Tanya Donelly on Belly's collaborative new music

Belly in 2016.

'It just feels like the walls have come down between players and listeners,' says Tanya Donelly about making music in 2018. 'That's something that always kind of went up my spine, so I kind of like the fact that those walls are more porous now.'

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Etta James: R&B in its original sense

Etta James

Etta James was selected by the Current's listeners as one of the honorees in our celebration of Black History Month, which comes to a close this week. Here's an in-depth look at the singer's stormy life and career.

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Sheila E. and fDeluxe to perform at Paisley Park’s Celebration 2018


Sheila E. and fDeluxe will perform at Paisley Park for Celebration 2018 this spring, the venue announced this morning. Paisley Park also announced a list of guest speakers — including the likes of photographer Steve Parke, the Time’s Jellybean Johnson, and close Prince confidante Kirk Johnson. The three-day event, scheduled for April 19-22, is the…

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Letitia VanSant performs in the Radio Heartland studio

Letitia VanSant performs in the Radio Heartland studio


Baltimore-based Letitia VanSant courageously left a comfortable 9-to-5 job to set out on a new career as a singer-songwriter. Her debut album, 'Gut It To The Studs,' has just been released. VanSant and her musical partner David McKindley-Ward were in Minnesota on their most recent road trip and stopped in the Radio Heartland studio for a session hosted by Mike Pengra.

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Friday Five: Nooky Jones, Prof, and more new Minnesota music videos


Nooky Jones, “Sweet Wine” If y’all had any doubt about what the first word of this band’s name is getting at…this video should put it to rest. Nooky Jones released “Sweet Wine” for Valentine’s Day, but I’d say it’s appropriate for other nights of the year. Like April 7, when they’re performing at the Hook…

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The Current Sessions®

S. Carey performs in The Current's studio

S. Carey performs in The Current's studio

S. Carey, aka Bon Iver drummer/keyboardist Sean Carey, stopped into The Current's studio the week of his 'Hundred Acres' album release. Hear music from the record and an interview with Andrea Swensson.

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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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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Inspired by snowstorm(s)

Michelle Armstrong shovels her parents' driveway in North Mankato.

Minnesotans are dealing with 3 to 6 inches of snow that fell across the Twin Cities last night, and tomorrow could bring up to 8 more. Let this situation inspire your Coffee Break suggestions today - whether that means songs about snow, storms, holing up at home, or maybe even enjoying better weather in other parts of the world.

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Today in Music History: Norah Jones wins the Grammys


Elvis and Priscilla call it quits; Fleetwood Mac win Album of the Year for 'Rumours'; Norah Jones brings home a bundle of Grammys; and Queen nabs their first U.S. No. 1 single with 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love,' Today in Music History.

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