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Tour trailer from Sufjan Stevens features new music from ‘Carrie and Lowell’


A just-released trailer for Sufjan Stevens‘s upcoming tour features previously unheard music from his forthcoming album Carrie & Lowell. The much-anticipated album, Stevens’s first since 2010’s The Age of Adz, is named after Stevens’s mother and stepfather and concerns, according to a press release, “life and death, love and loss, and the artist’s struggle to make sense…

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9:30 Coffee Break: Sugar and Sweets


The World Health Organization recommends limiting sugar intake to 25 grams per day 'for additional health benefits'. But because music is calorie-free, what songs that mention 'sugar' or 'sweet' do you want to hear for today's Coffee Break?

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Patsy Cline

Today in Music History: Patsy Cline Remembered


Elvis made his television debut; Barbra Streisand had her second No. 1 hit; Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean' started a seven-week run at No. 1; R.E.M. cleaned up at the Rolling Stone Awards; and country music lost legendary singer Patsy Cline Today in Music History.

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Today’s Music News: Prince’s high school basketball pic goes viral


When Star Tribune reporter Libor Jany tweeted a photo of Prince‘s high school basketball team, he couldn’t have guessed it would go viral—after all, the photo was already published in the newspaper, in 1984. National blogs loved the rediscovered photo of an afro-sporting Prince in his Bryant Junior High days, though, and Jany got hundreds…

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The National perform an intimate show live in the UBS Forum

Matt Berninger

Ahead of last Tuesday's generous 23-song set at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, The National stopped by to play songs off their latest record Trouble Will Find Me in Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum. Between songs, frontman Matt Berninger talked to The Current's Mary Lucia about songwriting, skinny jeans, fatherhood and his brother's suddenly skyrocketing film career.

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Interview: Scott Devendorf of The National

Scott Devendorf

Ahead of headlining Rock the Garden on June 29, Scott Devendorf, bass-player for The National, sat down with The Current's music director David Safar to talk about the band's latest release, I Am Easy to Find.

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Music on TV this week: Mavis Staples; The National; Hozier; Anderson .Paak

Mavis Staples performs with Ben Harper on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings and find performance videos as the week progresses. You can also subscribe to receive the week's schedule in your inbox to plan your TV viewing around music.

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Playlist: Aar Maanta Youtube hits

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YouTube has become an indispensable tool for Somali artists to share their music and create an online community. To give you a sense of the music and stories that exist on London-based Somali musician Aar Maanta's channel, we put together a list of some of the singer-songwriter's videos.

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The Current Rewind: Aan WadaMidnimayno Minnesota


Ask most casual Minnesota music fans about the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis, and they'll probably tell you about the folk and blues hippie scene of the '60s and '70s. These days, the West Bank is home to a thriving Somali population, and several Somali-Minnesotans are famous throughout the diaspora for their own music and poetry. In this episode, we learn about music and community from our Somali neighbors.

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Photos: A tour of Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood


With venues like the Cedar Cultural Center, Palmer's Bar, and Mixed Blood Theatre, Minneapolis' West Bank has become a hub for Somali music and culture. Cedar-Riverside resident and KFAI radio host Abdirizak Bihi takes us for a tour of his neighborhood, which he calls "Little Mogadishu."

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Coffee Break: Productivity

Jack White performs at the Armory in Minneapolis

June 20 is World Productivity Day, so for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from artists that get a LOT done? Whether we're talking about making music, helping out with production on other projects, running companies or clothing lines or nonprofits, we're looking for artists that spread themselves wide with productivity.

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