How I learned to love vinyl (again)


Among the many awkwardnesses of my strange little generation—I was born in 1975, as Generation X was plowing into the deep demographic ditch from which the Millennials would rise—is that it’s been hard for some of us to know how to feel about the vinyl resurgence. People ten years younger than me have no living…

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Prince makes up with Warner Bros., promises new music


Label-related ups and downs are part of many major artists’ careers, but Prince is an outlier when it comes to record company drama. Two decades ago, he split with Warner Bros. in highly acrimonious fashion, quickly releasing a series of artistically uneven albums to fulfill his contractual obligations. After a series of experiments that have…

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Movie Maven: 'Transcendence'


MPR Movie Maven and Cube Critic Stephanie Curtis joins Steve Seel and Jill RIley to talk about a new sci-fi thriller starring Johnny Depp and directed by Wally Pfister.

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Local Gig List: April 17-20


Thursday, April 17 Mike Munson 331 Club, Minneapolis 9:30 p.m., free, 21+ Charlie Parr fans would do well to check out Winona songwriter Mike Munson, who relies on fairly simple elements—his booming, soulful voice is only accompanied by a little emotive slide guitar playing—to create an old-school blues sound. He’ll be joined at the 331…

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Know your local labels: Learning Curve Records


Minneapolis-based Learning Curve Records (LCR) rocks harder than most labels you’ve heard of, let alone the ones you haven’t. They’ve been steadily putting out noisy local records since 2001, they were part of the ascent of Twin Cities staples like the Hold Steady and the Soviettes, and they’re currently waist-deep in the local rock scene, pushing…

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Giveaways

MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. film giveaway

M.I.A.-signed poster and DVD giveaway


The film Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. provides unparalleled, intimate access to the artist in her battles with the music industry and mainstream media as her success and fame explodes, becoming one of the most recognizable, outspoken and provocative voices in music today. Win a poster and DVD of the film.

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The Current: Music News

Music News: Hear early version of Beatles' 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th anniversary

An early, acoustic take of the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" has come to light. Also today, SXSW announces its initial music line-up. Plus, YouTube will sell you concert tickets, Indian women dance on a train, an ancient artifact found outside of Rome is declared a musical instrument, Lana Del Rey's stalker heads to jail, and Chaka Khan loves a parade.

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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®

Justin Courtney Pierre performs in The Current studio

Justin Courtney Pierre performs in The Current studio

Motion City Soundtrack's Justin Courtney Pierre has a debut solo album, 'In The Drink,' releasing Friday, Oct. 12. Just ahead of that release, Pierre and his band stopped at The Current to play songs from the new record and to talk with Mary Lucia.

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Watch Death Cab for Cutie live in concert at the Palace Theatre

Death Cab for Cutie in concert at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul

Death Cab for Cutie played the second of two shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., on their tour supporting the album, 'Thank You for Today,' on Saturday, Oct. 6. The Current streamed live video of Death Cab's entire set at The Palace Theatre; watch the archived concert.

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Watch CHVRCHES live in concert at the Palace Theatre

Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES in concert at the Palace Theatre

CHVRCHES played the second of two sold-out shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., on their tour supporting the album, 'Love Is Dead.' We streamed live video of CHVRCHES' entire set at The Palace Theatre; watch the archived concert.

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Shakey Graves performs in The Current studio

Shakey Graves in The Current studio

Just ahead of his Saturday show at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., Shakey Graves -- aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia -- stopped over at The Current to play a few songs and to chat with host Mac Wilson.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Get up and drive

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Today is the final day of the Fall Member Drive. If you want to become a member of Minnesota Public Radio before the drive ends (and before a bunch of thank you gifts like the MPR Sweatshirt, Live Current, or MPR hat disappear at 7 pm tonight), hop to it! For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that have lyrics that include "drive" or "driving"?

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