White Williams performs at SXSW

White Williams performs live from SXSW


One critic wrote that the music of White Williams ties pop eclecticism to peripateticism. We figure that's exactly what 23-year old Cleveland native Joe Williams was hoping for while he was recording Smoke (because nothing is more rock and roll than peripateticism).

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Pianist Karen Vieno Paurus

Karen Vieno Paurus performs in The Current studio


If you get out to nightclubs in the Twin Cities at all, there's a good chance you've heard Karen Vieno Paurus play and sing. She's often seen with Lili's Burlesque Revue as the "Sultry Chanteuse" and has been involved with a few MPR "Stage Session" shows at the Fitzgerald Theater.

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The Rascals live at SXSW

The Rascals performs live from SXSW


Most people who turn 21 are excited about their new legal ability to consume alcohol. The three 21 year olds from Liverpool, Miles Kane (guitar), Joe Edwards (bass), and Greg Mighall (drums), who make up The Rascals are thinking bigger. As former members of The Little Flames, they opened for bands like The Coral, The Zutons, and their new best friends, The Arctic Monkeys.

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Cloud Cult live at SXSW

Cloud Cult performs live from SXSW


Armed with a multitude of instruments, laptops, video, paint and canvases, the environmentally-friendly local band Cloud Cult are making their second trip to SXSW this year.

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Night Moves perform in The Current studio

Night Moves perform in The Current studio

'Can You Really Find Me' is Night Moves' third album on the Domino Recording Company label. 'We've kind of figured out the rhythm of working on a label and with a team of people,' says Night Moves frontman John Pelant. Night Moves visited The Current studio for a session hosted by Andrea Swensson ahead of their show Saturday night in the First Avenue Mainroom.

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The Current Rewind

Playlist: Aar Maanta Youtube hits


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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Businesses on Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis.

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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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Artists that have curated festivals

Lollapalooza 2015

Today in 1991, the very first Lollapalooza debuted. Originally dreamed up by Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell as a farewell tour, the touring festival ran annually until 1997, and was revived in 2003. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what artists and bands do you want to hear that have curated their own festivals?

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