Watch a 1988 documentary on the Minneapolis Sound

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KTCA-TV (the station now known as Twin Cities PBS) aired The Minneapolis Sound in 1988, narrated and produced by Emily Goldberg. The 60-minute documentary spotlighted artists including Prince, the Time, the Replacements, Hüsker Dü, the Jets, Alexander O’Neal, and others, and it’s just emerged on YouTube. “Right now, Minneapolis has become one of the major music centers…

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The Chart Show

The Chart Show Ballot


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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MPR 50th Anniversary

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


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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Reed Wilkerson and Elle Mae

Mary Lucia: Q&A with Reed Wilkerson


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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The Current Sessions®

James Vincent McMorrow in studio

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 in studio

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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Max Kerman of Arkells in studio

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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Oake and Riley Features

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Coffee Break: Songs with a political message


Fiona Apple is featured in a new song called "Tiny Hands" written for the Women's March on Washington happening Saturday, the day after the inauguration. The song has one simple message for our president-elect, but it's a strong one. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that have political messages?

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