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Prince’s new ‘Baltimore’ video spotlights Black Lives Matter movement


A new video for Prince’s song “Baltimore” features footage from the protests after the death of Freddie Gray, as well as photos and video from his “Rally 4 Peace” concert in May. The video, published to the YouTube account of Eryn Allen Kane—who sings on the track—also features animated lyrics underscoring Prince’s themes of mourning…

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Enemy Planes fly to Barcelona for final round of international rock competition


Minneapolis synth rockers Enemy Planes advanced to the final round of Hard Rock Rising, an international rock band competition. The group is flying to Barcelona for the live band championship on Thursday, July 23. More than 13,000 bands entered the competition with an A-list of judges: the E Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt, Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon…

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Music News: Aretha Franklin is 'gravely ill,' friends say

Aretha Franklin rehearses before the 1998 Grammy Awards.

Aretha Franklin is seriously ill, confirm friends; hundreds were injured when a boardwalk collapsed at a music festival in Spain; Kendrick Lamar will play a 'very special set- at Jay-Z's Made in America festival; and this year's Teen Choice Award winners have been named. Also, why is Azealia Banks hanging out at Elon Musk's house - and why does that bass guitar look like a giant iPhone?

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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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Coffee Break: Left-handed musicians

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This morning Paul McCartney tweeted "Hey all you lefties, have a happy #LeftHandersDay". International Left Handers Day is observed annually on August 13 to celebrate the uniqueness and differences of left handers. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from left-handed musicians?

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Today in Music History: The Supremes recorded 'Baby Love'


The Supremes recorded 'Baby Love'; Jefferson Airplane made their live debut; Cheap Trick had a massive hit; Woodstock '94 was held; Adam Ant caused a spot of bother; and the Lovin' Spoonful scored a No. 1 hit with their song, 'Summer in the City,' Today in Music History.

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