Slideshow: Dan Deacon at Rock the Garden


Due to a rainy start to Rock the Garden, Dan Deacon decided to rock the underground! When a small, but powerful thunderstorm threatened to cancel his set, Deacon marshaled the backstage crew to move PA’s and other equipment into the temporary shelter of the Walker Art Center’s parking garage. Slideshow: Metric at Rock the Garden…

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Rock the Garden

Rock the Garden 2013


What a day. One of the most exciting and memorable Rock the Gardens is in the history books. Thanks to all who came and made it such a rousing success.

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Slideshow: Low at Rock The Garden


Low left many of the fans of Rock the Garden puzzled by their one-song set, consisting entirely of “Do You Know How to Waltz?” The performance was lumbering, droning and… divisive. Slideshow: Metric at Rock the Garden Slideshow: Silversun Pickups at Rock the Garden Slideshow: Bob Mould at Rock the Garden Slideshow: Dan Deacon rocks…

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One True Vine

Album Review: Mavis Staples - One True Vine


Like 2010's You Are Not Alone, Mavis Staples' latest album One True Vine was produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Recorded in his Chicago loft, Tweedy and his son Spencer back Staples' signature vocals by performing nearly every instrument heard on the album, but One True Vine has sparse instrumentation---her voice is the real showcase.

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Friday Five: New Polica, Dessa, Sombear, and more


  In a mere 24 hours, the gates will be open for Rock the Garden and we’ll be standing outside, soaking in the summer sun at one of the largest outdoor festivals of the season. That’s a beautiful thought, isn’t it? And we’ll have plenty to chat about between sets, too, with all of the…

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Bob Dylan will be honored with a new statue in Duluth


  Duluth has no shortage of love for its most famous son. Already there is Bob Dylan Way, the annual Dylan Days celebration (which spreads all the way up to Hibbing, where Dylan’s family moved after he was born), and the series of Duluth Does Dylan compilations. And soon, if the Dylan By Duluth project…

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The Current: Music News

Music News: TV's most influential music show isn't a music show

Ellen Pompeo of ABC's

TV's most influential music show isn't 'Saturday Night Live,' it's a medical drama. Also in the news today: BTS survive a car crash, Tegan and Sara announce a book, Dolly Parton's songwriter brother dies, high-quality streaming heads to Japan, and Michelle Obama talks music with Questlove.

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John Grant performs in The Current studio


Michigan-born, Reykjavik-based musician John Grant is a fascinating individual even before he starts performing songs. Ahead of a show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis, Grant stopped at The Current studio to play songs and to engage in lively and thoughtful conversation with host Mac Wilson.

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Haley performs instrumentals from 'Pleasureland' in The Current studio

HALEY performs in The Current studio

Although Haley has composed instrumental music before, her 2018 release 'Pleasureland' is her first all-instrumental full-length. 'This was so much more satisfying when I wasn't trying to say something with words,' Haley says. 'It was how I felt and what I connected to.' Haley, along with Jeremy Ylvisaker, visited The Current studio to play music from 'Pleasureland.'

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JD McPherson and band pull up their 'Socks' in The Current studio

JD McPherson performs in The Current studio

Even though JD McPherson told himself he'd never do a Christmas album, a little holiday spirit changed his mind. McPherson and his band recently released 'Socks,' an album of 11 holiday originals. 'It still just hits me as the most ridiculous album title of all time!' McPherson laughs as he and his band stopped into The Current studio for a session hosted by Brian Oake and Jill Riley.

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William Prince performs in The Current studio

William Prince performs in The Current studio

Winnipeg-based singer-songwriter William Prince wants to write songs that stand the test of time. 'I'm in the business of writing hopefully good songs, [and] getting better,' he says. 'I think my best ones are to come yet.' William Prince recently visited The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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Oake and Riley Features

Today in Music History: Remembering Big Mama Thornton on her birthday

Big Mama Thornton

The Jam played their last gig; Aretha Franklin made her New York stage debut; Elvis Presley started a 20-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. album chart with Blue Hawaii; R&B/pop singer Sam Cooke died; The Marvelettes went to No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Please Mr. Postman", and Big Mama Thornton was born, Today in Music History.

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Grammy Awards

Coffee Break: 2019 Grammy nominees


The complete list of 2019 Grammy nominees has been released and we want to hear a bunch of them this morning at 9:30. So for today's Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from 2019 Grammy nominees?

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