Music News: Here are the musicians performing at the Oscars

David Rawlings in the studio

Queen are playing the Oscars...and guess who's handling lead vocals? Also in the news today: iconic album cover photographer Guy Webster dies at 79; Vampire Weekend release a breakfast-themed music video; and a trio of British music stories including a new gender-equity initiative, a pair of acoustic Billie Eilish gigs, and a pub shouted out by the Clash is reportedly set to close.

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Photos: Bees, bluesies play loving tribute to Willie Murphy at the Cabooze

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After Willie Murphy passed away on Jan. 13, friends and fans hastened to post remembrances of the West Bank trailblazer online. Last weekend, Murphy’s community gathered to honor him in person: first on Saturday at an Augsburg Chapel memorial service, then on Sunday at “Fairytales,” a Cabooze tribute show and celebration of life. The Cabooze…

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Mary Lucia picks 10 music documentaries to binge-watch during winter storms

Glen Campbell and Hal Blaine in 'The Wrecking Crew'

Minnesota was dealt another heavy snowfall Wednesday as the first of this week's expected storms moved in, and two more storms are brewing that could drop fresh coatings of snow on parts of the state Friday and this weekend. That's why Mary Lucia has pulled together a list of recommended music documentaries you'll want to watch while cooped up indoors.

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For sale: Bob Dylan’s childhood bathroom sink

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While fans of popular artists have been known to sell all sorts of things that once belonged to their idols, a very unusual Bob Dylan item is currently for sale — a bathroom sink. Growing up in Hibbing, Minn., a young Bob Dylan, then Bobby Zimmerman, and his brother David used the sink in their…

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The Chart Show Ballot

The Chart Show

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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Mandolin Orange perform songs from 'Tides of a Teardrop' at Radio Heartland

Mandolin Orange perform in the studio

Mandolin Orange's latest album, 'Tides of a Teardrop,' is taking the band on an ambitious tour across North America and Europe, capped with a date at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. On their third visit to Radio Heartland, the entire Mandolin Orange lineup joined us in studio to play songs from 'Tides of a Teardrop.'

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Celebrate Black History Month with music

Black History Month 2019

The Current is honoring the music and contributions of Black musicians in February, and we're starting off by dedicating Friday, Feb. 1, exclusively to music made by Black musicians.

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Miya Folick on sounding notes of hope with debut album ‘Premonitions’

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Los Angeles singer-songwriter Miya Folick is finding joy in the ordinary with her debut album, Premonitions. The collection of songs, which Folick has described as “domestic pop,” celebrates everyday experiences, documents close relationships, and revels in the moment. Folick released Premonitions last October. While her 2015 Strange Darling EP and 2017 EP, Give It To Me, rest on a classic indie-rock backbone…

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Concept plan for First Ave riverfront amphitheater set for Minneapolis City Council vote on March 1


Yesterday afternoon a Minneapolis City Council committee unanimously approved a concept plan for the Upper Harbor Terminal along the Mississippi River in north Minneapolis, which includes a Community Performing Arts Center operated by First Avenue. The open-air CPAC would hold around 10,000 guests and include 6,000 stacked seats (a capacity comparable to Rock the Garden). It…

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Music News: Here are the musicians performing at the Oscars

David Rawlings in the studio

Queen are playing the Oscars...and guess who's handling lead vocals? Also in the news today: iconic album cover photographer Guy Webster dies at 79; Vampire Weekend release a breakfast-themed music video; and a trio of British music stories including a new gender-equity initiative, a pair of acoustic Billie Eilish gigs, and a pub shouted out by the Clash is reportedly set to close.

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Sunflower Bean perform in The Current studio


Less than a year after the release of their most recent full-length album, New York band Sunflower Bean dropped an EP, 'King of the Dudes.' The new release exudes a sense of fun. 'We ended up really experimenting with a different side of ourselves,' explains Sunflower Bean's Julia Cummings when the band stopped in for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.

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Dorothy perform in The Current studio

Dorothy perform in The Current studio

The band Dorothy's latest album, '28 Days in the Valley,' was produced by none other than Linda Perry, the extraordinary producer and songwriter (and former 4 Non Blondes frontperson) behind massive hits for artists like Pink and Christina Aguilera. Dorothy recently visited The Current for a session hosted by Jill Riley.

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Abby Jeanne performs in The Current studio

Abby Jeanne performs at The Current

A rising musician out of Milwaukee, Abby Jeanne recently released a new album, 'Music Box Dancer.' Although Jeanne is a multi-instrumentalist, she says her primary instrument is her voice -- and on hearing these soulful songs, that becomes abundantly clear. Before Abby Jeanne performs at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis on Wednesday, Jan. 30, she and her band stopped at The Current studio for a session hosted by Mark Wheat.

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Coffee Break: Let's make a John Hughes soundtrack

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Thanks to listener John who wrote in and reminded us that yesterday was John Hughes' birthday. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, let's make a soundtrack to a fictional John Hughes teen movie. What songs - spanning all genres - do you want to hear?

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Dave Wakeling

Today in Music History: Happy Birthday, Dave Wakeling


Dave Wakeling was born; Harry Nilsson went to No. 1 with "Without You"; Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, for urinating on the Alamo; Smokey Robinson was born; and Stevie Wonder won the Grammy for Album Of The Year, Today in Music History.

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