Bill DeVille's Americana Fest 2016 roundup

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The Current's Bill DeVille was recently in Nashville, Tenn., to attend the Americana Festival, held by the Americana Music Association. Bill shares some photos and impressions from the many performances he got to take in during a whirlwind visit to Music City.

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All the Prince memorial performers, from most obvious to least obvious

If there was one trait that most Prince shows shared — aside from musical brilliance — it was unpredictability. After the initial shock of the Xcel Energy Center tribute show line-up wore off, then, it felt almost natural to see a few puzzling names. Some recoiled at John Mayer, and Christina Aguilera’s pick mystified most. The general audience’s biggest concern: “Who is…

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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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Oldchella: Have the classic rock gods outlived their relevance?

Star-studded festival lineups are routine these days, but the lineup for next month’s Desert Trip festival in Indio, Calif., is in a league of its own. The festival is only hosting six acts, and they’re doozies: Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Who, Roger Waters (the golden-era leader of Pink Floyd), and Neil…

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Mary Lucia: a chat with Jon Clifford of HiFi Hair and Records

This week, Mary Lucia lobs a few questions at Jon Clifford, owner of HiFi Hair and Records in Minneapolis. 'Anyone who knows Jonny,' Mary writes, 'knows him for his unbridled support of all things local, his huge love of rock 'n' roll, his recognizable laugh, covetable wardrobe and a heart as big as his mouth.' Get to know more about Jon Clifford in his conversation with Looch.

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The Current Sessions®

Drive-By Truckers perform in The Current studio

'American Band', the new album from Drive-By Truckers, comes out Sept. 30, and is being hailed as the band's most explicitly political record to date. 'Every time I turn on the news or look at my phone, some other just horrendous thing has happened, and often it's so senseless,' says the band's Patterson Hood. Listen to new songs from Drive-By Truckers and to their interview with Sean McPherson.

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Haley Bonar performs in The Current studio

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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Oake and Riley Features

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Coffee Break: Snack attack

According to a recent Forbes report, Minneapolis is one of the top 10 cities for Millennials and Generation Z. Apparently one of the major reasons is that Minneapolis is good at providing competitive salaries and a healthy dose of office snacks. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention snacks?

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Today in Music History: Remembering Miles Davis

The Beatles topped the charts with 'Hey Jude'; Bad Company hit No. 1 with their debut album; Andy Kim sang 'Rock Me Gently'; Tina Turner had a highway named for her; and Miles Davis passed away, Today in Music History.

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