McNally Smith auctioning 3,000+ items including Prince mural, many instruments

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When McNally Smith College of Music abruptly shut its doors late last year, hundreds of people were displaced. The institution listed financial trouble and low enrollment as the reasons for the swift closure. Since then, the college has sat empty on Exchange Street in downtown St. Paul. Because everything ended so quickly, everyone was left…

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#MPRRaccoon shirts and tote bag

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#MPRraccoon shirts are for sale ($25) on Public Media Market. A portion of the proceeds from sales of these t-shirts will go to The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota, supporting injured and orphaned wildlife. You can also get a #MPRRaccoon totebag by becoming a member of The Current for $5/month.

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Pride Party Anthem Requests

The Current celebrates Pride Weekend

This weekend we're rocking Twin Cities Pride and we want to kick it off with your favorite songs. Let us know what you want to hear and Mark Wheat will play 'em back Friday 6-8 p.m.

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Make Music Day to celebrate grassroots creativity in Twin Cities on June 21


Musicians and music lovers alike will be spread out across the Twin Cities to celebrate Make Music Day next Thursday, June 21. Make Music Twin Cities is part of the global Make Music Day celebration that started in 1982 in France. Last year over 800 cities around the world participated. The Twin Cities are participating…

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‘Dismembered & Unarmed’: All-star group of Minnesota musicians tackle body oppression and white supremacy on collaborative album


Resmaa Menakem, a licensed independent social worker and therapist, released his book My Grandmother’s Hands this past September. The book sought to tackles issues of racism and white supremacy from an unexpected, yet plausible place: how it affects the bodies of the oppressed and oppressors. My Grandmother’s Hands focuses specifically on how Black bodies and…

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Prince record collection

60 Essential Prince songs


In honor of the 60th anniversary of Prince's birth, The Current is honoring Prince's life with a playlist of 60 Essential Prince Songs, hand-picked and hosted by our staff. In addition to the career-spanning selection of songs — which includes his chart-topping hits, to be sure, but also dives into some of his more under-appreciated output .

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The Current Sessions®

Okkervil River perform in The Current studio

Okkervil River perform in The Current studio

Macalester College alumnus Will Sheff is frontman of the band Okkervil River. Ahead of their show at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Sheff and company stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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Eels perform in The Current studio

Eels perform in The Current studio

Following a four-year break from touring, Eels are back on the road following the release of their album, 'The Deconstruction.' 'It's so much fun to be doing this again,' says Mark Oliver Everett, aka E. 'I honestly think we might be doing our best shows ever right now.' Eels stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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Field Report perform in The Current studio

Field Report perform in The Current studio

Having recently released their latest album, 'Summertime Songs,' Field Report's Chris Porterfield reflects on how the band are at a point in their career where they can play any variety of venue. From barns to festivals to arenas and more, 'We kind of do everything,' Porterfield says. Between a barn gig in Iowa and a Turf Club show in St. Paul, Field Report stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Monologues

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At Rock the Garden this weekend our own Mark Wheat hopped up on stage with Feist to perform the spoken word portion of "Century". So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that have a spoken monologue?

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