8 Bit Daft Punk

Daft Punk: still lucky - The Chart Show, May 30, 2013


We're not the only ones who like Daft Punk. Apparently they went to #1 in 97 countries on the planet this week! Sold over 330,000 in the US to top Billboards chart (Vampire Weekend only sold 139K last week to be #1?!) And they became the biggest Spotify hit ever, outdoing Mumfords!

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Local Radar: Erros Magicos


  The Local Radar is getting a little revamp. Each week, we’ll focus on a single new release that we feel deserves a spotlight. Erros Mágicos Last summer, local psych rockers Magic Castles emerged from an extended slumber that began with their contribution to Moon Glyph’s Regolith Vol. 1 compilation in 2010. The two years…

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Local Gig List: May 30-June 2


  Thursday, May 30 Heavy Deeds Hymie’s Vintage Records, Minneapolis 7 p.m., free, all ages With Poliça on a brief break from touring, Chris Bierden is seizing the opportunity to give his other main band, Heavy Deeds, some attention. The band just released their debut album, Light Lunch, earlier this month, and will play a free show…

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Index finger in the air (one)

9:30 Coffee Break: One


What songs feature the number one in their title? We'll pick out a couple of your suggestions and play them for today's 9:30 Coffee Break.

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Camera Obscura

First Listen: Camera Obscura, 'Desire Lines'


Early in her band's career, Camera Obscura's Tracyanne Campbell won constant comparisons with Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch, and rightfully so. But in the last decade, while Murdoch's Belle and Sebastian explored the more direct romantic sounds of '70s AM pop, Camera Obscura has quietly refined its grab-bag of arm-swinging brunette soul, swaying country and lite disco.

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Super Bowl

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Pink to sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl in Minneapolis


For obvious reasons, purple is the color most closely associated with music in Minneapolis — but an artist associated with another bright hue is coming to U.S. Bank Stadium to sing the National Anthem at this year’s Super Bowl. This morning, the NFL announced that pop star Pink will do the pre-kickoff honors. The game…

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Concerts at the 2018 Super Bowl: What we know, what we don’t


The Super Bowl is one of the biggest weekends in sports, but it’s also going to be a big weekend for music. It seems like every few days there’s a huge artist added to the list of performers at Minnesota shows surrounding the big game on Feb. 4 — but there’s also a lot we…

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The Current Sessions®

Preservation Hall Jazz band perform a spirited #MicroShow at the Dakota Jazz Club

Preservation Hall Jazz Band MicroShow at the Dakota

Performing a MicroShow in Minneapolis carried with it a bit of history for the legendary New Orleans jazz outfit. 'The first time that the Preservation Hall Jazz Band ever played a show outside of New Orleans was here in Minneapolis in 1963,' bandleader and bassist Ben Jaffe told the audience before the group launched into a grooving, journeying three-number set.

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The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio

The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio

After a 24-year hiatus, the Dream Syndicate reunited in 2012 and realized they sounded like a new band. 'We were enjoying it and we figured, well, rather than keep playing the oldies circuit, let's make a new record,' says front man Steve Wynn. The resulting record is 'How Did I Find Myself Here?', and the Dream Syndicate recently found themselves in The Current studio for a session hosted by Jim McGuinn.

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The Rural Alberta Advantage wrap up their U.S. tour on Oake & Riley in the Morning

The Rural Alberta Advantage perform in The Current studio

The Rural Alberta Advantage wrapped up a massive tour with a show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, followed by a visit to Oake and Riley in the Morning before jetting back to Toronto. 'We always enjoy coming back to Minneapolis,' says front man Nils Edenloff. 'It was really good. It was probably the best way to kind of end our U.S. tour.' Hear more from the band as they look back on their tour and play songs from their latest album, 'The Wild.'

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Grizzly Bear perform in The Current studio

Grizzly Bear perform in The Current studio

Grizzly Bear's new album, 'Painted Ruins,' is their first in five years, and they've been busy touring in support of it. In town for a show at the Palace Theatre, Grizzly Bear stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mark Wheat.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Ice

A rendering of the 2018 St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace

A cold snap is upon us and an ice palace is being put up in St. Paul, so we thought it's time to listen to some icy music this morning. What ice songs do you want to hear for today's 9:30 Coffee Break?

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Krist Novoselic and Kurt Cobain play at Beehive Records in Seattle

Today in Music History: 'Nevermind' hits No. 1


Today in Music History: Vicki Peterson was born, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded 'Purple Haze' at Olympic Studios in London; Nirvana's landmark album 'Nevermind' reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart; T. Rex drummer Mickey Finn died from alcohol related liver problem; Led Zeppelin performed "Kashmir" live for the first time.

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