Aimee Mann in-studio appearance

Aimee Mann, lead singer of the influential band Til Tuesday, is currently touring in support of her newest solo album "The Forgotten Arm." Aimee took some time before heading to her next tour stop to speak with The Current's Steve Seel.

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Photos: Prince fans gather outside First Avenue for Memorial Street Party

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A year and a day after Minnesotans flocked to First Avenue to mourn the news of Prince’s death, 7th Street in Minneapolis is filled with fans once again. The Current and First Avenue have teamed up to stage a Memorial Block Party to honor Minnesota’s brightest star, and the party is going strong as locals…

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Review: Jesse Johnson at Bunker’s wraps up the emotional Prince anniversary

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WOW. I say this partly because I spent a lot of Friday thinking about 3RDEYEGIRL, who recorded a song with that title for PLECTRUMELECTRUM (2014). Partly because Jesse Johnson’s show at Bunker’s last night put me through almost every emotion there is. But mostly, it’s because at the end of the one-year anniversary of Prince’s…

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Five reasons Prince was a guitar legend

Prince has been called one of the greatest guitar players of all time — even the greatest. Yet, oddly enough, it seems like he’s been on fewer guitar magazine covers than Dave Mustaine, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Mark Tremonti (no disrespect). So much of what people focused on was the mystique of Prince as a performer, singer,…

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Prince’s B-side strategy

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We all know Purple Rain is godhead, right? And yet, I’d argue that the two best Prince songs of 1984 aren’t even on it. Instead, they were released on the B-sides of that album’s pair of number one hits. In fact, the first released, on the flip side of “When Doves Cry,” the lustrous “17…

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Governor Dayton declares today Prince Day in Minnesota

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Governor Mark Dayton has declared today “Prince Day” in the state of Minnesota to honor the legendary musician on the one-year anniversary of his death. The proclamation, announced Wednesday, coincides with celebrations taking place at Paisley Park and First Avenue this weekend in memory of Prince. This is the third state-wide Prince Day since the…

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Theft of the Dial: The Revolution

The Revolution are in town to perform this weekend at Celebration 2017, the four-day long event taking place at Paisley Park to honor the life of Prince on the anniversary of his passing. Ahead of their highly anticipated weekend performance and ensuing tour, the Revolution stopped by The Current to flood our airwaves with their favorite Prince songs and to share the stories of how theses songs became so dear to them.

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Fans from all over remember and honor Prince

On the one-year anniversary of the death of Prince, fans are paying tribute to Prince in various ways. Whether they live in Minnesota or have traveled to Minnesota in honor of the date, The Current caught up with some of these fans, who were happy to share their thoughts about Prince.

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Review and photos: Lizz Wright leads vigil for Prince at Dakota Jazz Club

Before Lizz Wright took the stage at the Dakota Jazz Club, her show was introduced as “like being in church.” Wright brought the church vibes and more last night, blending worship, funk, sex, love and more into an apt tribute to the man whose absence colored every note. Wright’s show was crafted for and to…

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A guide to Prince's musical inspiration

As part of our celebration of Prince's life and legacy, we've assembled an annotated playlist featuring the musical heroes depicted on his wall of influences and inspirations at Paisley Park.

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ASL interpreter Shelly Lehner

ASL interpreter lends fresh perspective on Prince's music

American Sign Language interpreter (and longtime Prince fan) Shelly Lehner was one of the ASL interpreters at the Prince tribute concert last October. 'If hearing people are going to a concert, and they're experiencing this loss of Prince, deaf people should be able to go to that concert as well, and have access,' Lehner says.

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Shelby J. opens Prince memorial week, releases ’10’ at the Dakota

You know how the internet encouraged people to wear safety pins for a hot second, so anyone who met a pin-wearer in real life would know they had a safe person to talk to? That’s how I feel when I see Prince’s love symbol. I didn’t chat with anyone wearing the symbol on Wednesday, but I…

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The Current Sessions®

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The New Pornographers perform in The Current studio

In town for a show at First Avenue, the New Pornographers stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Brian Oake and Jill Riley. Frontman and chief songwriter A.C. Newman explains how he'd love to write a song like 'Daydream Believer' -- and how the video for the song 'High Ticket Attractions' was shot by Minnesota filmmaker Dan Huiting.

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Bob Mould performs #MicroShow at the Turf Club in St. Paul

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In April of 2016, The Current hosted a #MicroShow with Bob Mould at the Turf Club in St. Paul. On the same day that Prince passed away, Mould shared a blistering and cathartic eleven-song set from his time in Sugar and his work as a soloist. Listen to songs from that performance on our website.

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Coffee Break: Songs that apologize

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Without meaning to in the slightest, we sort of started a Twitter war between two artists a few days ago and yesterday, one of them issued an apology. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that apologize?

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