Music News: Velvet Underground exhibit to hit NYC

The Velvet Underground

The ailing Aretha Franklin is 'alert' with family, a Velvet Underground exhibit is coming to NYC, Lindsey Buckingham is touring solo, and the House of Blues has banned straws. Also today, Spin has a detailed report on women being harassed after accusing popular musicians of misconduct, and Ariana Grande does 'Titanic' with James Corden.

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Behind First Avenue’s Stars: Radiohead

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If you ask a Minnesotan if they’ve ever seen Radiohead live, they might lament the fact that the band hasn’t visited the Gopher State in over 20 years, since their 1997 show at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. Some fans, however, might recall having seen the up-and-coming English rock band play at First Avenue in…

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Giveaway: Death Cab for Cutie Microshow

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Ahead of October's two shows at the Palace Theater celebrating their forthcoming new album Thank You For Today, Ben Gibbard and Dave Depper of Death Cab for Cutie will play an intimate set for lucky winners at our next Microshow.

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Olivia Chaney performs at Radio Heartland

Olivia Chaney performs in the Radio Heartland studio

Olivia Chaney's new album, 'Shelter,' sounds like a collection of old English folk tunes, even though the songs are largely original compositions. Chaney and her longtime musical partner Jordan Hunt pulled into the Radio Heartland studio to play songs and to discuss the new album.

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Music News: Velvet Underground exhibit to hit NYC

The Velvet Underground

The ailing Aretha Franklin is 'alert' with family, a Velvet Underground exhibit is coming to NYC, Lindsey Buckingham is touring solo, and the House of Blues has banned straws. Also today, Spin has a detailed report on women being harassed after accusing popular musicians of misconduct, and Ariana Grande does 'Titanic' with James Corden.

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The Current Music News

In about ten minutes a day, hosts Jay Gabler and Jade put music industry headlines in context, share breaking news about upcoming releases, and surprise listeners with strange-but-true stories. Entertaining, conversational, and informative, The Current Music News is an essential daily listen for fans of all genres of music to catch up on the news that matters about today’s most essential artists.

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Punch Brothers perform in The Current's studio

Punch Brothers perform in The Current studio

Punch Brothers released their fifth album "All Ashore" in July 2018. The resulting tour brought them to St. Paul's Palace Theatre; well-polished and plucky as ever, the band stopped by The Current's studio beforehand to perform a few songs and talk with Bill DeVille.

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Your Smith debuts new side in The Current's studio

Your Smith performs in The Current studio

Your Smith has been cocooned in the studio for a while now, writing music and metamorphosing from Caroline Smith to her new persona. She visited The Current in the midst of it all, performing a Caroline Smith favorite and some of her best new music as Your Smith.

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Coffee Break: Primary colors for Election Day

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It's Primary Day in Minnesota - your opportunity to cast your vote for U.S. Senators, Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, County Sheriff and School Board Member. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention primary colors - red, yellow or blue?

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Foo Fighters

Today in Music History: Foo Fighters debut on TV


Jerry Wexler passed away; The Beatles thought it best to say goodbye to Pete; Sonny & Cher had a hit with 'I Got You, Babe'; Michael Jackson secured the rights to the Beatles' back catalogue; Foo Fighters made their TV debut; and guitarist Slim Dunlap was born in Plainview, MN, Today in Music History.

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