Damon Albarn

Public Radio Rocks: SXSW audio and video


As the overwhelmingly popular South by Southwest music festival in Austin, TX draws to a close, we wanted to share videos of our public radio day stage from the Austin Convention Center on March 14.

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rock and roll radio

Rock 'n' Roll Radio - let's go!


Starting this Friday at 10 p.m., you can tune in to Mary Lucia's new specialty program, 'Rock 'n' Roll Radio'. How excited is Mary about this new weekly show? "Like a crazy person," she says.

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Friday Five: PaviElle, the Cactus Blossoms, and more new MN videos


Happy Friday, friends! I’m keeping this one short and sweet. Between the SXSW live broadcast going on this afternoon and the sunny weather taunting us outside, I’m guessing we’re all itching to get away from our computers right about now. How about a handful of new local music videos to make the last part of…

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Gary Burger of the Monks passes away


As the lead singer of the pioneering ’60s garage band the Monks, Gary Burger is often cited as one of the unsung heroes of early punk rock and one of the originators of guitar feedback. And as the mayor of Turtle River, Minn., Burger spent the later part of his life modestly tucking away his…

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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: Watch Dave Grohl play 'In Bloom' with Trombone Shorty

Dave Grohl performs with Trombone Shorty & the Orleans Avenue.

Dave Grohl performed Nirvana's 'In Bloom' with Trombone Shorty...and yes, there's video. In other news, Dua Lipa says she's 'horrified' by fans being dragged from their seats at her recent concert in Hong Kong. Also today: AEG is ending its controversial 'block booking' practice, Macca's back on top, Beasties respond to Eminem album cover, and Rihanna dangles a tantalizing new business idea.

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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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Download The Current app

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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Listen to The Current via Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo

* You can listen to The Current on Amazon’s Voice-on-demand Echo devices, and get enhanced functionality -- song names, requests, song of the day -- with our Alexa Skill.

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The Current Sessions®

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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Watch Now Now perform at the Minnesota State Fair

Now Now perform at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota band Now Now stopped at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair to perform a live set as part of Oake and Riley in the Afternoon. Between songs, the band members talked about their upcoming tour plans and bonded with Brian Oake over their shared roots in the Twin Cities area's northern suburbs.

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Watch Lissie perform at the Minnesota State Fair

Lissie outside the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair - web crop

Before opening Saturday's Music On-a-Stick concert at the Minnesota State Fair grandstand, singer-songwriter Lissie stopped at the MPR booth to perform two songs and to chat with The Current's Brian Oake and Jill Riley. Watch video of the performance and interview.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Health + wellness

Tyler Pennel running

This week is Wellness Week at MPR featuring activities every day that promote healthy bodies and minds. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention being healthy, fitness, healing, or wellness?

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Freddie Mercury performs with Queen

Today in Music History: Queen filmed 'Bicycle Race'


The first LP was demonstrated; The Doors appeared on Ed Sullivan for the last time; Queen filmed a cheeky music video; Adele topped the charts with 'Someone Like You'; and country music legend Hank Williams was born Today in Music History.

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