Behind First Avenue’s Stars: Babes in Toyland


The wall of stars: First Avenue’s massive monument to notable past performers is a landmark in its own right. As the venue prepares to celebrate its 45th anniversary next year, we’re setting out to tell the stories of the artists whose names decorate the side of Minneapolis’s iconic rock venue. First up are the punk-rocking triple…

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Album Review: Jack White, 'Lazaretto'


Jack White's sophomore solo album builds on his already impressive musical talent. 'Lazaretto' channels the voices, music and instruments White has mastered as a professor of the rock tradition.

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Music News: Grammy nominations make strides in representation

Brandi Carlile in concert at the State Theatre in Minneapolis.

After years of withering criticism over their lack of diversity, this year's Grammy nominations have gone some distance to close the gap. Kendrick Lamar leads nominees with eight nods, followed closely by Drake. Further, female nominees predominate in all four top categories. Also today, we pay tribute to the late Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks.

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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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Coffee Break: U.K. punk rock

The Buzzcocks

Pete Shelley, lead singer of the Buzzcocks, passed away yesterday. On Twitter, the band said he was "one of the U.K.'s most influential and prolific songwriters". So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what U.K. punk rock do you want to hear?

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