Turf Club brings Black Rock Matters back for round two: Queer Edition

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Tim Dooley, frontman for the band Timisarocker, hasn’t stopped moving since his first Black Rock Matters show brought the band into the spotlight in February. Being a rocker, a drag queen, a podcast host, an ordained minister, and recently becoming a standup comedian, Timisarocker has been busy to say the least. And now that Pride…

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Friday and Saturday: live broadcasts from Bonnaroo

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The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., is one of the big musical highlights each June. The Current's Jade returns to Bonnaroo this year for live broadcasts and spontaneous interviews with the artists performing at Bonnaroo. Listen Friday, June 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT, and again on Saturday, June 15, 12 to 4 p.m Central.

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The Current Rewind

Playlist: Aar Maanta Youtube hits

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YouTube has become an indispensable tool for Somali artists to share their music and create an online community. To give you a sense of the music and stories that exist on London-based Somali musician Aar Maanta's channel, we put together a list of some of the singer-songwriter's videos.

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The Current Rewind

The Current Rewind: Aan WadaMidnimayno Minnesota


Ask most casual Minnesota music fans about the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis, and they'll probably tell you about the folk and blues hippie scene of the '60s and '70s. These days, the West Bank is home to a thriving Somali population, and several Somali-Minnesotans are famous throughout the diaspora for their own music and poetry. In this episode, we learn about music and community from our Somali neighbors.

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Photos: A tour of Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood


With venues like the Cedar Cultural Center, Palmer's Bar, and Mixed Blood Theatre, Minneapolis' West Bank has become a hub for Somali music and culture. Cedar-Riverside resident and KFAI radio host Abdirizak Bihi takes us for a tour of his neighborhood, which he calls "Little Mogadishu."

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