Rock and roll is alive, and it lives in Minneapolis

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I kept waiting for the tears to fall. Which is typical for a wake, I suppose, even one that’s being held a year after someone has passed away. There is a tendency to steel yourself until just the right moment, to try to hold it together in the face of unpredictable emotional ebbs and flows,…

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Rock the Garden: Tickets are sold out!

Rock the Garden

Thank you, MPR Members! With an unprecedented demand Rock the Garden has sold out to members of Minnesota Public Radio and Walker Art Center. Stay tuned for opportunities to win tickets to see Bon Iver, The Revolution, Benjamin Booker, Car Seat Headrest, Margaret Glaspy, Dead Man Winter, Bruise Violet and Dwynell Roland on July 22!

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Listen: Unreleased Prince track ‘Electric Intercourse’ out now from ‘Purple Rain’ Deluxe edition

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The first unreleased track from the upcoming deluxe reissue of Purple Rain has been made available for streaming. Though Prince sometimes played “Electric Intercourse” live, the studio version — featuring Prince’s falsetto over piano — was tucked away in Prince’s vault until Warner Bros. and NPG Records made the track available this week for streaming. “Electric Intercourse”…

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Gorillaz Are Human After All

The latest album from the dystopian cartoon band -- whose lone consistent musical member is the British musician Damon Albarn -- emphasizes real suffering and salvation in a contemporary setting.

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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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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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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Mid West Music Fest

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Jill and Brian are heading down to Winona after the show today to kick off the Mid West Music Fest. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what artists playing the fest do you want to hear?

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Dark Side of the Moon

Today in Music History: 'Dark Side of the Moon' hits No. 1

The Beatles recorded the TV special 'Around The Beatles' at Wembley Studios; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; Sinead O'Connor started a six-week run at No. 1; and 'Dark Side Of The Moon' by Pink Floyd went to No. 1 on the U.S. album charts, Today in Music History.

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