Sonny Knight gets a star on First Avenue’s wall of fame

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“Rest peacefully, friend,” wrote First Avenue on Instagram, sharing a photo of a star newly painted in honor of the late great Sonny Knight. The soul sensation died earlier this month at age 69, and yesterday his life was celebrated with a memorial service at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church. Read the story of Knight’s life…

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Mary Lucia: Who's on your concert wish list?

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It's summertime, and lots of concerts are being announced. Who are you excited to see? Mary Lucia shares some of the acts she's looking forward to seeing, along with a few favorites of those she has seen, including a few legendary artists.

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The Red Herring

The Current goes to Duluth!


It's been almost a year and a half since The Current's signal went live in Duluth, and with that expansion came one of our favorite summer traditions: The Current Goes to Duluth! This July 28 and 29 The Current hosts and staff are setting up camp in your great city for two days of fun.

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Hear the first songs from all-star all-Minnesota ‘Pet Sounds’ cover album


Twin Cities experimental synth-pop artist and producer Austin Carson — otherwise known as YYY — is working on a re-imagined Pet Sounds cover album with the help of local Minnesota artists. The project, fittingly titled A Tribute to The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, was first announced back in late May. A star-studded list of local musicians have also been…

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‘Twin Peaks’ episode eight recap: Nine Inch Nails drop the bomb


When we started running Twin Peaks episode recaps on The Current’s website, we didn’t expect the show would include a scene of graphic violence to a DJ — on duty, no less! A spin of the Platters’ “My Prayer,” circa 1956, is very rudely interrupted by a “Woodsman” (Robert Broski) who looks like a motor oil spill…

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Phoenix, 'Ti Amo'

Album of the Week: Phoenix, 'Ti Amo'


Built on a theme of an imaginary, idealized Italy, Phoenix's sixth full-length, 'Ti Amo,' is an album that creates a mood. It envelops you in a state of nostalgia and longing for a better time and place, even if it only exists in your mind.

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The Current Sessions®

Justin Townes Earle sings about the things beyond our control


Justin Townes Earle's new album, 'Kids in the Street,' looks at those things in life we cannot control, like the gentrification he's seen in the Nashville where he grew up. 'But it was something that required less venom, less of the bitter, more of the sweet, which takes a long time to see in that situation,' Earle says. Justin Townes Earle visited The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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The Secret Sisters keep it human and honest


Dealing with pain and frustration -- and being honest about it -- resulted in 'You Don't Own Me Anymore,' the beautiful new album from Laura and Lydia Rogers, aka The Secret Sisters. Before a show at The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, the Secret Sisters visited The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Mac Wilson. Listen to the complete session.

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Pokey LaFarge takes his St. Louis-made album on the road

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After spending most of 2016 in or near his hometown of St. Louis, Mo., Pokey LaFarge is now touring in support of his new album, 'Manic Revelations.' Before his first-ever show in the First Avenue Mainroom, LaFarge visited The Current for a live in-studio session hosted by Jade.

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Coffee Break: Name-checking the Beatles and the Stones

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For today's Rock and Roll Book Club, Jay Gabler brought in John McMillan's 2013 book 'Beatles vs. Stones', where he unpacks the most legendary rock rivalry of all time. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that name-check either the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, or bonus points for both?

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