Album of the Week: The Black Keys, "Let's Rock"

The Black Keys,

You hear all the trademarks of The Black Keys on "Let's Rock" - the fuzzed out guitar tones, crushing drums, and the melodic rock songs that take in bits of influence from 70s AM radio choruses, and scuzzy garage rock.

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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 National

The National perform an intimate show live in the UBS Forum

Matt Berninger

Ahead of last Tuesday's generous 23-song set at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, The National stopped by to play songs off their latest record Trouble Will Find Me in Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum. Between songs, frontman Matt Berninger talked to The Current's Mary Lucia about songwriting, skinny jeans, fatherhood and his brother's suddenly skyrocketing film career.

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Interview: Scott Devendorf of The National

Scott Devendorf

Ahead of headlining Rock the Garden on June 29, Scott Devendorf, bass-player for The National, sat down with The Current's music director David Safar to talk about the band's latest release, I Am Easy to Find.

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Music on TV this week: Mavis Staples; The National; Hozier; Anderson .Paak

Mavis Staples performs with Ben Harper on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings and find performance videos as the week progresses. You can also subscribe to receive the week's schedule in your inbox to plan your TV viewing around music.

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The Current Sessions®

The Current Rewind

Playlist: Aar Maanta Youtube hits

Still from Aar Maanta's music video

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: Beatles for breakfast

The Beatles in London on July 28, 1968.

There are a lot of reasons and a lot of days set aside to celebrate the Beatles and today is one of them. It's Global Beatles Day - marked annually on June 25 in honor of the Beatles' performing "All You Need Is Love", broadcast to an international audience on the BBC program "Our World" in 1967. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs from the world of the Beatles do you want to hear?

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