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Today in Music History: Smokey Robinson is 75


Manfred Mann's Earth Band were "blinded" by a No. 1 hit; Ozzy Osbourne remembered the Alamo in his own way; Johnny Cash's family rebuffed a crass advertising pitch; and Smokey Robinson celebrates his 75th birthday, Today in Music History.

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Today’s Music News: Vanilla Ice and Afroman arrested for bad behavior


In separate incidents, two of pop music’s most infamous one-hit wonders have been put behind bars. “Ice Ice Baby” rapper Vanilla Ice was taken into custody in Lantana, Florida after allegedly swiping stuff from a home next door to a house he’s renovating for his HGTV show. The allegedly burglarized house was foreclosed and empty of people—but still…

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S. Carey, Riley Iris, and more: This week’s local record releases


S. Carey: Supermoon S. Carey of Bon Iver released his Supermoon EP Tuesday. The six-track EP—consisting of reimagined songs he’s previously released—is an introspective look into S. Carey’s life, family, and spirituality. Carey talks about his time spent in nature and the relationship he has with the Earth in an introduction to the album. You can…

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Hamline University’s Winter WonderJam returns for a second year with Smallpools, Step Rockets, Yonas


On Saturday, Hamline University is hosting their second annual Winter WonderJam concert, after long preparations. Although for some it may just be a concert, for those involved in the planning, it is a labor of love. Last February marked the first-ever Winter WonderJam, at which both Konstant Movement and Brother Ali performed. What became the biggest campus concert…

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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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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: 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: Artists that have curated festivals

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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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