Ennio Morricone at the Oscars in 2016.

Ennio Morricone, the sound of the American West, dies at 91


The iconic score to 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly': This is the sound of the American West, at least filtered through the ears of an Italian - specifically, composer Ennio Morricone. He was a giant in the world of film scores who wrote the music for more than 500 movies.

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The Jayhawks, 'XOXO'

Album of the Week: The Jayhawks, 'XOXO'


The album was recorded at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, MN, and at the late Ed Ackerson's Flowers Studio in their native Minneapolis. It sounds like the 'hawks may have used some of Ed's toys on the track, "Homecoming," which features Gary Louris' guitar, hints of psychedelia and a sunny Laurel Canyon vibe.

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Nine amazing TikToks using Prince’s music


TikTok is one of the most magical, surreal, creative apps there is today. Prince was one of the most magical, surreal, creative artists of his time. The two may make a perfect match as Prince’s entire discography is now available for TikTok creators to use legally. Prince was not a fan of his songs appearing…

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Sophia Eris, Lady Midnight, and DJ Keezy launch campaign to fund new venue


Sophia Eris, Lady Midnight, and DJ Keezy have launched a $5 million crowdfunding campaign to open what would be the only professional music venue in Minneapolis owned by women of color. The proposed venue’s name: Auntie’s. “With the recent uprising ignited from the murder of George Floyd combined with accusations of abuse in the music…

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The Current Sessions®

Live Virtual Session: Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes

Dawes - Live Virtual Session

In a virtual interview and live session with The Current's Mac Wilson, Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith talked about how their music, whether it's their 2016 album We're All Gonna Die or their upcoming seventh studio album Good Luck With Whatever, has unintentionally ended up being very suited to the current moment.

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Live Virtual Session: Kathleen Edwards

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Kathleen Edwards joins The Current's Bill DeVille for a Live Virtual Session. The two talked about Edwards's return to music after several years' absence, about her recent collaboration with Maren Morris, and about her experiences running a coffee shop called Quitters.

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Live Virtual Session: Margo Price

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Margo Price joins The Current's Jill Riley for a Live Virtual Session to talk about writing her new record, fitting in the Nashville music scene, and her signing with Loma Vista Records. Hear tracks from Margo's new record, 'That's How Rumors Get Started.'

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Live Virtual Session: Lianne La Havas

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Lianne La Havas joins The Current's Sean McPherson for a Live Virtual Session to talk about and to play two songs from her 2020 self-titled release, releasing Friday. La Havas also plays a selection from her 2015 release, 'Blood.'

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Live Virtual Session: Sorry

Sorry - Live Virtual Session

Asha Lorenz and Louis O'Bryen, the founding members of the British post-punk outfit Sorry, joined Mac Wilson for a virtual 3-song set and interview with The Current.

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All Request Coffee Break

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As we are getting ready to head into Radio Free All Request Weekend, let's get the party started early with an all request morning. What songs would you like to hear for today's 9:30 Coffee Break?

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Today in Music History: Elton and Kiki hit No. 1


Dez Dickerson was born; Elton John and Kiki Dee weren't breaking hearts with their hit single; The Quarrymen played an early gig at Liverpool's Cavern Club and were told to 'cut out the rock'; Herman's Hermits had a No. 1 in the U.S. charts; and the Bee Gees scored their very first U.S. No. 1 hit, Today in Music History.

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