You Need To Know: Dwynell Roland, energetic rapper and essential live artist

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Some people had no idea who Dwynell Roland was when they bought tickets for Rock the Garden 2017. Some people may have heard his name in passing. But some people, especially those who follow local hip-hop, inched their cursor that much closer to the “Buy Tickets” button, and with good reason; Roland’s shows are pure…

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Coffee Break: 'You' first

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Thanks to Bob for writing in with today's Coffee Break topic idea - songs that start with the word "you" or its variants. So what songs would you like to hear that start with "you"?

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Rock the Garden: Tickets are sold out!

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Thank you, MPR Members! With an unprecedented demand Rock the Garden has sold out to members of Minnesota Public Radio and Walker Art Center. Stay tuned for opportunities to win tickets to see Bon Iver, The Revolution, Benjamin Booker, Car Seat Headrest, Margaret Glaspy, Dead Man Winter, Bruise Violet and Dwynell Roland on July 22!

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Today in Music History: 'We Are The World' hits No. 1

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Little Peggy March had a No. 1 hit at age 15; Ringo Starr got married; Oasis packed Man City's old ground; an iconic radio voice was born; Joe Cocker was feelin' alright on national television; and Iggy Pop reunited the Stooges for the first time in 30 years, Today in Music History.

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The Chart Show

The Chart Show Ballot

Vote every week for your top five tracks (and enter our weekly ticket giveaway while you're at it), then tune in Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. CT to see if your favorites make the Chart Show, hosted by Mark Wheat!

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Time Machine Tuesday

Take The Current's Time Machine Quiz: 1978

On Tuesday night, Bill DeVille hosted a Time Machine all about music from the year 1978. Now take the quiz: Listen to the mashup of five songs from the show, and see if you can identify them.

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Mary Lucia: Help Wanted

The musician Mac DeMarco recently posted a legit job opening looking for someone to help his mother run his fan club. 'This is where I felt out of touch,' Mary Lucia writes. 'The bands I grew up with were not snuggled up next to Mums creating band flyers for their next gig.' Read more and share your thoughts.

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‘Stop Making Sense’ director Jonathan Demme dies at 73

Acclaimed filmmaker Jonathan Demme has died at age 73. The director’s family confirmed the death, due to esophageal cancer and heart disease, to Indiewire. Among Demme’s many achievements is the 1984 movie that’s been called the greatest concert film ever made: Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense. Demme, who won an Oscar for directing The Silence of the…

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Photos: Prince’s Toronto house reportedly goes up for sale at $13 million

A Toronto house owned by Prince from 2001 to 2006 is reportedly up for sale, at an asking price of $13,186,500. “This sensational bungalow offers a dramatic floor plan and a majestic ambience for entertaining on a global level,” gushes a real estate listing. Though the listing specifies only an “acclaimed international music celebrity” as a…

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The Current Sessions®

The New Pornographers play a stripped-down set in The Current studio

In town for a show at First Avenue, the New Pornographers stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Brian Oake and Jill Riley. Frontman and chief songwriter A.C. Newman explains how he'd love to write a song like 'Daydream Believer' -- and how the video for the song 'High Ticket Attractions' was shot by Minnesota filmmaker Dan Huiting.

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Bob Mould performs #MicroShow at the Turf Club in St. Paul

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In April of 2016, The Current hosted a #MicroShow with Bob Mould at the Turf Club in St. Paul. On the same day that Prince passed away, Mould shared a blistering and cathartic eleven-song set from his time in Sugar and his work as a soloist. Listen to songs from that performance on our website.

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