Hockey Night

Hockey Night perform in studio


They've shared the stage with the likes of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, so it's no surprise the local band is getting quite a bit of buzz for their new CD, Keep Guessin. They joined Bill DeVille in the Current studios ahead of their release show to perform songs from the CD.

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Bob Mould - live in-studio


Bob Mould came to prominence in the 1980s as the lead singer of the Minneapolis band Husker Du. His new album, Body of Song, brings him back to his guitar roots.

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Bob Mould performs in our studio


Known for his work with influential rock bands such as Husker Du and Sugar, it should come as a surprise to know that electronic music has been an inspiration to him as of late. He joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to perform a few songs and talk the about the music scene back in the early days and how it contrasts to the scene today.

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Ivy perform in studio


While they've been a band for over a decade, it's their side projects that make coming back to Ivy a delight. They joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to talk about their longevity and perform songs from their latest release.

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Prince Essentials

23 Prince albums from 1995-2010 now available on streaming services

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As the result of a distribution deal with Sony, 23 Prince albums originally released from 1995 to 2010 are now available on major streaming services. Some were previously available on Tidal, but the widespread availability of these albums — some of which were originally released only to members of Prince’s NPG Music Club — will…

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The Current: Music News

Music News: Prince fans go crazy (not in a good way) over Capital One ad

Prince at the Grammys in 2015.

Capital One used 'Let's Go Crazy' in an ad that aired during the Emmys, and fans were not thrilled about it. Also today: a member of Pussy Riot may have been poisoned, Kanye's playing SNL, Bob Seger's hitting the road one last time, musicians are boycotting SiriusXM, and we remember 'King of the Honkers' Big Jay McNeely.

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Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats perform a #MicroShow at the Turf Club

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats' MicroShow at the Turf Club

On Monday, Aug. 6, a select group of The Current's listeners were treated to a #MicroShow with Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, who performed at the Turf Club (capacity 350) in St. Paul. The band's generous set includes seven songs from their latest release, 'Tearing at the Seams,' plus a favorite from their breakout self-titled album from 2015.

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Watch Now Now perform at the Minnesota State Fair

Now Now perform at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota band Now Now stopped at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair to perform a live set as part of Oake and Riley in the Afternoon. Between songs, the band members talked about their upcoming tour plans and bonded with Brian Oake over their shared roots in the Twin Cities area's northern suburbs.

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Watch Lissie perform at the Minnesota State Fair

Lissie outside the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair - web crop

Before opening Saturday's Music On-a-Stick concert at the Minnesota State Fair grandstand, singer-songwriter Lissie stopped at the MPR booth to perform two songs and to chat with The Current's Brian Oake and Jill Riley. Watch video of the performance and interview.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Believe

Cher

Thanks to unofficial assistant producer/listener Loran for today's topic idea. What songs do you want to hear that have "believe" in the title for today's 9:30 Coffee Break?

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Lucinda Williams

Today in Music History: Lucinda Williams married her manager in Minneapolis


Frankie Avalon collected the royalties he earned as a minor; Pink Floyd played the Montreux Festival; Wild Cherry played that funky music; Kiss appeared without makeup for the first time; Garth Brooks topped the album chart; Jimi Hendrix passed away; and Lucinda Williams married her manager in Minneapolis, Today in Music History.

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