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Album Review: Afghan Whigs, 'Do To The Beast'


A rock album for deep thinkers who also like soul, the highly anticipated 'Do To The Beast' may end up being the record that finally puts The Afghan Whigs on the front covers of the glossy music magazines.

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Relive Rock the Garden 2013 in MN Original’s new special


The weather in April may be unpredictable—here in Minnesota, we barely flinch when the skies dump a foot of snow on us one week and melt it all away with sunny weather the next—but there is one thing we can rely on year in and year out: The announcement of another summer festival season, including…

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Movie Maven: 'Draft Day'


MPR's Movie Maven and Cube Critic Stephanie Curtis joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about a new sports film starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner.

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London Grammar perform in The Current studio


On only their second tour in North America, London Grammar have been playing a string of sold-out shows, including one at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis. The platinum artists stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs and to chat with Jill Riley.

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Music News: Guitar gender gap closes

Bully portraits at The Current

Half of new guitar players are women, ending a longstanding gender gap among ax-slingers. Also today: A new movie, 'Mid90s,' is releasing a playlist instead of a soundtrack album. Is this the future? Plus, Gaga's engaged, Chance isn't running for mayor, everyone wants to buy a piece of Dire Straits, and Courtney Love sings with a 1,500-person band.

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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 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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Flora Cash perform in The Current studio

Flora Cash perform in The Current studio

Flora Cash's song, 'You're Somebody Else,' seems to have taken the world by storm, but the Stockholm-based duo comprising Shpersa Lleshaj and Cole Randall take it in stride. ' We're just doing what we always have done,' Randall says, 'but we're just busier.' Ahead of a show at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, Flora Cash stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mark Wheat.

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Coffee Break: CBGB bands

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Today in 2006, CBGB, the legendary New York punk club credited with discovering Patti Smith and Ramones, closed after a final gig by Smith herself. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what bands and artists do you want to hear that played CBGB during its heyday (late 70s to early 80s)?

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Today in Music History: Remembering Eyedea


Eyedea passed away; The legendary CBGB closed its doors; Little Richard made his first recordings for RCA; Sam Cooke's greatest hit was released; Grace Slick joined the Jefferson Airplane; CCR called it quits; and Bob Mould was born in Malone, N.Y., 55 years ago Today in Music History.

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