DJ Pick of the Week: Bill DeVille - Tinariwen, 'Sastanaqqam'


Bill DeVille says he can't get enough of the 'desert blues' sound of Saharan musicians Tinariwen. For his DJ Pick of the Week, DeVille chose 'Sastanaqqam' from the band's new album, 'Elwan.' DeVille says he can't get enough of Tinariwen's 'swirling guitars and hypnotic rhythms.'

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Album of the Week: Nikki Lane, 'Highway Queen'

'Highway Queen' is the new album from Nashville singer-songwriter Nikki Lane, also known as the First Lady of Outlaw Country. Lane operates outside the norms of the country music world, making her own rules and not apologizing for it. Being labeled an outlaw suits Nikki Lane's image, her fashion sense, her blend of country and rock, and her feisty lyrics.

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Theft of the Dial: Dawes

Before their big gig at the State Theatre, Taylor Goldsmith, Wylie Gelber and Lee Pardini of Dawes stopped by The Current to curate a playlist and take over our airwaves with a Theft of the Dial.

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Parkway Theater hits the market for $775,000

The Parkway Theater, a movie house and music venue in the Field neighborhood of South Minneapolis, is up for sale at an asking price of $775,000.  For the past decade, the venue has been owned by William Senkyr, who also owns Pepito’s restaurant next door — hence the theater’s designation, on its website, as “Pepito’s Parkway…

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Black History Month Featured Artists

Lady Midnight pays tribute to Lady Day

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This February, The Current is celebrating Black History Month by celebrating four artists chosen by our listeners. We’ll be playing their music on the radio and sharing features online. This week, we’re featuring Billie Holiday. I learned of heartbreak when I was 13 listening to the voice of Billie Holiday. Jazz was a genre I was becoming…

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Billie Holiday knew how to rise above

Billie Holiday performs in New York, Feb. 1947

Billie Holiday was a true original. Her voice welded the improvisation of jazz and the soul-searching expressiveness of the blues, and her delivery was distinguished by unique phrasing and an idiosyncratic sense of rhythm.

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The Current Sessions®

Hamilton Leithauser performs a solo acoustic set

Hamilton Leithauser performs a solo acoustic set at The Current

Equipped with only a nylon-string acoustic guitar, Hamilton Leithauser stopped at The Current studio for a session hosted by Mark Wheat. The result is a stunning set of three heartstring-tugging songs from 'I Had a Dream That You Were Mine,' Leithauser's collaborative album with Rostam Batmanglij. There are even some Dylanesque overtones ... and that's not the only local connection.

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Craig Finn previews upcoming album in The Current studio

Craig Finn's next album, 'We All Want the Same Things,' comes out on March 24, 2017. In town to open for Japandroids at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Finn stopped at The Current studio for a live session hosted by Mary Lucia, during which Finn and his band played three new songs from the upcoming full-length release. Check out the new songs and hear Craig Finn talk about the origins of the new record.

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Oake and Riley Features

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Coffee Break: Random acts of kindness

February 17 is National Random Acts of Kindness Day - a day to pay it forward, be polite, smile at people and do simple, nice things for others, and it couldn't come at a better time. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that reference acts of kindness?

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Today in Music History: Franz Ferdinand sweeps awards

Elvis earned his first Gold album; James Taylor appeared on television; AC/DC released their first album; Franz Ferdinand swept a bunch of awards; and Johnny Cash re-recorded "Girl From The North Country" with Bob Dylan, Today in Music History.

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