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Janelle Monae lets freedom ring at Prince-dedicated State Theatre show


Over the past decade, she’s played to half-full rooms and slogged her way through opening sets in front of distracted crowds. She’s dreamed up ambitious, larger-than-life stage presentations and crammed them into the wings of tiny clubs. After years of paying her dues — and taking a hiatus from performing music to become a full-fledged…

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Listen to Looch: Concert Questionnaire

Listen to Looch: Concert Questionnaire


This week, Mary Lucia, together with The Current's Music Assistant Jesse Wiza, answer questions to a concert survey that's popular on social media. Hear Mary and Jesse's answers, then share your own.

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Richard Swift, of the Shins and the Arcs, dies at 41


Richard Swift, a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for his work with the Shins and the Arcs among many other artists, has died at age 41 of an unspecified medical condition. “Today the world lost one of the most talented musicians I know,” wrote Dan Auerbach, who collaborated with Swift in both the Arcs and the…

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Changing the culture of Hip-Hop in Minnesota with DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip and J-Plaza


Stemming from a love of music mixed with civic pride, the 'Best of Minnesota Mixtape, Vol. 1,' by DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip, J. Plaza, and Mr. dolo is meant to advance the local hip hop scene. 'I want to push forward the originality in Minnesota and starting to develop our own sound,' says DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip. Jeffrey Bissoy-Mattis spoke with Tiiiiiiiiiip and J. Plaza about the entire genesis of the project.

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Did Bob Dylan actually inspire the name of Rolling Stone magazine?


When a Rolling Stone article recently dissed Duluth, Mayor Emily Larson responded with an open letter that, among other things, invoked Bob Dylan. “Isn’t your magazine named after a song by some guy?” she wrote. “Yeah. He was born here.” Friday, June 22nd, 2018An Open Letter to Ana Marie Cox and Rolling Stone:Those of us here…

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Music on TV this week: rerun week and an online preview


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.

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Coffee Break: World Emoji Day

Chip Cramer of Big Fork carries his Midway prize.

Today is World Emoji Day - an unofficial holiday celebrated on July 17 that recognizes Shigetaka Kurita, a Japanese designer that developed the tiny graphic images in 1999. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention a particular emoji?

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Today in Music History: Remembering Ron Asheton


The Beatles released 'All You Need Is Love'; John Coltrane passed away; Simple Minds made their live debut; Virgin Records signed Keith Richards to a solo deal; Bono received the French government's highest cultural honor; and Ron Asheton was born, Today in Music History.

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