Interpol, 'Marauder'

Album of the Week: Interpol, 'Marauder'


Since their debut 'Turn On The Bright Lights,' Interpol has stayed true to their brand of modern rock that once felt like a more decadent version of their post punk and shoegaze influences.

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Morris Hayes on 'The Rainbow Children'


Morris Hayes has it all: candor, a sense of humor, and musical chops that earned him the title of keyboardist, then musical director in Prince's band. He sat down with Purple Current host Sean McPherson for a marathon interview about Prince albums from 1995-2010, plus miscellaneous other stories he remembered as they went. Due to overwhelming demand, we're publishing the full interview album by album.

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Music News: Spice Girls to reunite (without Posh)


The Spice Girls will reunite for a tour (at least mostly) without Victoria Beckham, says Mel B. Also today, Aretha Franklin and the Box Tops are being inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame; and Ronnie James Dio's estate is auctioning 666 items. Today's new releases include albums by Jungle, Low, and Willie Nelson - and a sassy new Mariah Carey single.

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Interview with Paul Weller


Paul Weller's new album, 'True Meanings,' releases Friday, Sept. 14. Not too long ago, The Current's Jim McGuinn sat down for a conversation with Weller, who shared thoughts about his career now and about how his earlier career -- as part of such seminal bands as the Jam and the Style Council -- has shaped where he is today.

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Morris Hayes talks with Sean McPherson at The Current

Morris Hayes on 'Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic'


Morris Hayes has it all: candor, a sense of humor, and musical chops that earned him the title of keyboardist, then musical director in Prince's band. He sat down with Purple Current host Sean McPherson for a marathon interview about Prince albums from 1995-2010, plus miscellaneous other stories he remembered as they went. Due to overwhelming demand, we're publishing the full interview album by album.

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Morris Hayes talks with Sean McPherson at The Current

Morris Hayes on 'Emancipation'


Morris Hayes has it all: candor, a sense of humor, and musical chops that earned him the title of keyboardist, then musical director in Prince's band. He sat down with Purple Current host Sean McPherson for a marathon interview about Prince albums from 1995-2010, plus miscellaneous other stories he remembered as they went. Due to overwhelming demand, we're publishing the full interview album by album.

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Longtime 400 Bar co-owner Tom Sullivan dies at 62


Tom Sullivan, who co-owned the legendary Minneapolis music venue the 400 Bar from 1996 until its closing in 2013, died on Tuesday at age 62. Sullivan “died peacefully in his sleep,” his brother Bill told the Star Tribune; the cause of death is not yet known. Sullivan and his brother Bill, a former tour manager…

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Prince Essentials

23 Prince albums from 1995-2010 now available on streaming services

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As the result of a distribution deal with Sony, 23 Prince albums originally released from 1995 to 2010 are now available on major streaming services. Some were previously available on Tidal, but the widespread availability of these albums — some of which were originally released only to members of Prince’s NPG Music Club — will…

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Music News: 'Tis the season for Christmas album announcements

William Shatner's album 'Shatner Claus.'

The Monkees, Eric Clapton, and William Shatner (!) are among several artists who have announced new Christmas albums for this holiday season. Also, Spotify is letting artists directly upload music; KISS are calling it quits (again); Noah Cyrus is literally selling her tears; and Dickey Betts is in critical condition. For today's viral clip, we enjoy Topaz Jones's throwback 'Toothache' video.

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In about ten minutes a day, hosts Jay Gabler and Jade put music industry headlines in context, share breaking news about upcoming releases, and surprise listeners with strange-but-true stories. Entertaining, conversational, and informative, The Current Music News is an essential daily listen for fans of all genres of music to catch up on the news that matters about today’s most essential artists.

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Leon Bridges plays solo acoustic songs at The Current

Leon Bridges: portraits at The Current

In town for two nights of shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Leon Bridges walked over to The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Jade. Performing solo and with an acoustic guitar, Bridges played a couple songs off his latest album, 'Good Thing.' Bridges also pulled back the curtain on his songwriting process.

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Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats perform a #MicroShow at the Turf Club

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats' MicroShow at the Turf Club

On Monday, Aug. 6, a select group of The Current's listeners were treated to a #MicroShow with Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, who performed at the Turf Club (capacity 350) in St. Paul. The band's generous set includes seven songs from their latest release, 'Tearing at the Seams,' plus a favorite from their breakout self-titled album from 2015.

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Coffee Break: Rain

Gustave Caillebotte - Paris Street; Rainy Day

It's been raining all week and the rain doesn't look like it's going to let up for another day or two, so for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what rain songs do you want to hear?

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