Coffee Break: Remembering Monty Lee Wilkes

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Last weekend Monty Lee Wilkes, a reputable Twin Cities sound engineer and tour manager passed away from terminal cancer. Help us remember Monty Lee Wilkes with a 9:30 Coffee Break. What songs do you want to hear from bands that Wilkes worked with?

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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: 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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Dixie Chicks host a joyously defiant girls' night out in Nashville


During their first headlining tour in a decade, the Dixie Chicks showed off the many ways they've always been more than the usual Nashville act. In her review of the Dixie Chicks' Nashville concert, NPR Music's Ann Powers gives fans a hint of what they may experience on August 27 and 28, when the Dixie Chicks play two sold-out shows at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand.

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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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John Gorka talks about 'Before Beginning'


John Gorka's career-catapulting album, 'I Know,' was released in 1987, but he had actually recorded an earlier version in 1985, which Gorka didn't feel was quite right. Fast-forward to 2016, and Gorka has a different opinion about that earlier session; the older recording has now been released as 'Before Beginning - the Unreleased I Know'. Gorka stopped in to Radio Heartland to talk to Mike Pengra about the two albums and to compare versions of a few tunes.

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Minnesota State Fair

Photos: Minnesota State Fair celebrates Prince

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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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Bill DeVille's 2016 State Fair Music Preview


The Current's Bill DeVille is a big fan of the Minnesota State Fair, particularly the live music available on the various stages throughout the fairgrounds. Bill recently had a look at the daily rundown of acts around the State Fair, and he's picked some artists you may want to check out during your visit to this year's Fair.

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The Current Studio Sessions

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Kyle Craft performs in The Current studio


Born and raised in Shreveport, La., singer-songwriter Kyle Craft now lives in Portland, Ore., where his music career began in earnest. 'A lot of things had ended, and I guess I needed a new start,' he says of his move to Portland. That new start resulted in Craft's debut album, 'Dolls of Highland,' and a subsequent tour that brings him to the Turf Club as well as to the studio at The Current for a session hosted by Brian Oake.

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Coffee Break: FAIR!

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Yesterday kicked off the first day of the Minnesota State Fair and the morning crew is prepping for an afternoon broadcast tomorrow with special guests, food tastings, contests, ticket giveaways and a special performance by local band Fraea. So for today's Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that reference things you might find at the fair?

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Today in Music History: Happy Birthday Shirley Manson


Frankie Valli had a No. 1 hit with 'Grease'; Ottawa declared it 'Paul Anka Day'; Sonny Bono entered politics officially; Blur had their first U.K. No. 1 single; Seal scored a great hit with the help of Batman; and Shirley Manson was born, Today in Music History.

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