Today in Music History: Norah Jones wins the Grammys

Norah Jones

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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Minnesota musicians playing living-room shows to benefit ACLU

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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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Target Center shows off early renovations


Although the most dramatic changes are still ahead, an early phase of Target Center’s $150 million renovation is complete. On Wednesday morning, the venue invited reporters to the luxurious Chairman’s Club for a first look. The press conference was primarily intended for the benefit of fans interested in the upcoming Frozen Faceoff NCHC hockey tournament, which will take place…

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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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Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to enter Songwriters Hall of Fame


Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, musicians who grew up in Minneapolis and went on to write and produce massive hits for Janet Jackson and others, will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 15. The institution has just announced its 2017 inductees — who also, notably, include Jay Z as the first…

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Black History Month Featured Artists

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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Billie Holiday knew how to rise above

Billie Holiday performs in New York, Feb. 1947

Billie Holiday was a true original. Her voice welded the improvisation of jazz and the soul-searching expressiveness of the blues, and her delivery was distinguished by unique phrasing and an idiosyncratic sense of rhythm.

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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: You better think!


It's February 22 which means it's World Thinking Day - a day celebrated by Girl Scouts from 146 countries around a different theme each year. So for today's Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention "think" in the lyrics?

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