Ballad of the opening band

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Today, P.O.S can sell out a show at First Avenue’s Mainroom. In 2004, though, when he’d just signed to Rhymesayers, he toured as an opener for St. Paul hip-hop group Heiruspecs. “We were playing a really poorly attended show in Cleveland on the first night of the tour,” remembers Heiruspecs bassist Sean McPherson. “Stef [P.O.S]…

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Music News: Gaga, not Beyoncé, will headline Coachella

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Diva swap for Coachella After Beyoncé postponed her Coachella appearance due to her pregnancy with twins, festival organizers reportedly decided a woman still needed to headline Coachella (for the first time since Björk did so in 2007). On Tuesday, Lady Gaga was named as Beyoncé’s replacement, coming off her Super Bowl halftime show and the release of last year’s…

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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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Brother Ali’s new album will explore ‘All the Beauty in This Whole Life’

It’s been almost five years since Brother Ali (Rhymesayers Entertainment) released an official album, but he’ll be back on May 5 with All the Beauty in This Whole Life. Ali’s sixth studio LP, All the Beauty was entirely produced by Rhymesayers co-founder and Atmosphere producer Ant; “It might be our best work,” Ali writes, which means a lot considering the three…

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Those Pretty Wrongs

Things are going right for Those Pretty Wrongs

In town to play a show at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, Jody Stephens and Luther Russell, aka Those Pretty Wrongs, stopped by The Current to chat with Bill DeVille and to play a song from their self-titled album. Stephens, formerly of Big Star, and Russell, formerly of the Freewheelers, talk about their longtime friendship and how playing at Nashville venue The Basement has opened many doors for them.

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DJ Pick of the Week: Jade - SKOTT, 'Glitter and Gloss'

Scandinavian artist Skott's single 'Glitter and Gloss' is Jade's DJ Pick of the Week. ' It is a song about the beautiful and shiny exterior hiding a deeper and stronger person,' Jade writes. Read more about the artist and the song, and watch the music video.

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Ryan Gosling and Composer Justin Hurwitz on the set of 'La La Land.'

Music News: Justin Hurwitz wins Oscar for Best Original Song

At Sunday night's Academy Awards, Justin Hurwitz took home the Best Original Song award for 'City of Stars' from La La Land. Also this past weekend, Chance the Rapper rented out a Chicago theater for a fans to enjoy a free screening of the new Jordan Peele film, Get Out.

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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 performs in The Current studio

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

Justin Bieber

Coffee Break: Youngins

It's Justin Bieber's birthday! The Biebs turns 23 today, but first gained popularity at around 14 years old when his talent manager discovered him on YouTube. We probably won't play Justin Bieber this morning. But for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from young artists?

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