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Tonal Recall: music highlights of 1994


On today's Tonal Recall, Barb Abney is turning the clock back 20 years to play tunes exclusively from 1994. It was the year Barb discovered the Afghan Whigs and began her career in independent radio. What's your 1994 musical highlight?

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Friday Five: Heiruspecs, Doomtree, and more new Minnesota music videos


Happy Friday! We’ll kick off this week’s new video roundup with a pair of releases from two of Minnesota’s biggest and longest-running hip-hop crews… Doomtree’s ducks What, did you think Doomtree was going to slow down now that they’ve wrapped up the 10 consecutive events of their Last Blowout Ever? With a new full-crew album…

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Movie Maven: 'Wild'


MPR's Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about a new film based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed.

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Join us for holiday magic on the Current and Local Current!


‘Tis the season for holiday music, and of course for us that means holiday music by Minnesota’s many talented artists. There are lots of opportunities for you to listen local this holiday season—including six very special hours this coming Monday, Dec. 22. The seasonal sounds have already begun on Wonderground, where Barb Abney has been curating…

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Prince Essentials

23 Prince albums from 1995-2010 now available on streaming services

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As the result of a distribution deal with Sony, 23 Prince albums originally released from 1995 to 2010 are now available on major streaming services. Some were previously available on Tidal, but the widespread availability of these albums — some of which were originally released only to members of Prince’s NPG Music Club — will…

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The Current: Music News

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The Current Music News podcast

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 app

Download The Current's app to hear a crisp, high-fidelity stream of our station (and our additional streams) wherever you go!

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The Current Sessions®

Death Cab for Cutie perform a Microshow in the Forum at MPR

Death Cab for Cutie perform a MicroShow at MPR

Just upstairs from The Current's broadcast and recording studios, Death Cab for Cutie perform a Microshow in the Forum at Minnesota Public Radio. Concert attendees were those who had won tickets to the show through The Current's on-air and online giveaways to the event.

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Natalie Prass performs in The Current studio

Natalie Prass visits The Current's studio

Natalie Prass is based out of Richmond, Virginia, but she's criss-crossing North America and Europe this year to support her album "The Future and the Past." Before her stop at the Turf Club in St. Paul, she visited The Current to play a few songs and chat with Mark Wheat.

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Metric play songs from their new album, 'Art of Doubt'

Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw of Metric in The Current studio

Following the synth-pop sounds of Metric's last album, 'Pagans in Vegas,' they've returned to rock tunes on their brand-new 'Art of Doubt,' out Friday, Sept. 21. 'It felt so good to come back to rock,' says Metric's Emily Haines. Haines and bandmate Jimmy Shaw stopped at The Current to play some stripped-down versions of the new tunes and to chat with host Mac Wilson.

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Leon Bridges plays solo acoustic songs at The Current

Leon Bridges: portraits at The Current

In town for two nights of shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Leon Bridges walked over to The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Jade. Performing solo and with an acoustic guitar, Bridges played a couple songs off his latest album, 'Good Thing.' Bridges also pulled back the curtain on his songwriting process.

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Coffee Break: Flu shots

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Jill and Brian are getting their flu shots today on the air just after 9 am. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention needles, vaccines, healing, influenza, viruses, etc.?

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Today in Music History: Happy 50th to Will Smith


Dave Grohl joined Nirvana; Sam Cooke hit No. 2 on two charts; the Beatles appeared as cartoons on ABC TV; 'The Partridge Family' made its debut; Queen appeared on SNL; Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham passed away; and Will Smith was born, Today in Music History.

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