‘Empire’ pays tribute to Prince, with a little help from his friends…and family

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In a much-anticipated episode tonight, Fox’s hit hip-hop drama Empire paid tribute to Prince with a climactic performance of his classic Purple Rain opener “Let’s Go Crazy.” Directed by Prince collaborator Sanaa Hamri, the episode featured guests including Morris Hayes (New Power Generation), Hannah Welton (3RDEYEGIRL), Joshua Welton (co-producer of ART OFFICIAL AGE and Hit n Run Phase One), and Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson.…

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The Chart Show Ballot

The Chart Show

Vote every week for your top five tracks (and enter our weekly ticket giveaway while you're at it), then tune in Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. CT to see if your favorites make the Chart Show, hosted by Mark Wheat!

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Watch members of NPG and 3RDEYEGIRL in ‘Empire’ Prince episode teaser video

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Tonight’s episode of Empire is going to celebrate Prince, thanks to a special arrangement with the late legend’s estate that will allow the show to feature his song “Let’s Go Crazy.” In a just-released teaser video, 3RDEYEGIRL drummer Hannah Welton can be seen preparing to play the song along with her husband Joshua Welton (who co-produced…

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Live Current Volume 13

Listen to Live Current Volume 13


Each Fall, The Current collects some of the best live and in-studio performances of past year into one great album -- Live Current. This year, we release the thirteenth volume in the series.

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Giveaways

The Current Sessions®

Iron & Wine perform in The Current's studio

Iron & Wine visit The Current's studios

Iron & Wine released their sixth album of new material, Beast Epic, on August 25, 2017. Here's songwriter/lead vocalist Sam Beam and a full band playing "Call It Dreaming," "About A Bruise," and "Thomas County Law" in The Current's studio.

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#MicroShow: Josh Ritter showcases songs from 'Gathering'

Josh Ritter MicroShow

On Sept. 23, 2017, a select group of The Current's listeners were treated to a #MicroShow with Josh Ritter, who performed at the Clown Lounge within the Turf Club in St. Paul. Ritter performed a number of songs from his latest album, 'Gathering,' which was released just one day before this MicroShow was recorded.

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Hear three new songs from Anderson East

Anderson East performs in The Current studio

Anderson East and his band are touring the country, road-testing some recent singles from a not-yet-announced album. Traveling up through the Twin Cities between gigs in Madison, Wis., and the Wisconsin Dells, Anderson East and his band spoke with Mac Wilson and played some of the songs they've been woodshedding.

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Broken Social Scene share big songs and a positive message


After releasing 'Hug of Thunder,' their first album in seven years, Broken Social Scene stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mary Lucia. 'It felt like a very good time to come back with our unity vibe and with our friendship vibe,' says the band's Kevin Drew.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Rock & Roll

An image of Chuck Berry was displayed at the Rock Hall induction

This morning for Today in Music History, we highlighted Chuck Berry who was born today in 1926 and died this past March at the age of 90. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention "rock & roll" in the lyrics?

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