Album of the Week: Bon Iver, '22, A Million'

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While it's fair to say that '22, A Million' is experimental in nature, it is still, at its core, a Bon Iver record. There are quiet, heart-rending moments, there are epic moments, and one of the album's defining characteristics is that it rewards repeat listens.

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First Listen: John Prine, 'For Better, Or Worse'

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On the cusp of his 70th birthday, the revered singer-songwriter sets down his pen to explore country classics with some stellar duet partners. Stream 'For Better, Or Worse,' in its entirety before it releases on Sept. 30.

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Haley Bonar performs in The Current studio

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Ready to celebrate the release of her latest album, 'Impossible Dream,' at Sociable Cider Werks in Minneapolis on Sunday, Sept. 25, Haley Bonar and her band stopped in to The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.

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Sheila E announces benefit show on October 23 at Orchestra Hall


Legendary drummer and Prince collaborator Sheila E visited the Sabanthi Community Center in South Minneapolis this morning (the very same building where Prince attended Central High School in the 1970s) to announce the “Purple Philanthropy Sheila E. Benefit Concert,” happening October 23 at Orchestra Hall. When plans were being solidified for the October 13 Prince…

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Friday Five: Astronautalis, Lizzo, and more new Minnesota music videos


Astronautalis, “Kurt Cobain” Jacksonville, Florida native Astronautalis delves into his past on “Kurt Cobain,” the opening track from new album Cut The Body Loose. The video is visually arresting, even as the rapper recounts having guns pulled on him (“Gun pulled on me by a cop one time/ Four guns pulled on me in Atlanta last night”), and the shoutouts…

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Eyedea documentary to be screened October 9 at the Parkway


Minnesota music has not forgotten Micheal “Eyedea” Larsen, the talented rapper who died six years ago at 28 years old. Following its premiere at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival last spring, Brandon Crowson’s documentary The World Has No Eyedea is being shown at the Parkway Theater on October 9, and the members of the local scene…

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Giveaways

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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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The Current Sessions®

Haley Bonar performs in The Current studio

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Ready to celebrate the release of her latest album, 'Impossible Dream,' at Sociable Cider Werks in Minneapolis on Sunday, Sept. 25, Haley Bonar and her band stopped in to The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.

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The Posies perform in The Current studio


With a career stretching back nearly 30 years, the Posies are touring in support of their latest album, 'Solid States'. In a session hosted by Brian Oake, the Posies' Ken Stringfellow considers what's fueled the band's longevity. 'We have esoteric tastes and we're curious people,' he says. 'We're not going to stay in one spot.' Check out the complete session.

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Oake and Riley Features

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Coffee Break: Musical rivalries


Tonight, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will go toe to toe in the first presidential debate, which might very well be one of the most-watched political events ever. So in the spirit of this debate, for today's Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear by musicians who are famous for their musical rivalries?

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