Up All Nite with Prince, Episode One: The Atrium

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Up All Nite With Prince is a new documentary from The Current! Host Andrea Swensson will explore Prince's prolific and reflective period of 2001 and 2002, the era when he launched his trailblazing NPG Music Club, released 'The Rainbow Children,' 'One Nite Alone...,' and put out a collection of live recordings from the One Nite Alone Tour.

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Friday Five: Minnesota musicians address racial injustice and police brutality

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In light of the events that have been transpiring in Minneapolis, this week’s Friday Five will focus on local artists’ response to police violence throughout history. astralblak – “What’s The Price?” In a 2016 video, astralblak (fka ZULUZULUU) repeat the question “What’s the price for a young black man’s life?” and illustrate the all-too-common violence…

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Phone a friend: Musicians share how they're doing during coronavirus crisis

Jill Riley, host of The Current's Morning Show.

For the last couple of weeks on The Current's Morning Show we've been having our musician friends call in from their homes all across the country and beyond. It's been so nice to hear their voices and get some insight into what is happening in towns across the nation and what the lives of musicians look like right now.

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Prince estate releases ‘Dance Rally 4 Peace’ recording of ‘Dreamer’

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Yesterday, as protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police spread across the nation, the Prince estate released a 2015 live recording from a “Dance Rally 4 Peace” the artist played with 3RDEYEGIRL at Paisley Park. The concert was held to honor the late Freddie Gray and support Baltimore protesters…

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Hexagon Bar burns as Twin Cities roil with rage and pain

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The Hexagon Bar, a Minneapolis music and nightlife landmark since 1934, erupted in flames overnight as Minneapolis and St. Paul were roiled by ongoing unrest in the wake of the death of George Floyd in police custody. Social media posts this morning show that the venue became engulfed in flames between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m.,…

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Here at The Current, we are dedicated to bringing you closer to the music and each other. We will continue to be here for you and for the artist community that makes our corner of the globe so special.

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Prince: The Story of 1999

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Coffee Break: MPLS/St. Paul

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Crowds took to the streets for a third night in a row last night in reaction to the death of George Floyd. You can follow MPR News for coverage of breaking news in this ongoing crisis, but in the meantime, let's put together a set of music in honor of our Twin Cities that are experiencing painful unrest right now.

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Jeff Buckley

Today in Music History: Remembering Jeff Buckley


Ray Charles won a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording; The Beach Boys started a two week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Help Me Rhonda"; Elvis walked off stage; and Jeff Buckley went missing, Today in Music History.

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