Bad Bad Hats announce new album ‘Lighting Round’ for Aug. 3, release first song

Minneapolis pop-rock band Bad Bad Hats have announced the release of their sophomore album Lightning Round, which will be available on Aug. 3. Their first album, Psychic Reader, put them on the map back in 2015, with songs like “Midway,” “Joseph,” and “Fight Song” getting stuck in listeners’ heads. Since this initial release, the band have toured with…

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McDonald’s claims Big Mac ad isn’t about Prince, offended fans roll eyes

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“Girl, please,” says a man wearing a purple jacket and carrying a stylized guitar, “I Big Mac like a Prince.” Could this South African TV ad possibly be referencing any well-known musician? Not really, says McDonald’s…but an industry group begs to differ. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), an independent trade group in South Africa, received…

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893 Essential Songs

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Thank you for listening to the 893 Essential Songs countdown with us, and more importantly, for your ongoing support of The Current.

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In town for Soundset? Here’s where you should go

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People from all around the world visit Minnesota every spring for Soundset, the largest hip-hop festival in the United States. But how many venture beyond the State Fairgrounds to discover where our local heroes grew up? Where they shop or eat? Here are a few hometown spots you can go to soak up the culture. Of…

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Rock the Garden 2018

Rock the Garden tickets on sale!

Get tickets to see Feist, Kamasi Washington, P.O.S, Chastity Brown, Shame, Low Cut Connie, Nikki Lane and headliner Father John Misty on June 16, 2018.

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#MicroShow: The Record Company on May 29

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The Record Company, a power-trio of raw roots rock musicians, are making a special stop in Minnesota and The Current and New Belgium Brewing Company have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see them play a small venue... and the only way in is to win.

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The Current Sessions®

Lake Street Dive perform in The Current studio

Lake Street Dive in The Current studio

To be clear, Lake Street Dive didn't 'self produce' their latest album, 'Free Yourself Up.' 'We produced each other,' says drummer Mike Calabrese. 'And there really is no better producer for us as individuals than the other members of the band.' Lake Street Dive recently visited The Current to play songs from the new record, including the hit single, 'Good Kisser.'

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John Maus performs in The Current's studio

John Maus performs in The Current's studio

He grew up in Austin, Minnesota, and he's been back for about seven years. Recently, synthesizer icon John Maus stopped by The Current to perform "Episode," "Touchdown," "Pure Rockets," and "Quantum Leap."

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Naked Giants perform in The Current studio

Jade in the studio with Naked Giants

Seattle's Naked Giants are new enough to the music scene, they're still working out their reason for being. Drummer Henry LaVallee distills it to one accessible idea: "It's all about eliciting emotion," he says. Listen to Naked Giants perform a set of rocking tunes from their debut album 'SLUFF,' in an in-studio session hosted by Jade.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Synth rock

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Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer, was born today in 1934. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs that feature the synthesizer would you like to hear?

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