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Owen Husney reflects on meeting a teenage Prince: ‘He was not an icon then. He was a brilliant human being who was living in a basement’

Earlier this month, the longtime promoter, manager, advertising executive, and musician Owen Husney released his long-in-the-works memoir Famous People Who’ve Met Me. Owen is best known in the Prince universe for his role as Prince’s first manager — specifically, the one that was at Prince’s side helping to negotiate his historic three-album deal with Warner Bros.…

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Andre Cymone performs during a March 2018 tour in Australia

Back from Australia shows, Andre Cymone teases new projects

Having recently played several shows in Australia, both in support of his 2017 album '1969' and as part of the New Power Generation, Andre Cymone is back home in Los Angeles and is ramping up two new albums. 'As an artist, I'm going to do whatever I'm inspired to do,' Cymone says.

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Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize

Rapper Kendrick Lamar is now a Pulitzer Prize winner. Earlier today, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced its 2018 honorees. Among them was Lamar, winning in the music category for his album “DAMN”. The win makes Lamar the first artist to win the award for a composition that’s neither classical nor jazz. Released in April of…

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Musicians rave un2 Prince's joy fantastic

In tribute to Prince's lasting impact on popular music and culture, we've collected quotes from fellow icons who were wowed by his ability to, in Miles Davis' words, "do it all," and a new generation of creative forces who have been influenced by his prodigious legacy. It's a stirring testimonial to the all-around awesomeness that is Prince.

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Review: Margo Price brings tour-tight show to Thalia Hall

I saw a few different cowboy hats in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood last night. The first belonged to a man at the bus stop. Staring through the sunlight, he spots me using my phone and asks, in Spanish, when the 9 is due. “Dos minutos,” I respond, and we spend those two minutes chatting about my…

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The Current Sessions®

Margaret Glaspy performs in The Current studio

Margaret Glaspy in The Current studio

'Born Yesterday,' the new EP from Margaret Glaspy, was largely written while Glaspy was on tour. 'That's why it's only three songs!' Glaspy laughs. In town for a show at First Avenue, Glaspy, along with guitarist Julian Lage, stopped in The Current studio for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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Gang of Youths spread hope and joy in The Current studio

Gang of Youths perform in The Current studio

'I think the whole point of our career was to bring a sense of hope and joy to the circumstances that are devoid of it,' says Gang of Youths frontman David Le'aupepe. 'I think every artist has their purpose, and I think in Gang of Youths, we've sort of found ours.' The Sydney-based band recently visited The Current, where they played their uplifting and empowering songs.

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L.A. Salami performs in The Current studio

L.A. Salami performs in The Current studio

Is the artist L.A. Salami (whose full name is Lookman Adekunle Salami) a storyteller, a philosopher, a poet, or just a dude in a band? 'When arrogance possesses me, I would like to think of myself as one of those,' he says. 'It's whatever people make of it.' L.A. Salami visited The Current today to play three songs that showcase this music-making wordsmith.

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Coffee Break: Drummer singers

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Levon Helm, the drummer and one of the vocalists for The Band, passed away today in 2012. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what drummer singers do you want to hear?

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