Saturday Night Live: Weezer sketch

Music News: Rivers Cuomo 'actually crying' over Weezer SNL skit


Rivers Cuomo is crying with joy over a 'Saturday Night Live' skit debating the merits of Weezer. Also in the news today: Wrecking Crew bassist Joe Osborn dies at 81, Bruce Springsteen wraps up Broadway run, Paul McCartney gets "Back" with Ringo Starr, Offset awkwardly apologizes to Cardi B, and Pitbull goes to 'Africa' with disastrous results.

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Dessa and the Minnesota Orchestra announce new shows and a live album


Dessa and the Minnesota Orchestra have just announced a new collaboration. The duo will be hosting two concerts this March that will be recorded live at Orchestra Hall. Having previously collaborated with the Minnesota Orchestra, Dessa is excited to work with the musicians on this collaboration that will include new material in addition to some…

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JD McPherson, 'Socks'

Album of the Week: JD McPherson, 'Socks'


You can tell JD McPherson is fan of Christmas. Socks swings like crazy! This is the album to put on when you are baking cookies in the kitchen, putting up the tree with a spiked eggnog in hand or the ultimate album to kick that Christmas party up a notch.

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Taylor Swift performs in Australia, Nov. 2018.

Music News: Why Taylor Swift is using facial recognition at concerts


Taylor Swift is reportedly using facial recognition to stop stalkers at concerts. Will other stars follow suit? Also in the news today: Nancy Wilson dies at 81, Post Malone sells all the Crocs, an Oscars-style montage to bands that broke up this year - and new music from Chance the Rapper, Ariana Grande, and the Avett Brothers.

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Friday Five: Roma di Luna, LUXYZ, and more new Minnesota music videos


The last Hanukkah candles have burned down, kinaras have yet to be lit, and Christmas is just a week and a half away. In this installment of Friday Five, Roma di Luna and Katy Vernon share bittersweet Christmas music videos, Tiny Deaths “dance the album,” and Minnesota hip-hop represents hard. Roma di Luna – “Lonely…

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Stevie Nicks performs at the Xcel Energy Center.

Music News: Inside this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees


This year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been announced: the Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music, and the Zombies. The Current's program director Jim McGuinn, a Rock Hall voter, joins Jay and Jade to talk about this year's honorees...and who didn't make the cut.

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The Current's Top 89 of 2018

Top 89 of 2018: Best Local Artists


The Current's Top 89 countdown is our main year-end event, but we're supplementing the song list with some fabulous bonus categories, including Best Local Artists.

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Music News: Runaways' Jackie Fox wins big on 'Jeopardy!'

Jackie Fuchs, formerly of the Runaways, on 'Jeopardy!'

Music fans may have recognized this week's big winner on 'Jeopardy!' It's Jackie Fox, who played bass in the Runaways. Also in the news today: the Strokes promise 'global comeback,' Bob Dylan collabs with Poo Bear, Carlton actor sues over his 'Fresh Prince' dance, Cardi B takes Carpool Karaoke to a senior center, and why concert revenues are going through the roof.

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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

Coffee Break: Formed in high school

Young U2

Inspired by U2's history and Eric Malmberg's high school band "Arson", we want to explore the high school space this morning. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what bands do you want to hear that formed when the members were in high school?

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Charlie Watts, Keith Richards

Today in Music History: Happy Birthday, Keith Richards


Sly and the Family Stone went No. 1 with 'There's A Riot Going On'; James Brown and Loretta Lynn were honored for their contributions to U.S. culture; The Tokens started a three-week run at No. 1 with 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight', Today in Music History.

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