Concert to benefit ailing Minnesota music legend Lonnie Knight

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This Sunday, the Twin Cities community is gathering to support a Minnesota music legend’s fight against cancer. A concert fundraiser is being held at the Minnesota Music Cafe to support Lonnie Knight’s battle with cancer and to celebrate the talented guitarist. Lonnie Knight first began playing the guitar when he was only 12 years old.…

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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: Lizzo to co-host MTV Video Music Awards pre-show

MTV has announced that Lizzo will be one of three co-hosts of the Video Music Awards pre-show on Sunday night — along with radio host Charlamagne Tha God and Snapchat celebrity DJ Khaled. (Billboard) SO excited to announce that I'm hosting the @MTV #VMAs2016 pre-show w/ @djkhaled & @cthagod! Mpls tune in! #LizzoVMA — |L I Z…

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Paisley Park to open for public tours, starting Oct. 6

The Bremer Trust, which is managing Prince’s affairs as the late music icon’s estate makes its way through probate court, has announced that it’s partnering with Prince’s family and with the City of Chanhassen to open Paisley Park for public tours. The tours are expected to begin on Oct. 6, with $38.50 as the standard…

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Mary Lucia: musings on bad behavior in rock 'n' roll

This week, Mary Lucia considers bad behavior among musicians. 'In rock 'n' roll, that is mighty subjective,' she writes. But she shares a game she likes to play: applying a well-known tale of rock 'n' roll excess or stupid behavior, and applying it to another musician. The resulting juxtapositions range from silly to surreal.

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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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Music News: Sharon Van Etten releases song for Orlando victims

Sharon Van Etten has released “Not Myself,” a song written in the aftermath of June’s mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub. “In the memory of those trying to be safe and be themselves,” writes the singer-songwriter in an accompanying statement, “I hope we can all come together to help prevent another massacre like this and…

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Minnesota Wild change goal song to Prince’s ‘Let’s Go Crazy’

The Minnesota Wild have announced that in response to fan demand, they’re officially changing the song played in celebration when the team scores a goal. Formerly Joe Satriani’s “Crowd Chant,” the song will now be Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” The Wild seem surprised to have made national headlines merely by surveying season ticket holders about…

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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: Hot riffs

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It's day 1 of the Air Guitar World Championships, where the best air guitarists in the world gather in Finland to compete for the title of world champion. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that are deserving of air riffage?

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Today in Music History: Huey Lewis and the News hit No. 1

Stevie Wonder topped the charts as a 12-year-old; the Doors started recording their first album; Liam Gallagher failed to show up for an MTV Unplugged session in London; and Huey Lewis and the News had a major hit with 'The Power of Love', Today in Music History.

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