A history of Prince’s performances at First Avenue


Today marks the 50th anniversary of beloved Minneapolis nightclub, First Avenue. Of course, one of the reasons this club has become as iconic as it is, is due to the legacy left by hometown hero, Prince. Throughout the ’80s, Prince made a name for First Avenue while simultaneously, First Avenue made a name for Prince.…

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Friday Five: Solana, Jillian Rae, and more Minnesota Music Videos

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If you have a music video you’d like to be considered for an upcoming feature, send it my way at fridayfive@mpr.org! Solana – “With You” Solana’s latest video is a breezy warm day wrapped up into three and a half blissful minutes. Shot in LA by Adam Foster Jacobs, the video is a dreamy montage…

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'Lean On Me,' 'Lovely Day' singer Bill Withers dies at 81

Bill Withers photo from Getty Images

Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including 'Lean On Me,' 'Lovely Day' and 'Ain't No Sunshine,' has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. He was 81.

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Rock the Garden update

Rock the Garden

The Walker and The Current have made the difficult, yet necessary, decision to cancel this year’s Rock the Garden.

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Phone a friend: Musicians share how they're doing during coronavirus crisis

Jill Riley, host of The Current's Morning Show.

For the last couple of weeks on The Current's Morning Show we've been having our musician friends call in from their homes all across the country and beyond. It's been so nice to hear their voices and get some insight into what is happening in towns across the nation and what the lives of musicians look like right now.

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A message from your friends at The Current

The Current microphone

Here at The Current, we are dedicated to bringing you closer to the music and each other. We will continue to be here for you and for the artist community that makes our corner of the globe so special.

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March Music Madness

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The Current Sessions®

Live Virtual Session: Lissie

Lissie - Live Virtual Session

Singer-songwriter Lissie connects with Jill Riley to perform a live virtual session, and also to talk about the ways she's staying creative and connecting with her fans during this time of quarantine.

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Best Coast play songs from 'Always Tomorrow' live in The Current studio

Best Coast perform in The Current studio

After a three-year gap since their last release, Best Coast are back with a new album 'Always Tomorrow.' Frontperson Bethany Cosentino expounds on that hopeful title. ' I think the overall theme of the album is very much the idea that at times we can be our own worst enemies, and learning to get out of our way and let life happen,' she says. Listen to Best Coast's full session, recorded live in The Current studio.

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Wolf Parade perform a Microshow at Icehouse in Minneapolis

Wolf Parade Microshow at Icehouse

On Saturday, Feb. 15, Wolf Parade recorded what may have been the loudest Microshow to date as they played a live set at Icehouse in Minneapolis. The audience consisted of lucky winners who had entered for a chance to attend this intimate performance.

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The Current Morning Show Features

Coffee Break: Filling the time


For the most part, minus essential workers and people exercising outside or shopping for necessities, we're truly supposed to be at home. So for today's Coffee Break let us know - what are you doing to stay busy? And are there any songs that reflect those actions?

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Doris Day

Today in Music History: Remembering Doris Day


Doris Day was born; Elvis Presley played on TV; The Marcels and later, the Temptations, had memorable No. 1 hits; the nascent Sex Pistols opened for Joe Strummer's earlier band; a British music magazine apologized to Morrissey; and Sebastian Bach was born, Today in Music History.

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