The Replacements

The Current's Guide to The Replacements

When dealing with The Replacements — a band that means so much to so many — it's easy to forget that not everyone knows it all when it comes to Minneapolis' best rock 'n' roll band.

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The Replacements Quiz: How Smart Are You?

With the news of The Replacements lining up to play a string of gigs later this Summer/Fall, we thought we'd dive a little deeper into their backstory to create a Replacements superfan quiz.

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Steve Seel

Bomba De Luz performs live at the MN State Fair

Jill Riley and Steve Seel of The Current's Morning Show headed out to the Minnesota State Fair bright and early to broadcast live from the MPR booth on the corner of Judson and Nelson. Josh Hartnett stopped by for a Theft of the Dial and Bomba de Luz performed.

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Friday Five: Ladies and gentlemen, the Replacements

If you’ve visited the Current’s site at all this week, chances are you picked up on a theme—we’re a little excited about the Replacements’ first show in 22 years, happening this Sunday night in Toronto, and it’s given us an excuse to dive deep into one of Minnesota’s most revered bands. For the beginners who…

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The Current Rewind

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

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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Businesses on Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis.

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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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Sky full of song

Double rainbow in Bayfield

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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Kitty Wells - Heartbreak U.S.A

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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