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Review: Margo Price brings tour-tight show to Thalia Hall

I saw a few different cowboy hats in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood last night. The first belonged to a man at the bus stop. Staring through the sunlight, he spots me using my phone and asks, in Spanish, when the 9 is due. “Dos minutos,” I respond, and we spend those two minutes chatting about my […]

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Review: Lorde hits every mark in first Minnesota tour stop

Friday night at the Xcel Energy Center, Lorde was selling a lot of great merch. A black T-shirt bore her stage name, scrawled in slim-lined cursive; an Italian-style film poster advertised “Perfect Places” on the back. A bright pink tee announced “Writer In The Dark” in an Art Nouveau font. A white long-sleeved shirt, decorated […]

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Exploring SXSW: Caroline Rose, Amy Shark, and the Shacks

“You are so old,” said the guy who checked my ID, shaking his head. “Sorry, had to say it!” Welcome to my life as a 42-year-old music writer entering the Pandora showcase last night at SXSW. The Gatsby courtyard has been transformed into a maze of VIP areas; dodging them brought me to a GA pen […]

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BROCKHAMPTON challenge gender and race norms at Music Hall

On Thursday, Feb. 15, BROCKHAMPTON played to a sold-out crowd at Music Hall in downtown Minneapolis. Standing at about six feet, a young fan in an orange jumpsuit moves quickly through the line. It’s 14 degrees outside, but it feels like it could be negative 30. He doesn’t seem to care that with just his […]

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