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Minnesota music royalty pay tribute to Purple Rain

In an evening meant to pay tribute to our state’s reigning Prince, what transpired was actually a celebration of our scene’s queen. As the most high-profile act on the bill for the Purple Rain tribute at the Fitzgerald Theater, it wasn’t exactly a surprise that Queen Lizzo—the only title for her that feels appropriate right now—managed to steal […]

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Billy Idol brings his Rebel Yell to the Turf Club

Well, that was surreal. If there was one word uttered more than any others after Billy Idol’s six-song acoustic set with Steve Stevens at the Turf Club on Monday night, it was just that: Surreal. Surreal to see such a household name in such a tiny club. Surreal to watch Idol’s sinewy body prowl around […]

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Dan Wilson, Caroline Smith, and Jeremy Messersmith turn on the charm at the Bryant-Lake Bowl

When it comes to intimate performance spaces, it doesn’t get much more in-your-face than the tiny confines of the Bryant-Lake Bowl’s 82-person capacity theater. On Sunday night, seeing the established and revered singer-songwriters Dan Wilson, Caroline Smith, and Jeremy Messersmith pour their hearts out from just feet away felt not just rare but dangerously special, like a […]

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Paolo Nutini thrills a packed Turf Club with an intimate show

When we started playing Paolo Nutini I thought “Wow, where did this guy come from? He’s got some talent—is he a new artist?” Turns out he’s been releasing records for years and has a huge following already for someone in his mid-20s. We were very pleased and lucky to host an intimate, private performance from Paolo […]

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Mark Kozelek and Low in Duluth: Entrancing and unrepentant

Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon performed in Duluth last night. It was his second of two nights performing in the port town (the night prior he played an unannounced set at Fitger’s Brewhouse along with Alan Sparhawk—these things just seem to happen in Duluth). Given the controversy Kozelek has courted in recent weeks with […]

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