Coffee Break: Products and brands


A study that Bloomberg recently released analyzed the lyrics of Top 20 songs from the past three years, and found that the Rolls-Royce is pop music's hottest brand. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs that mention products and brands do you want to hear?

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Rock and Roll Book Club: 'The Man Who Carried Cash'

Julie Chadwick's 'The Man Who Carried Cash.'

If there's any job that really stretches the contractual phrase 'other duties as required,' it's the job of a rock star's manager. That much becomes very clear in 'The Man Who Carried Cash,' a new book about Johnny Cash's longtime manager Saul Holiff.

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Sherman Alexie mourns Prince in noble new poem


You may know Sherman Alexie wrote The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. You may know he’s the most renowned Native American author of our time (but he’s not your model minority). However, you may not be familiar with this trait of Alexie’s: an abiding…

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The Current Sessions®

Amy Shark visits The Current as her music career takes off

Amy Shark performs in The Current studio

'It's still blowing my mind that I'm from a long way away, and my little song's being played in Minnesota,' says Australian singer-songwriter Amy Shark. 'It's amazing.' Amy Shark shared songs and stories when she visited The Current's studio for a session hosted by Jill Riley.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Band names that lie

Mumford & Sons

Sometimes bands will choose a name for themselves that is simply not factual. Maybe they are "The *blank Sisters" or "*blank* and Sons" or they are named after a last name that none of them have. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from band names that lie?

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