It's a Block-Rockin' Weekend!

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The Current has your soundtrack to summer! And with the Memorial Day weekend (May 25 to 27) being the unofficial start of summer, we're kicking things off with a Block-Rockin' Weekend. Listen starting Friday, May 24, at 10 a.m. Central as we launch into three-song sets by your favorite artists all weekend long.

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Rock the Garden tickets on sale!

Rock the Garden Tickets Now on sale

Tickets to this year's Rock the Garden featuring The National, Courtney Barnett, X, Heart Bones, deM atlaS, Bad Bad Hats, Adia Victoria and The Beths are now on sale to everyone!

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Lizzo performs rare acoustic set in The Current studio

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Before playing a sold-out show at the Palace Theatre, Lizzo stopped by The Current studio to talk about her new album, how she's grown as an artist, and what it's been like to take a more positive spin on her music. Lizzo also performs two songs from the album -- accompanied only by acoustic guitar -- showcasing her stunning vocals.

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‘I’m just glad I’m alive and not in jail’: Punk poet Paul Dickinson shares mobile memories in ‘Junker Dreams’

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Paul Dickinson is Minnesota’s premier punk poet, frontman of Frances Gumm, co-founder of Dead Media, and former proprietor of the Speedboat Gallery — a St. Paul art space with a literally underground music venue where Green Day once played for $100. He certainly puts the “auto” into his new autobiography, Junker Dreams. The memoir brings…

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Friday Five: Velvet Negroni, Jillian Rae, and more new Minnesota music videos

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Velvet Negroni – “Confetti” You’d think someone who’d just announced a new album would feel pretty amped, but Velvet Negroni looks unfazed in this hibachi-centered video. Welcome to the nighttime, cold-as-ice, gorgeous vibes of NEON BROWN, out August 30 via 4AD. Jillian Rae – “Medication” Jillian Rae released “Medication” as a single almost a year ago,…

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Coffee Break: Happy (hour)

Brian Oake and Jill Riley

As we head into this 3-day weekend, we are excited to announce our next set of Oake & Riley in the Afternoon happy hour events. In the meantime, what songs do you want to hear for today's 9:30 Coffee Break that mention happy, joy, glee, etc?

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The Current: Music News

Music News: Rolling Stones give 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' songwriting credit back to the Verve

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Two decades after suing the Verve for songwriting credit on 'Bitter Sweet Symphony,' the Rolling Stones have given it back. Also in the news today: the Netherlands win Eurovision, a synth repairman accidentally trips on vintage LSD, 'Bongo Rock' drummer Preston Epps dies, Natalie Portman criticizes Moby's portrayal of their relationship, and Aretha Franklin's three maybe-wills. Plus, music history highlights and new LPs from Cate Le Bon, Justin Townes Earle, Sebadoh, and Sting, as well as a 'Runaway Train' remake.

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The Current Sessions®

Local Natives perform in The Current studio

Local Natives perform in The Current studio

Los Angeles five-piece Local Natives' latest album, 'Violet Street,' was recorded with the band members playing together in the same room. 'We wanted the core of this album to be the five of us playing off each other,' says guitarist Taylor Rice. 'That was really integral to the album.' You can hear that collaborative sound in Local Natives' in-studio session here at The Current.

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The Japanese House performs in The Current studio

The Japanese House perform in The Current studio

As the Japanese House, Amber Bain has been crafting ethereal-sounding songs that unabashedly plumb the depths of human emotion. Her new album, 'Good At Falling,' released on March 1 of this year, was recorded at Justin Vernon's April Base studios in Wisconsin. Bain recently stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Jade.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Happy (hour)

Brian Oake and Jill Riley

As we head into this 3-day weekend, we are excited to announce our next set of Oake & Riley in the Afternoon happy hour events. In the meantime, what songs do you want to hear for today's 9:30 Coffee Break that mention happy, joy, glee, etc?

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