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Bobby Z remembers Prince and the inspiration behind ‘1999’


Bobby Z knew Prince for 43 years. The two spent time together growing up in Minneapolis and played with each other for years in the Revolution. Stopping by The Current’s studio, Z shared some of the memories he made with Prince. One of his most memorable ones was working on the essential Prince album, 1999.…

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St. Vincent with Sleater-Kinney.

Music News: St. Vincent producing new Sleater-Kinney album


St. Vincent has announced that she's producing the next Sleater-Kinney album! Also in the news today: Beyonce shops at Target like the rest of us, two pieces of good news for David Bowie fans, Elvis Presley tribute planned, Bonnaroo lineup announced, and an all-star singalong to Kelly Clarkson's 'Since U Been Gone.'

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New Monday night jazz series to kick off at Icehouse


The day drummer JT Bates announced the end of his longtime series, JT’s Jazz Implosion, was a sad day for the Twin Cities jazz community. Bates had been running the series for more than 20 years and many musicians and fans were disappointed to see a boon to the experimental jazz scene grow suddenly disappear.…

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Two x Deux: Molly Maher inaugurates new live duet series at Vieux Carre


It’s the split-second of hesitation, that beat of uncertainty, when two musicians must wordlessly communicate where a melody is leading, and how one harmony will flow seamlessly into the next, that has singer-songwriter Molly Maher hooked on the art of the duet. Starting tomorrow, Jan. 8, she will host a weekly series where musical pairs take…

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Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen pose with Rami Malek.

Music News: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' upsets 'A Star is Born' at Golden Globes


The Queen biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' won big at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, upsetting odds-on favorite 'A Star Is Born.' Also in the news today: Wayne Coyne got married in (of course) a bubble, Britney Spears is taking a hiatus, drummer Honey Lantree had died at 75, Coachella is naming 'safety ambassadors,' and Chance the Rapper hangs out with Cookie Monster.

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Music on TV this week: Jeff Tweedy, Alessia Cara, Mt. Joy


Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings and find performance videos as the week progresses. You can also subscribe to receive the week's schedule in your inbox to plan your TV viewing around music.

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Review: Best New Bands of 2018 spotlights noisy women


I have a certain admiration for angry people. As a citizen and scholar of the United States, I’ve read about the provocative suffragettes; the can’t-be-tamed flag-wavers; the defiant revolutionaries. I’ve imagined myself joining their fights. But when I think about the issues threaded through present-day America, I feel numb and/or scared more often than roused.…

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Alice Merton, 'Mint'

Album of the Week: Alice Merton, 'Mint'


'Mint' is an album of great songs and songwriting without trying to be anything more than what you already expect. Alice Merton is the indie pop trendsetter of 2019 and sets the tone for those to follow.

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The Current Sessions®

Larkin Poe perform in The Current studio

Larkin Poe perform in The Current studio

Sisters Megan and Rebecca Lovell are the nucleus of Larkin Poe. They perform powerful songs with a rootsy Southern underpinning. Their latest album, 'Venom & Faith,' was released on Nov. 9, 2018, and was self-produced. Larkin Poe stopped at The Current to talk about their songwriting process and to perform a couple tracks from the album, as well as one of their favorite Lead Belly tunes.

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Kurt Vile performs a solo acoustic set at The Current

Kurt Vile performs in The Current studio

Ahead of a show with his band the Violators in the First Avenue Mainroom, Kurt Vile stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mary Lucia. Vile played solo acoustic versions of a couple songs from his latest album, 'Bottle It In,' and one from his 2011 release, 'Smoke Ring for My Halo.'

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John Grant performs in The Current studio

John Grant performs in The Current studio

Michigan-born, Reykjavik-based musician John Grant is a fascinating individual even before he starts performing songs. Ahead of a show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis, Grant stopped at The Current studio to play songs and to engage in lively and thoughtful conversation with host Mac Wilson.

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Haley performs instrumentals from 'Pleasureland' in The Current studio

HALEY performs in The Current studio

Although Haley has composed instrumental music before, her 2018 release 'Pleasureland' is her first all-instrumental full-length. 'This was so much more satisfying when I wasn't trying to say something with words,' Haley says. 'It was how I felt and what I connected to.' Haley, along with Jeremy Ylvisaker, visited The Current studio to play music from 'Pleasureland.'

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Songs your dad hates

Dirty Dancing

In 1987, Jill Riley's childhood home was filled with the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, and her dad thus retreated to the garage for about a year. Whether it's punk rock, novelty soundtracks, kiddie bop, or screamo, surely we all played something that irked our dads. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that your dad hated?

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