Listen to Looch: talking about J.S. Ondara

J.S. Ondara portraiture

This week on Listen to Looch, Mary Lucia is joined by Andrea Swensson for a conversation about the career and music of J.S. Ondara. Born in Kenya, Ondara moved to Minneapolis to launch his music career. This Saturday, J.S. Ondara plays at night two of The Current's 14th Birthday Party, and in February, his debut full-length album comes out on Verve Records.

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Music News: Broadway legend Carol Channing dies at 97

Carol Channing in Palm Springs, 2016.

Carol Channing, a legend of the musical stage, has died at 97. Also in the news today: Alicia Keys will host the Grammys, Maroon 5's Super Bowl halftime slot is officially official, Kanye West contributes to an epic art project, a new app for music discovery, and Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story' casts an unknown teenager to star as Maria.

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Music News: Missy Elliott to be inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

Missy Elliott performs in New Orleans in 2018.

Missy Elliott will become the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Also in the news today: the Who announce new album and tour; vinyl sales still surging; trap star Kevin Fret dies at 25; BRIT nominations announced; and Hulu dunks on Netflix with surprise release of Fyre Festival documentary.

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Black Rock Matters: Turf Club show to celebrate rockers of color

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After hearing All American Rejects’ 2005 hit “Dirty Little Secret” while driving his tomato red Toyota Camry down the streets of Atlanta, Tim became a rocker. Defying what he calls the “heavy stereotype” that black people are exclusively hip-hop, rap, and R&B fans, Tim Dooley decided to venture into the world of rock and pursue…

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Bob Dylan to be interviewed on camera for Martin Scorsese Rolling Thunder Revue documentary

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For years, rumors have circulated about the making of a documentary about Bob Dylan’s “Rolling Thunder Revue” tour. Now, Netflix has confirmed that those rumors are true. Martin Scorsese is directing Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, which Netflix described, in a statement provided to Variety, as “part documentary, part concert film, part…

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Friday Five: St. Paul Peterson, Yam Haus, and more new Minnesota music videos

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St. Paul Peterson – “You Got 2 Love” St. Paul Peterson funked around in Prince’s orbit for decades, filling in as a replacement member of the Time and serving a short-lived stint as bassist/vocalist in the Family (now known as fDeluxe). He’d soon depart (and break up) the latter band in search of a solo career,…

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Music News: 'Baby Shark' creators now have as many Top 40 hits as Jimi Hendrix

A still from the 'Baby Shark Dance' video.

Thanks to a viral hit video, the creators of the kids' song 'Baby Shark' are now in the Top 40. In other news today: Lady Gaga pulls R. Kelly collaboration, Michael Jackson documentary heads to Sundance, and Ron Burgundy challenges Lizzo to a flute-off. Also, we preview new releases from Taking Back Sunday, Neyla Pekarek, and Radar State.

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Music News: Broadway legend Carol Channing dies at 97

Carol Channing in Palm Springs, 2016.

Carol Channing, a legend of the musical stage, has died at 97. Also in the news today: Alicia Keys will host the Grammys, Maroon 5's Super Bowl halftime slot is officially official, Kanye West contributes to an epic art project, a new app for music discovery, and Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story' casts an unknown teenager to star as Maria.

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Larkin Poe perform in The Current studio

Larkin Poe perform in The Current studio

Sisters Megan and Rebecca Lovell are the nucleus of Larkin Poe. They perform powerful songs with a rootsy Southern underpinning. Their latest album, 'Venom & Faith,' was released on Nov. 9, 2018, and was self-produced. Larkin Poe stopped at The Current to talk about their songwriting process and to perform a couple tracks from the album, as well as one of their favorite Lead Belly tunes.

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Kurt Vile performs a solo acoustic set at The Current

Kurt Vile performs in The Current studio

Ahead of a show with his band the Violators in the First Avenue Mainroom, Kurt Vile stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mary Lucia. Vile played solo acoustic versions of a couple songs from his latest album, 'Bottle It In,' and one from his 2011 release, 'Smoke Ring for My Halo.'

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John Grant performs in The Current studio

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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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Fruit bands

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Today in 2018, Irish musician and singer-songwriter Dolores O'Riordan from The Cranberries died. We'll save our Irish musician Coffee Break for St. Patrick's Day in March, but for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what bands do you want to hear that have a fruit in their name?

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Singer Dolores O'Riordan of the Cranberries.

Today in Music History: Remembering Dolores O'Riordan


Dolores O'Riordan passed away; The Rolling Stones were forced to change the lyrics of "Let's Spend The Night Together" to "Let's Spend Some Time Together" when appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show; Led Zeppelin's 'Black Dog' made its debut on the U.S. singles chart; and The Who had their first hit when they released "I Can't Explain" in the UK, Today in Music History.

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