9:30 Coffee Break: Songs with 'Whoa'


With the prevalence of "whoa-oh-oh's" in today's pop music, we thought we'd ask: Are there other songs that use the "whoa" to great effect but aren't specifically part of the current wave of pop tunes? Give us some ideas for "whoa" songs that are a little different for today's 9:30 Coffee Break.

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Today’s Music News: ‘Don’t Stop Believin” is the all-time most-liked song on Pandora


Are you one of the people who’s sick of hearing Journey‘s “Don’t Stop Believin'”? Sorry, but you’ve been disagreed with over 20 million times by Pandora users who have made the 34-year-old anthem the single most-liked song on the streaming service. Rounding out the top five most-liked songs are Drake‘s “The Motto,” Imagine Dragons‘ “Radioactive,” Mario‘s “Let Me Love You,” and Goo Goo…

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Behind First Avenue’s Stars: Hüsker Dü


2015 marks First Avenue’s 45th year of hosting stellar shows in the heart of Minneapolis. We are on a mission to tell the stories of performers whose names decorate the venue’s iconic Wall of Fame. Past features include Babes in Toyland, Har Mar Superstar, and OutKast. In the spirit of milestones, next up are Minnesota natives…

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‘Morris Day and the HAIM’ to play Jimmy Kimmel on Feb. 9


2014 was a banner year for Minnesota artists on late-night TV (among them the Replacements, Jeremy Messersmith, Lizzo, and Trampled By Turtles)—and 2015 is starting with a bang, as Morris Day plays Jimmy Kimmel on Feb. 9. There’s a twist, though: the Minneapolis pop-funk legend will appear as part of a special mash-up series, and he’ll…

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The National perform an intimate show live in the UBS Forum

Matt Berninger

Ahead of last Tuesday's generous 23-song set at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, The National stopped by to play songs off their latest record Trouble Will Find Me in Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum. Between songs, frontman Matt Berninger talked to The Current's Mary Lucia about songwriting, skinny jeans, fatherhood and his brother's suddenly skyrocketing film career.

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Interview: Scott Devendorf of The National

Scott Devendorf

Ahead of headlining Rock the Garden on June 29, Scott Devendorf, bass-player for The National, sat down with The Current's music director David Safar to talk about the band's latest release, I Am Easy to Find.

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Music on TV this week: Mavis Staples; The National; Hozier; Anderson .Paak

Mavis Staples performs with Ben Harper on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings and find performance videos as the week progresses. You can also subscribe to receive the week's schedule in your inbox to plan your TV viewing around music.

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Playlist: Aar Maanta Youtube hits

Still from Aar Maanta's music video

YouTube has become an indispensable tool for Somali artists to share their music and create an online community. To give you a sense of the music and stories that exist on London-based Somali musician Aar Maanta's channel, we put together a list of some of the singer-songwriter's videos.

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The Current Rewind: Aan WadaMidnimayno Minnesota


Ask most casual Minnesota music fans about the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis, and they'll probably tell you about the folk and blues hippie scene of the '60s and '70s. These days, the West Bank is home to a thriving Somali population, and several Somali-Minnesotans are famous throughout the diaspora for their own music and poetry. In this episode, we learn about music and community from our Somali neighbors.

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Photos: A tour of Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood


With venues like the Cedar Cultural Center, Palmer's Bar, and Mixed Blood Theatre, Minneapolis' West Bank has become a hub for Somali music and culture. Cedar-Riverside resident and KFAI radio host Abdirizak Bihi takes us for a tour of his neighborhood, which he calls "Little Mogadishu."

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Coffee Break: Beatles for breakfast

The Beatles in London on July 28, 1968.

There are a lot of reasons and a lot of days set aside to celebrate the Beatles and today is one of them. It's Global Beatles Day - marked annually on June 25 in honor of the Beatles' performing "All You Need Is Love", broadcast to an international audience on the BBC program "Our World" in 1967. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs from the world of the Beatles do you want to hear?

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