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Ed Ackerson, pillar of the Minnesota music scene, dies of cancer

Ed Ackerson, the prolific and iconoclastic rocker whose Flowers Studio was a go-to hub for generations of Minnesota artists, died yesterday after being diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. His wife, Ashley Ackerson, wrote, “He was peaceful and at home with his family and friends. He left this world smiling.” She continued, “Ed never looked…

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Friday Five: Gaelynn Lea, Fathom Lane, and more new Minnesota music videos

Gaelynn Lea – “The Long Way Around” Gaelynn Lea unveils a soothing video for “The Long Way Around,” a 2019 single about “the relationships that take work but are worth it in the end.” It features a bit of synth flavor from Jason McGlone as well as several strains of guitar from Alan Sparhawk, Charlie…

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Reina Del Cid celebrating new album, touring Minnesota with Caravan du Nord

When she was growing up, Reina del Cid didn’t anticipate a musical career. Now, she’s releasing her third full-length album before embarking on cross-state adventure with Caravan du Nord, the annual showcase that brings top regional acts to towns across Greater Minnesota. “I was picturing myself kind of going into English and being a professor…

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Interview: Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker is a fortress of vulnerability

Pressing play on Big Thief’s third studio album U.F.O.F. (short for “Unidentified Flying Object Friend”) when it was released in May to immense critical acclaim felt like stepping outside during spring’s tender awakening; from the hopeful uncertainty of “Cattails” to the final release of “Jenni,” when a grungy bass line rips through to an ending…

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Concert review: Bon Iver light up St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center

There were few empty seats at the Xcel Energy Center last night. The arena was packed full of millennials sporting the Northern uniform of warm-toned flannels and denim, eager to see Wisconsin’s Bon Iver. The band’s frontman, Justin Vernon, looked a bit more casual, wearing headphones and a bandana tied tightly around his forehead. In…

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Coffee Break: Go Twins!

The Minnesota Twins will play the New York Yankees tonight in game one of the best of five playoff series at Yankee Stadium. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear to help root on the Twins?

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Jay Som performs songs from 'Anak Ko' at The Current

Jay Som performs in The Current studio

The title of Jay Som's fourth album comes from the Tagalog language, and it means 'my child.' Jay Som - aka Melina Duterte - and her band visited The Current studio after playing a show at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis.

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The Current Rewind: The Peters Brothers' anti-rock crusade

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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.

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Playlist: The rock that fueled the Peters Brothers

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.

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9:30 Zombie Break

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Movie Mister Euan Kerr joined us today to talk about 'Zombieland: Double Tap', the sequel to the 2009 film 'Zombieland'. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention zombies and zombie things?

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