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Album of the Week: Gorillaz, 'Humanz'


The fifth album by Gorillaz may best be described as a mixtape, consisting as it does of 20 tracks tied together by a common theme determined by project leader Damon Albarn.

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Mike Michel

Mike Michel is on the mend and ready to rock


Minneapoolis musician Mike Michel is releasing a new album, 'On The Mend,' on May 20. After facing some serious health matters -- including some that cut to the very heart of Michel's life as a musician -- the road to the album's release has been painful, distressing, arduous, and ultimately uplifting.

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Mason Jennings and the Pines’ Benson Ramsey turn from music to art


Having released 13 albums and touring the world, Mason Jennings is trying his hand at a new medium. Jennings’s paintings will debut this weekend at Hang It Gallery in Northeast Minneapolis, alongside photography by longtime friend Benson Ramsey of the Pines. The opening reception for “Bears and Stuff” starts at 7 p.m. Friday. The Hawaiian-turned-Minnesotan has been “a…

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Coffee Break: Brian loves cats


It's Brian's birthday tomorrow and that means he gets to choose today's Coffee Break theme. So naturally - we're doing cats! For today's Coffee Break, what songs about cats do you want to hear?

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Review and photos: At the Cedar, Tunisian artist EMEL protests through music


Emel Mathlouthi may not be a household name in the U.S. But to many people across the world, the Tunisian singer symbolizes political protest, having become famous for her song “Kelmti Horra” (“My Word Is Free”) during the Arab Spring revolutions of the early 2010s. Since that song and her identically titled debut album, she has…

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Music during Art-A-Whirl 2017: Where the bands are and when


May 19-20 marks the 22nd annual Art-A-Whirl, an open studio tour presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association. Art-A-Whirl started as an opportunity to recognize and celebrate all the artistic talent that Northeast Minneapolis has to offer, and in a little over two decades it has grown to become one of the largest open studio tours in…

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Coffee Break: Blue


A new blue pigment was discovered by a chemistry professor and Crayola is running a contest to name their new blue crayon. So for our 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention blue in the lyrics?

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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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Oake and Riley Features

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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