Future Islands, 'The Far Field'

Album of the Week: Future Islands, 'The Far Field'

Future Islands' lead singer Samuel T. Herring has called his band's fifth full-length release 'a driving album.' That description seems to fit in a couple of ways, with its road-inspired themes and Herring's affected singing style adding intensity and drama to the forward-pulsating beats.

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People are freaking out about this Minneapolis cloud that looks like Prince

People are seeing Prince in an image of a majestic cloud, taken Tuesday night at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The sky over the Minneapolis Airport tonight! @prince @drfunkenberry pic.twitter.com/pAXOPtPQ6o — Jill Smith (@jillkins9) May 17, 2017 Jill Smith got the picture from her coworker, Tiffany Mattick, who says she was driving down 494 towards…

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Friday Five: WINGMAN, Heiruspecs, and more new Minnesota music videos

Video premiere: WINGMAN, “Giant Microphone” WINGMAN (Connor Davison and Daniel Stewart, featuring Levi Stugelmeyer and Steve Bosmans) share a video from their debut album Honcho, which came out in 2016. The band teamed up with director Eric Pierson and a whole team of pros to create this goofy blast from the past. Heiruspecs, “Relativity” Heiruspecs‘s new single/video, “Relativity,” addresses…

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Watch Sen. Tim Kaine jam with Tommy Stinson on ‘This Land Is Your Land’

Well folks, it’s finally happened. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) joined Tommy Stinson’s band, Bash & Pop, on Thursday night for a harmonica solo in “This Land Is Your Land.” “You know who this is?” Stinson asked the Brooklyn, New York crowd, while instructing the former vice presidential candidate to keep playing. “He can wail on the harp.”…

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Gaelynn Lea to play the State Department

Since winning NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2016, Duluth violinist and singer Gaelynn Lea has landed gigs across the country, including a TEDx Talk at Yale University and in-studio performances at public radio stations. Her venues have ranged from schools to restaurants to a decommissioned Masonic temple. Last summer she played with Murder of Crows bandmate…

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Review and photos: The 1975 bask in the love at Roy Wilkins Auditorium

Besides getting recognized by three people as the “girl with all the glitter” from a recent Hippo Campus concert, seeing the 1975 at Roy Wilkins Auditorium last night was exactly what I expected it to be. I remember first hearing about them from some cool girls in high school, but I didn’t love their first single “Chocolate,”…

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Want to run Paisley Park?

Ever dreamed of getting paid to work in the space that Prince called home, while helping to ensure his lasting legacy? Well, now’s your chance: just last week, Paisley Park posted a new job opening. The museum is looking for a full-time general operations manager to help coordinate with the Paisley Park corporate staff and oversee the…

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Watch Chris Cornell’s haunting cover of Prince’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’

This morning, we woke to the sad news of the passing of Chris Cornell Wednesday night. As we remember Cornell’s life and music, we also continue to mourn the death of another music great: Prince. In 2015, Cornell recorded a haunting cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” during a visit to the studios of SiriusXM. Cornell was best…

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Toki Wright embraces a new identity as Mamadu

In addition to his regular roles running the multimedia music company Soul Tools Entertainment, hosting KFAI’s Saturday-night show of the same name, writing articles for Insight News, and serving as the department head of the hip-hop program at McNally Smith College of Music, Toki Wright has spent significant time touring the world as an official…

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The Current Sessions®

SOHN writes about a life on the move

SOHN performs in The Current studio

Musician Christopher Taylor, who performs under the moniker SOHN, has experienced a lot of change in his life and has seen much change in the world around him. His latest album is called 'Rennen.' ' This record to me was about staying on the move,' SOHN says. SOHN visited The Current for an in studio session with 'New Hot' host David Safar.

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Learning to let go: With debut album 'Process,' Sampha reflects on past hardships

Sampha in concert

Sampha's soulful voice and lyrics are full of emotion, and having lost both of his parents to cancer, much of Sampha's writing focuses on processing those hardships. That, along with his use of simple, repetitive melodies, make Sampha's debut album, 'Process,' a powerful one. Sampha recently visited The Current studio for a session hosted by David Safar.

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Slowdive look back and look forward

Slowdive perform in The Current studio

Originally formed in 1989, Slowdive took a 20-year break after their 1995 album 'Pygmalion.' Now they're back with a new, self-titled album. In town for a show at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Slowdive stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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The guys from White Reaper just want to rock

White Reaper perform in The Current studio

Founded by a group of friends from Louisville, Ky., White Reaper ply their trade with a tried-and-true take on classic rock. 'There's always going to be a place for rock 'n' roll,' says guitarist Hunter Thompson. White Reaper stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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Coffee Break: Pseudonyms

Jill Riley and Father John Misty

We're still completely reeling from yesterday's amazing microshow with Father John Misty, so for today's 9:30 Coffee Break what artists do you want to hear that use pseudonyms?

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