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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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James Brown performs in Edinburgh, 2005.

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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Watch Lizzo light up the stage on ‘Fallon’


Lizzo is on. a. roll. The Minneapolis-based rapper and singer brought the party to The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week. This week, Lizzo literally “lit up like a crystal ball” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon after Fallon introduced her as one of his favorite new artists. While Lizzo outshone the disco ball that hung…

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Kacey Musgraves performs at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul

Listen to Looch: talking about Kacey Musgraves


This week, Mary Lucia is joined by The Current's Music Assistant, Jesse Wiza, to talk about the burgeoning career of Kacey Musgraves, who recently played a sold-out show at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul and is nominated for four Grammy Awards.

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Music News: NASA sends Mars rover off with Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday performs in New York, Feb. 1947

NASA said goodbye to the Mars Opportunity rover with a poignant Billie Holiday song. Also in the news today: more fallout from the New York Times' Ryan Adams article, Ariana Grande matches Beatles chart feat, Venezuela crisis spawns dueling concerts, and the Motley Crue biopic has a first trailer.

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The Current Sessions®

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: Let's make a John Hughes soundtrack

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Thanks to listener John who wrote in and reminded us that yesterday was John Hughes' birthday. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, let's make a soundtrack to a fictional John Hughes teen movie. What songs - spanning all genres - do you want to hear?

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Today in Music History: Happy Birthday, Dave Wakeling


Dave Wakeling was born; Harry Nilsson went to No. 1 with "Without You"; Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, for urinating on the Alamo; Smokey Robinson was born; and Stevie Wonder won the Grammy for Album Of The Year, Today in Music History.

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