Kelly's Bar in Red Wing, Minnesota

Is the Trampled By Turtles song 'Kelly's Bar' inspired by a real place? It sure is

After the release of Trampled By Turtles' new single, 'Kelly's Bar,' the people at Kelly's Tap House in Red Wing, Minn., have been enjoying the results of being a Minnesota music landmark. 'People have been coming in saying that they wanted eat at the place that Trampled By Turtles were singing about,' says bartender Mitch Anderson, who remembers when Dave Simonett frequented the establishment.

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Holidae debut “Royalty” video, announce forthcoming EP

Pop duo Holidae made a splash in 2016, winning the Star Tribune‘s Are You Local? contest and performing sets all over the Twin Cities. Then, they briefly dipped under the radar. Today, vocalist Ashley Gold and producer Garrett Neal are back with big news; not only have they dropped a new music video today, they’re also planning…

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Aar Manta makes successful return to plan Minnesota residency after visa frustrations

Representatives from the Cedar Cultural Center were relieved to inform us that Aar Manta, the London-based Somali Muslim singer, has successfully returned to Minnesota on a year-long visa to begin planning a statewide residency through the rest of 2018 and into 2019. Back in October, a residency scheduled through the Cedar’s Midnimo program was canceled when Manta…

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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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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Drummer singers

Levon Helm

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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