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Paul McCartney pays tribute to Prince at Minneapolis show

The list of rock performers who could have been considered Prince’s peers in terms of pure musical talent is very short, but near the top of it would surely be Paul McCartney. At McCartney’s Wednesday night show at Target Center — the first of a two-night stand — the former Beatle paid tribute to our […]

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Mark Wheat says goodbye – and thank you – to the Who

Over the years when people have asked me one of the predictable musichead questions — “Beatles or the Stones?” — I have quickly replied “the Who.” Of course I acknowledge the first two bands as major groundbreakers and I like a ton of their tunes, but it was the Who that connected me with a part of myself […]

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Review: ’80s music fantasy ‘Sing Street’ is good clean fun

In terms of tone, Sing Street falls somewhere between The Commitments and High School Musical. Set in a gritty Dublin neighborhood in 1985, the film tells the story of a band of boys who form a band in the New Romantic tradition — the glammed-out post-punk pop moment that gave us Duran Duran, Culture Club, and Spandau Ballet. It […]

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Review: Hank Williams biopic ‘I Saw the Light’ is a bleak slog

Hank Williams’s life and career were tragically short, but unfortunately all you get from Marc Abraham’s new biopic is the “tragically” half of that equation. Sorely lacking in narrative drive, I Saw the Light seems to go on forever as we’re dragged through one sad moment after another in the life of this flawed genius. It’s too bad that I […]

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Morris Day – and Judith Hill – remind Paisley Park what Time it is

Friday night’s show at Paisley Park felt like a family reunion — even if the family’s most famous member, and the host of the gathering, kept himself discreetly tucked out of sight. (Some concertgoers did spot Prince, though I didn’t.) “We go too far back with Prince,” mused Morris Day from onstage. “Too many memories.” Thanking his host, he […]

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