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Cynthia Lennon dies at 75


Cynthia Lennon has died of cancer at age 75 at her home in Spain. Lennon was the wife of John Lennon from 1962 to 1968; John and Cynthia Lennon were the parents of Julian Lennon, who was at his mother’s side in her final days. A representative for Cynthia Lennon made the following statement: “Cynthia…

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9:30 Coffee Break: Pedals, Spokes and Songs


As people pledge to ride their bikes every day for a month as part of 30 Days of Biking, what songs about bicycles, bicycling -- or that capture the spirit of bicycling -- do you want to hear? Send us your requests.

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Joni Mitchell hospitalized in Los Angeles


Joni Mitchell has been hospitalized in Los Angeles, a statement on the singer-songwriter’s website confirms. “Joni was found unconscious in her home this afternoon,” stated the website as of last night. “She regained consciousness on the ambulance ride to an L.A. area hospital. She is currently in intensive care undergoing tests and is awake and…

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George Ezra performs in The Current studio


In town to play a sold-out show at the Varsity Theater, singer-songwriter George Ezra chats with The Current's Jill Riley and plays a couple songs off his debut album, 'Wanted on Voyage'. Ezra explains how the album title was partially inspired by Paddington Bear, and how the song 'Budapest' has less to do with the Hungarian capital than with a visit to Sweden, the Eurovision Song Contest and a bottle of rum purchased from a stranger. Listen to the full session.

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Playlist: Aar Maanta Youtube hits


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: Sky full of song

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If you were able to look up into the sky you saw something spectacular after last night's storm - a double rainbow and gorgeous, colorful skies. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention the sky, clouds, rainbows, etc.?

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Today in Music History: Remembering Kitty Wells


Kitty Wells passed away; Desmond Dekker was born; the Beach Boys signed to Capitol Records; Sean Cassidy had his one and only No. 1 hit; and the White Stripes played their shortest concert ever, Today in Music History.

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