Palace Theatre announcing three opening-weekend shows today

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Today, the Palace Theatre is announcing three shows that will serve to officially open the downtown St. Paul venue in March. At 11 a.m., a show will be announced for Friday, March 10. Then, at noon, a Saturday, March 11 show will announce. Finally, at 1 p.m., a show will be announced for Sunday, March 12.…

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DJ Pick of the Week: Mary Lucia - Haley Bonar, 'Stupid Face'

Haley Bonar performs in The Current studio

'Haley Bonar's voice is like honey, and I love the way she thinks,' writes Mary Lucia. 'I have no idea what Haley's song 'Stupid Face' is exactly about, and it doesn't really matter to me. If she's singing it, I'm listening to it.' Mary has selected Haley Bonar's track 'Stupid Face' as the DJ Pick of the Week for Jan. 16, 2017.

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Traces of Townes: exploring Townes Van Zandt's Minnesota connections

Although reflections on the life and career of Townes Van Zandt tend to focus largely on the singer's connections to Texas, Colorado and Tennessee, Van Zandt did spend some time in Minnesota. With January 2017 marking 20 years since the singer-songwriter's death, a search for Van Zandt's Minnesota connections unearthed some ties that run deep.

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Go west, Mary Bue! (But please come back.)

Local singer-songwriter Mary Bue has been awarded a residency from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation to live and work in Taos, N.M. for three months. Before she goes, she’ll play a jubilant sendoff show with Alan Sparhawk (Low, Retribution Gospel Choir) and Molly Maher (of Disbelievers fame) at Icehouse on Saturday, Jan. 14. I caught up with…

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Friday Five: Tyte Jeff, P.O.S, and more new Minnesota music videos

Tyte Jeff, “1952” Who is the giant figure hulking around Minneapolis, and why isn’t Tyte Jeff frontperson Jeff Allen running away from it instead of striding through alleys? The song title “1952” is a hint. The band bring what looks like the Flatwoods monster to downtown in a video conceived and directed by Paul Danhauser. Tyte Jeff (Jeff…

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Saturday at Paisley Park: 1998 Prince concert screening

Everyone’s wondering when we’ll hear more music from Prince’s legendary vault, but the late icon’s archives also include a lot of video — and Paisley Park has been using its weekly movie nights to showcase some rare concert footage. Last month the venue screened a 2012 Australia concert, and just last week visitors were able to…

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The Current Sessions®

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James Vincent McMorrow performs in The Current studio

Following the release of his third album, 'We Move,' James Vincent McMorrow stopped in The Current's studio for a session hosted by Jade. Looking at his trajectory as an artist, McMorrow indicates his artistic output has been informed by his circumstances and his available resources. 'Everything I do is based on what feels right,' he says. Check out the complete in-studio session.

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Alejandro Escovedo performs in The Current studio

Alejandro Escovedo is a true survivor; not only has he enjoyed 40 years in the music business, he's had some very close calls with death, including surviving a category four hurricane. 'I appreciate everything now more than ever,' Escovedo says. Touring in support of his latest album, 'Burn Something Beautiful,' Escovedo and his band stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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Arkells perform in The Current studio

Arkells' frontman Max Kerman is in it for the long game; he's already thinking about how he will age as an artist. 'I've observed the way a lot of bands have aged; there are some bands that can do it really well and some bands can't do it as well,' Kerman says. 'But there's one person who's been really inspiring to me lately ... Leonard Cohen.' Hear more from Arkells in their in-studio session, hosted by Sean McPherson.

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Coffee Break: Songs in the spirit of MLK

Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, marking the birthday of the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear in the spirit of MLK?

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