Block Rockin' Weekend

the current, block rockin' weekend

For Memorial Day Weekend, we'll play your favorite artists in three-song sets. Check the playlist for awesome rock blocks, and Tweet along with #BlockRockinWeekend

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893 Essential Artists Countdown

The Current's 893 Essential Artists

Thank you for spending an enormous amount of time listening to our 893 Essential Artists countdown. We hope you had as much fun listening as we did playing the music.

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Fathom Lane’s new album, “Asilomar,” takes on many meanings

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In the four years since Fathom Lane released its second album, a lot has changed. After releasing two albums in its first two years, members of the band took some time to focus on their own lives, and the group replaced its original guitarist and rhythm section with a new group of musicians. But even…

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Friday Five: Toki Wright, Bo Weber, and more new Minnesota music videos

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Toki Wright, “The Situation (prod. Mamadu)” “What’s a stack when your head is cracked?” asks local cornerstone Toki Wright, who produced this song under the name Mamadu. Reggie “Reg” Henderson directs. Bo Weber, “Right Here” After losing his mother to ovarian cancer, Minneapolis’s Bo Weber recorded an album called Wendy dedicated to her memory. One song off the album,…

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Cecelia Erholtz of Tabah in The Current's studio

Cecelia Erholtz on the Podium's past, TABAH's tomorrow

As May 2017 drew to a close, The Podium -- a landmark guitar shop in Minneapolis with a history that stretches back to 1959 -- quietly, and permanently, closed its doors. Cecelia Erholtz, frontperson of the band TABAH, was a longtime employee of the Podium. Erholtz recently took time to talk with us about the Podium's closing and about what's next for TABAH.

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The Chart Show

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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A guide to Twin Cities summer block parties 2017

Summer is right around the corner, and with it comes sunshine, warmer days and — of course — block parties. The numerous festivals and block parties taking place within just a few months’ span in the Twin Cities constitute a virtual summer-long music festival. Here’s a guide to this summer’s not-to-be missed block parties, which kick…

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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th anniversary

Four party tips for the 50th anniversary of 'Sgt. Pepper'

With the approaching 50th anniversary of the June 1 release of 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,' musician, events professional and lifelong Beatles fan Padraic Gilligan shares his tips on how to celebrate. 'In terms of events or themes around 'Sgt. Pepper', it's so rich, there's so many opportunities,' Gilligan says. 'The album always has had that very iconic position within the Beatles' canon overall as being the best.'

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The Current Sessions®

SOHN writes about a life on the move

SOHN performs in The Current studio

Musician Christopher Taylor, who performs under the moniker SOHN, has experienced a lot of change in his life and has seen much change in the world around him. His latest album is called 'Rennen.' ' This record to me was about staying on the move,' SOHN says. SOHN visited The Current for an in studio session with 'New Hot' host David Safar.

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Learning to let go: With debut album 'Process,' Sampha reflects on past hardships

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Sampha's soulful voice and lyrics are full of emotion, and having lost both of his parents to cancer, much of Sampha's writing focuses on processing those hardships. That, along with his use of simple, repetitive melodies, make Sampha's debut album, 'Process,' a powerful one. Sampha recently visited The Current studio for a session hosted by David Safar.

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Slowdive look back and look forward

Slowdive perform in The Current studio

Originally formed in 1989, Slowdive took a 20-year break after their 1995 album 'Pygmalion.' Now they're back with a new, self-titled album. In town for a show at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Slowdive stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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The guys from White Reaper just want to rock

White Reaper perform in The Current studio

Founded by a group of friends from Louisville, Ky., White Reaper ply their trade with a tried-and-true take on classic rock. 'There's always going to be a place for rock 'n' roll,' says guitarist Hunter Thompson. White Reaper stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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Coffee Break: 893 Essential Artist snubs

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Thank you for spending an enormous amount of time listening along to our 893 Artists countdown. We hope you had as much fun listening as we did playing the music. For today's Coffee Break, let's spend some time listening to your favorite artists that didn't make it on the list.

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Stevie Nicks

Today in Music History: Happy Birthday Stevie Nicks

The original "Twist and Shout" by the Isley Brothers was released; The Beatles recorded "Yellow Submarine" at Abbey Road studios in London; John and Yoko began an eight-day "bed in" to promote world peace; and Stevie Nicks was born, Today in Music History.

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