New music on The Current

New music on The Current

The Current is where you turn for new music. When you listen, you find incredible local bands before they hit the national stage and independent artists who are just about to step into the spotlight. Make your contribution today for all the times you've discovered something new on The Current and help power great radio.

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Today in Music History: Elton John became Sir Elton John

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The Beatles began their second film; Kurt and Courtney tied the knot; 'Roxanne' entered the Billboard Hot 100; Led Zeppelin released a double album; Paul Simon won a Grammy for 'Graceland'; and Elton John became a Sir, Today in Music History.

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Music News: Fans buy Prince’s purple house site


Two Prince fans have paid $700,000 to purchase the Chanhassen site where Prince lived in a purple house in the first half of the 1980s. Tonia and John Roemer say the main reason for their purchase was the pleasant setting on Lake Riley, but they’re also big Prince fans, so the location is particularly meaningful to…

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Northside gallery/community space New Rules to host ZULUZULUU on Saturday

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“I’m pretty new to the neighborhood,” Nancy Musinguzi says as she walks through Northside Minneapolis space New Rules. But since she moved from New Jersey in 2014, she’s made more connections than many long-term residents, especially in the arts community. Both a hip-hop and documentary photographer and a youth engagement professional, Musinguzi now relies on…

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Sarah White: Prince’s gift to me – and to the world


This February, The Current is celebrating Black History Month by celebrating four artists chosen by our listeners. We’ll be playing their music on the radio and sharing features online. This week, we’re featuring Prince. I loved Prince because of what he meant to me as a Wild Black Girl growing up in the Midwest, but I…

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DJ Pick of the Week: Bill DeVille - Tinariwen, 'Sastanaqqam'


Bill DeVille says he can't get enough of the 'desert blues' sound of Saharan musicians Tinariwen. For his DJ Pick of the Week, DeVille chose 'Sastanaqqam' from the band's new album, 'Elwan.' DeVille says he can't get enough of Tinariwen's 'swirling guitars and hypnotic rhythms.'

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Minnesota musicians playing living-room shows to benefit ACLU


Batteryboy are an eclectic group of Minnesota musicians who mix folk-influenced arrangements with driving rock attitude. Their frontman Cobey Rouse has recently began a project to help bring communities together using what he does best, music. The ComeToUnity Artists & Action Concert Series was created by Rouse in collaboration with Tim Cheesebrow (also a musician)…

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Black History Month Featured Artists

Sarah White: Prince’s gift to me – and to the world

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This February, The Current is celebrating Black History Month by celebrating four artists chosen by our listeners. We’ll be playing their music on the radio and sharing features online. This week, we’re featuring Prince. I loved Prince because of what he meant to me as a Wild Black Girl growing up in the Midwest, but I…

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Lady Midnight pays tribute to Lady Day

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This February, The Current is celebrating Black History Month by celebrating four artists chosen by our listeners. We’ll be playing their music on the radio and sharing features online. This week, we’re featuring Billie Holiday. I learned of heartbreak when I was 13 listening to the voice of Billie Holiday. Jazz was a genre I was becoming…

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The Current Sessions®

Hamilton Leithauser performs a solo acoustic set

Hamilton Leithauser performs a solo acoustic set at The Current


Equipped with only a nylon-string acoustic guitar, Hamilton Leithauser stopped at The Current studio for a session hosted by Mark Wheat. The result is a stunning set of three heartstring-tugging songs from 'I Had a Dream That You Were Mine,' Leithauser's collaborative album with Rostam Batmanglij. There are even some Dylanesque overtones ... and that's not the only local connection.

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Craig Finn previews upcoming album in The Current studio


Craig Finn's next album, 'We All Want the Same Things,' comes out on March 24, 2017. In town to open for Japandroids at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Finn stopped at The Current studio for a live session hosted by Mary Lucia, during which Finn and his band played three new songs from the upcoming full-length release. Check out the new songs and hear Craig Finn talk about the origins of the new record.

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Oake and Riley Features

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Coffee Break: Brit Awards winners past and present


The 2017 Brit Awards happened last night, with David Bowie, Emeli Sande, The 1975, Rag'n'Bone Man, A Tribe Called Quest, Drake, Beyonce and Adele taking home major awards. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from musicians who have won Brit Awards, past and present?

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Today in Music History: Norah Jones wins the Grammys


Elvis and Priscilla call it quits; Fleetwood Mac win Album of the Year for 'Rumours'; Norah Jones brings home a bundle of Grammys; and Queen nabs their first U.S. No. 1 single with 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love,' Today in Music History.

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