Heart Bones Rock the Garden photo by Mary Mathis

Watch Heart Bones double your pleasure at Rock the Garden


Sean Tillmann and Sabrina Ellis stepped onstage in coordinated primary-colored outfits, their color scheme almost as loud and playful as their synth-laden pop. Heart Bones played songs from their forthcoming debut album, which nods sonically and lyrically to the pulsing pop sounds of the '80s.

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Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019

Listen: Adia Victoria wins over new fans at Rock the Garden


Nashville-based Adia Victoria created dense and moody soundscapes with a six-piece band. The singer-songwriter, who is also a poet, name-dropped some of her literary heroes, including Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf... all while crowd-surfing in a perfect plank position.

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The Current Sessions®

Black Pumas perform in The Current studio

Black Pumas studio session

Showcasing a blend of classic soul and hip-hop influences, Black Pumas have quickly gained attention in their home city of Austin, Texas, and beyond. Led by Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada, Black Pumas visited The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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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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Download The Current's app to hear a crisp, high-fidelity stream of our station (and our additional streams) wherever you go!

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Power Pop for The Posies

Brian Oake and The Posies

The Posies were in town last night to play the Turf Club, but not before having a lovely meal with our own Brian Oake. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what power pop songs do you want to hear?

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Prince at the NAACP Image Awards in 2005.

Today in Music History: Prince's 'Batman' goes No. 1


Three members of the Rolling Stones were fined after being caught short; Elvis Costello released his debut album; Johnny Cash hit No. 1 in the album charts posthumously; Rufus Wainwright was born; and Prince had a hit album based on a superhero, Today in Music History.

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