Friday Five: Mac Irv, Drelli, and more new Minnesota music videos

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Mac Irv, “Misfit” “I just want to make it out and make a difference,” Mac Irv sings on the hook to his newest track. “Misfit” contrasts two versions of the same day, and it’ll hit viewers hard. Drelli, “Chiquita” What a joy. So Cold signee Drelli stars in a Nintendo 64 tennis game, and Gabe Hostetler directs. The “Chiquita”…

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Photos: The Staves and Frankie Lee close out DUSTYGUN Icehouse residency

“The whole of Minneapolis is at Icehouse tonight,” I commented after walking inside the candlelit Nicollet Avenue bar. Chastity Brown sat at a table with friends; Jess Staveley-Taylor stood on stage talking with a tech; members of the media and other familiar faces strolled around the floor. Singer/songwriters Dusty Heart and indie rock band BBGUN were about to play…

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Winona guitar slinger Mike Munson on making the leap to full-time musician

Often, I wonder what artists music lovers think of when they hear the word “Winona.” Perhaps on-the-rise Nick Elstad and his sunny band Sleeping Jesus, or maybe the late great Weathered Heads? Who could forget folk-rockers the Heavy Set? Then, of course, you have indie bands galore: Driftwood Bones, the Ultrasounds, Karate Chop Silence, and…

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Rock the Cradle 2017

Rock the Cradle®: April 9, 2017

Presented by The Current and Children's Minnesota, we're excited to offer another free event for kids and their grown-ups at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Children's Theatre Company on Sunday, April 9!

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DJ Pick of the Week: Chastity Brown, 'Wake Up'

'It's also been a lot of fun to watch Chastity Brown's career blossom since she moved to the Twin Cities from Tennessee in 2006,' writes Jill Riley. 'She has enjoyed an amazing growth as an artist -- and she's having an amazing year as we're looking forward to her new record, 'Silhouette of Sirens.' Jill's DJ Pick of the week is Chastity Brown's 'Wake Up,' from Brown's forthcoming album.

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The Current Sessions®

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Tim Showalter of Strand of Oaks plays a powerful solo set at The Current

While in the Twin Cities, singer-songwriter Tim Showalter of Strand of Oaks stopped at The Current to play a solo piano set in The Current studio. 'It's nice to switch it,' Showalter says of his instrument choice. Listen to the complete session to hear these Strand of Oaks songs like you've not heard them before.

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Cold War Kids preview 'L.A. Divine' with a stripped-down set in The Current studio

In the run-up to the release of their next album, 'L.A. Divine' (due out April 7, 2017), Cold War Kids stopped at The Current for a stripped-down session hosted by Mary Lucia. The new album comes on the heels of 'First,' the band's 2015 hit single. 'What a total rare miracle to have a song do so well and have a whole new audience be introduced to your music,' frontman Nate Willett says.

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'Highway Queen' Nikki Lane makes a stop at The Current

Halfway through a very busy tour for her album, 'Highway Queen,' Nikki Lane stopped at The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Bill DeVille. Lane plays three songs from the album and talks a bit about being called the First Lady of Outlaw Country. 'I think in general, musical cannot be described in words, especially in one word,' Lane says, 'but I am kind of outlaw and I am kind of Americana, and I think a lot of other people are too that don't sound just like Waylon Jennings.'

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Oake and Riley Features

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Today in Music History: A fan takes a bite out of Lou Reed

Billboard published its first U.S. LP chart; Elvis joined the Army; the Bee Gees had their 8th U.S. chart-topper; songwriter extraordinaire Nick Lowe celebrates his birthday; legendary Motown drummer Uriel Jones died; and Lou Reed was bitten by a fan, Today in Music History.

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Chaka Khan

Today in Music History: Chaka Khan is 64

Ruby and the Romantics' day arrived with a No. 1 hit on their first outing; John Lennon was ordered to leave the U.S.; Elvis began his final tour; John Fogerty's baseball homage became a No. 1 album; and Blur frontman Damon Albarn and Chaka Khan were born, Today in Music History.

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