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The Current deconstructs Prince’s multifaceted sound


As we approach the two-year anniversary of Prince’s untimely passing next Saturday, April 21, hundreds of people from around the world will make the pilgrimage to Minneapolis to honor him in his hometown. The week will culminate in the big Prince from Minneapolis symposium at the University of Minnesota on April 16-18 and the now-annual Celebration…

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Friday Five: Dan Israel, Jolly Pops, and more new Minnesota music videos


Dan Israel — “You’re Free” Veteran singer-songwriter Dan Israel, who was the first ever musical guest on The Current’s Local Show, is back with his 14th album. You’re Free is out now, and Israel will be celebrating the release with a May 9 show at the Cedar Cultural Center. Photographer and videographer Steven Cohen shot the…

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Photographer Mick Rock

Mary Lucia: a conversation with legendary photographer Mick Rock


Mick Rock is a legendary photographer who has captured iconic images of artists like Syd Barrett, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Queen, the Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Blondie, Joan Jett and so many more. Mary Lucia recently had the chance to speak to Mick Rock about his longtime friendship with David Bowie and about his ongoing career as a pioneering rock photographer.

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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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