Music News

News about music and the musicians heard on The Current.

Metric is Minnesota's favorite band? Really?

TV news hosts were pretty excited about the above map this morning. But MPR News' Bob Collins says Metric is not Minnesota's favorite band. People in Minnesota tend to listen to Metric more often than other states because that's what the creator of the map was trying to show. Read Collins's full story.

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Pete Seeger, iconic troubadour and activist, dies at 94 in New York

The banjo-picking troubadour who sang for migrant workers, college students and star-struck presidents in a career that introduced generations of Americans to their folk music heritage died Monday at the age of 94. Seeger's grandson, Kitama Cahill-Jackson, said his grandfather died peacefully in his sleep around 9:30 p.m. at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he had been for six days. Family members were with him.

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On The Ball with Mark Wheat: Not Spurning Spurs

We start by remembering Portugese great Eusebio, who passed away this weekend. Then, Fred Child, host of 'Performance Today', talks about how he became a Spurs fan and why he keeps a bright outlook for the team despite Saturday's FA Cup result. Plus, a music pick for American goalkeeper Kasey Keller, who enjoyed a good career at Spurs.

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Phil Everly Of The Everly Brothers Dies At 74

With his brother Don, Phil Everly formed an influential harmony duo that touched the hearts and sparked the imaginations of rock 'n' roll singers for decades, including the Beatles and Bob Dylan.

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On The Ball with Mark Wheat: Prediction Time

As the Premier League reaches the critical Christmas-New Year's week, it's time to make predictions. Have a look at Mark Wheat's picks and then share your predictions. And of course, Mark also has a music pick; this week, it goes out to Hull City.

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On The Ball with Mark Wheat: Premier League managers feel the heat

Being a Premier League manager is a tough job; four out of the bottom five clubs have sacked their managers. Malky Mackay and Sam Allardyce hold on to their jobs, but for how long? Plus, a look at some highlights from the weekend and today's London derby, and a music pick for the Kop at Anfield.

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On The Ball with Mark Wheat: Weekend Goal Fest

A crazy weekend in the Premier League brought goals aplenty and two sacked managers. Plus, we give a shout-out to a Minnesota-bred goalkeeper in the Premiership, have a look at the Champions League draw and make a music pick based on Man City.

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