Wayne Coyne

Interview: Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips


Ahead of the Flaming Lips performing their 1995 record Clouds Taste Metallic at First Avenue (their third show in the mainroom in eight months), frontman Wayne Coyne stopped by The Current's studio for an extended on-air chat with Mary Lucia.

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Review: ‘All Hands’ on deck as Doomtree return to First Avenue


One freezing night in December 2013, I stepped into the Triple Rock Social Club a casual Doomtree listener and left a faithful fan. It was Blowout IX, and that concert was enough to convert me—the band’s energy, eagerness, and acumen won me over in less than a couple of hours. Last night, just over a…

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Johnny Cash

9:30 Coffee Break: Songs by Johnny Cash


Johnny Cash was born on this date in 1932, and he went on to record 96 albums over the course of his nearly 50-year career in music. For today's Coffee Break, what songs by Johnny Cash do you want to hear?

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Weekend Arts Roundup: Much Movement


MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about artistic happenings that involve a lot of physical movement and high energy.

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The Current Sessions®

Night Moves perform in The Current studio

Night Moves perform in The Current studio

'Can You Really Find Me' is Night Moves' third album on the Domino Recording Company label. 'We've kind of figured out the rhythm of working on a label and with a team of people,' says Night Moves frontman John Pelant. Night Moves visited The Current studio for a session hosted by Andrea Swensson ahead of their show Saturday night in the First Avenue Mainroom.

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The Current Rewind

Playlist: Aar Maanta Youtube hits


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

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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Businesses on Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis.

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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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Artists that have curated festivals

Lollapalooza 2015

Today in 1991, the very first Lollapalooza debuted. Originally dreamed up by Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell as a farewell tour, the touring festival ran annually until 1997, and was revived in 2003. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what artists and bands do you want to hear that have curated their own festivals?

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