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Rochester rocks: How Med City is becoming Music City


Rochester is nicknamed “Med City,” and many people might not think of anything else when it comes to the Minnesota city — but Rochester also has a growing arts and entertainment scene, and locals are now working to turn it into a destination for music fans. Steven Schmidt, executive director of Rochester Civic Music Department/Riverside…

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Angelica Garcia performs in The Current studio

Angelica Garcia performs in The Current studio


When it comes to making music, Angelica Garcia describes herself as a bit of a recluse. Now touring in support of her album 'Medicine for Birds,' Garcia embraces the new experience of studio recording and of performing in front of people. 'It's been great, and it's really helped me grow as a person,' Garcia says. Listen to Angelica Garcia's recent in-studio session at The Current, hosted by Sean McPherson.

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Did Jay-Z just announce his top 15?


Jay-Z has been a pretty busy man over these past few weeks, including being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, becoming the first rapper ever to receive the honor. The same day, Jay-Z tweeted what may be his personal top-15 rappers list. Jeffrey Bissoy-Mattis takes a closer look.

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Review: Diana Ross flies through the hits at the Northrop


Ever since Prince died, I’ve made it a mission statement to see the legends live. When Ms. Lauryn Hill came to First Avenue, I bought tickets to go with K.Raydio. Likewise, I wouldn’t have missed legend-in-the-making Beyoncé at TCF Bank Stadium last summer. So when I heard Diana Ross, 73, had booked a date at…

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The Suburbs perform in The Current studio

The Suburbs follow their muse in The Current's studio


Having released their latest album, 'Hey Muse,' the Suburbs just completed what frontman Chan Poling describes as 'a whirlwind tour of middle America,' playing shows in Milwaukee, Chicago, Kansas City and Des Moines. Now back on home turf and gearing up for their big album-release show at First Avenue on Friday, Aug. 4, the Suburbs stopped in The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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Angelica Garcia performs in The Current studio

Angelica Garcia performs in The Current studio

When it comes to making music, Angelica Garcia describes herself as a bit of a recluse. Now touring in support of her album 'Medicine for Birds,' Garcia embraces the new experience of studio recording and of performing in front of people. 'It's been great, and it's really helped me grow as a person,' Garcia says. Listen to Angelica Garcia's recent in-studio session at The Current, hosted by Sean McPherson.

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The Suburbs follow their muse in The Current's studio

The Suburbs perform in The Current studio

Having released their latest album, 'Hey Muse,' the Suburbs just completed what frontman Chan Poling describes as 'a whirlwind tour of middle America,' playing shows in Milwaukee, Chicago, Kansas City and Des Moines. Now back on home turf and gearing up for their big album-release show at First Avenue on Friday, Aug. 4, the Suburbs stopped in The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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Chicano Batman embrace their inner superheroes

Chicano Batman perform in The Current studio

The word 'Chicano' has become a source of pride for many Latinos in the United States, including the members of Chicano Batman. 'Chicano Batman just means it's something that empowers yourself,' says frontman Bardo Martinez. 'It allows us to put on our uniform and get out there and be ourselves.' After playing a sold-out show at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Chicano Batman stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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Coffee Break: Rock the Garden 2017

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We're so excited for tomorrow that we can hardly focus on anything else. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from 2017 Rock the Garden artists?

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