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Review and photos: Inventive, impassioned David Byrne triumphs at Orpheum Theatre

It’s hard to set expectations much higher than David Byrne did in announcing his American Utopia Tour, promising his most ambitious stage show since Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense performances. Immortalized in the classic 1984 concert film, the Stop Making Sense shows reached the pinnacle of what artfully executed rock concerts can achieve, all the more impressive because […]

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Review and photos: Brian Wilson brings ‘Pet Sounds’ to the Orpheum Theatre

It feels like rock ‘n’ roll isn’t supposed to be played at the Orpheum Theatre. Lush, multileveled seating, ornate ornamentation in private box seats, and a dramatic proscenium stage make a setting more fitting for an orchestra than time-honored rock musicians. On Sunday, Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson brought both, on a tour celebrating the 50th anniversary […]

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‘Beautiful’: Carole King musical appeals to all generations

When I agreed to review Beautiful — The Carole King Musical, I was mostly excited, but a bit uncertain that I was the right person for the task. I was not alive during King’s songwriting heyday with Gerry Goffin, when their compositions climbed the Billboard charts throughout the better part of the 1960s. I was not alive […]

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Bob Dylan at the Orpheum Theatre: Reviews and set lists

Bob Dylan and his band were at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis this week for a three-night stand that began on Tuesday. I attended all three shows; reviews and set list(s) from each night are below. Tuesday, Nov. 4 The last time Bob Dylan played an election-night show in Minneapolis, the mood was jubilant. It was Nov. […]

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