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Gov. Walz officially proclaims Minnesota Music Month


Each year, Minnesotans set aside a month to celebrate the state’s music community. Now, Governor Tim Walz has made the celebration official, by proclaiming April “Minnesota Music Month.” The proclamation gives a shout-out to some of the artists who have shaped the Minnesota music scene, from Bob Dylan and Prince to Dessa and Lizzo. It…

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Record shopping at Coachella, 2018.

Music News: Record Store Day 2019 releases - our top picks


Record Store Day is coming up this Saturday, so Jay and Jade each pick their favorite releases vinyl (and cassette) fans will be able to get their hands on. Also, we talk with Record Store Day co-founder Carrie Colliton, who talks about how the event got started and shares some of her favorite RSD memories.

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Jeffrey Bissoy interviews Nipsey Hussle at BITCON

Remembering Nipsey Hussle: one degree of separation


On the day rapper, entrepreneur and activist Nipsey Hussle is memorialized in Los Angeles, MPR News' Jeffrey Bissoy shares an interview he did with Hussle at the Blacks in Technology conference on October 2018. Bissoy also reflects on Hussle's legacy in music and in the broader community.

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Crowd at the Atmosphere concert

Music News: Songwriters ask concert promoters for a raise


BMI is trying to get concert promoters to share more revenue with songwriters. Also in the news today: an L.A. intersection will be renamed for Nipsey Hussle, Sharon Osbourne opens up about Ozzy's health struggles, Mandy Moore's making new music, Escort recreate a classic Journey video, and two pieces of exciting news for fans of movies and music. (Hint: tell me more, tell me more...)

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Music News: Bandcamp announces vinyl-pressing service

Colored vinyl at a pressing plant in England, 2017.

Bandcamp is launching a new service described as 'like Kickstarter for vinyl.' Also today, Jade and Jay round up new releases by Lizzo, Cage the Elephant, and Jade Bird. Plus, Jay talks about the singing-competition drama 'Teen Spirit,' and we dig into the musical highlights of Beyonce's new live album.

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Hayes Carll plays songs from 'What It Is' live in the studio

Hayes Carll performs in the Radio Heartland studio

Hayes Carll says his personal Mount Rushmore of songwriters has always been Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Kris Kristofferson and John Prine, but having the sound advice of co-producers Allison Moorer and Brad Jones has given his latest release, 'What It Is,' a fresh sound.

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Coffee Break: Royalty for Prince

Prince Piano and a Microphone

Sunday is the anniversary of Prince's death and we'll be remembering him with special content on both The Current and Purple Current. But for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs or bands you want to hear that mention a royal title?

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