Morris Hayes on 'Musicology'

Morris Hayes talks with Sean McPherson at The Current

Morris Hayes has it all: candor, a sense of humor, and musical chops that earned him the title of keyboardist, then musical director in Prince's band. He sat down with Purple Current host Sean McPherson for a marathon interview about Prince albums from 1995-2010, plus miscellaneous other stories he remembered as they went. Due to overwhelming demand, we're publishing the full interview album by album.

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Music News: Prince fans go crazy (not in a good way) over Capital One ad

Prince at the Grammys in 2015.

Capital One used 'Let's Go Crazy' in an ad that aired during the Emmys, and fans were not thrilled about it. Also today: a member of Pussy Riot may have been poisoned, Kanye's playing SNL, Bob Seger's hitting the road one last time, musicians are boycotting SiriusXM, and we remember 'King of the Honkers' Big Jay McNeely.

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Paisley Park to host listening party for Prince’s ‘Piano & a Microphone 1983’

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Paisley Park announced on Monday that the Chanhassen venue and museum will be dedicating Friday’s Paisley Park After Dark party to Piano & A Microphone 1983. The album, being released that day, is a collection of private rehearsal recordings including renditions of “Purple Rain” and “International Lover,” among many others. Three tracks from the album have already…

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Hi, Dessa: My awkward transition from fan to critic and back again


If your parents or teachers are your role models, well, good for you. I haven’t been so lucky. As a young adult, I grew attached to a musician/writer named Dessa, looping her lyrics through my brain; processing a not-break-up through her music. For the last two years, I’ve been watching those bonds fray. It’s not…

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Morris Hayes on 'Indigo Nights'

Morris Hayes talks with Sean McPherson at The Current

Morris Hayes has it all: candor, a sense of humor, and musical chops that earned him the title of keyboardist, then musical director in Prince's band. He sat down with Purple Current host Sean McPherson for a marathon interview about Prince albums from 1995-2010, plus miscellaneous other stories he remembered as they went. Due to overwhelming demand, we're publishing the full interview album by album.

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Music News: Watch Dave Grohl play 'In Bloom' with Trombone Shorty

Dave Grohl performs with Trombone Shorty & the Orleans Avenue.

Dave Grohl performed Nirvana's 'In Bloom' with Trombone Shorty...and yes, there's video. In other news, Dua Lipa says she's 'horrified' by fans being dragged from their seats at her recent concert in Hong Kong. Also today: AEG is ending its controversial 'block booking' practice, Macca's back on top, Beasties respond to Eminem album cover, and Rihanna dangles a tantalizing new business idea.

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Prince Essentials

23 Prince albums from 1995-2010 now available on streaming services

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As the result of a distribution deal with Sony, 23 Prince albums originally released from 1995 to 2010 are now available on major streaming services. Some were previously available on Tidal, but the widespread availability of these albums — some of which were originally released only to members of Prince’s NPG Music Club — will…

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The Current: Music News

Music News: Prince fans go crazy (not in a good way) over Capital One ad

Prince at the Grammys in 2015.

Capital One used 'Let's Go Crazy' in an ad that aired during the Emmys, and fans were not thrilled about it. Also today: a member of Pussy Riot may have been poisoned, Kanye's playing SNL, Bob Seger's hitting the road one last time, musicians are boycotting SiriusXM, and we remember 'King of the Honkers' Big Jay McNeely.

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Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats perform a #MicroShow at the Turf Club

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats' MicroShow at the Turf Club

On Monday, Aug. 6, a select group of The Current's listeners were treated to a #MicroShow with Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, who performed at the Turf Club (capacity 350) in St. Paul. The band's generous set includes seven songs from their latest release, 'Tearing at the Seams,' plus a favorite from their breakout self-titled album from 2015.

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Watch Now Now perform at the Minnesota State Fair

Now Now perform at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota band Now Now stopped at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair to perform a live set as part of Oake and Riley in the Afternoon. Between songs, the band members talked about their upcoming tour plans and bonded with Brian Oake over their shared roots in the Twin Cities area's northern suburbs.

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Watch Lissie perform at the Minnesota State Fair

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Before opening Saturday's Music On-a-Stick concert at the Minnesota State Fair grandstand, singer-songwriter Lissie stopped at the MPR booth to perform two songs and to chat with The Current's Brian Oake and Jill Riley. Watch video of the performance and interview.

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Coffee Break: Believe

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Thanks to unofficial assistant producer/listener Loran for today's topic idea. What songs do you want to hear that have "believe" in the title for today's 9:30 Coffee Break?

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Lucinda Williams

Today in Music History: Lucinda Williams married her manager in Minneapolis


Frankie Avalon collected the royalties he earned as a minor; Pink Floyd played the Montreux Festival; Wild Cherry played that funky music; Kiss appeared without makeup for the first time; Garth Brooks topped the album chart; Jimi Hendrix passed away; and Lucinda Williams married her manager in Minneapolis, Today in Music History.

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