6 surprisingly normal moments from Prince’s Arsenio Hall takeover


The funny thing about an artist’s mystique is that it only works if everyone around them buys into it.  And Prince seems especially skilled at keeping up appearances and maintaining an aura of implausible oddness and secrecy. There are no “normal” Prince stories out there; even when he asks a friend to do something relatively…

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When the Minneapolis Sound hit Algeria: What Paisley Park music has meant to me


It all started with Batman, in 1989. I was living in Jakarta, Indonesia; my father worked as a diplomat, so we always travelled around a lot. Tim Burton’s movie was huge that year. Toys, posters, music: I bought them all, including the soundtrack by Prince. I remember being seven and enjoying the “Batdance” video immensely. I thought it…

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Weekend Arts Roundup: Moving the Body


MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson (in for Steve Seel) to talk about arts events that reflect this thawing weather and inspire movement and fun with motion.

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Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire, live from First Avenue, Sept. 29, 2005


Almost one year exactly after their debut record Funeral released, Arcade Fire made their second Twin Cities stop in Minneapolis for a sold out show in First Avenue's mainroom. The Current was there to roll tape, and now you can relive one of the most talked about shows among Arcade Fire fanatics nearly 10 years after its recording.

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Where Grant Hart meets Bud Grant: The Rock N Jock Expo


Over a casual conversation, longtime friends Tommy Dehler and Shaun Hagglund came to the same conclusion: their businesses cater to fans. Dehler runs the Rock N’ Roll Music Sale about three times a year. Hagglund owns Fan HQ, a sports apparel and collectibles store in Ridgedale Mall. Dehler and Hagglund decided to merge their operations…

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Prince: The Story of 1999

Prince: The Story of 1999 bonus feature: Dez Dickerson: 'Put an explosion over it'

Dez Dickerson points at the audience at First Avenue

Prince's first guitarist, Dez Dickerson, talks with The Current's Andrea Swensson, taking us back to the early days, into the recording studio, and from the smallest clubs to the biggest stages. 'From the very beginning,' Dickerson says, 'Prince had a clear idea of what he wanted, how he wanted it, how he wanted us to coalesce as a band, what he wanted to say, and what message that would send.'

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Today in Music History: Remembering Pete Shelley


Lead Belly passed away, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck was born, Led Zeppelin had their first hit in the US, Sid Vicious lived up to his name, The Rolling Stones performed a free concert at the Altamont Speedway; and Pete Shelley passed away, Today in Music History.

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