OK Go perform an acoustic set in The Current studio

OK Go like to push the bounds of imagination in all its positive forms. In town for a sold-out show at First Avenue, OK Go's Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind and Andy Ross visited The Current for a special acoustic session and to talk to Jill Riley about their many creative outlets. "We try not to recognize a distinction between the different forms of creativity we pursue," Kulash says.

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Today in Music History: Adele's record breaks a record

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 actually apologized to Morrissey; and Adele broke the album-chart record by a female solo artist.

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Today’s Music News: Pharrell Williams is working on new Missy Elliott music

Pharrell Williams stopped by The Tonight Show and told Jimmy Fallon about his current projects—including work with Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and, yes, Missy Elliott. Williams and Fallon also performed as the fictitious 80s R&B duo “Afro & Deziak.” (Billboard) An appropriately strange charity tribute concert to David Lynch in Los Angeles featured performances by Duran Duran (Lynch directed a concert film featuring…

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2015 Minnesota Music Summit to feature great music and good advice

The Minnesota Music Coalition‘s annual Minnesota Music Summit is coming to the Amsterdam Bar & Hall and McNally Smith College of Music next weekend (April 9-11), with a packed lineup of concerts, artist workshops, video screenings, industry panels, mentoring sessions, networking events, and a keynote address by Dar Williams. The Current’s Local Show host, David Campbell, will…

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Matthew E. White performs live in The Current studio

Ahead of a gig at the 7th St. Entry, Matthew E. White and his Spacebomb Records cohorts Cameron Ralston (bass), Pinson Chanselle (drums) and Alan Parker (guitar) stopped by The Current to perform tracks off his new record Fresh Blood and to chat with host Mark Wheat.

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Cloud Cult debut the trailer for their new film, ‘Unplug’

Some shows are so powerful that they feel like they will live on in our minds and hearts forever. For Cloud Cult, a trio of intimate acoustic shows they performed in Minneapolis back in December 2013 were such a smash success that they have been carefully recorded and preserved for posterity in a new film, Unplug. Filmed at the…

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9:30 Coffee Break: Work Songs

Last night at the Varsity Theater, The Current and the Citizens League hosted Policy and a Pint: May the Workforce Be with You, which looked at the present and future of work. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs about work, working or the work experience do you want to hear? Tell us your requests.

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Music News: Grammy nominations make strides in representation

Brandi Carlile in concert at the State Theatre in Minneapolis.

After years of withering criticism over their lack of diversity, this year's Grammy nominations have gone some distance to close the gap. Kendrick Lamar leads nominees with eight nods, followed closely by Drake. Further, female nominees predominate in all four top categories. Also today, we pay tribute to the late Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks.

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John Grant performs in The Current studio

Michigan-born, Reykjavik-based musician John Grant is a fascinating individual even before he starts performing songs. Ahead of a show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis, Grant stopped at The Current studio to play songs and to engage in lively and thoughtful conversation with host Mac Wilson.

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Haley performs instrumentals from 'Pleasureland' in The Current studio

HALEY performs in The Current studio

Although Haley has composed instrumental music before, her 2018 release 'Pleasureland' is her first all-instrumental full-length. 'This was so much more satisfying when I wasn't trying to say something with words,' Haley says. 'It was how I felt and what I connected to.' Haley, along with Jeremy Ylvisaker, visited The Current studio to play music from 'Pleasureland.'

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JD McPherson and band pull up their 'Socks' in The Current studio

JD McPherson performs in The Current studio

Even though JD McPherson told himself he'd never do a Christmas album, a little holiday spirit changed his mind. McPherson and his band recently released 'Socks,' an album of 11 holiday originals. 'It still just hits me as the most ridiculous album title of all time!' McPherson laughs as he and his band stopped into The Current studio for a session hosted by Brian Oake and Jill Riley.

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William Prince performs in The Current studio

William Prince performs in The Current studio

Winnipeg-based singer-songwriter William Prince wants to write songs that stand the test of time. 'I'm in the business of writing hopefully good songs, [and] getting better,' he says. 'I think my best ones are to come yet.' William Prince recently visited The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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Coffee Break: U.K. punk rock

The Buzzcocks

Pete Shelley, lead singer of the Buzzcocks, passed away yesterday. On Twitter, the band said he was "one of the U.K.'s most influential and prolific songwriters". So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what U.K. punk rock do you want to hear?

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