Taylor Swift, Iron and Wine, Bonnie Raitt/Mavis Staples, and more.

Taylor Swift

Critics around the country have come to the general consensus that Taylor Swift is the most charming entertainer in music and that her Red concert tour is her best ever. Xcel is one of her favorite venues, too, so she’s gracing us with two shows.

Sept. 7–8. Xcel Energy Center, 651-726-8240,

Iron and Wine

Iron and Wine’s fifth album, Ghost on Ghost, finds its progenitor Sam Beam using lush, retro, 1970s-like arrangements more akin to the heyday of R&B than his previous incarnation as a guy with a beard and guitar recording songs in his living room. Iron and Wine has come a long way—or maybe this was the direction he was headed all along.

Sept. 18. First Avenue, 612-332-1775,

Jherek Bischoff: Composed

Seattle composer Jherek Bischoff will perform his latest album, Composed, with the help of some stellar local talent, including guest vocalists Channy Leaneagh (Poliça), Sondre Lerche, Ólöf Arnalds, and a Twin Cities–based chamber ensemble, all backed by Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier.

Oct. 18. Liquid Music Series at The Fitzgerald Theater, 651-290-1200,

Bonnie Raitt/Mavis Staples

Bonnie Raitt brings her Slipstream Tour to the relatively intimate Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium, where she will be joined by gospel legend Mavis Staples, whose recent collaborations with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy have considerably broadened her audience.

Oct. 23. Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium, 800-745-3000,

History of The Eagles: Live In Concert

After 40-plus years, The Eagles are still flying. The band’s recent Showtime documentary has provided a reference point (or perhaps an excuse) to give the country a well-harmonized history lesson. Music lovers, study up.

Sept. 18. Target Center, Mpls., 612-673-1600,

Other Gigs

Sept. 1: Adam Ant at Mill City Nights

Sept. 10: Psychedelic Furs at First Avenue

Sept. 11: Michael Bublé at Xcel Energy Center

Sept. 12: Blake Shelton at Xcel Energy Cernter

Sept. 18: Jonny Lang at State Theatre

Sept. 28: Nine Inch Nails at Xcel Energy Center

Oct. 7: Jack Johnson at State Theatre

Oct. 17: Sarah Brightman at Xcel Energy Center

Oct 19: Josh Groban at Target Center


This year's dance lineup looks to be a global exploration of movement, from international choreographers to investigation of race in culture.


A mix of revamped classics and edgy, even bizarre new creations (zombies, anyone?) take the stage and steal the spotlight.

Galleries & Museums

There's something for any kind of art lover this season, from curated local talent to naturalist prints, plus retrospectives covering decades (even centuries) of work.

Classical & Choral

There's plenty of Classically-trained talent in the Twin Cities to see, though we're still hoping the Minnesota Orchestra returns to its former glory.