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Wellness Wednesday: Marla Khan-Schwartz on COVID-19 testing in Hennepin County

We are currently in the midst of a third wave of COVID-19 across the United States, and of course Minnesota is not exempt. We know that one of the best ways to combat COVID-19 is to carry out testing. It's hard, after all, to mitigate a threat if you don't know where it is, and so it is more crucial now than ever for us and our communities to conduct and have access to accurate COVID-19 testing.

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The Current Rewind: 11/02/04

The Current Rewind: Nov. 2, 2004

First Avenue went into bankruptcy on Election Day 2004. Some folks took this to be the end of First Ave. But others - including devoted employees, local music fans, and a certain stage-diving ally in City Hall - would not rest until they'd saved the club.

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OK Go with marching band

OK Go offer an anthem for 2020, with the help of a marching band

When OK Go released 'This Too Shall Pass' in 2010, they probably didn't think the song would go viral 10 years later. But that's exactly what has happened, thanks to a meaningful title for a pandemic-addled world and a quirky marching-band video that can't help but put a smile on viewers' faces.

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James Mercer of the Shins talks about 'The Great Divide'

Jill Riley of The Current's Morning Show interviews James Mercer of the Shins about the band's new single, 'The Great Divide.' Mercer also talks about how he's been spending his time during the pandemic, and about what the Shins have been doing in support of Save Our Stages.

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Gorillaz, 'Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez'

Album of the Week: Gorillaz, 'Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez'

It makes sense that a concept band who was ahead of their time when releasing their debut in 2001 sounds of the moment in 2020. Gorillaz always filled the space between genres that countless acts try to master. Over two decades, you hear how Albarn and Hewlett's vision to form a virtual band no longer seems out of place as life and music has gone virtual.

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Morris Day and the Time performing in 2020

Listen to an interview and brand-new song from Morris Day

As Purple Current marks the end of Daylight Saving Time with 25 Hours of The Time, host Sean McPherson connected with legendary frontman Morris Day, who shares some stories about his career and also talks about the new song, 'Cooler Than Santa Claus,' a funky holiday number making its Purple Current debut today.

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Friday Five: Classic spooky videos from Minnesota musicians

The local music scene exists with a hint of Halloween all year ’round. There are the creepy clowns in the Turf Club basement, that one drafty stall in the First Ave bathroom where there just has to be a ghost, not to mention running into Tinder matches turned ghosts. While spooky festivities look different this year for…

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The Current Sessions®

Josh Ritter: Virtual Session

Josh Ritter: Virtual Session with The Current

Josh Ritter joins The Current for a virtual session. Hear songs from his new EP, 'See Here, I Have Built You A Mansion,' plus a familiar favorite.

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Blu DeTiger: Virtual Session

Blu DeTiger - Virtual Session

Blu DeTiger joins us for a virtual session to perform a few tracks she's released this summer, and talks to us about sharpening her skills while playing bass over DJ sets in New York clubs pre-quarantine, finding success on Tik Tok, and what she'll be releasing later this fall.

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Samia: Virtual Session

Samia: Virtual Session

SAMIA shares songs from her upcoming record, The Baby, and talks to Jade about recording in Minneapolis with members of Hippo Campus, getting over fears of being alone, and what it's like to release a debut record during a pandemic.

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Ondara: Virtual Session


Jade spoke to Ondara about how growing up in Kenya influences his view of America today, how Carl Sagan has inspired him, and what he'll be working on this fall.

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Coffee Break: Leading ladies of rock

Alison Mosshart

We put the spotlight on Alison Mosshart this morning - lead vocalist of the Kills and the Dead Weather - as she turns 42 today. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what leading ladies of rock do you want to hear?

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The Kills

Today in Music History: Happy Birthday, Alison Mosshart

Alison Mosshart was born; The first jukebox was installed; Elvis Presley got punched; Billy Swan had a one-hit wonder; Rush performed in Rip; Bono and The Edge surprised the audience at a charity gig; and blues legend Robert Johnson began his first recording session, Today in Music History.

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