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Listen to Looch: a new documentary on Sam Cooke

This week, Mary Lucia is joined by Bill DeVille to talk about a new documentary, 'Remastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke,' now available on Netflix. The documentary looks heavily at Cooke's remarkable career in music -- tragically cut short by a death that remains largely shrouded in mystery.

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Pearl Jam perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Music News: Pearl Jam named Record Store Day 2019 ambassadors

Pearl Jam have been named official ambassadors for this year's Record Store Day, April 13. Also in the news today: Garth Brooks joins the Pirates for spring training, Tidal introduces mute feature, Grammys post-game updates, TikTok takes heat for low payments to artists, and an atonal bluegrass song goes viral.

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Watch Har Mar Superstar wine and dine himself in new jeremy messersmith music video

Just minutes before consuming some local spirits and lighting up Twitter with his annual hours-long virtual Grammys viewing party, Minneapolis singer/songwriter jeremy messersmith officially dropped a newly-minted single and accompanying video. Since the week of January’s polar vortex, messersmith had been hinting on Twitter that he was taking to the director’s chair. “Okay tweeps- anybody in the…

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Music News: Here are the musicians performing at the Oscars

David Rawlings in the studio

Queen are playing the Oscars...and guess who's handling lead vocals? Also in the news today: iconic album cover photographer Guy Webster dies at 79; Vampire Weekend release a breakfast-themed music video; and a trio of British music stories including a new gender-equity initiative, a pair of acoustic Billie Eilish gigs, and a pub shouted out by the Clash is reportedly set to close.

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Sunflower Bean perform in The Current studio

Less than a year after the release of their most recent full-length album, New York band Sunflower Bean dropped an EP, 'King of the Dudes.' The new release exudes a sense of fun. 'We ended up really experimenting with a different side of ourselves,' explains Sunflower Bean's Julia Cummings when the band stopped in for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.

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Dorothy perform in The Current studio

Dorothy perform in The Current studio

The band Dorothy's latest album, '28 Days in the Valley,' was produced by none other than Linda Perry, the extraordinary producer and songwriter (and former 4 Non Blondes frontperson) behind massive hits for artists like Pink and Christina Aguilera. Dorothy recently visited The Current for a session hosted by Jill Riley.

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Abby Jeanne performs in The Current studio

Abby Jeanne performs at The Current

A rising musician out of Milwaukee, Abby Jeanne recently released a new album, 'Music Box Dancer.' Although Jeanne is a multi-instrumentalist, she says her primary instrument is her voice -- and on hearing these soulful songs, that becomes abundantly clear. Before Abby Jeanne performs at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis on Wednesday, Jan. 30, she and her band stopped at The Current studio for a session hosted by Mark Wheat.

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Coffee Break: Shoveling playlist

Michelle Armstrong shovels her parents' driveway in North Mankato.

This week we smashed the record for the snowiest February in history as measured at the MSP airport, and it's the first time we've topped 30" since December 2010. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, let's make a shoveling playlist. As in, what songs would you want to shovel by? Take that as you will.

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