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Cory Wong celebrates debut album, recorded live on video


Minneapolis guitarist Cory Wong is having a CD release show for his debut album, Cory Wong and the Green Screen Band, at Icehouse on Oct. 20. The album, which he released at the end of September, was no easy feat: it features over 20 different musicians and seven of the tracks are accompanied by music videos that spotlight…

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Beyoncé pays tribute to Prince: ‘He dared to fight for what was rightfully his’


Beyoncé has penned a foreword to Prince: A Private View, a forthcoming book of photographs by Afshin Shahidi. The photographs themselves, of course, are stunning — documenting Prince in settings ranging from Tokyo to Morocco to Paisley Park, coupled with Shahidi’s recollections. Given how rare public statements of any kind by Beyoncé are, though, it’s her…

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Photos: Tash Sultana gets real at the Cedar


If millennials demand transparency, it’s no wonder we love Tash Sultana. People of all ages have gotten attached to the 22-year-old Australian, of course, but there’s something quintessentially Tumblr-generation about her and her honesty. Who else knows they’ll be cheered on after telling journalists about their drug-induced psychosis? The mental-health issues that pushed them to cancel…

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Iron & Wine perform in The Current's studio

Iron & Wine visit The Current's studios

Iron & Wine released their sixth album of new material, Beast Epic, on August 25, 2017. Here's songwriter/lead vocalist Sam Beam and a full band playing "Call It Dreaming," "About A Bruise," and "Thomas County Law" in The Current's studio.

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#MicroShow: Josh Ritter showcases songs from 'Gathering'

Josh Ritter MicroShow

On Sept. 23, 2017, a select group of The Current's listeners were treated to a #MicroShow with Josh Ritter, who performed at the Clown Lounge within the Turf Club in St. Paul. Ritter performed a number of songs from his latest album, 'Gathering,' which was released just one day before this MicroShow was recorded.

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Hear three new songs from Anderson East

Anderson East performs in The Current studio

Anderson East and his band are touring the country, road-testing some recent singles from a not-yet-announced album. Traveling up through the Twin Cities between gigs in Madison, Wis., and the Wisconsin Dells, Anderson East and his band spoke with Mac Wilson and played some of the songs they've been woodshedding.

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Broken Social Scene share big songs and a positive message


After releasing 'Hug of Thunder,' their first album in seven years, Broken Social Scene stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mary Lucia. 'It felt like a very good time to come back with our unity vibe and with our friendship vibe,' says the band's Kevin Drew.

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Coffee Break: Little blanks

Little Richard

Today in 1951, eighteen-year-old Richard Penniman, a.k.a. Little Richard, made his first recordings at a studio in Atlanta. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that have "Little" in the title or chorus?

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Today in Music History: CBGB closes its doors


The legendary CBGB closed its doors; Little Richard made his first recordings for RCA; Sam Cooke's greatest hit was released; Grace Slick joined the Jefferson Airplane; CCR called it quits; and Bob Mould was born in Malone, N.Y., 55 years ago Today in Music History.

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