Target Center at 30: Ten musical highlights


30 years ago today, Target Center opened its doors as a basketball arena that moonlights as one of Minnesota’s largest concert spaces. Built to be the home of the fledgling Minnesota Timberwolves and — as of 1999 — the Lynx, the 19,356-seat arena (making it, in size, slightly bigger than the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand…

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Kathy Valentine press photo

Mary Lucia interviews Go-Go's bassist Kathy Valentine about new memoir


Kathy Valentine met her future band, the Go-Go's, as a 21-year-old at Los Angeles nightclub Whiskey a-Go-Go. In March 2020, Valentine released her memoir, 'All I Ever Wanted,' an introspective look not only at her life in music, but her entire life up to now. 'I really was trying to tell my story, not anyone else's story,' Valentine tells Mary Lucia.

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Dua Saleh’s going to be on ‘Sex Education’ and it just makes sense


Every once in a while, the stars align, the clouds open up and casting magic is made. Such is the case with Minneapolis-based poet, songwriter, and recording artist Dua Saleh making their acting debut in the British Netflix dramedy series Sex Education. It’s a match comparable to that moment when two friends from different social…

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Blu DeTiger - Virtual Session

Blu DeTiger: Virtual Session


Blu DeTiger joins us for a virtual session to perform a few tracks she's released this summer, and talks to us about sharpening her skills while playing bass over DJ sets in New York clubs pre-quarantine, finding success on Tik Tok, and what she'll be releasing later this fall.

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Sale pending on Golden Valley house Prince bought for his mom


Among the copious Twin Cities real estate Prince owned at the time of his death in 2016 was a three-bedroom split-level in Golden Valley. Prince bought the 1985 house for his mother; she and his stepfather lived in it for the better part of two decades, and family members apparently continued to live in the…

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What counts as a cover song?


Pat Boone’s “Tutti Frutti.” Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower.” Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love.” Little Eva’s “The Loco-Motion.” The Bangles’ “Manic Monday.” Neil Diamond’s “I’m a Believer.” Puff Daddy and Faith Evans’s “I’ll Be Missing You.” Which of those are cover songs? On Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on The Current,…

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Blu DeTiger: Virtual Session

Blu DeTiger - Virtual Session

Blu DeTiger joins us for a virtual session to perform a few tracks she's released this summer, and talks to us about sharpening her skills while playing bass over DJ sets in New York clubs pre-quarantine, finding success on Tik Tok, and what she'll be releasing later this fall.

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Samia: Virtual Session

Samia: Virtual Session

SAMIA shares songs from her upcoming record, The Baby, and talks to Jade about recording in Minneapolis with members of Hippo Campus, getting over fears of being alone, and what it's like to release a debut record during a pandemic.

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Ondara: Virtual Session

Ondara

Jade spoke to Ondara about how growing up in Kenya influences his view of America today, how Carl Sagan has inspired him, and what he'll be working on this fall.

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Early Eyes: Virtual Session

Early Eyes - Virtual Session

Get a peek into the world of singer/songwriter Jake Berglove of Early Eyes as he joins The Current's Jade for a virtual session. The two chat about Berglove's aspirations for the future of Early Eyes, where he'd like to perform post-pandemic and the excitement of signing to a label.

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Delta Spirit: Virtual Session

Delta Spirit: Virtual Session

Connecting from Nashville, Delta Spirit join Jade for a virtual session where they'll be playing songs from their latest record, What Is There, and talk about staying connected as a band when you're geographically separated.

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Coffee Break: Unity Day

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Today, October 21, is Unity Day, the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that exude unity, kindness, inclusion and love?

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Wellness Wednesday: Physician-scientist Beth Thielen on Halloween safety


It's spooky season, and Halloween is just around the corner. As scary as so much of 2020 has been, the fun and theatrics of the costumed, sugar-laden holiday may come as a relief. However, we are still in the middle of a pandemic, and that means Halloween will need to look a little different this year, with some traditions being riskier than others.

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