This Sunday, tune in for '50 Songs for 50 Years'

MPR 50th Anniversary

The Current is celebrating 50 years of Minnesota Public Radio -- and 50 years of amazing music. Join host Mac Wilson on Sunday, Jan. 22, from 1 to 5 p.m., as he counts down one song per year of the last half-century, featuring some of the most influential, popular and groundbreaking music from 1967 to now.

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Mary Lucia: Q&A with Reed Wilkerson

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This week, Mary Lucia asks some random questions to Minneapolis singer-songwriter Reed Wilkerson, who's new band, The Revenge Wedding, will make its debut at SXSW this year. Wilkerson also runs a woodworking business and is the owner of 'the sweetest dog, Elle Mae.' Check out Mary and Reed's conversation.

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Paisley Park announces ‘Prince4Ever’ museum tributes for April


Today, Paisley Park announced that it’s adding some new elements to its museum tour experience to highlight Prince’s memory in April, the one-year anniversary of the music icon’s death. A new memorial fence will be built on Paisley Park’s grounds to “display archived fan-donated memorial messages and artifacts originally attached to the exterior perimeter fence…

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Palace Theatre announces three opening-weekend shows


Today, the Palace Theatre announced three shows that will serve to officially open the downtown St. Paul venue in March. First up: Atmosphere are the first act to headline the newly renovated Palace Theatre on Friday, March 10 as a part of their Welcome to Minnesota 2017 tour. Pre-sale tickets ($25) are on sale now…

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DJ Pick of the Week: Mary Lucia - Haley Bonar, 'Stupid Face'


'Haley Bonar's voice is like honey, and I love the way she thinks,' writes Mary Lucia. 'I have no idea what Haley's song 'Stupid Face' is exactly about, and it doesn't really matter to me. If she's singing it, I'm listening to it.' Mary has selected Haley Bonar's track 'Stupid Face' as the DJ Pick of the Week for Jan. 16, 2017.

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Traces of Townes: exploring Townes Van Zandt's Minnesota connections


Although reflections on the life and career of Townes Van Zandt tend to focus largely on the singer's connections to Texas, Colorado and Tennessee, Van Zandt did spend some time in Minnesota. With January 2017 marking 20 years since the singer-songwriter's death, a search for Van Zandt's Minnesota connections unearthed some ties that run deep.

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Go west, Mary Bue! (But please come back.)


Local singer-songwriter Mary Bue has been awarded a residency from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation to live and work in Taos, N.M. for three months. Before she goes, she’ll play a jubilant sendoff show with Alan Sparhawk (Low, Retribution Gospel Choir) and Molly Maher (of Disbelievers fame) at Icehouse on Saturday, Jan. 14. I caught up with…

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The Current Sessions®

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James Vincent McMorrow performs in The Current studio


Following the release of his third album, 'We Move,' James Vincent McMorrow stopped in The Current's studio for a session hosted by Jade. Looking at his trajectory as an artist, McMorrow indicates his artistic output has been informed by his circumstances and his available resources. 'Everything I do is based on what feels right,' he says. Check out the complete in-studio session.

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Alejandro Escovedo performs in The Current studio


Alejandro Escovedo is a true survivor; not only has he enjoyed 40 years in the music business, he's had some very close calls with death, including surviving a category four hurricane. 'I appreciate everything now more than ever,' Escovedo says. Touring in support of his latest album, 'Burn Something Beautiful,' Escovedo and his band stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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Arkells perform in The Current studio


Arkells' frontman Max Kerman is in it for the long game; he's already thinking about how he will age as an artist. 'I've observed the way a lot of bands have aged; there are some bands that can do it really well and some bands can't do it as well,' Kerman says. 'But there's one person who's been really inspiring to me lately ... Leonard Cohen.' Hear more from Arkells in their in-studio session, hosted by Sean McPherson.

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Coffee Break: Songs in the spirit of MLK


Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, marking the birthday of the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear in the spirit of MLK?

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