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Day 2 at SXSW: Local presence and live broadcasts


The Current's Music Director, David Safar, checks in from the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. The days have been chock-a-block with music, and later this afternoon, The Current will air a series of peformances, live from Austin.

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Ben Eine - Smiley Faces

9:30 Coffee Break: International Happy Day


As Pharrell Williams and the UN team up to raise climate-change awareness through International Happy Day, we're wondering what other songs about being happy you'd like to hear. Tell us your requests.

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Sean Penn, 'The Gunman'

Cube Critic: 'The Gunman'


Movie Maven and Cube Critic Stephanie Curtis joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson (in for Steve Seel) to talk about a new action thriller from 'Taken' director Pierre Morel, starring Sean Penn.

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fans at Rock n Jock Expo

Where music and sports fans mix


Jill Riley interviews Tommy Dehler and Shaun Hagglund, organizers of the Rock n Jock Expo, an event that happens Saturday, March 21. It brings together sports and music fans - particularly those who are passionate about collecting memorabilia. The event features DJs, live music and a reunion of Minnesota North Stars goalies from 1967 to 1993.

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Janis Joplin

Today in Music History: Janis Joplin has a posthumous No. 1


John married Yoko; Lou Reed got excluded from a club for being too punk-ish; T Rex played their final gig ever; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts loved rock 'n' roll all the way to No. 1; and Janis Joplin's cover of a Kris Kristofferson tune took her to No. 1, albeit posthumously, Today in Music History.

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The Current Rewind: The Peters Brothers' anti-rock crusade

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A family of pastors hell-bent on saving souls. A pro-sticker Washington wife. A B-horror blood-gusher with a heart of gold. Plus...Prince's photographer? This episode's cast of characters is just a peek at the wild ride of the Peters Brothers, the evangelical trio who hosted record burnings and condemned rock music throughout the 1980s. But for all the Peters' popcorn-worthy stunts, you could say darkness was at play.

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KISS was one of the bands targeted by the Peters Brothers.

Playlist: The rock that fueled the Peters Brothers


In the '80s, controversial St. Paul ministers the Peters Brothers traveled around America preaching about the dangers of rock music. From shock-rock to suggestive pop, this playlist compiles some of the songs that fueled the Peters Brothers' protests against rock & roll.

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Coffee Break: Encourage and empower

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September 12 is National Day of Encouragement, started by a group of Arkansas teenagers in 2007 in order to counter what they felt was the biggest problem facing youth and society today -- the lack of encouragement. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that encourage or empower?

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