Camera Obscura

First Listen: Camera Obscura, 'Desire Lines'


Early in her band's career, Camera Obscura's Tracyanne Campbell won constant comparisons with Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch, and rightfully so. But in the last decade, while Murdoch's Belle and Sebastian explored the more direct romantic sounds of '70s AM pop, Camera Obscura has quietly refined its grab-bag of arm-swinging brunette soul, swaying country and lite disco.

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Vita.mn unveils Music & Movies lineup at Lake Harriet Bandshell


  Summer outdoor concert season is upon us! Hot on the heels of the Stone Arch Bridge Festival lineup announcement and last week’s Loring Park Music & Movies reveal comes news of Vita.mn’s annual Music & Movies showcase at the Lake Harriet Bandshell. This year’s lineup is especially strong musically. It will be the first…

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Stone Arch Bridge Festival announces lineup


  The Stone Arch Bridge Festival will return to St. Anthony Main this Father’s Day Weekend with another free showcase of Minnesota bands. Over 40 acts will provide the soundtrack for the 70,000 attendees who come to peruse work by visual artists. The event has become a longstanding tradition, first launched and operated by Ira…

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Remembering seminal Duluth punk band Bear Garden


  “We set our minds to make something real, something passionate,” remembers Mikey Ferrin. And so began the journey of three Duluth teens who crafted a sound and a movement that still inspires and resonates with a passionate and loyal Duluth following. Bear Garden played their first ever show to 12 people in a friend’s…

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Middle of the forrest

9:30 Coffee Break: Lost


What songs that feature the word "lost" (or losing, lose, etc.) in the title? Thanks to listener Rena for today's 9:30 Coffee Break suggestion.

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Rose Wine

Eating and Drinking with Chuck Kanski: Rose Wine


Today, Chuck spoke to The Morning Show's Steve Seel and Jill Riley about rose wine. Chuck brought along a bottle of Chateau Miraval (that's the wine from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's vineyard) to sample and spoke about the upcoming New Vintage event.

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Pink to sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl in Minneapolis


For obvious reasons, purple is the color most closely associated with music in Minneapolis — but an artist associated with another bright hue is coming to U.S. Bank Stadium to sing the National Anthem at this year’s Super Bowl. This morning, the NFL announced that pop star Pink will do the pre-kickoff honors. The game…

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The Current Sessions®

Preservation Hall Jazz band perform a spirited #MicroShow at the Dakota Jazz Club

Preservation Hall Jazz Band MicroShow at the Dakota

Performing a MicroShow in Minneapolis carried with it a bit of history for the legendary New Orleans jazz outfit. 'The first time that the Preservation Hall Jazz Band ever played a show outside of New Orleans was here in Minneapolis in 1963,' bandleader and bassist Ben Jaffe told the audience before the group launched into a grooving, journeying three-number set.

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The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio

The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio

After a 24-year hiatus, the Dream Syndicate reunited in 2012 and realized they sounded like a new band. 'We were enjoying it and we figured, well, rather than keep playing the oldies circuit, let's make a new record,' says front man Steve Wynn. The resulting record is 'How Did I Find Myself Here?', and the Dream Syndicate recently found themselves in The Current studio for a session hosted by Jim McGuinn.

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The Rural Alberta Advantage wrap up their U.S. tour on Oake & Riley in the Morning

The Rural Alberta Advantage perform in The Current studio

The Rural Alberta Advantage wrapped up a massive tour with a show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, followed by a visit to Oake and Riley in the Morning before jetting back to Toronto. 'We always enjoy coming back to Minneapolis,' says front man Nils Edenloff. 'It was really good. It was probably the best way to kind of end our U.S. tour.' Hear more from the band as they look back on their tour and play songs from their latest album, 'The Wild.'

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Grizzly Bear perform in The Current studio

Grizzly Bear perform in The Current studio

Grizzly Bear's new album, 'Painted Ruins,' is their first in five years, and they've been busy touring in support of it. In town for a show at the Palace Theatre, Grizzly Bear stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mark Wheat.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Irish musicians

Singer Dolores O'Riordan of the Cranberries.

Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries passed away suddenly yesterday at the age of 46. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from Irish musicians?

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