Music News

News about music and the musicians heard on The Current.

Derrick Stevens lends his talents to coaching kids at FAIR School

Along with Classical MPR's Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, The Current's Production Manager Derrick Stevens lent his skills and stories to a rehearsal of the vocal-music students at the FAIR School in Minneapolis. The students will soon be performing 'Glory,' the Oscar-winning song by John Legend and Common.

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Transmission celebrates 'Star Wars' at First Avenue

Jake Rudh has previously celebrated the genius of John Hughes at First Avenue, but would people show up for a few hours of sci-fi action? It turns out they did. Jake provides a recap of a 'Star Wars' party at First Avenue that drew nearly 1,200 people and raised money for a good cause.

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Mac Wilson examines the major Grammy races

Following yesterday's Grammy nominations, The Current's Mac Wilson provides in-depth analysis and predictions in this year's major Grammy races. 'With the Grammys, what seems obvious is often obvious,' Mac writes, 'except for when they leave you reeling with a curveball.'

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Scott Weiland was 'one of the most fascinating frontmen'

The Current's Program Director, Jim McGuinn, shares his thoughts about the late Stone Temple Pilots frontman, who died in Bloomington, Minn., on Dec. 3, 2015. 'STP were one of the great bands of the '90s,' McGuinn writes. 'The songs and Weiland's vocal performances totally hold up. ... Through recordings, we are always able to return to the artist at the moment of their greatness.'

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The legacy of Allen Toussaint

R&B legend Allen Toussaint died Tuesday, Nov. 10, of an apparent heart attack after a concert in Madrid. He was 77 years old. The Current's program director, Jim McGuinn, shares a personal reflection on Toussaint's life and career.

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Blur in America: David Safar's account of the band's L.A. show

The Current's music director, David Safar, attended Blur's show in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 20. "Blur's performance at The Hollywood Bowl was true to the band's beginnings,' Safar writes. '[Frontman Damon Albarn] commanded control of the band and the audience.' Read David's full report of this monumental show.

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Bill DeVille and Jim McGuinn at the Americana Music Festival

The 2015 Americana Music Festival and Conference spans Sept. 16 to 20 in Nashville. The Current's Bill DeVille and Jim McGuinn attended the conference. See what they saw with a social-media roundup from their days and nights of music meet-ups and shows.

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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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