Jim McGuinn and David Campbell

Your Eclipse Soundtrack


A partial eclipse of the sun begins today at 4:23 p.m., and it continues till sunset. Two important things to remember: 1) Don't look directly into the sun; and 2) Join Jim McGuinn for a custom-made soundtrack to today's celestial event.

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Today’s Music News: Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek covers Charlie Brown


Taking a break from his anti-War-on-Drugs campaign, Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon) is readying a holiday album: Sings Christmas Carols will be released on Nov. 4. Pitchfork has premiered Kozelek’s cover of Vince Guraldi‘s “Christmas Time is Here,” famously featured in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Towards the end of the track, Kozelek recites a few lines of Charlie Brown’s dialogue […]

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Morris Day and the Time play official opening at Hard Rock Cafe Mall of America


At 7:45 pm last night, a well-fed crowd lined the patio of Hard Rock Cafe’s new Mall of America location for a party in celebration of the official grand opening—complete with red carpet pizzazz, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment by Morris Day and the Time. There was no ribbon cutting, though: instead, there was a guitar-smashing […]

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Dave Ray Avenue to be dedicated in St. Paul in tribute to local folk-blues legend


Portions of Franklin Avenue in St. Paul will be renamed “Dave Ray Avenue” in honor of the late Minnesota folk-blues legend. Yesterday, the St. Paul City Council approved a resolution, sponsored by Councilmember Russ Stark, that “that Franklin Avenue between Berry and Eustis Streets is hereby co-named Dave Ray Avenue and that appropriate street signage […]

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Today’s Music News: Chinese government issues statement against Kenny G


Plenty of people have made statements against Kenny G, but it’s not his smooth jazz that’s upsetting the Chinese government—in fact, the saxophonist is a huge star in China. That’s why his participation in pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong inspired a reprimand by China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman. “Kenny G’s musical works are widely popular in China,” said Hua […]

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The Current Sessions®

Amy Shark visits The Current as her music career takes off

Amy Shark performs in The Current studio

'It's still blowing my mind that I'm from a long way away, and my little song's being played in Minnesota,' says Australian singer-songwriter Amy Shark. 'It's amazing.' Amy Shark shared songs and stories when she visited The Current's studio for a session hosted by Jill Riley.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Trios

The Police

Today in 1977, The Police made their live debut as a three-piece band when they played at the club Rebecca's in Birmingham, England. For today's Coffee Break, what trios do you want to hear?

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Jon Bon Jovi performs in 2011

Today in Music History: Bon Jovi released 'Slippery When Wet'


Bon Jovi released 'Slippery When Wet'; Mick Jagger got hurt making a film; Diana Ross had her second No. 1 single; the Police made their live debut; Kanye made an impassioned anti-discrimination speech; the Beatles' classic lineup made its debut; and Chic went No. 1, Today in Music History.

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