Review and photos: Local Natives bring energy, integrity to First Avenue

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Some bands rely on the charisma of a sole musician to captivate audiences. Not Local Natives. This was clear last night as soon as First Avenue’s stage lit up in black and white, and Taylor Rice wailed the opening lyrics of “Past Lives,” the first single off of the group’s third LP, Sunlit Youth. They…

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Bon Iver announce ’22, A Million’ listening parties around the world

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With their highly-anticipated album 22, A Million set for release tomorrow, Bon Iver have announced events in cities around the world tonight. While the nature of the events isn’t specified, it seems likely they’ll be listening parties like one that took place last night in the band’s home town of Eau Claire, Wisc. After Bon Iver…

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Preview Conor Oberst's 'Ruminations' Two Weeks Early

Conor Oberst's distinctive warble is set against a spare patchwork of acoustic guitar, piano and the occasional harmonica, drawing most of the attention to his dark, personal words. Stream Oberst's upcoming album, 'Ruminations,' in its entirety before it releases on Oct. 14.

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Bill DeVille's 2016 Americana Fest roundup

The Current's Bill DeVille was recently in Nashville, Tenn., to attend the Americana Festival, held by the Americana Music Association. Bill shares some photos and impressions from the many performances he got to take in during a whirlwind visit to Music City.

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The Current Sessions®

Drive-By Truckers perform in The Current studio

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'American Band', the new album from Drive-By Truckers, comes out Sept. 30, and is being hailed as the band's most explicitly political record to date. 'Every time I turn on the news or look at my phone, some other just horrendous thing has happened, and often it's so senseless,' says the band's Patterson Hood. Listen to new songs from Drive-By Truckers and to their interview with Sean McPherson.

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Haley Bonar performs in The Current studio

Ready to celebrate the release of her latest album, 'Impossible Dream,' at Sociable Cider Werks in Minneapolis on Sunday, Sept. 25, Haley Bonar and her band stopped in to The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.

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Oake and Riley Features

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Coffee Break: Coffee!

September 29 is National Coffee Day, so for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs that mention coffee do you want to hear?

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Today in Music History: Jerry Lee Lewis accidentally shot Norman Owens

The Beatles mixed 'I Am the Walrus'; Grand Funk Railroad got their first of two No. 1 hits; Prince and the Revolution went to No. 1 with 'Let's Go Crazy'; Bruce Springsteen jammed with a house band in Arizona; and piano-rocker Jerry Lee Lewis accidentally shot his bass player, Today in Music History.

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