Brian Stack

Pleased to meet Brian Stack

The longtime writer and actor on Conan O'Brien's late-night shows is a huge music fan. 'Bands like the Replacements and R.E.M. were as influential to me when it comes to comedy as a lot of my favorite comedians were,' he says. Read more about Brian Stack and the music that moves him.

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Peter Asher on the British Invasion—and EDM, and Hans Zimmer, and much more

When a colleague saw I was editing an audio recording called “Peter Asher,” he gasped. “Wow!” he said. “The Peter Asher?” Yes, indeed: the Peter Asher. Best-known as the “Peter” of Peter and Gordon, Asher has enjoyed a remarkable career in music that’s encompassed work as a producer and manager—perhaps most notably as a significant force in…

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Tour trailer from Sufjan Stevens features new music from ‘Carrie and Lowell’

A just-released trailer for Sufjan Stevens‘s upcoming tour features previously unheard music from his forthcoming album Carrie & Lowell. The much-anticipated album, Stevens’s first since 2010’s The Age of Adz, is named after Stevens’s mother and stepfather and concerns, according to a press release, “life and death, love and loss, and the artist’s struggle to make sense…

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9:30 Coffee Break: Sugar and Sweets

The World Health Organization recommends limiting sugar intake to 25 grams per day 'for additional health benefits'. But because music is calorie-free, what songs that mention 'sugar' or 'sweet' do you want to hear for today's Coffee Break?

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Today in Music History: Patsy Cline Remembered

Elvis made his television debut; Barbra Streisand had her second No. 1 hit; Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean' started a seven-week run at No. 1; R.E.M. cleaned up at the Rolling Stone Awards; and country music lost legendary singer Patsy Cline Today in Music History.

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The Current: Music News

Music News: Why Taylor Swift is using facial recognition at concerts

Taylor Swift performs in Australia, Nov. 2018.

Taylor Swift is reportedly using facial recognition to stop stalkers at concerts. Will other stars follow suit? Also in the news today: Nancy Wilson dies at 81, Post Malone sells all the Crocs, an Oscars-style montage to bands that broke up this year - and new music from Chance the Rapper, Ariana Grande, and the Avett Brothers.

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The Current Sessions®

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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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Rock Hall snubs

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2019 class of inductees and this year, like every year, part of the conversation is which artists and groups were snubbed. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, which artists and groups do you want to hear that you think should have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

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