Chris Roberts Feature Archive

The 'Best of' lists of local music critics are abundant this time of year, but MPR News asked the people who choose which acts to present at Minnesota venues what they thought was the best local music of 2010. (12/31/2010)
A pioneering radio duo who some say laid the groundwork for modern American comedy has been captured on a new four-disc set. (12/17/2010)
Though the digital revolution has transformed music, the old formats aren't going down without a fight. In the last five years there's been resurgence of vinyl records. Now, another nearly forgotten music delivery system is making a comeback. (12/06/2010)
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has balanced its budget for the 7th consecutive year. (12/01/2010)
Whether it's food, family, or the four-day weekend, Thanksgiving is about traditions. One musical tradition that has come to mark the holiday in the Twin Cities is Ike Reilly at First Avenue. The fiery Chicago rocker and singer songwriter has made his Thanksgiving eve show in the mainroom an annual event. Reilly told Chris Roberts of Minnesota Public Radio's Arts Unit that he and his Minnesota fans have a lot in common. (11/24/2010)
The Minneapolis indie rock band Cloud Cult brings its orchestral flair, tribal energy, and a new album, to First Avenue's Mainroom for the next two nights. (11/17/2010)
Inspired by a radio show about a therapist who tried to raise a chimp as his own daughter, a public reading of the unfinished opera "Our Basic Nature," will be held in St. Paul this week. (11/15/2010)
The Minnesota Opera has named Allan Naplan its new president. Naplan, currently the general director of the Madison Opera, will replace outgoing president Kevin Smith, who guided the Minnesota Opera for 30 years. (11/11/2010)
Does the song "Ne Me Quitte Pas" ring a bell? How about "Carousel?" If you're not familiar with the music of Belgian singer Jacques Brel, the Bloomington Civic Theatre would like to change that. (11/05/2010)
In the fall of 2008, some African-American voters said they were excited and moved by the prospect of electing the country's first black president. Now, some of those same people say they still support Barack Obama, but voter enthusiasm among the black community is waning. (10/27/2010)
"The Smoke of My Will" is the title of the new album from the blistering Minneapolis indie rock band STNNNG, which the group unveils Saturday night at St. Paul's Turf Club. (10/22/2010)
Members of Minnesota's hip hop community are mourning the loss of one of its brightest stars. (10/18/2010)
Imagine staying awake for 78 hours straight. Now, picture yourself playing music continuously over the course of those three-plus days, and actually, playing just one song, and stopping only for bathroom breaks. (10/07/2010)
The Minneapolis band Roma di Luna is celebrating the release of its new CD this weekend. "Then the Morning Came" follows a theme of death and new life, reflecting the grief of band members who lost relatives recently, as well as their joy at becoming parents. (10/01/2010)
Few comedians embody rural, upper Midwest values and idiosyncrasies more on stage than Mary Mack. She has developed a national following telling stories and singing songs about what it really means to be a Midwesterner. (09/29/2010)