First Avenue to renovate Wild Tymes, reopen it as new bar and eatery

First Avenue, which owns and operates the Depot Tavern next to its Minneapolis music venue, has a new eatery planned next door to the newly-renovated Palace Theatre in downtown St. Paul. GoMN now reports that First Avenue will be taking over the lease for Wild Tymes on Nov. 29, and will renovate the bar and restaurant…

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Review and photos: Brother Ali shares his own light at First Avenue

Last night, Brother Ali’s The Own Light Tour came to a memorable end at First Avenue. The show came roughly 17 years after Ali first performed in the Mainroom, back in 2000, when he opened for labelmates Atmosphere. The newest addition to the Rhymesayers roster, Sa-Roc, joined Brother Ali for the whole tour. She started…

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Friday Five: Maple & Beech go 360°, and more new Minnesota music videos

Maple & Beech, “Downtwaa/Uptwaa” . Maple & Beech just keep doing their thing. I’ve grown to expect shimmering, unafraid art from their music and videos, and they deliver every time. Band members Tyler Tholl and Pete James Johnson are where weird meets cool, and Tyler’s brother Justin Tholl joined the fray this time to create…

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My Name Is Prince - The Official Exhibition at London's O2 Arena

'My Name Is Prince' puts Paisley Park in London's heart

Initially intended to run for 21 days to echo Prince's unparalleled series of shows at London's O2 Arena 10 years ago, 'My Name is Prince, The Official Exhibition' has exceeded expectations and will now give music-lovers on the other side of the Atlantic an extra 50 days to celebrate Prince's life work and to look at items brought over from Minnesota one year after Paisley Park officially opened for tours. Read a description and see photos from the exhibit.

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Black Diet announce holiday reunion show at Icehouse

On Tuesday, Minneapolis band Black Diet announced a reunion holiday show at Icehouse on Dec. 15. Joining Black Diet on the bill are two fellow funk-infused local bands, PHO and Ayvah. Black Diet formed in 2011, when the members met through Craigslist and Facebook postings. They kept themselves busy gigging around the Twin Cities and…

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The Current Sessions®

Pinegrove perform in The Current studio

Pinegrove perform in The Current studio

Though 'Cardinal' was released back in Feb. 2016, Pinegrove are still selling out venues, like The Entry, in support of it. After some teasing of new music over this past summer, the promise of new music from Pinegrove is here. They stopped at The Current studio to share some of it.

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Jessica Lea Mayfield sings to empower

Jessica Lea Mayfield performs in The Current studio

Jessica Lea Mayfield's new album, 'Sorry Is Gone', seems to have arrived at just the right time. As news headlines are filled with more and more people coming forward with accounts of abuse and harassment, Mayfield's new album is an empowering body of work. 'I feel like the more people that speak up, the better, especially when you're speaking up for yourself,' Mayfield says. Listen to Jessica Lea Mayfield's complete in-studio session to hear songs from the album and the story behind it.

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Lukas Nelson performs in the Radio Heartland studio

Lukas Nelson performs at Radio Heartland

Although Lukas Nelson grew up on the tour bus of his legendary father, Willie, the 28-year-old singer never felt it was expected of him to carry on the family legacy. That said, Lukas fell into the family business and now tours with his own band, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real. Lukas Nelson recently brought his acoustic guitar into our studio to play a couple tunes and talk about the self-titled album from him and his band.

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Watch Emiliana Torrini and The Colorist perform at Iceland Airwaves

Emiliana Torrini and the Colorist perform on The Current

The Current enjoyed two fantastic days of live performances and interviews from the Gotubarinn pub in Akureyri, Iceland, as part of the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. Watch Emiliana Torrini and The Colorist perform their song, 'Thinking Out Loud,' recorded as it was broadcast live to The Current's listeners.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Alt-country

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco

Last night we broadcast Wilco live from the Palace Theatre in Saint Paul on air and online and they are playing again tonight for their third night at the Palace. So for today's Coffee Break, what alt-country songs do you want to hear?

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Today in Music History: Patti Smith wins National Book Award

The Four Seasons had a hit with 'Big Girls Don't Cry'; The Who launched a second tour of North America; The Commodores went to No. 1 with 'Still'; singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley was born in Anaheim, Calif.; and Patti Smith won a National Book Award, Today in Music History.

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