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Minneapolis producer Shrimpnose releases crackling new album ‘Sullen’

When you think about production, you might zoom right to the flashy stuff — the bass bombs, the twisted drops. But Shrimpnose makes a different kind of beat. As you’ll hear on his new album Sullen, his work is fuzzy and mellow, crackling with snaps and touchy syncopation. Since moving to Minneapolis from Buffalo, Minn. almost three years…

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How Prince’s ‘Batman’ pioneered the superhero superstar soundtrack

Kendrick Lamar’s new album is a soundtrack. Black Panther: The Album was curated by Lamar, who performs on five of the 14 tracks. In Ryan Coogler’s movie, which opens Friday, music from Lamar’s album is artfully blended with music by Ludwig Göransson, whose orchestral score incorporates musicians recorded in Senegal and South Africa. The way Lamar’s…

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Minneapolis artist Charles Price sketches musicians in their element

Usually, audience members at concerts play a passive role. Crowds gather to enjoy music and cheer the performers on. But for local artist Charles Price, that is not the case. As of recently, Price has adopted a hobby of sketching musicians from the crowd as they entertain onstage. It all started around 2008, when Price…

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Meet Dave Rusan, builder of Prince's Cloud Guitar

Meet Dave Rusan, builder of Prince's iconic Cloud Guitar

Watch video of Dave Rusan talking about he got the assignment to design and build a very special guitar for Prince, seen in the 'Purple Rain' film and onstage at Prince's live shows. Rusan also describes how the guitar is made, and what having built this special guitar means to him today.

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The Current Sessions®

Tune-Yards perform a #MicroShow at the Turf Club

Tune-Yards MicroShow at the Turf Club

On Jan. 16, a select group of The Current's listeners were treated to a #MicroShow with Tune-Yards, who performed at the Turf Club (capacity 350) in St. Paul. The set list includes five songs from Tune-Yards' latest album, 'I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life,' plus a favorite off 2014's 'Nikki Nack.'

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Lissie plays songs from her forthcoming album, 'Castles'

Lissie at The Current

'Castles,' the new album from Lissie, releases March 23, 2018. In between shows at Icehouse in Minneapolis, Lissie and her band stopped at The Current to perform a couple tracks from the forthcoming album, as well as a hit from Lissie's 2016 release, 'My Wild West.'

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Figure skating soundtrack

Adam Rippon at the team competition at the Olympics.

The Winter Olympics is upon us and figure skating abounds with categories including Single Skating, Ice Dance, Pair Skating, and Short Programs. New this year to the Olympics is the allowance of singing and lyrics in the routines' soundtracks. So in honor of these Olympic changes, what song would you pick as your figure skating soundtrack for today's 9:30 Coffee Break?

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Today in Music History: Remembering Lesley Gore

Bruce Springsteen went No. 1 with 'Born in the U.S.A.'; Yusuf Islam was awarded substantial damages from The Sunday Times and The Sun; 50 Cent was at No. 1 with his debut album 'Get Rich or Die Tryin''; and Lesley Gore passed away, Today in Music History.

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