Rock the Cradle 2018

Rock the Cradle 2018: photos from the day

Rock the Cradle is a day of music and fun for kids and their grownups. On Sunday, Feb. 11, thousands of folks of all ages gathered at Mia and the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis for the 13th annual Rock the Cradle, co-presented by The Current and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

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Aretha Franklin

A timeline of Aretha Franklin's hits

Aretha Franklin is the Undisputed Queen of Soul. And the Current's listeners agree: they selected her as one of the honorees in our celebration of Black History Month. We've traced her musical journey with notes and quotes about the songs and albums that forged her magnificent legacy.

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Varsity Theater celebrates reopening with a night of Minnesota music

Dirt Train, Chris Koza, Kiss the Tiger, and DJ Jake Rudh performed at the Varsity Theater last night to celebrate its re-opening under new ownership. The 962-capacity venue has a very long history, spanning over 100 years in Dinkytown. The new staff opened the theater’s doors to some very cold Minnesotan music fans, who felt…

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Toy story: Medium Zach raids his son’s playroom to make fresh beats

Many musicians see their careers change when they have kids. Few actually make music out of their children’s toys, but this is exactly what Zach Bagaason, better known as Medium Zach, does in episode 75 of his #BeatStory video series. I had the opportunity to sit in on the making of this episode with Medium Zach,…

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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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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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Lesley Gore

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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