Ennio Morricone at the Oscars in 2016.

Ennio Morricone, the sound of the American West, dies at 91


The iconic score to 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly': This is the sound of the American West, at least filtered through the ears of an Italian - specifically, composer Ennio Morricone. He was a giant in the world of film scores who wrote the music for more than 500 movies.

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The Jayhawks, 'XOXO'

Album of the Week: The Jayhawks, 'XOXO'


The album was recorded at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, MN, and at the late Ed Ackerson's Flowers Studio in their native Minneapolis. It sounds like the 'hawks may have used some of Ed's toys on the track, "Homecoming," which features Gary Louris' guitar, hints of psychedelia and a sunny Laurel Canyon vibe.

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Nine amazing TikToks using Prince’s music


TikTok is one of the most magical, surreal, creative apps there is today. Prince was one of the most magical, surreal, creative artists of his time. The two may make a perfect match as Prince’s entire discography is now available for TikTok creators to use legally. Prince was not a fan of his songs appearing…

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Sophia Eris, Lady Midnight, and DJ Keezy launch campaign to fund new venue


Sophia Eris, Lady Midnight, and DJ Keezy have launched a $5 million crowdfunding campaign to open what would be the only professional music venue in Minneapolis owned by women of color. The proposed venue’s name: Auntie’s. “With the recent uprising ignited from the murder of George Floyd combined with accusations of abuse in the music…

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The Chicks perform with Beyonce in 2016.

Music News: Country music faces racial reckoning


Changing their name to the Chicks, the band formerly known as the Dixie Chicks have declared that they want to 'meet this moment.' Is this the moment when country music finally faces a reckoning that will unseat the genre's longstanding racial exclusion?

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Live Virtual Session: Sorry

Sorry - Live Virtual Session

Asha Lorenz and Louis O'Bryen, the founding members of the British post-punk outfit Sorry, joined Mac Wilson for a virtual 3-song set and interview with The Current.

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Live Virtual Session: The Jayhawks

The Jayhawks, Live Virtual Session

On the week of the release of their latest album, 'XOXO,' the Jayhawks performed a very special Live Virtual Session for The Current. Between songs, frontman Gary Louris talks with host Bill DeVille about the new album.

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Live Virtual Session: The Beths

Live Virtual Session - The Beths

The Current's Jade hosted a Live Virtual Session with Elizabeth Stokes and Jonathan Pearce of the Beths, connecting from their rehearsal space in New Zealand. Stokes and Pearce said that they are looking forward to playing new songs live and seeing how people react to them.

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Live Virtual Session: Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo - Live Virtual Session

Beninese singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo connected with The Current's Sean McPherson from Paris, where Kidjo has been spending time with her family throughout the duration of the global pandemic. Kidjo talks about some of her influences and performs three songs that reflect those influences.

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Live Virtual Session: Indigo Girls

Live Virtual Session - Indigo Girls updated graphic

The Indigo Girls - Amy Ray and Emily Saliers - join host Andrea Swensson for a Live Virtual Session, playing songs from their new album, 'Look Long.' Ray and Saliers also talk about current events and their longtime, ongoing activism.

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Coin-operated Coffee Break

Blue Piggy Bank With Coins

Due to the pandemic, there is a nationwide coin shortage. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention any type of coins?

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