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Listen: ‘Cupid,’ a new love song from the Suburbs


Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! We’re pleased to share “Cupid,” a poignant new rocker from the Suburbs. The song, written and sung by Chan Poling, features the Suburbs’ new lineup with Hugo Klaers, Steve Price, Steve Brantseg, and Jeremy Yvilsaker. It’s dedicated, writes Poling, “to all the beautiful ladies in our lives.” The song is out…

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Remembering David Carr, 1956-2015


Readers across the country and around the world are mourning the sudden death yesterday of journalist David Carr. A writer covering the media beat for the New York Times, Carr was a Minnesota native who had a fiery career in local journalism—including a lauded stint as editor of the free weekly Twin Cities Reader—before moving out…

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9:30 Coffee Break: Song titles for conversation hearts


For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, Jeanne from Cinnaminson, N.J., had an idea that's perfect for the day before Valentine's Day: song titles that can fit on those pastel-colored candy hearts. What songs with two- or three-word titles would you like to hear?

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Movie Maven: 'Fifty Shades of Grey'


Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about the new film based on E.L. James' best-selling book. "It's a cultural phenomenon," Stephanie says. Listen to the complete review and a discussion about sexy Hollywood films.

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Today in Music History: Hat tip to Waylon Jennings


Frank Sinatra starts his own record label; Led Zeppelin are awarded for their lifetime achievement; Adele cleans up at the Grammys; and country music says 'adios' to one of its brightest stars, Waylon Jennings, Today in Music History.

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MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. film giveaway

M.I.A.-signed poster and DVD giveaway


The film Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. provides unparalleled, intimate access to the artist in her battles with the music industry and mainstream media as her success and fame explodes, becoming one of the most recognizable, outspoken and provocative voices in music today. Win a poster and DVD of the film.

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Music News: Hear early version of Beatles' 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th anniversary

An early, acoustic take of the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" has come to light. Also today, SXSW announces its initial music line-up. Plus, YouTube will sell you concert tickets, Indian women dance on a train, an ancient artifact found outside of Rome is declared a musical instrument, Lana Del Rey's stalker heads to jail, and Chaka Khan loves a parade.

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The Current Music News

In about ten minutes a day, hosts Jay Gabler and Jade put music industry headlines in context, share breaking news about upcoming releases, and surprise listeners with strange-but-true stories. Entertaining, conversational, and informative, The Current Music News is an essential daily listen for fans of all genres of music to catch up on the news that matters about today’s most essential artists.

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The Current Sessions®

Justin Courtney Pierre performs in The Current studio

Justin Courtney Pierre performs in The Current studio

Motion City Soundtrack's Justin Courtney Pierre has a debut solo album, 'In The Drink,' releasing Friday, Oct. 12. Just ahead of that release, Pierre and his band stopped at The Current to play songs from the new record and to talk with Mary Lucia.

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Watch Death Cab for Cutie live in concert at the Palace Theatre

Death Cab for Cutie in concert at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul

Death Cab for Cutie played the second of two shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., on their tour supporting the album, 'Thank You for Today,' on Saturday, Oct. 6. The Current streamed live video of Death Cab's entire set at The Palace Theatre; watch the archived concert.

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Watch CHVRCHES live in concert at the Palace Theatre

Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES in concert at the Palace Theatre

CHVRCHES played the second of two sold-out shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., on their tour supporting the album, 'Love Is Dead.' We streamed live video of CHVRCHES' entire set at The Palace Theatre; watch the archived concert.

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Shakey Graves performs in The Current studio

Shakey Graves in The Current studio

Just ahead of his Saturday show at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., Shakey Graves -- aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia -- stopped over at The Current to play a few songs and to chat with host Mac Wilson.

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Coffee Break: Get up and drive

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Today is the final day of the Fall Member Drive. If you want to become a member of Minnesota Public Radio before the drive ends (and before a bunch of thank you gifts like the MPR Sweatshirt, Live Current, or MPR hat disappear at 7 pm tonight), hop to it! For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that have lyrics that include "drive" or "driving"?

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