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Every Bob Dylan studio album, reviewed by the Current staff

Bob Dylan has just announced a show at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center on Oct. 25, with Mavis Staples. When Dylan last came to town, in 2014, The Current’s staff set out to review every one of Bob Dylan’s studio albums since his 1962 debut. Freshly updated with coverage of Dylan’s newest releases, written by […]

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Review: Diana Ross flies through the hits at the Northrop

Ever since Prince died, I’ve made it a mission statement to see the legends live. When Ms. Lauryn Hill came to First Avenue, I bought tickets to go with K.Raydio. Likewise, I wouldn’t have missed legend-in-the-making Beyoncé at TCF Bank Stadium last summer. So when I heard Diana Ross, 73, had booked a date at […]

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Review and photos: Natalie Merchant makes a fine and fancy ramble to the Minnesota Zoo

“I love outdoor shows,” said Natalie Merchant, warmly but also sarcastically. “Can you tell?” On Monday night at the Minnesota Zoo’s Weesner Family Amphitheater, the singer-songwriter battled bugs, birds, airplanes, and imaginary tigers, but emerged triumphant. Merchant’s always been a compelling live performer, in part because she’s not afraid to let her occasional onstage discomfort […]

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