Music News: Sharon Van Etten releases song for Orlando victims

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Sharon Van Etten has released “Not Myself,” a song written in the aftermath of June’s mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub. “In the memory of those trying to be safe and be themselves,” writes the singer-songwriter in an accompanying statement, “I hope we can all come together to help prevent another massacre like this and…

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Minnesota Wild change goal song to Prince’s ‘Let’s Go Crazy’


The Minnesota Wild have announced that in response to fan demand, they’re officially changing the song played in celebration when the team scores a goal. Formerly Joe Satriani’s “Crowd Chant,” the song will now be Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” The Wild seem surprised to have made national headlines merely by surveying season ticket holders about…

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Bill DeVille's 2016 State Fair Music Preview

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The Current's Bill DeVille is a big fan of the Minnesota State Fair, particularly the live music available on the various stages throughout the fairgrounds. Bill recently had a look at the daily rundown of acts around the State Fair, and he's picked some artists you may want to check out during your visit to this year's Fair.

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Music News: Coldplay and James Corden cover ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’

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On Sunday night at the Rose Bowl, Coldplay invited James Corden to join them onstage for a cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.” It being Corden’s birthday, the band brought a cake out to give to the TV host after their duet. (Stereogum) Warpaint relocate Varsity gig Warpaint have relocated a planned Sept. 29 Varsity Theater show to…

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Vote: The Current's Local Music Exchange


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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Review and photos: The Local Show’s Artists to Watch


The Twin Cities enjoyed a bounty of concerts on Saturday night. Metallica rocked U.S. Bank Stadium; Wilco played Hall’s Island; Har Mar Superstar, Flume, Square Lake Music & Film Festival, and a half dozen other shows went down all over the metro. The Cedar, though, had an edge (plus written support from U.S. Representative Keith Ellison; read his letter…

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Keith Ellison writes letter supporting Minnesota music


On Saturday night at the Cedar Cultural Center, ten up-and-coming local artists played The Local Show’s Artists to Watch showcase. In honor of the occasion, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison — whose congressional district includes the City of Minneapolis — penned a letter supporting the artists, and local music generally. The letter was read onstage at…

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Album of the Week: Joseph, 'I'm Alone, No You're Not'


'I'm Alone, No You're Not' could be considered the debut from one of the year's most promising acts. Although it's not Joseph's first album, it's a musical statement that the sister trio from Portland, Ore., have found their voices as songwriters and performers.

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Music News: Tragically Hip say goodbye as Justin Trudeau pays tribute


With frontman Gord Downie facing terminal brain cancer, the Tragically Hip played their final show Saturday night in Kingston, Ont. Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau was on hand to pay tribute. (Pitchfork) Read Jim McGuinn’s story about taking a road trip to Winnipeg to see a show on the band’s goodbye tour. Frank Ocean album finally drops It’s finally…

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Review and photos: Metallica rocks U.S. Bank Stadium


The first time Metallica performed in the Twin Cities was Feb. 6, 1985. They performed at First Ave (or, according to a t-shirt listing every Twin Cities show they’ve done, “The First Avenue”) in support of the Ride the Lightning album. Thirty-one years later, the metal monsters rolled into town for a show just down the road from…

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Review and photos: Wilco charm Minneapolis at Hall’s Island


Last night, Wilco and Kurt Vile delighted concertgoers at Hall’s Island in Northeast Minneapolis. Despite the weather, people happily braved the drizzle for a chance to see Wilco perform in the Twin Cities once again, and they were not disappointed. Wilco charmed the audience and even treated the crowd to a special, acoustic double encore.…

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Metallica still melt faces – just like Batman and Vivaldi


On Friday, June 23, 1989, Metallica and crew attended a public screening of Tim Burton’s Batman at the local cineplex in my hometown of Waukesha, Wisc. I was 16 years old, quite excited to see Batman, and totally unaware that we were in the presence of future metal legends. There was one seat left in…

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The Current Studio Sessions

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Born and raised in Shreveport, La., singer-songwriter Kyle Craft now lives in Portland, Ore., where his music career began in earnest. 'A lot of things had ended, and I guess I needed a new start,' he says of his move to Portland. That new start resulted in Craft's debut album, 'Dolls of Highland,' and a subsequent tour that brings him to the Turf Club as well as to the studio at The Current for a session hosted by Brian Oake.

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Coffee Break: Harmonicas

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On Monday Toots Thielemans, famous jazz harmonica player, passed away at 94. So for today's Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that feature the harmonica?

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