Top 89 of 2018

Top 89 of 2018

The Top 89 of 2018 is your opportunity to help program our year-end broadcast countdown. When you submit your ballot you'll be entered to win a prize pack from Down in the Valley.

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First Avenue exhibit to open in May 2019 at the Minnesota History Center


The iconic music venue First Avenue will be the subject of a new exhibition at the Minnesota History Center opening in May 2019. The exhibit, “First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota’s Mainroom,” will feature everything from memorabilia of the bands that have adorned the stages since the venue’s inception, to the “scenes, sounds and stories” that…

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The Okee Dokee Brothers take on winter in the Radio Heartland studio

The Okee Dokee Brothers perform at Radio Heartland

The Okee Dokee Brothers' new album, 'Winterland,' is meant to celebrate winter, but it also contains some deeper messages about taking care of oneself and of the planet. Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing of the Okee Dokee Brothers parked their sleds outside and brought their music and warm vibes into our studio.

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2018 holiday gift guide for Prince fans

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From homebodies to get-up-and-goers, from the bibliophiles to the audiophiles, there’s a Prince-themed gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list this year. We’ve compiled some gift ideas into a guide to help you find something for every Prince fan in your life. The Bookworm Prince: Before The Rain is by long-time Prince photographer, Allen Beaulieu, and…

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The Current Sessions®

John Grant performs in The Current studio


Michigan-born, Reykjavik-based musician John Grant is a fascinating individual even before he starts performing songs. Ahead of a show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis, Grant stopped at The Current studio to play songs and to engage in lively and thoughtful conversation with host Mac Wilson.

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Haley performs instrumentals from 'Pleasureland' in The Current studio

HALEY performs in The Current studio

Although Haley has composed instrumental music before, her 2018 release 'Pleasureland' is her first all-instrumental full-length. 'This was so much more satisfying when I wasn't trying to say something with words,' Haley says. 'It was how I felt and what I connected to.' Haley, along with Jeremy Ylvisaker, visited The Current studio to play music from 'Pleasureland.'

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JD McPherson and band pull up their 'Socks' in The Current studio

JD McPherson performs in The Current studio

Even though JD McPherson told himself he'd never do a Christmas album, a little holiday spirit changed his mind. McPherson and his band recently released 'Socks,' an album of 11 holiday originals. 'It still just hits me as the most ridiculous album title of all time!' McPherson laughs as he and his band stopped into The Current studio for a session hosted by Brian Oake and Jill Riley.

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William Prince performs in The Current studio

William Prince performs in The Current studio

Winnipeg-based singer-songwriter William Prince wants to write songs that stand the test of time. 'I'm in the business of writing hopefully good songs, [and] getting better,' he says. 'I think my best ones are to come yet.' William Prince recently visited The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Songs you discovered through a TV show

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A music discovery website called Tunefind did an analysis of songs people discovered in 2018 through TV shows using a combination of metrics from Tunefind, Shazam and Nielsen Music. And the results are in! So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what song did you discover through a TV show? Make sure to let us know the show, too.

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