Boats and Bluegrass: Winona music festival celebrating its tenth anniversary


Celebrating its tenth anniversary as a music festival in Winona, Boats and Bluegrass promises a jam-packed weekend full of bluegrass and folk music, as well as outdoor activities from Sept. 25-28. Held on two stages at the Prairie Island Campground on the Mississippi River, music will begin on Thursday evening at 4:30, with the night […]

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Judah make sparks online with remixes of London Grammar, Banks, and more


Together, Daniel Paul Davis and Christopher Nelson, collectively known as Judah, are working to help put Minnesota on the dance-music map. “We don’t want it to be a flyover state,” said Davis. They’ve won thumbs-up from the likes of London Grammar for their remixes—but as they’ve learned, the life of a remix artist is complicated. Davis […]

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The Current's Guitar Collection: Mikaiah Lei of The Bots


When you're 21 years old, as Mikaiah Lei of the Bots is, a guitar built in 1993 qualifies as 'vintage.' Mikaiah loves guitars; he's got a shedload of them, many of which are in for maintenance right now. But he shares their stories and also talks about his road-ready effects board.

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400 Bar will not open at Mall of America


“All you need is love,” reads the Beatles lyric painted on the exterior wall of the Midwest Music Museum, but it looks like more will be required: an eviction summons is currently posted to the exterior door of what was planned to be the new 400 Bar at the Mall of America. According to the Star Tribune, […]

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Angelica Garcia performs in The Current studio

Angelica Garcia performs in The Current studio

When it comes to making music, Angelica Garcia describes herself as a bit of a recluse. Now touring in support of her album 'Medicine for Birds,' Garcia embraces the new experience of studio recording and of performing in front of people. 'It's been great, and it's really helped me grow as a person,' Garcia says. Listen to Angelica Garcia's recent in-studio session at The Current, hosted by Sean McPherson.

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The Suburbs follow their muse in The Current's studio


Having released their latest album, 'Hey Muse,' the Suburbs just completed what frontman Chan Poling describes as 'a whirlwind tour of middle America,' playing shows in Milwaukee, Chicago, Kansas City and Des Moines. Now back on home turf and gearing up for their big album-release show at First Avenue on Friday, Aug. 4, the Suburbs stopped in The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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Coffee Break: Band uniforms

"My Heart Got Caught on Your Sleeve" -- Lucius

Arcade Fire's recent audience dress code made us think about bands that have dress codes themselves. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from bands that have uniform looks?

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