted is another Minnesota music vet who contains multitudes.
Music
December 3, 2020
Just released 1970 Bob Dylan album features his sessions with George Harrison

Just released 1970 Bob Dylan album features his sessions with George Harrison

Under a European copyright law, the oft-bootlegged recordings were issued in a limited three-disc collection.
Variety
December 3, 2020
VocalEssence Welcome Christmas Photo Credit: Havin' A Blast Events

For Twin Cities classical music fans, it's a holiday season of streaming greetings

Our guide to virtual holiday concerts for classical fans.
Variety
December 3, 2020

New music reviews: Megan Thee Stallion romps with wit and charisma; Dirty Knobs turn out tried-and-true rock

HIP-HoPMegan Thee Stallion, "Good News" (330)Good news abounds for the Texas rapper. Beyond last week's four Grammy nominations including best new artist and record of…
Music
December 2, 2020
Peter Parker at work in the Go 95.3 FM studios in Minneapolis in 2016.

Pohlads leave the radio business, selling its Go stations to a Christian nonprofit

Buyer is a California nonprofit that operates Christian music networks.
Obituaries
December 2, 2020
September 19, 1982 Richard Cisek, who started in public relations for the Minnesota Orchestra, is now president of the orchestral association. Continu

Richard Cisek, who helped put the Minnesota Orchestra in the big leagues, dies at 92

"A giant." "A legend." "A pivotal figure." Despite being on the administrative side of the Minnesota Orchestra — "the man behind the music," as one…
Variety
December 2, 2020

Was Bob Dylan's bar mitzvah rehearsal tape discovered in a Hibbing church?

A U.K. Dylan fan website claims a Hibbing pastor unearthed this 1954 recording but here is the real story.
Music
December 2, 2020
Craig Finn and Tad Kubler in 2014 when the Hold Steady opened for some long-gone band at a now-demolished baseball stadium in St. Paul.

Hold Steady teases new album ahead of 'Massive' virtual marathon

The band's eighth LP 'Open Door Policy' was recorded ahead of the pandemic.
Music
November 29, 2020
First Avenue mask

15 holiday gifts for music lovers: Taylor Swift, Bob Dylan and more

The lack of concerts in 2020 only adds to the appetite for music-related presents.
Variety
November 27, 2020
Ali Eldabby  photo by Adam J Dunn

6 cool things in music this week include Open Mike Eagle, Megan Thee Stallion

Pick Six is a half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view.Ali Elabbady, DJ and host of the web series "Tacos &…
Music
November 26, 2020
A vinyl copy of Prince’s album “One Night Alone” sat among the records in Noiseland Industries’ library.

Minneapolis company Noiseland is cranking in 2020 with Dylan, AC/DC, Fiona Apple records

One small Minneapolis company plays a big role in getting vinyl to stores worldwide.
Music
November 26, 2020
The Jayhawks will perform 1997’s “Sound of Lies” in its entirety.

Virtual entertainment picks: Nutcracker, more Nutcracker and the Jayhawks

'The Hip Hop Nutcracker'Friday: You can still experience this annual Ordway tradition as a livestream, or later on demand. Filmed at the New Jersey Performing…