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Policy and a Pint: May the Workforce Be with You asks, what makes a job attractive to a potential employee? Citizens League's Sean kershaw is joined by guest panelists for a lively discussion about attracting the workers Minnesota needs in the 21st century.
Winona was recently called (on this blog) a town where “music and adventure [are] undoubtedly akin,” where “a day-long trek through the woods [is] incomplete without Bob Dylan’s ramblings, Frank Ocean’s crooning, or Jimi Hendrix’s electric wails played on a mobile-phone speaker.” Then writer Alex Miller talks about a pass-the-err-guitar session out on the beach while…
For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, help us build a fitness playlist for The Current crowd. What songs get you energized and motivated for exercise? Send us your requests.
MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson (in for Steve Seel) to talk about a number of small, off-the-wall theatrical productions that are really interesting. "These all have very interesting titles, too," Marianne says.
The Rolling Stones released 'Sticky Fingers'; the Ramones released their debut album; David Gedge of the Wedding Present gets some birthday presents; and Roy Orbison was born Today in Music History.
Before playing a sold-out show at the Palace Theatre, Lizzo stopped by The Current studio to talk about her new album, how she's grown as an artist, and what it's been like to take a more positive spin on her music. Lizzo also performs two songs from the album -- accompanied only by acoustic guitar -- showcasing her stunning vocals.
Lizzo's taking the world by storm. Her new album 'Cuz I Love You' has hit shelves and she's become a media sensation. Take a look back at Lizzo's noteworthy career with this updated timeline.
For several years, it felt like Minnesota had Lizzo all to ourselves. Now we’re sharing her with the world, but whenever she returns, it feels like a homecoming. Last night, in the first of two shows this week at the Armory in Minneapolis, she was feeling the love with a radiant performance. Photographer Mary Mathis…
Lizzo hits her ninth week on the chart with "Like A Girl," tonight ahead of her two-night sold out stint at The Armory.
It’s hard to believe it was only about three years ago now that I first heard Lizzo’s voice. I know this is going to sound over the top, but I still remember the exact moment when I heard Lizzo rap for the first time. I was listening to the first single released by her trio the…
These days, Lizzo is all photo shoots and peach emoji, a triumphant star embarking on national tours with Haim and Florence + the Machine. Fans thirst for her next album; outlets such as the New York Times and Teen Vogue afford her coverage. But no matter how high their “Good As Hell” play counts, many could stand to try her debut album, Lizzobangers: a…
There’s something appropriately righteous about the fact that you have to cross Queen Avenue to get to Lizzo’s house—not to mention that her home is mere blocks from the schools and church basements where Prince played his first gigs with his high school band in the 1970s. The reigning Queen of Minneapolis Hip-Hop landed in…
Lizzo rolls into town this week for two sold out shows - one tonight and one Friday - at The Armory. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from Lizzo and her various past and present projects?
Lizzo’s hustle is impeccable. A mere three months have passed since the release of her album, Big GRRRL Small World, and she’s already back in the studio hard at work on a follow-up with the powerhouse producer Ricky Reed. And if today’s debut on Zane Lowe’s Beats1 show is any indication of what’s ahead, Lizzo…
Music critics and enthusiasts everywhere are praising rapper/ singer/ songwriter and flute goddess Lizzo as her hit song “Truth Hurts” becomes the longest-running Billboard Hot 100 #1 by a solo female rapper — eclipsing Cardi B’s three-week reign with “Bodak Yellow” in 2017. Her success certainly won’t stop here: she’s just been ruled eligible for…
The Louisville, Ky., five-piece will release their new album, 'You Deserve Love,' on October 18. White Reaper frontman Tony Esposito credits producer Jay Joyce with helping the band maintain their lively, fun sound on the album. 'His whole m.o. was making sure we stayed sounding like a rock band,' Esposito says. Listen to the full session hosted by Sean McPherson.
Back with his fourth full-length album, 'Here Comes the Cowboy,' Mac DeMarco returns to The Current studio to play songs from the record and to talk about launching his own record label.
A family of pastors hell-bent on saving souls. A pro-sticker Washington wife. A B-horror blood-gusher with a heart of gold. Plus...Prince's photographer? This episode's cast of characters is just a peek at the wild ride of the Peters Brothers, the evangelical trio who hosted record burnings and condemned rock music throughout the 1980s. But for all the Peters' popcorn-worthy stunts, you could say darkness was at play.
In the '80s, controversial St. Paul ministers the Peters Brothers traveled around America preaching about the dangers of rock music. From shock-rock to suggestive pop, this playlist compiles some of the songs that fueled the Peters Brothers' protests against rock & roll.
For the latest episode of The Current Rewind, local rapper Tou SaiK Lee sat down with a father and daughter pair, Ernest and Missy Whiteman, who are both artists working in Minnesota. Tou SaiK is Hmong, and Ernest and Missy are Hinono'ei; all three artists use their respective mediums to create art that bridges generations in their cultures.
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Happy 73rd birthday to John Prine who was born today in 1946. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what John Prine covers do you want to hear?
John Prine was born; The Supremes met Ed Sullivan; "Monster Mash" got banned; and Elvis had a big hit with "Love Me Tender", Today in Music History.
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