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The dynamic and incredible life of Sonny Knight, told in his own words

The Twin Cities music community was dealt a hard blow this weekend with the passing of Sonny Knight, an endlessly charismatic and powerful soul singer whose history on local stages dates all the way back to the early 1960s. From cutting his first 45 as Little Sonny Knight back in 1965 to recording his final…

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Newly remastered edition of Hüsker Dü’s ‘Everything Falls Apart’ now available to stream

The reissue record label Numero Group has digitally released a newly remastered edition of an album by local punk/alternative rock legends Hüsker Dü. The album in question is Everything Falls Apart, Hüsker Dü’s debut studio album which was originally released in 1983. The release comes as yet another teaser for a much larger Hüsker Dü project Numero Group is suspected to be working…

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Lorde on dialing out and turning inward

After the rush of stardom accompanying her 2013 debut, the singer felt 'deeply conspicuous' working in her native New Zealand. To finish her new album, 'Melodrama,' Lorde let herself get lost in New York.

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Eaux Claires finds a new rhythm with more focused third installment

“This is a festival still finding its season,” the writer Michael Perry reflected in the opening page of the program for this year’s third annual Eaux Claires festival, which was simply titled “Troix.” Perry is the official “narrator” of Eaux Claires and the neighbor of the festival’s mastermind, Justin Vernon, and his big, booming baritone…

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Peers and fans pay tribute to Sonny Knight

The legendary soul singer Sonny Knight died on Saturday, June 17 at the age of 69. Knight had been diagnosed with cancer just earlier this year and was on a break from performing to undergo and recover from chemotherapy. Knight is remembered by many as a powerful vocalist, dynamic entertainer, and an all-around wonderful individual. Since…

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‘Twin Peaks’ episode seven recap: The dark side of the river

That’s not Cooper. Well, we already knew that, but now we have confirmation from Diane Evans (Laura Dern) herself. We also learn that the doppelgänger’s fingerprints are backwards, as evidenced by the fact that they fail to line up as the first letters of the proper greeting that Gordon (David Lynch) referred to earlier: “I’m very,…

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Album of the Week: Lorde, 'Melodrama'

Lorde's second album is a clear statement of who she wants to be, and it showcases her distinctive mezzo-soprano range and her affinity for minimal beats informed by contemporary rap music. The outcome is alternative-pop perfected.

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Soul singer Sonny Knight dies at age 69

Secret Stash Records has announced the death of the soul singer, who in March had suspended his tour following a cancer diagnosis. Sonny Knight enjoyed a late-career revival, thanks to support from local record label and collective Secret Stash and his fiery horn-fueled band the Lakers.

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Music News: Lorde releases sophomore album; Seger hits streaming services

Lorde has released her sophomore album Melodrama to rave reviews, with Pitchfork naming it the Best New Album. Having already announced an international tour, she unveiled North American stops today — including a March 23, 2018 show at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The 20-year-old pop star has also made waves with her appearance…

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Chinese tech company puts Bob Dylan lyrics inside potato chip bags

These Bob Dylan-themed potato chip bags have started to gain buzz on social media, but don’t get your hopes up for “Lay’s, Lady, Lay’s” snacks. Instead of chips, each of the bags solely contains a different booklet of Bob Dylan lyrics translated in Chinese. Together, the eight booklets make up a Chinese version of Bob…

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Listen: unreleased Prince track “Father’s Song”

Ahead of the Purple Rain reissue due out next week, another track from Prince’s vault has been made available for streaming. The instrumental track “Father’s Song” was originally intended to be included in the Purple Rain movie, Pitchfork reports. About 90 seconds of the song made it into the film, and other parts were re-purposed for the…

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The Current Sessions®

Justin Townes Earle sings about the things beyond our control

Justin Townes Earle's new album, 'Kids in the Street,' looks at those things in life we cannot control, like the gentrification he's seen in the Nashville where he grew up. 'But it was something that required less venom, less of the bitter, more of the sweet, which takes a long time to see in that situation,' Earle says. Justin Townes Earle visited The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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The Secret Sisters keep it human and honest

Dealing with pain and frustration -- and being honest about it -- resulted in 'You Don't Own Me Anymore,' the beautiful new album from Laura and Lydia Rogers, aka The Secret Sisters. Before a show at The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, the Secret Sisters visited The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Mac Wilson. Listen to the complete session.

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Pokey LaFarge takes his St. Louis-made album on the road

Pokey LaFarge performs in The Current studio

After spending most of 2016 in or near his hometown of St. Louis, Mo., Pokey LaFarge is now touring in support of his new album, 'Manic Revelations.' Before his first-ever show in the First Avenue Mainroom, LaFarge visited The Current for a live in-studio session hosted by Jade.

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Coffee Break: Songs made famous from a movie

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This morning Jill and Brian played Paul Westerberg's "Dyslexic Heart" and fondly remembered the song's use in 1992 movie "Singles". So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that were made famous from a movie?

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Today in Music History: Remembering Bobby Womack

MCA bought Motown Records; The Who's bass player was chosen as the best; The Jackson 5 was at the top of the charts with "The Love You Save"; Black Flag played their final gig, and Bobby Womack passed away, Today in Music History.

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