Future Islands

First Listen: Future Islands, 'Singles'


David Letterman made them famous, but there's more to Future Islands than animated GIFs of Samuel Herring's dance moves. The band's new album, Singles, is full of extremely catchy pop songs.

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Barely Brothers Records: St. Paul welcomes a new vinyl haven


St. Paul’s newest record store, Barely Brothers Records, now graces the St. Anthony Park neighborhood and plans to celebrate with a day of live music and discounted vinyl this Saturday, March 22. Though the store opens at 10 a.m., the festivities start at noon and feature local artists Matt Arthur & the Bratlanders, Jon Rodine…

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RiverRock Studios: Where Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis’s console rocks on


RiverRock Studios, in Northeast Minneapolis, is a relatively new recording venue—but it contains a lot of history. Although the studio itself was only constructed in 2010, it’s home to two analog consoles from the 80s that have been used in recordings by music legends including Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Usher. Since moving to RiverRock,…

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Prince: The Story of 1999

Album of the Week: Prince, '1999'

'1999' Super Deluxe Edition.

Your Album of the Week is the Super Deluxe reissue of Prince's 1999. In addition to remastering Prince's original double album, 1999, the new Super Deluxe reissue of his iconic, breakthrough album includes 35 tracks from Prince's vault, making it the biggest posthumous release of his work to date.

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Prince: The Story of 1999 bonus feature: Dez Dickerson: 'Put an explosion over it'

Dez Dickerson points at the audience at First Avenue

Prince's first guitarist, Dez Dickerson, talks with The Current's Andrea Swensson, taking us back to the early days, into the recording studio, and from the smallest clubs to the biggest stages. 'From the very beginning,' Dickerson says, 'Prince had a clear idea of what he wanted, how he wanted it, how he wanted us to coalesce as a band, what he wanted to say, and what message that would send.'

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Pete Shelley

Today in Music History: Remembering Pete Shelley


Lead Belly passed away, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck was born, Led Zeppelin had their first hit in the US, Sid Vicious lived up to his name, The Rolling Stones performed a free concert at the Altamont Speedway; and Pete Shelley passed away, Today in Music History.

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