Shane Leonard guest DJs on Radio Heartland

Shane Leonard

Shane Leonard contains multitudes: he's a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Leonard has a new album out, 'Strange Forms,' and he's adding another credential to his already impressive CV as he joins Mike Pengra to guest DJ on Radio Heartland.

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Water Month Concerts 2019

Celebrate Water Month with concerts near the water this July.

Celebrate Water Month with concerts near the water this July! Classical MPR and The Current have teamed up with the Water Main to create a calendar of over 150 outdoor concerts this summer in Minnesota. From jazz to rock to classical, let us be your guide to finding great live music this summer.

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The Current Rewind

Playlist: Aar Maanta Youtube hits

YouTube has become an indispensable tool for Somali artists to share their music and create an online community. To give you a sense of the music and stories that exist on London-based Somali musician Aar Maanta's channel, we put together a list of some of the singer-songwriter's videos.

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The Current Rewind

The Current Rewind: Aan WadaMidnimayno Minnesota

Ask most casual Minnesota music fans about the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis, and they'll probably tell you about the folk and blues hippie scene of the '60s and '70s. These days, the West Bank is home to a thriving Somali population, and several Somali-Minnesotans are famous throughout the diaspora for their own music and poetry. In this episode, we learn about music and community from our Somali neighbors.

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Businesses on Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis.

Photos: A tour of Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood

With venues like the Cedar Cultural Center, Palmer's Bar, and Mixed Blood Theatre, Minneapolis' West Bank has become a hub for Somali music and culture. Cedar-Riverside resident and KFAI radio host Abdirizak Bihi takes us for a tour of his neighborhood, which he calls "Little Mogadishu."

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Hometown

Aquatennial fireworks 2016

Rock the Garden, The Fourth of July, Aquatennial, Bastille seems like you can shake a stick and find a festival to attend in your own town right now. So today we're going to celebrate the nostalgia of hometowns. What songs do you want to hear for today's 9:30 Coffee Break that mention home, hometowns, small towns, etc?

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Ian Curtis on stage with Joy Division

Today in Music History: Remembering Ian Curtis

John Lennon suffered a tragic loss; Elton John got his first No. 1 album in the U.S.; Ray Davies temporarily resigned from the Kinks; Ian Curtis of Joy Division was born in Greater Manchester; and Prince gave free albums to U.K. tabloid subscribers, Today in Music History.

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