9:30 Coffee Break: Character Study


What songs from musician who perform as a character (take this in whatever direction you like)? We'll take your suggestions and build today's 9:30 Coffee Break.

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Oscar De La Renta - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion

Weekend Arts Roundup: Fashion and Bluegrass


MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley on The Current's Morning Show to talk about arts events that are nothing to do with the holidays but have plenty of sparkle all the same.

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Doomtree perform before a live audience in MPR's Forum


Minnesota's own Doomtree visited MPR to put on an intimate and exclusive live performance as a part of their #LastBlowoutEver. "Every year, we want to outdo everything we've done," Sims says. Watch video and listen to audio of the performance, hosted by Mary Lucia.

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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

Music News: 'Weird Al' Yankovic joins Weezer in 'Africa' video

'Weird Al' Yankovic in Weezer's 'Africa' video.

A new video for Weezer's 'Africa' features 'Weird Al' Yankovic. Also in the news today, a Muslim rapper has canceled Bataclan concerts due to safety concerns, SiriusXM is buying Pandora, Paul Simon said goodbye, Carrie Underwood tops the album chart, and...DNA-inspired playlists: good idea, great idea, or absolutely terrible idea? Spotify users are now finding out.

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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 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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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Rain

Gustave Caillebotte - Paris Street; Rainy Day

It's been raining all week and the rain doesn't look like it's going to let up for another day or two, so for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what rain songs do you want to hear?

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