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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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Alicia Keys, host of the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

Music News: What to watch for at the Grammys


Mac Wilson sat down with Jay and Jade to share his speculations about Sunday's Grammy Awards, including changes to the nomination process, predictions for this year's winners, and some lesser-known artists that could take home awards. Joni Deutsch of Charlotte public-radio station WFAE interviewed Adrian Stallings and Veronica Cordle of the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame to talk about three North Carolinian artists that the Recording Academy will honor this year.

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Friday Five: Baby Boys, deM atlaS, and more new Minnesota music videos


Baby Boys – “Kinky Toe” Here’s a cool new band for you: Baby Boys, aka Jake Luppen and Nathan Stocker from Hippo Campus plus Caleb Hinz of the Happy Children. In writing and recording their five-song EP I’m Set (out March 1), the trio sought a low-pressure environment and the freedom to have fun. “Kinky Toe” is their…

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Our Native Daughters

Listen to new singles from Our Native Daughters


A new project comprising Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell and Amythyst Kiah, Our Native Daughters' music shines new light on African American women's stories of struggle, resistance and hope. Ahead of their forthcoming album release, listen to a powerful new single, 'Black Myself.'

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International Clash Day: Remember when the Clash played St. Paul?


Perhaps every day should be International Clash Day, but today in particular marks a special installment in KEXP’s annual celebration of “the only band that matters.” 2019 is the 40th anniversary of the band’s seminal release London Calling, and, as the Seattle station puts it, “all across the globe, we’re celebrating music as a tool for social…

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Music News: CNN investigation suggests foul play in death of James Brown


Was James Brown murdered? A new CNN investigation is raising questions. Also in the news today: Pink gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Cher costumes headed to the Met, 'M.T.A.' lyricist dies at 94, and artists launch a class-action lawsuit against Sony and Universal. Today's viral clip: the Super Bowl ad that did the most for a featured song.

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Sunflower Bean perform in The Current studio

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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