Doomtree Blowout 8 takes over First Avenue December 14-16


After a spectacular week-long run that saw Doomtree filling the 7th St. Entry for five consecutive nights and finishing it off with a two-night stand in the Mainroom for Blowout 7, the Minneapolis hip-hop collective will return this December for three back-to-back shows. Doomtree Blowout 8 will take place Friday, December 14; Saturday, December 15;…

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The Blasters - Hard Line

Random Vinyl: The Blasters - Hard Line (1985)


The California based band led by the Alvin brothers has been pumping out good ol' fashioned amped-up American roots rock for several decades. "Hard Line" contains the song "Dark Night," which has been used on TV and movie soundtracks ranging from "Miami Vice" to the Robetr Rodriquez/Quentin Tarrantino vampire flick "From Dusk Til Dawn."

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Peter Gabriel

Random Vinyl: Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel (1978)


Gabriel's 1978 solo album was the second of three known simply as "Peter Gabriel" (his fourth would have had the same title yet again if Geffen Records hadn't balked). This one is sometimes nicknamed "Scratch" for its cover art depicting Gabriel appearing the scratch the air with his fingernails. We played "On the Air."

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Prince brings ‘RNR Affair’ to life on Jimmy Kimmel Live


Prince brought his best new song in years to the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, performing “RNR Affair” (alternatively titled “Rock ‘n’ Roll Love Affair”) for a crowd of camera phone-wielding fans. If you’re a Current listener you’ll recognize “RNR Affair” as the new Prince song the station has had in rotation since…

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Local Gig List: October 23-28


There are a lot of political events happening this week, a few of which are highlighted below, and we’ve also rounded up quite a few plain ol’ club shows for the election-fatigued set. Special thanks to Jon Schober for his help compiling this week’s list, and we hope to see you out at the clubs!…

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Public Image Ltd

Public Image Ltd performs in The Current studio


In the immediate wake of the Sex Pistols' dramatic 1978 breakup, John Lydon shed his "Rotten" persona and emerged with Public Image Ltd, a new outfit whose dark, strange sound defined the new direction the UK music scene would soon pursue.

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Premiere: New Solid Gold, ‘Eat Your Young’


It’s a huge week for album releases here in the Twin Cities, as P.O.S. drops his We Don’t Even Live Here today and both Wiping Out Thousands and Solid Gold issue new full-lengths tomorrow. Solid Gold’s album, in particular, has been a long time coming, and will be the first LP from the group since…

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