Art from Prince’s Glam Slam club, in storage for two decades, returns to light

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At the Casket Arts Building in Northeast Minneapolis on Friday, artist Peyton Scott Russell was proudly overlooking his working studio space, which was turned into a makeshift gallery for his show Glam Art. “I really cleaned this place out so people could come in,” Peyton said, chuckling. According to him, his studio is usually so…

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Documenting Minnesota’s reaction when Prince died


I was on my fifth day of jury duty when Prince died. We were on a break in the Hennepin County courthouse when the news started breaking on social media. During lunch the news was on CNN. When the trial ended, I gravitated toward First Avenue. That day, and the following days, I traveled back…

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The Chart Show Ballot

The Chart Show

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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New Power Generation, 3RDEYEGIRL close out this year’s Celebration


And exhale. Celebration, the four-day event at Paisley Park, came to an weighty close yesterday in front of approximately 2,000 fans. Sunday’s program capped a long weekend of storytelling, jamming, mourning, and of course, dancing in Minneapolis, all centered around the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death. From the panels to the New Power Generation/3RDEYEGIRL live…

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Jade shares her music picks for Machu Picchu


The Current's Jade is out this week because she and some friends are in Peru to climb the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. To help prepare for the trip, Jade put together a couple of playlists. ' I did want to share my playlists with you, so you can be with me in spirit,' Jade writes. 'Let me know what you think, and share some of your favorite workout songs.'

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Prince fans dance the night away at First Avenue, family parties


The thousands-strong singalong to “Purple Rain” at the Memorial Street Party, right at the spot where the Kid once pulled his motorcycle up to the door of First Avenue, may have been the climax to this weekend’s celebrations of Prince’s life and legacy — but it wasn’t the end. As crews efficiently started to clear away…

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Review: Jesse Johnson at Bunker’s wraps up the emotional Prince anniversary


WOW. I say this partly because I spent a lot of Friday thinking about 3RDEYEGIRL, who recorded a song with that title for PLECTRUMELECTRUM (2014). Partly because Jesse Johnson’s show at Bunker’s last night put me through almost every emotion there is. But mostly, it’s because at the end of the one-year anniversary of Prince’s…

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3RDEYEGIRL guitarist Donna Grantis calls the Twin Cities home


3RDEYEGIRL guitarist Donna Grantis does an interview with Jim McGuinn, Andrea Swensson and Tom Weber on Minnesota Public Radio. 'There is a whole mix of emotions I am feeling,' Grantis says. 'Just hearing that music really does give me so much joy, and it makes me feel so good. I think it makes so many people all around the world feel good and comforted to hear that amazing music.'

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The Current Sessions®

The New Pornographers play a stripped-down set in The Current studio

The New Pornographers perform in The Current studio

In town for a show at First Avenue, the New Pornographers stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Brian Oake and Jill Riley. Frontman and chief songwriter A.C. Newman explains how he'd love to write a song like 'Daydream Believer' -- and how the video for the song 'High Ticket Attractions' was shot by Minnesota filmmaker Dan Huiting.

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Bob Mould performs #MicroShow at the Turf Club in St. Paul

Bob Mould Microshow

In April of 2016, The Current hosted a #MicroShow with Bob Mould at the Turf Club in St. Paul. On the same day that Prince passed away, Mould shared a blistering and cathartic eleven-song set from his time in Sugar and his work as a soloist. Listen to songs from that performance on our website.

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Today in Music History: 40,000 fans turned out for Farm Aid VI

Farm Aid Benefit Concert

Bob Dylan gets $50 for session work; Del Shannon had a hit with 'Runaway'; New Order began recording their first album; David Bowie and Iman got married; Ray Charles' version of 'Georgia On My Mind' was proclaimed the state song of Georgia, and the Jayhawks played Farm Aid in Iowa, Today in Music History.

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Coffee Break: Songs that apologize


Without meaning to in the slightest, we sort of started a Twitter war between two artists a few days ago and yesterday, one of them issued an apology. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that apologize?

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