The Current Presents: Stage Presence and Banter

Though it’s not something that we often think about when we’re out at a show, a lot of factors to into making a good concert experience. Of course, the band has to be solid, but what about all of those non-musical things that are unfolding before our eyes? Maybe it’s as simple as a little…

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Local Gig List: August 19-25

  Monday, August 19 Aby Wolf, Grant Cutler, and Zoo Animal Loring Park, Minneapolis 7 p.m., free, all ages For the final installment of the Walker’s Music & Movies series in Loring, producer Grant Cutler will team up with two inventive songwriters and vocalists to present a showcase of their latest collaborations. The 70-minute show…

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Volcano Choir

First Listen: Volcano Choir, 'Repave'

If Justin Vernon never releases another record under the name Bon Iver -- and he's publicly suggested that that might be the case -- more albums like Repave would render the issue largely irrelevant. His second album with Volcano Choir is just that good.

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No Age

New Hot: Fierce rockers amp up the volume this week

This week on New Hot, we'll take a look at a duo who revitalized the L.A. punk scene, and a band whose members signed some of the most popular indie rock groups of the '90s. These are our three recommended releases for this week.

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The Current Rewind

Playlist: Aar Maanta Youtube hits

Still from Aar Maanta's music video

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

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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Businesses on Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis.

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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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Hometown

Aquatennial fireworks 2016

Rock the Garden, The Fourth of July, Aquatennial, Bastille seems like you can shake a stick and find a festival to attend in your own town right now. So today we're going to celebrate the nostalgia of hometowns. What songs do you want to hear for today's 9:30 Coffee Break that mention home, hometowns, small towns, etc?

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Ian Curtis on stage with Joy Division

Today in Music History: Remembering Ian Curtis

John Lennon suffered a tragic loss; Elton John got his first No. 1 album in the U.S.; Ray Davies temporarily resigned from the Kinks; Ian Curtis of Joy Division was born in Greater Manchester; and Prince gave free albums to U.K. tabloid subscribers, Today in Music History.

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