Watch Margaret Glaspy perform a Tiny Desk concert at NPR

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No overplaying, no frills, just great music and an artist who sounds thrilled to be playing it. Margaret Glaspy performs some songs from her recent album, 'Emotions and Math,' in this session at NPR's Tiny Desk. Glaspy is joined by drummer Tim Kuhl and by (Minnesotan) bassist Chris Morrissey.

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Coffee Break: Clowns

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Two clown-related news stories have been making the Oake & Riley staff uncomfortable lately. So for today's Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that reference clowns, laughing, funny, etc.?

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Vote: The Current's Local Music Exchange

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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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Music News: Dixie Chicks cover ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ at Minnesota State Fair


On Friday and Saturday, the Dixie Chicks became the first act to headline the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand on back-to-back nights since Alabama did so in 1988. In addition to covering Fleetwood Mac (their hit version of “Landslide”), Bob Dylan (“Mississippi”), and Beyoncé (“Daddy Lessons”), the Chicks paid tribute to Prince with moving covers of “Nothing Compares 2 U.” (City…

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Music News: Prince’s sister says Apollonia 6 will be at Revolution concert


Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson has suggested that Apollonia 6 will be present for at least one of the Revolution’s upcoming reunion shows at First Avenue. “I’ll be down at First Avenue Sept 2nd,” Nelson writes on Facebook. “My gurl Apol[l]onia and the 6 will be there along with Andre Cymone and The Revolution.” Two years ago, Apollonia returned to First Avenue…

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Photos: Minnesota State Fair celebrates Prince


The Minnesota State Fair isn’t where I expected to have a reflective, rejuvenating, low-key experience — let alone one involving a bunch of Minnesotans decked in purple and dancing to pounding beats. Last night the masses descended per usual upon the fairgrounds on a gorgeous, hazy Friday. The weather was cool enough to wear a…

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Friday Five: Bruise Violet, Rogue Valley, and more new Minnesota music videos


Bruise Violet, “Don’t Hurt Yourself” (Beyoncé cover) Loring Park enjoyed an optimal double feature on Monday; Big Cats and crew played a live score to Man With a Movie Camera, and Bruise Violet debuted this fierce Beyoncé cover. Rogue Valley, “Bury Your Heart” Rogue Valley (along with director Stephanie Johnson, producer Bobbi Peacock, and cinematographer Eric Schleicher) share a video one…

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Two Minneapolis conferences to examine the legacy of Prince


Artists, entrepreneurs and academics are invited to gather and learn from Prince. October 2016 and April 2018, respectively, will see a Prince-centered Giant Steps MN conference and University of Minnesota symposium study the icon’s legacy. On October 7, Giant Steps MN will hit the Minneapolis Convention Center and examine the ways Prince continues to touch Minnesota (and beyond). Speakers…

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Minnesota State Fair

Music News: Dixie Chicks cover ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ at Minnesota State Fair

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On Friday and Saturday, the Dixie Chicks became the first act to headline the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand on back-to-back nights since Alabama did so in 1988. In addition to covering Fleetwood Mac (their hit version of “Landslide”), Bob Dylan (“Mississippi”), and Beyoncé (“Daddy Lessons”), the Chicks paid tribute to Prince with moving covers of “Nothing Compares 2 U.” (City…

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160826 purple fair 161 120x120

Photos: Minnesota State Fair celebrates Prince


The Minnesota State Fair isn’t where I expected to have a reflective, rejuvenating, low-key experience — let alone one involving a bunch of Minnesotans decked in purple and dancing to pounding beats. Last night the masses descended per usual upon the fairgrounds on a gorgeous, hazy Friday. The weather was cool enough to wear a…

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The Current Sessions®

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In town for a couple of shows at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, Brandi Carlile and her band stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs off their forthcoming record, 'The Firewatcher's Daughter.' The session features the live radio premieres of three new songs, including one about which Carlile says, "It's my favorite song on the album, probably my favorite song ever."

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Clowns

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Two clown-related news stories have been making the Oake & Riley staff uncomfortable lately. So for today's Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that reference clowns, laughing, funny, etc.?

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