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Top ten new Minnesota State Fair foods that sound like band names


Bananas Foster French Toast These ska sensations will have you skankin’ through the Midway all night long. UpNorth Puff Pasty This Ely rapper will have you nodding your head with his bold lyrics and bouncing beats built on polka samples. Shrimp Ceviche This jazz guitar quartet will wow you with their fleet-fingered renditions of Ritchie…

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Jade Bird MicroShow at James J. Hill House

Jade Bird performs a MicroShow at the James J. Hill House


Impressed by the captivated audience and the opulent surroundings of the Victorian mansion, singer-songwriter Jade Bird told the audience 'This has been my favorite so far on this trip, so thank you!' Listen to the complete MicroShow, which includes the songs 'Lottery,' 'Cathedral,' 'Good At It' and more, plus a rip-roaring Johnny Cash cover.

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John Louis performs in the Radio Heartland studio

John Louis performs live at Radio Heartland


John Louis's songwriting is reminiscent of Kris Kristofferson, John Prine and Townes Van Zandt. Van Zandt was a personal hero of John's, so John's new live album is very loosely based on a live record Townes recorded back in 1977. John Louis recently stopped at Radio Heartland to perform some songs from the new album.

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McNally Smith auctioning 3,000+ items including Prince mural, many instruments


When McNally Smith College of Music abruptly shut its doors late last year, hundreds of people were displaced. The institution listed financial trouble and low enrollment as the reasons for the swift closure. Since then, the college has sat empty on Exchange Street in downtown St. Paul. Because everything ended so quickly, everyone was left…

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The Current Sessions®

Frank Turner performs in The Current studio

Frank Turner performs in The Current studio

'Be More Kind,' the new album from Frank Turner, has been described as an optimistic album. 'I think it's important to temper our short-term pessimism with a little bit of medium-term optimism,' Turner acknowledges. Before playing an all-ages show at the Myth Live Event Center in Maplewood, Minn., Turner and bandmate Matt Nasir visited The Current studio for a live session hosted by Mac Wilson.

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Jade Bird performs a MicroShow at the James J. Hill House

Jade Bird MicroShow at James J. Hill House

Impressed by the captivated audience and the opulent surroundings of the Victorian mansion, singer-songwriter Jade Bird told the audience 'This has been my favorite so far on this trip, so thank you!' Listen to the complete MicroShow, which includes the songs 'Lottery,' 'Cathedral,' 'Good At It' and more, plus a rip-roaring Johnny Cash cover.

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Okkervil River perform in The Current studio

Okkervil River perform in The Current studio

Macalester College alumnus Will Sheff is frontman of the band Okkervil River. Ahead of their show at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Sheff and company stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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Oake and Riley Features

Louie Anderson with Jill Riley and Brian Oake

Louie Anderson pulls back the curtain on his creative projects


St. Paul native Louie Anderson is so busy -- with his hit series 'Baskets' on FX, with a new book, a new comedy special and a string of standup shows -- but he still found time to stop by Oake & Riley in the Morning to share some stories with Brian and Jill. 'It's a magnificent love and responsibility to make people laugh,' Anderson says.

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