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Today in Music History: The Supremes start with 'Stop!'


Jimi Hendrix made his stage debut; Andrew Lloyd Weber landed at No. 1 in the U.S. album chart; and the Supremes entered the Hot 100 with a song that would go on to No. 1 and be remembered for its signature dance moves as much as its catchy groove.

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Today’s Music News: Sleater-Kinney pair up with ‘Bob’s Burgers’ for ‘New Wave’ video


Sleater-Kinney have partnered with the TV show Bob’s Burgers for their “A New Wave” video. (Pitchfork) The New Yorker said that Justin Timberlake‘s “Cry Me a River” may be “the most polyphonically complex teenybopper ballad in history.” Here’s CHVRCHES‘ synthpop take on the 2002 song. (Billboard) The 2015 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards will be held on March 28, and Billboard…

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Rolling Stone spotlights Cloud Cult as one of the world’s greenest bands


Cloud Cult have been featured by Rolling Stone as one of a group of enviro-friendly artists, in the company of Adele, Radiohead, Neil Young, U2, the Roots, and Björk. The band’s conservation efforts go beyond buying eco-friendly paint for the artists known to paint during their shows: in 1997, the band’s husband-and-wife leaders Craig and Connie Minowa built a recording studio…

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Vick Johnson, local guitarist known for playing with Curtiss A, dies at 59


Vick Johnson, a local guitarist known for playing with Curtiss A, died of cancer Thursday morning. He was 59. Johnson was a longtime member of Curtiss A’s band, which plays a yearly John Lennon tribute concert at First Avenue. He lent his guitar and vocals to other Curtiss A acts and played in many original and cover groups since the late…

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Black Pumas perform in The Current studio

Black Pumas studio session

Showcasing a blend of classic soul and hip-hop influences, Black Pumas have quickly gained attention in their home city of Austin, Texas, and beyond. Led by Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada, Black Pumas visited The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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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: Power Pop for The Posies

Brian Oake and The Posies

The Posies were in town last night to play the Turf Club, but not before having a lovely meal with our own Brian Oake. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what power pop songs do you want to hear?

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Today in Music History: Prince's 'Batman' goes No. 1


Three members of the Rolling Stones were fined after being caught short; Elvis Costello released his debut album; Johnny Cash hit No. 1 in the album charts posthumously; Rufus Wainwright was born; and Prince had a hit album based on a superhero, Today in Music History.

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