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Movie Maven: 'Fifty Shades of Grey'


Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about the new film based on E.L. James' best-selling book. "It's a cultural phenomenon," Stephanie says. Listen to the complete review and a discussion about sexy Hollywood films.

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Today in Music History: Hat tip to Waylon Jennings


Frank Sinatra starts his own record label; Led Zeppelin are awarded for their lifetime achievement; Adele cleans up at the Grammys; and country music says 'adios' to one of its brightest stars, Waylon Jennings, Today in Music History.

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Today’s Music News: Florence + the Machine announce new album


It’s official: Florence + the Machine will release their (her) next studio album on June 2. The album will be titled How Big How Blue How Beautiful, and Florence Welch kicked it off with new single “What Kind of Man.” (Billboard) Kanye West, never one to do things small, unveiled his new custom sneaker—the Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost—at a…

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Mark Wheat's global shout-out map, Feb. 12, 2015

Mark Wheat's Global Shout-Out Map: Feb. 12, 2015


Each week during The Chart Show, Mark Wheat takes a moment to acknowledge those listeners around the world who are listening to The Current stream. Here's a map that charts those global listeners. Not on here? Send your global-shout-out request.

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Listen: Justin Vernon, Sharon Van Etten, and others join forces for new track on MusicNOW compilation


Even as Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner have been busy rolling out details regarding this summer’s new Eaux Claires Festival, Dessner’s bandmate Bryce Dessner’s MusicNOW Festival—an annual festival in Cincinnati, typically featuring unusual combinations of artists—is preparing to celebrate its tenth year with a series of shows from March 11-15 featuring artists including Sufjan Stevens, white-hot classical…

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Charlie Parr gets his own beer, brewed by Fitger’s Brewhouse


In honor of the man they call “Duluth’s hardest working musician” and his new signing with St. Paul’s Red House Records, Fitger’s Brewhouse has created a special beer for Charlie Parr. “Parr’s Porter has hop and dark malt notes, a bit of fruit in the aroma and a dry finish,” writes the brewhouse on Facebook.…

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Information Society to play Fine Line on April 18


On April 18, Information Society will play their first local show since 2009: they’ve booked a gig at the Fine Line, calling it their “Hello World hometown party” in reference to their Twin Cities roots—though none of the band members currently reside in Minnesota. _Hello World (note the preceding underscore) is the group’s most recent album,…

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Music News: Bob Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' being made into movie

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Director Luca Guadagnino ('Call Me By Your Name') is turning Bob Dylan's album 'Blood on the Tracks' into a movie. Also coming to theaters: an Amy Winehouse biopic, with a hologram tour in the works too. Today's other news items include Noname changing controversial cover art, Paul Simon celebrating his birthday on 'SNL,' Ariana Grande's famous relationship breaking up, and Chance the Rapper going undercover as a Lyft driver.

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The Current Music News

In about ten minutes a day, hosts Jay Gabler and Jade put music industry headlines in context, share breaking news about upcoming releases, and surprise listeners with strange-but-true stories. Entertaining, conversational, and informative, The Current Music News is an essential daily listen for fans of all genres of music to catch up on the news that matters about today’s most essential artists.

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Justin Courtney Pierre performs in The Current studio

Justin Courtney Pierre performs in The Current studio

Motion City Soundtrack's Justin Courtney Pierre has a debut solo album, 'In The Drink,' releasing Friday, Oct. 12. Just ahead of that release, Pierre and his band stopped at The Current to play songs from the new record and to talk with Mary Lucia.

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Watch Death Cab for Cutie live in concert at the Palace Theatre

Death Cab for Cutie in concert at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul

Death Cab for Cutie played the second of two shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., on their tour supporting the album, 'Thank You for Today,' on Saturday, Oct. 6. The Current streamed live video of Death Cab's entire set at The Palace Theatre; watch the archived concert.

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Watch CHVRCHES live in concert at the Palace Theatre

Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES in concert at the Palace Theatre

CHVRCHES played the second of two sold-out shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., on their tour supporting the album, 'Love Is Dead.' We streamed live video of CHVRCHES' entire set at The Palace Theatre; watch the archived concert.

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Shakey Graves performs in The Current studio

Shakey Graves in The Current studio

Just ahead of his Saturday show at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., Shakey Graves -- aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia -- stopped over at The Current to play a few songs and to chat with host Mac Wilson.

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Flora Cash perform in The Current studio

Flora Cash perform in The Current studio

Flora Cash's song, 'You're Somebody Else,' seems to have taken the world by storm, but the Stockholm-based duo comprising Shpersa Lleshaj and Cole Randall take it in stride. ' We're just doing what we always have done,' Randall says, 'but we're just busier.' Ahead of a show at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, Flora Cash stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mark Wheat.

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Today in Music History: R.E.M.'s 'Monster' goes No. 1


Buddy Holly opened for Elvis Presley; Keith Richards got in some trouble in France; ABBA played their first concert in North America; R.E.M. had a 'Monster' of an album; Madonna was asked not to text during movies; and Radiohead had a major album hit 15 years ago Today in Music History.

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