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9:30 Coffee Break: All Bands North


As The Current's staff head to Duluth for a weekend of summer fun and live music, we're thinking about bands from places north of The Current's HQ in St. Paul, Minn. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear by bands who are from cities located north of St. Paul? Send us your requests.

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Paper Towns, Cara Delevingne, Nat Wolff

Cube Critic: 'Paper Towns'


Cube Critic Stephanie Curtis joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson to talk about a new comedy-drama based on a book by John Green ('The Fault in Our Stars'). The film is directed by Jake Schreier ('Robot and Frank') and it stars Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne.

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Beatles and Maharishi

Today in Music History: The Beatles meet the Maharishi


The Stones had a spot of bother in Blackpool; Survivor topped the charts with 'Eye of the Tiger'; U2 and UB40 topped the album and singles charts, respectively, in 1993; and the Beatles met the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Today in Music History.

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Today’s Music News: Meryl Streep sings new Jenny Lewis song


In the new movie Ricki and the Flash, written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jonathan Demme (Stop Making Sense), Meryl Streep plays a rock star who reunites with her family. In the movie, she sings songs by Bruce Springsteen (“My Love Will Not Let You Down”), Tom Petty (“American Girl”), and Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs (“Wooly Bully”) in addition to “Cold…

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Roe Family Singers to celebrate 10 years of Mondays at 331 Club


The 331 Club expects mustaches galore on Monday, July 27, when the Roe Family Singers perform their annual Mustache Monday show. The night will mark the self-proclaimed “hillbilly” band’s 10th anniversary of Mondays at the 331. They missed only three Mondays over that span: two Christmas Eves and one Christmas Day. The band’s Quillan Roe recalls…

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Music News: Stevie Wonder visits ailing Aretha Franklin

Stevie Wonder

Steve Perry of Journey is back with new music, and he also has a great Prince story. Also today: an Aretha Franklin update; Pearl Jam raise millions for homeless; Aerosmith book Vegas residency; songwriter credits come to Spotify; and a viral hit about cows. Yes, cows.

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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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Punch Brothers perform in The Current's studio

Punch Brothers perform in The Current studio

Punch Brothers released their fifth album "All Ashore" in July 2018. The resulting tour brought them to St. Paul's Palace Theatre; well-polished and plucky as ever, the band stopped by The Current's studio beforehand to perform a few songs and talk with Bill DeVille.

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Your Smith debuts new side in The Current's studio

Your Smith performs in The Current studio

Your Smith has been cocooned in the studio for a while now, writing music and metamorphosing from Caroline Smith to her new persona. She visited The Current in the midst of it all, performing a Caroline Smith favorite and some of her best new music as Your Smith.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Solo albums

Steve Perry at The Current

From time to time an artist will take a little break from his or her band to make a solo album. Steve Perry has recently announced his new album 'Traces' which means that Jill got to talk to one of her heroes this week. And Thom Yorke is coming into town in December with his solo act. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from solo albums from people that are normally part of a band?

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