Fri. Dec 9th, 2022

A half-dozen cool issues in music, from two factors of view:

Donovan Weimar of Bloomington:

1 Rihanna, “Born Once more.” This new observe brings about some emotions of softness and progress. Together with her vocal steerage, this tune exudes a glass of wine and a dialog about love.

2 SoFaygo, “Fasho” on “Jimmy Kimmel Dwell.” A younger artist discovering his groove on a stay efficiency. Mixture of soulful anger and funky rap. The stage and artist visuals have been glowing in pink coolness. I am going to take one other dose.

3 Taylor Swift tickets. Studying the Twitter angst from all sides about Swifties crashing the Ticketmaster web site, which is irritating politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Amy Klobuchar with costs hovering as much as $22,000, we’d like reform. However that is nothing new. We nonetheless love stay reveals — with out all of the charges, please.

Jon Bream, Star Tribune critic:

1 American Music Awards. It is a good factor Taylor Swift confirmed as much as gather all her trophies and produce some much-needed star energy. Shoutout to Pink for her impassioned studying of Olivia Newton-John’s “Hopelessly Dedicated to You” and to Dove Cameron for her thrilled however forceful speech as new artist of the 12 months and the sultry, jazzy efficiency of her hit “Boyfriend.”

2 Wizkid, “Cash & Love” on “The Tonight Present Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Together with his delicate, embracing vocals over mellow rhythms delivered by seven chill musicians, the Afrobeats celebrity seduced along with his vibey tune in his native tongue and English, promising to “take your ache away.” On Sunday, he gained the American Music Award for favourite Afrobeats artist.

3 Chris Botti, the Dakota. With a parade of company, the jazz trumpeter and his band introduced a beneficiant, extremely entertaining, musically wealthy night of items related to Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Led Zeppelin, Louis Armstrong, Andrea Bocelli, Leonard Cohen and others. Brightest of many highlights: vocalist Sy Smith’s hip-hop-inspired “Feeling Good.”

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