Album of the Week: Kendrick Lamar, 'DAMN.'

With 'DAMN.', Kendrick Lamar has created a cyclical album full of jarring beats and tempo switches that prove he hasn't given up on his adventurous side. And sonically, Kendrick is going places he hasn't gone for years. 'DAMN.' is the sound of Kendrick having his cake and eating it, too.

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

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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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Record Store Day 2017

Look for Oake & Riley on Record Store Day

Saturday, April 22, is Record Store Day, and 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the event dedicated to record culture, record lovers, record makers, and to the record stores that stock and sell the music. If you're out record shopping this Saturday, keep an eye out for the gang from Oake & Riley in the Morning.The Current's Brian Oake and Jill Riley, along with producer Anna Reed, will be making their way to several area record stores.

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Governor Dayton declares today Prince Day in Minnesota

Governor Mark Dayton has declared today “Prince Day” in the state of Minnesota to honor the legendary musician on the one-year anniversary of his death. The proclamation, announced Wednesday, coincides with celebrations taking place at Paisley Park and First Avenue this weekend in memory of Prince. This is the third state-wide Prince Day since the…

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Theft of the Dial: The Revolution

The Revolution are in town to perform this weekend at Celebration 2017, the four-day long event taking place at Paisley Park to honor the life of Prince on the anniversary of his passing. Ahead of their highly anticipated weekend performance and ensuing tour, the Revolution stopped by The Current to flood our airwaves with their favorite Prince songs and to share the stories of how theses songs became so dear to them.

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Fans from all over remember and honor Prince

On the one-year anniversary of the death of Prince, fans are paying tribute to Prince in various ways. Whether they live in Minnesota or have traveled to Minnesota in honor of the date, The Current caught up with some of these fans, who were happy to share their thoughts about Prince.

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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

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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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From crocheting to making music: Deap Vally perform in The Current's studios

When Julie Edwards and Lindsey Troy first met in a crocheting lessons, they would have never thought of starting a band together, but after getting to know each other, they came together to form Deap Vally. Now, after the release of their second album, the duo stopped by The Current's studio before playing a sold-out show at Icehouse in Minneapolis.

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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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