You Need To Know: FruitPunchLoverBoy, a rap-singing Best New Band

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Although you may have heard otherwise, FruitPunchLoverBoy is a band. Not the stereotypical boy band with a long-haired, mysterious drummer or way-too-cool-for-school guitarist, no, this is a band of creatives. A collective, one may say, centered around a larger-than-life voice. This voice is able to ferry you through the realm of emotions – from the…

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Cold War Kids play a stripped-down set in The Current studio

Nathan Willett and Matt Schwartz of Cold War Kids in studio

The year 2020 finds Cold War Kids in a new creative chapter: they've released the first in a planned trilogy of albums titled 'New Age Norms,' and they've dropped an acoustic EP, 'Strings & Keys.' Ahead of their sold-out show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Cold War Kids' Nathan Willett and Matt Schwartz visited The Current studio to play songs and to talk with host Mac Wilson.

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Podcast: Slug, Siddiq, and J-Bird tell the story of Soundset

Siddiq, J-Bird, and Slug visit The Current

Big news from Rhymesayers this morning: they'll forgo Soundset 2020 in favor of a 25th anniversary celebration later this year. Check out The Current Rewind podcast to hear how Soundset rose from a warehouse party to one of the largest hip-hop festivals in the nation.

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Soundset will not happen in 2020, Rhymesayers to focus on 25th anniversary celebration instead

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Rhymesayers Entertainment has just announced that Soundset, the Minnesota event that’s become one of the world’s premier hip-hop festivals, will not take place in 2020. Instead, the Minneapolis-based label says, they’ll focus on a 25th anniversary celebration. From a press release, here’s the complete statement. To our Soundset family, friends and partners: Following twelve successful…

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Friday Five: Atmosphere, Harper’s Jar, and more new Minnesota music videos

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To submit music videos for consideration — whether they’re your own, or just new Minnesota music videos you think are awesome — e-mail fridayfive@mpr.org. Atmosphere – “Love Each Other” Atmosphere have never looked so art deco. This black-and-white vid was filmed at the Van Dusen Mansion in Minneapolis, and comes from the duo’s new album…

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Mac Wilson's Grammys preview

2020 Grammy contenders collage

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards are coming up on Sunday, Jan. 26, and Mac Wilson, a longtime Grammys follower, shares some insights ahead of an important night in the music calendar.

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#Current15

The Top Songs of 2019

Top Songs of 2019

As The Current celebrates 15 years in 15 days, we turn our attention on Friday, January 24 to the best songs of 2019, voted by our listeners.

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Cold War Kids play a stripped-down set in The Current studio

Nathan Willett and Matt Schwartz of Cold War Kids in studio

The year 2020 finds Cold War Kids in a new creative chapter: they've released the first in a planned trilogy of albums titled 'New Age Norms,' and they've dropped an acoustic EP, 'Strings & Keys.' Ahead of their sold-out show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Cold War Kids' Nathan Willett and Matt Schwartz visited The Current studio to play songs and to talk with host Mac Wilson.

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Coffee Break: 2019

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It's the 2019 edition of "The Current's 15 Years in 15 Days." For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs from 2019 do you want to hear?

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