Album of the Week: The Rolling Stones, 'Blue & Lonesome'


Fifty years into their career, the Rolling Stones have released an album of all covers. These songs didn't just inspire the Stones, but formed the fabric of their catalogue. For longtime Stones fans, 'Blue & Lonesome' could be the centerpiece of the band's discography.

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Prince fans have the best of “Times” at Paisley Park

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Paisley Park is a glorious place to see a Prince movie. Last night, Prince’s former home kicked off the first of a series of Saturday night movie screenings. Along with Friday night dance parties and Sunday morning brunch, they’re all part of the revitalized Paisley Park After Dark (tickets available here). I got to Paisley…

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Paisley Park After Dark reopens with reverent, celebratory dance party


At the time of his passing in April, Prince had plans to make the Paisley Park After Dark series more regular and accessible to the public. The Friday night dance party that kicked off the resurrected After Dark moniker went above and beyond that call in a unique fashion last night: it provided a warm…

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Friday Five: ZULUZULUU, Har Mar Superstar, and more new Minnesota music videos


ZULUZULUU, “What’s The Price?” Picked to Click winners ZULUZULUU undergo a brutal traffic stop to illustrate how dangerous it is to drive while black. It all reiterates the central question: “What’s the price for a young black man’s life?” Har Mar Superstar, “How Did I Get Through the Day?” Har Mar Superstar can turn down the lights without…

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First Listen: Maria Taylor, 'In The Next Life'


The Azure Ray singer fills her warm, reflective new album with gorgeous, touching songs about family, legacy and the pursuit of contentment. Get an advance listen to Maria Taylor's upcoming album, 'In The Next Life,' ahead of its Dec. 9, 2016, release date.

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Hear Dessa’s ferocious song on “The Hamilton Mixtape”


It’s finally here. Fans of Hamilton, the hip-hop musical that took home 11 Tony awards this year, have been eagerly anticipating companion project The Hamilton Mixtape. When the mixtape’s tracklist went public last month, expectations racheted up even higher, with Chance the Rapper, Ashanti, and Minnesota’s own Dessa announced as collaborators. Now, the whole project is out. Dessa’s contribution is…

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Music News: Dolly Parton establishes Tennessee wildfire relief fund


Dolly Parton has established a fund “to aid those who have lost property and loved ones in the wildfires that have devastated portions of eastern Tennessee – particularly the Great Smoky Mountains in Sevier County – over the past week,” reports Rolling Stone. Parton was raised in the area, and owns extensive property there. The fires came…

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Photographer Daniel Corrigan reflects on Prince


Following the release of his recent book, 'Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis,' photographer Daniel Corrigan shares memories of seeing Prince perform. 'When he was up there, I think he was connected with every single person in the audience,' Corrigan says in a video produced by the Minnesota Historical Society.

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Review and photos: Darlene Love triumphs with joy at Ordway Concert Hall


“We’ve been trying for a while to get here,” said Darlene Love on Wednesday night as she beamed out at her Ordway Concert Hall audience. That’s an understatement: in a career spanning well over 50 years, the St. Paul show marked her Twin Cities debut. Fortunately for those of us who have been patiently waiting…

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Hear Erik Koskinen's brand-new single, 'On Christmas Day'


Minnesota singer-songwriter Erik Koskinen has released a new single for the holiday season, 'On Christmas Day,' which goes into rotation on Radio Heartland starting Thursday, Dec. 1. The video for the song features archival footage from World War II, depicting U.S. soldiers hosting a Christmas party for British children displaced by the London Blitz.

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The Current Sessions®

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James Vincent McMorrow performs in The Current studio


Following the release of his third album, 'We Move,' James Vincent McMorrow stopped in The Current's studio for a session hosted by Jade. Looking at his trajectory as an artist, McMorrow indicates his artistic output has been informed by his circumstances and his available resources. 'Everything I do is based on what feels right,' he says. Check out the complete in-studio session.

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Alejandro Escovedo performs in The Current studio


Alejandro Escovedo is a true survivor; not only has he enjoyed 40 years in the music business, he's had some very close calls with death, including surviving a category four hurricane. 'I appreciate everything now more than ever,' Escovedo says. Touring in support of his latest album, 'Burn Something Beautiful,' Escovedo and his band stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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Arkells perform in The Current studio


Arkells' frontman Max Kerman is in it for the long game; he's already thinking about how he will age as an artist. 'I've observed the way a lot of bands have aged; there are some bands that can do it really well and some bands can't do it as well,' Kerman says. 'But there's one person who's been really inspiring to me lately ... Leonard Cohen.' Hear more from Arkells in their in-studio session, hosted by Sean McPherson.

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Band of Horses perform in The Current studio


Touring in support of 'Why Are You OK,' their fifth album in 10 years, Band of Horses stopped by The Current's studio to play their latest hit single as well as songs from a couple of their previous albums. 'It's fun for us to reimagine and learn new things about the songs we've been playing for years,' says frontman Ben Bridwell, who also shares what it is he found 'In A Drawer.' Check out the complete in-studio session.

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Coffee Break: Ugly cry


Marshall wrote in with a great suggestion for today's Coffee Break. What songs do you want to hear that make you ugly cry? Whether the songs stir up feelings, cover you in a warm blanket, or give you an emotional release, share your top choices and we'll pull together a delightfully tearful set of songs.

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Today in music history: Remembering singer Valerie Jones


Collaborations from Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand, and Maria Carey and Boyz II Men were at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart; Cindy Birdsong of the Supremes was kidnapped at knifepoint; the Smashing Pumpkins played their final concert; and Valerie Jones passed away, Today in Music History.

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