Video premiere: Devata Daun sends “Animal Instincts” to space


I never thought of Icehouse as a movie theater before. But last night, when the curtains behind the venue’s stage were swept aside to reveal a mounted screen, I felt like I was sitting in a cinema. On the floor, the patient, hushed audience kept their heads tilted up, and they clapped in anticipation for the main…

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John Moe: Five Songs To Explain The Last 50 Years Of Music

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It's a serious challenge and the stakes are high: 'Let's say a space alien comes to Earth and vows to blow the planet up UNLESS we provide a thorough understanding of the last 50 years of popular music,' writes John Moe. 'Thing is, the alien only has time to listen to five songs.' Read John's list, see how he arrived at it, and then create your own. The fate of the planet depends on it.

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The Chart Show Ballot

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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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Vote: The Current's Local Music Exchange

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The Current wants to share great Minnesota music with the world, so we've partnered up with Manitoba Music - Winnipeg to swap two bands from each city for the ultimate Local Music Exchange.

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First details emerge about October 13 Prince tribute at US Bank Stadium

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The first details have been confirmed regarding the scheduled Prince tribute at US Bank Stadium on October 13. The information emerged in a somewhat roundabout way, appearing in a newsletter from the Minnesota State Arts Board that was circulated among the artistic and nonprofit community Tuesday. “An official Prince Tribute Concert will be held on October 13,…

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Minnesota celebrates Monty Lee Wilkes’s life


Monty Lee Wilkes, born in Sandstone, Minn., passed away on Friday at the age of 54. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer last fall, according to the Star Tribune, and had returned to his parents’ house (in the Kettle River area; about 50 miles southwest of Duluth) for hospice care two weeks ago. Wilkes was a sound…

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Watch Margaret Glaspy perform a Tiny Desk concert at NPR


No overplaying, no frills, just great music and an artist who sounds thrilled to be playing it. Margaret Glaspy performs some songs from her recent album, 'Emotions and Math,' in this session at NPR's Tiny Desk. Glaspy is joined by drummer Tim Kuhl and by (Minnesotan) bassist Chris Morrissey.

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Music News: Dixie Chicks cover ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ at Minnesota State Fair


On Saturday and Sunday, the Dixie Chicks became the first act to headline the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand on back-to-back nights since Alabama did so in 1988. In addition to covering Fleetwood Mac (their hit version of “Landslide”), Bob Dylan (“Mississippi”), and Beyoncé (“Daddy Lessons”), the Chicks paid tribute to Prince with moving covers of “Nothing Compares 2 U.” (City…

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Music News: Prince’s sister says Apollonia 6 will be at Revolution concert


Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson has suggested that Apollonia 6 will be present for at least one of the Revolution’s upcoming reunion shows at First Avenue. “I’ll be down at First Avenue Sept 2nd,” Nelson writes on Facebook. “My gurl Apol[l]onia and the 6 will be there along with Andre Cymone and The Revolution.” Two years ago, Apollonia returned to First Avenue…

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Minnesota State Fair

Music News: Dixie Chicks cover ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ at Minnesota State Fair

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On Saturday and Sunday, the Dixie Chicks became the first act to headline the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand on back-to-back nights since Alabama did so in 1988. In addition to covering Fleetwood Mac (their hit version of “Landslide”), Bob Dylan (“Mississippi”), and Beyoncé (“Daddy Lessons”), the Chicks paid tribute to Prince with moving covers of “Nothing Compares 2 U.” (City…

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Photos: Minnesota State Fair celebrates Prince


The Minnesota State Fair isn’t where I expected to have a reflective, rejuvenating, low-key experience — let alone one involving a bunch of Minnesotans decked in purple and dancing to pounding beats. Last night the masses descended per usual upon the fairgrounds on a gorgeous, hazy Friday. The weather was cool enough to wear a…

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The Current Sessions®

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In town for a couple of shows at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, Brandi Carlile and her band stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs off their forthcoming record, 'The Firewatcher's Daughter.' The session features the live radio premieres of three new songs, including one about which Carlile says, "It's my favorite song on the album, probably my favorite song ever."

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Noooooo!

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Vikings Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee and torn ACL at practice yesterday and is likely out for the entire season. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs that say "no" do you want to hear?

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Today in Music History: Happy Birthday to Van Morrison


Elvis played the last of the only three shows he ever played outside the U.S.; George Harrison was found guilty of 'subconscious plagiarism'; Dire Straits topped the album charts; and Van the Man was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Today in Music History.

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