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News about music and the musicians heard on The Current.

The Swede sound of Hagstrom Guitars

The American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis is highlighting music this summer with an exhibit of guitars by legendary Swedish guitar-maker, Hagstrom, whose instruments were played by David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, Elvis Presley and others. The ASI is also hosting a number of concerts with local musicians, including Mark Ritsema and his band, Suzie, during which Ritsema will play one of the exhibited guitars.

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Day 1 at SXSW: Hitting the ground running

Checking in from the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas, The Current's Program Director Jim McGuinn provides a first-day report, noting that female-fronted acts were the best he saw yesterday.

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Teenage Kicks®

The evolution of 'Teenage Kicks' Teenage Kicks®

Host Jacquie Fuller takes us back to the very origins of the program 'Teenage Kicks', which could be traced to 1980s MTV telecasts as well as stops along the way in Texas, California and New Mexico. 'Teenage Kicks' marks five years on the air this weekend.

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Five unforgettable 'United States of Americana' moments

As the show celebrates its fifth birthday, 'United States of Americana' host Bill DeVille shares his top five in-studio memories so far, plus another highlight from the popular Sunday-morning roots-music program. Do you remember these?

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The long road to 'United States of Americana'

Bill DeVille's Sunday-morning Americana program went on the air in 2009, but it turns out the show had been percolating for at least 20 years before then. Bill shares the story as 'US of A' celebrates five years on the air.

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