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In concert and conversation, Prince peers pay tribute at SXSW


“You could have been anywhere tonight,” said André Cymone onstage at Lady Bird Lake. “There’s a lot going on. But y’all are here, and we’re gonna have some f—ing fun!” To say there were a few other things happening was an understatement: it was Friday night at SXSW, one of the biggest annual music events in the…

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Twin Peaks at SXSW: Music and TV fans meet on Rainey Street


Mysterious music has always been integral to the strange appeal of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Composer Angelo Badalamenti and vocalist Julee Cruise were as critical to establishing the tone of the 1990-91 TV series as was the Pacific Northwest setting and the actors’ deadpan delivery. It made sense, then, that Showtime would aim to make a…

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Friday Five: Allan Kingdom, Craig Finn, and more new Minnesota music videos


Allan Kingdom, “Know About It” Allan Kingdom‘s new video shows him floating through space, which is appropriate, given the music’s zoned-out vibe. “Know About It,” shot and edited by Cole Bennett, foretells Kingdom’s album LINES, which comes out on April 7. Craig Finn, “God In Chicago” Craig Finn‘s latest video, directed by Kris Merc, is a…

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Meet emerging new artist Jay Som on 'New Hot'

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Melina Duterte, aka Jay Som, was signed to Polyvinyl Records and released a debut album, 'Everybody Works,' on March 10, 2017. ' I'm still getting used to it,' Duterte says of her budding career. 'I feel like I'm at the beginning stages of making music my job.' Jay Som joined New Hot host David Safar for an in-studio session.

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Regina Spektor shares an expressive set in The Current studio


In town to play a sold-out show at St. Paul's recently reopened Palace Theatre, Regina Spektor stopped by The Current for a session hosted by Jim McGuinn. The session features fantastic song performances and deep conversation. 'I feel like with music, people have this idea that you either write about yourself or you just write using fiction and that's not personal,' Spektor says. 'But to me, I truly believe that fiction and surrealism and psychedelic thoughts are just as personal.'

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Tim Showalter of Strand of Oaks plays a powerful solo set at The Current


While in the Twin Cities, singer-songwriter Tim Showalter of Strand of Oaks stopped at The Current to play a solo piano set in The Current studio. 'It's nice to switch it,' Showalter says of his instrument choice. Listen to the complete session to hear these Strand of Oaks songs like you've not heard them before.

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Today in Music History: A fan takes a bite out of Lou Reed


Billboard published its first U.S. LP chart; Elvis joined the Army; the Bee Gees had their 8th U.S. chart-topper; songwriter extraordinaire Nick Lowe celebrates his birthday; legendary Motown drummer Uriel Jones died; and Lou Reed was bitten by a fan, Today in Music History.

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Today in Music History: Chaka Khan is 64


Ruby and the Romantics' day arrived with a No. 1 hit on their first outing; John Lennon was ordered to leave the U.S.; Elvis began his final tour; John Fogerty's baseball homage became a No. 1 album; and Blur frontman Damon Albarn and Chaka Khan were born, Today in Music History.

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