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Music

Gang of Four still boasts plenty of roar

The 90-minute concert – in support of the band’s first new album in 16 years – busted through any age barriers with both a youthful energy and an intense musicality that still cuts a sharp edge.

- Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune

Gang of Four at First Avenue, 2/12/11

Saturday at First Avenue they took the stage dressed like Carnaby Street dandies, and if you didn’t know better you’d have thought you were in for a set filled with polite, harmless pop songs. Nothing could have been further from the truth.

- Pat O’Brien, City Pages

What a show! Performers from Lady Gaga to Muse, Mick to Dylan brought their A games. Oh, they gave out some awards, too.

The most memorable Grammy moments are pretty much always the performances, and Sunday night’s telecast of the annual awards was stuffed with them.

- Ross Raihala, Pioneer Press

The Grammys: The good, the bad, and the really, really awkward

Perhaps the biggest surprise from this year’s Grammy Awards broadcast is that there are actually some honest-to-god surprises to report.

- Andrea Swensson, City Pages

Stage

Review: Drakul draws fresh blood from a familiar veinThe audaciousness of Heimbuch’s script resides in the playwright’s daring attempt to seamlessly blend original material with Stoker’s source novel, filling narrative gaps and imbuing further depth to each of the characters. Heimbuch pulls off the task with admirable precision, creating a text that works both as a reimagining and a sequel to Stoker’s tale.

- Brad Richason, Examiner.com

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