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The legacy of Allen Toussaint


President Obama Awards 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.

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


Blur live in Los Angeles, Calif. Oct. 20, 2015

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.

Bill DeVille and Jim McGuinn at the Americana Music Festival


DeVille, McGuinn and Strib's Bream in Nashville

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.

The Swede sound of Hagstrom Guitars


Mark Ritsema with the Hagstrom Ultra Swede

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.

Day 1 at SXSW: Hitting the ground running


The Cribs perform at South by Southwest 2015

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.

Weapon Of Choice: Why The Stratocaster Survives


bob mould stratocaster

The Strat just turned 60, but the guitar born at the dawn of rock 'n' roll has barely aged a day. NPR Music Librarian Robert Goldstein has more about this iconic instrument.