Thomas Abban wins City Pages 2017 Picked to Click poll

Thomas Abban has been named Minnesota’s best up-and-coming musician by the voters in City Pages’ annual Picked to Click poll, with 64 points. This year’s winners reflect just how diverse and genre-bending the Twin Cities music scene is these days. For example, just behind Abban with 48 points is indie-pop trio 4th Curtis. Other musical…

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Caitlyn Smith talks about chasing that perfect song, from Cannon Falls to Nashville

When singer-songwriter Caitlyn Smith decided to focus on her writing, she could hardly have imagined what dividends that work would pay. Songs written or co-written by Smith have been recorded by artists including Dolly Parton, John Legend, Garth Brooks, and Meghan Trainor. Now, the Nashville resident — a native of Cannon Falls, Minnesota — is…

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"I'm a Black woman": Kelela on owning her identity

Since releasing her debut album 'Take Me Apart' in October, R&B/electronic artist Kelela has been touring with her friend Lafawndah and watching her popularity grow. Before her concert at the 7th St Entry, she told APM reporter Jeffrey Bissoy-Mattis about songwriting and owning her identity as a Black woman.

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The story of Husker Du’s beginnings, as told by Grant Hart

Approximately 53 minutes after a solar eclipse darkened the skies of St. Paul and beckoned the entire city outside to gaze upward in awe, Grant Hart wandered into my cubicle and stood quietly behind me, smiling politely and nodding his head hello. His hands were tucked into the pockets of a dark navy suit coat,…

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Coffee Break: Rolling Stone

Today in 1967, the first issue of Rolling Stone magazine was published in San Francisco. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention Rolling Stone? ("Rolling Stones" band mentions count too!)

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The Chart Show: A Sugarcube teaches Damon Albarn how to drink?!

Gorillaz swing back in as the highest new entry this week at #15. We discovered last week that Damon Albarn, lead Gorillaz member and ex-Blur master, has a house in Reyjavik, Iceland! One of the original Sugarcubes (Bjork's breakout band) Einar Orn told us in an interview last week that he taught Damon Albarn how to drink!?

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The Current Sessions®

Pinegrove perform in The Current studio

Pinegrove perform in The Current studio

Though 'Cardinal' was released back in Feb. 2016, Pinegrove are still selling out venues, like The Entry, in support of it. After some teasing of new music over this past summer, the promise of new music from Pinegrove is here. They stopped at The Current studio to share some of it.

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Jessica Lea Mayfield sings to empower

Jessica Lea Mayfield performs in The Current studio

Jessica Lea Mayfield's new album, 'Sorry Is Gone', seems to have arrived at just the right time. As news headlines are filled with more and more people coming forward with accounts of abuse and harassment, Mayfield's new album is an empowering body of work. 'I feel like the more people that speak up, the better, especially when you're speaking up for yourself,' Mayfield says. Listen to Jessica Lea Mayfield's complete in-studio session to hear songs from the album and the story behind it.

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Lukas Nelson performs in the Radio Heartland studio

Lukas Nelson performs at Radio Heartland

Although Lukas Nelson grew up on the tour bus of his legendary father, Willie, the 28-year-old singer never felt it was expected of him to carry on the family legacy. That said, Lukas fell into the family business and now tours with his own band, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real. Lukas Nelson recently brought his acoustic guitar into our studio to play a couple tunes and talk about the self-titled album from him and his band.

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Watch Emiliana Torrini and The Colorist perform at Iceland Airwaves

Emiliana Torrini and the Colorist perform on The Current

The Current enjoyed two fantastic days of live performances and interviews from the Gotubarinn pub in Akureyri, Iceland, as part of the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. Watch Emiliana Torrini and The Colorist perform their song, 'Thinking Out Loud,' recorded as it was broadcast live to The Current's listeners.

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Coffee Break: Alt-country

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco

Last night we broadcast Wilco live from the Palace Theatre in Saint Paul on air and online and they are playing again tonight for their third night at the Palace. So for today's Coffee Break, what alt-country songs do you want to hear?

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Today in Music History: Patti Smith wins National Book Award

The Four Seasons had a hit with 'Big Girls Don't Cry'; The Who launched a second tour of North America; The Commodores went to No. 1 with 'Still'; singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley was born in Anaheim, Calif.; and Patti Smith won a National Book Award, Today in Music History.

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