Friday Five: Howler, Stereo Confession, and more new MN videos

It’s getting to be that time of the week again. With the weekend creeping up ever so slowly on us and the snow slowly melting away outside, let’s slip on the ol’ headphones and take a break from our work to catch up on some of the latest videos to emerge out of the Minnesota…

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Local Gig List: March 21-23

Friday, March 21 Johnny Questionmark Album-Release Show Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis 8 p.m., $7 adv/$10 door, 18+ Johnny Questionmark combines hip-hop with a hard rock sensibility on his new album, Falling in Like. He’ll be joined at this release show by PLC, Out of Bounds, MC Rentz, Professor Fresh, and Imperious Rex. Apollo Quad…

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First tweets by Minnesota musicians

Twitter celebrated its eighth birthday by making it easy for users to find their first tweets. We found the #FirstTweets of some of our favorite local musicians. I'm hating my mobile phone right now. — Jeremy Messersmith (@jmessersmith) February 18, 2009 Hey there, Twitterers. I still don't really understand what this site is for, but…

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9:30 Coffee Break: First Tweet

For today's 9:30 Coffee Break we want you to look back at your very first tweet, share it with us, and come up with a song suggestions that fits the theme of your first tweet.

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Movie Maven: 'Divergent'

MPR's Movie Maven and Cube Critic Stephanie Curtis joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about a new film based on the young adult novel by Veronica Roth. Plus: a tribute to one of the golden voices of Hollywood trailers.

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Jeremy Messersmith performs live in The Forum

Just before packing up the van to drive to Austin, Texas, Jeremy Messersmith and his bandmates played an exclusive show in The Forum at Minnesota Public Radio and chatted with The Current Morning Show's Steve Seel.

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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: Does this footstool contain a Jack White record?

A footstool upholstered by Jack White.

Prince's 'Piano & a Microphone 1983' tops the list of this week's new music releases, along with albums from Christine and the Queens and Brockhampton and an epic Lana Del Rey single. In the news, Suge Knight is sentenced to prison, a Jack White footstool is up for sale, and Millie Bobby Brown wants everybody to quit being weird about her friendship with Drake.

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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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The Current Sessions®

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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Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats perform a #MicroShow at the Turf Club

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats' MicroShow at the Turf Club

On Monday, Aug. 6, a select group of The Current's listeners were treated to a #MicroShow with Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, who performed at the Turf Club (capacity 350) in St. Paul. The band's generous set includes seven songs from their latest release, 'Tearing at the Seams,' plus a favorite from their breakout self-titled album from 2015.

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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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