The 2019 Midwest Music Exchange: Get to know Lady Lark, Zed Kenzo, and Silence Kit

The Current is partnering with Radio Milwaukee and Manitoba Music to present the annual Midwest Music Exchange. The exchange will include performances across the three regions by Manitoba’s Silence Kit, Milwaukee’s Zed Kenzo, and Minnesota’s own Lady Lark. As they prepare to take the stage at Icehouse this coming Wednesday, April 10, here’s a brief…

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Marvin Gaye, 'You're the Man'

Album of the Week: Marvin Gaye, 'You're the Man'

Marvin Gaye tapped the biggest names of the day for 'You're The Man,' including Larry Mizell, Willie Hutch, and Smokey Robinson to make this highly anticipated follow-up. The studio sessions were prolific and the writers brought their A-game.

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Is it possible to bike safely to music?

As the weather starts to feel a bit more like spring around the Twin Cities, many formerly snowed-in cyclists are dusting off their rides and re-experiencing the outdoors on two wheels. Nothing beats the sensation of listening to your favorite tunes while riding for exercise or leisure, and studies show listening to music can even increase…

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First Avenue, Sound 80, and Prince’s childhood home may receive National Register of Historic Places consideration

Paisley Park may be the most widely recognized brick-and-mortar locus of Prince Rogers Nelson’s half-century spent creating and producing in Minnesota; until quite recently, little was done to recognize or even protect the other homes, studios, and venues where the artist spent many years honing his sound, recording some of his best-known work, and playing…

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Friday Five: Frankie Lee, EHN JEY, and more new Minnesota music videos

Frankie Lee – “Downtown Lights” (Premiere) After wandering the Middle West and beyond, American Dreamer Frankie Lee goes home in his latest album. Stillwater is his birthplace; the site of his high school; and the former home of actress Jessica Lange, to whom Lee dedicated this song. He says, “When she moved away, she said it was because…

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The Current: Music News

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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The Current Sessions®

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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