Red Wing rocks as inaugural Big Turn Music Fest kicks off

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Venue. Venue. Venue, venue, venue. With welcoming signs unmissable on sidewalks throughout downtown Red Wing, it seems like every bookstore, wine bar, and Scandinavian gift shop (okay, maybe not the latter) has been deputized as a music venue for the first-ever Big Turn Music Fest. It’s a triumphant homecoming for Sam Brown, who’s had such…

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BROCKHAMPTON challenge gender and race norms at Music Hall


On Thursday, Feb. 15, BROCKHAMPTON played to a sold-out crowd at Music Hall in downtown Minneapolis. Standing at about six feet, a young fan in an orange jumpsuit moves quickly through the line. It’s 14 degrees outside, but it feels like it could be negative 30. He doesn’t seem to care that with just his…

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Aretha Franklin

A timeline of Aretha Franklin's hits


Aretha Franklin is the Undisputed Queen of Soul. And the Current's listeners agree: they selected her as one of the honorees in our celebration of Black History Month. We've traced her musical journey with notes and quotes about the songs and albums that forged her magnificent legacy.

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Brandi Carlile still frame from 'The Joke' video

Brandi Carlile releases new video for 'The Joke'


On the same day of the release of her new album, 'By The Way, I Forgive You,' Brandi Carlile has released a new video for the album's lead single, 'The Joke.' Directed by Danny Clinch, the video features real people whose stories Carlile wishes to highlight.

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Minneapolis producer Shrimpnose releases crackling new album ‘Sullen’


When you think about production, you might zoom right to the flashy stuff — the bass bombs, the twisted drops. But Shrimpnose makes a different kind of beat. As you’ll hear on his new album Sullen, his work is fuzzy and mellow, crackling with snaps and touchy syncopation. Since moving to Minneapolis from Buffalo, Minn. almost three years…

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MicroShows

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Tune-Yards perform a #MicroShow at the Turf Club

Tune-Yards MicroShow at the Turf Club

On Jan. 16, a select group of The Current's listeners were treated to a #MicroShow with Tune-Yards, who performed at the Turf Club (capacity 350) in St. Paul. The set list includes five songs from Tune-Yards' latest album, 'I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life,' plus a favorite off 2014's 'Nikki Nack.'

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Lissie plays songs from her forthcoming album, 'Castles'

Lissie at The Current

'Castles,' the new album from Lissie, releases March 23, 2018. In between shows at Icehouse in Minneapolis, Lissie and her band stopped at The Current to perform a couple tracks from the forthcoming album, as well as a hit from Lissie's 2016 release, 'My Wild West.'

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Coffee Break: Figure skating soundtrack

Adam Rippon at the team competition at the Olympics.

The Winter Olympics is upon us and figure skating abounds with categories including Single Skating, Ice Dance, Pair Skating, and Short Programs. New this year to the Olympics is the allowance of singing and lyrics in the routines' soundtracks. So in honor of these Olympic changes, what song would you pick as your figure skating soundtrack for today's 9:30 Coffee Break?

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Lesley Gore

Today in Music History: Remembering Lesley Gore


Bruce Springsteen went No. 1 with 'Born in the U.S.A.'; Yusuf Islam was awarded substantial damages from The Sunday Times and The Sun; 50 Cent was at No. 1 with his debut album 'Get Rich or Die Tryin''; and Lesley Gore passed away, Today in Music History.

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