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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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