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Friday Five: Maple & Beech, Drone Not Drones and more new Minnesota music videos


Maple & Beech, “Sugar Bugs” Prolific video artists Maple & Beech go to Tyler Tholl’s house to record “Sugar Bugs” from RUNDAWDAW. This arrangement, led by bass clarinet and QChord, displays a softer side of the electronic/pop duo’s output; “Though my hair caught on fire during filming (votive candles are beautiful but dangerous),” Tholl writes, “it was a…

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The Chart Show

The Chart Show Ballot


Vote every week for your top five tracks (and enter our weekly ticket giveaway while you're at it), then tune in Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. CT to see if your favorites make the Chart Show, hosted by Mark Wheat!

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Top 89

Top 89 of 2017: Local Songs

Top 89 of 2017

Join us to celebrate 2017 in local music! As part of The Current's Top 89 polls, we invite you to help us determine the best local songs of the year.

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Giveaways

The Current Sessions®

The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio

The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio

After a 24-year hiatus, the Dream Syndicate reunited in 2012 and realized they sounded like a new band. 'We were enjoying it and we figured, well, rather than keep playing the oldies circuit, let's make a new record,' says front man Steve Wynn. The resulting record is 'How Did I Find Myself Here?', and the Dream Syndicate recently found themselves in The Current studio for a session hosted by Jim McGuinn.

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The Rural Alberta Advantage wrap up their U.S. tour on Oake & Riley in the Morning

The Rural Alberta Advantage perform in The Current studio

The Rural Alberta Advantage wrapped up a massive tour with a show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, followed by a visit to Oake and Riley in the Morning before jetting back to Toronto. 'We always enjoy coming back to Minneapolis,' says front man Nils Edenloff. 'It was really good. It was probably the best way to kind of end our U.S. tour.' Hear more from the band as they look back on their tour and play songs from their latest album, 'The Wild.'

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Grizzly Bear perform in The Current studio

Grizzly Bear perform in The Current studio

Grizzly Bear's new album, 'Painted Ruins,' is their first in five years, and they've been busy touring in support of it. In town for a show at the Palace Theatre, Grizzly Bear stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mark Wheat.

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Alex Lahey turns in a rocking set in The Current studio

Alex Lahey performs in The Current studio

Fresh off a lively show the night before at the 7th Street Entry, Alex Lahey came in early Sunday morning to The Current, where she and her bandmates turned out a rocking performance of tracks from her debut full-length album, 'I Love You Like a Brother.' Of the title track, Lahey says, 'I decided to pick three chords and pretend I was in the Ramones and give it a go!'

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Sweaters

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It's ugly sweater day! And the morning crew is wearing their finest to celebrate the season. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention sweaters?

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Fats Waller

Today in Music History: Remembering Fats Waller


Fats Waller died, Today in Music History: John Lennon played his final gig in the U.K., Fats Waller died of pneumonia, The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour went Gold, Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick In The Wall' made it to No. 1 and Elvis Presley gave his final performance on 'Louisiana Hayride'.

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