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Listen to Looch: why you've gotta know Clarence Avant


If you don't know the name Clarence Avant, the Netflix documentary 'The Black Godfather' will introduce you to this amazing man. Clarence Avant is not only a highly influential music executive, but also instrumental in Civil Rights, in politics, and in Black culture at large.

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Wellness Wednesday: Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon


Secretary of State Steve Simon is Minnesota's 22nd Secretary of State. Simon was sworn into office in 2015, and in his role as Minnesota's chief elections administrator pledged to 'work with anyone of any political affiliation, from any part of our state' to defend, protect, and strengthen the right to vote in Minnesota. Secretary Simon took some time out of a very busy October to chat with The Current's Jill Riley on this week's Wellness Wednesday segment about everything absentee voting in Minnesota.

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The Current Rewind: Aug. 3, 1983


Most casual Prince fans know 'Purple Rain' was partially filmed at First Avenue. But did you know the title song is a live recording, taped at First Ave a few months before filming started? In this episode, we meet Prince and the Revolution at a benefit show for Minnesota Dance Theatre, where they debuted "Purple Rain" in support of dance and community.

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Target Center at 30: Ten musical highlights


30 years ago today, Target Center opened its doors as a basketball arena that moonlights as one of Minnesota’s largest concert spaces. Built to be the home of the fledgling Minnesota Timberwolves and — as of 1999 — the Lynx, the 19,356-seat arena (making it, in size, slightly bigger than the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand…

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Mary Lucia interviews Go-Go's bassist Kathy Valentine about new memoir


Kathy Valentine met her future band, the Go-Go's, as a 21-year-old at Los Angeles nightclub Whiskey a-Go-Go. In March 2020, Valentine released her memoir, 'All I Ever Wanted,' an introspective look not only at her life in music, but her entire life up to now. 'I really was trying to tell my story, not anyone else's story,' Valentine tells Mary Lucia.

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The Current Sessions®

Blu DeTiger: Virtual Session

Blu DeTiger - Virtual Session

Blu DeTiger joins us for a virtual session to perform a few tracks she's released this summer, and talks to us about sharpening her skills while playing bass over DJ sets in New York clubs pre-quarantine, finding success on Tik Tok, and what she'll be releasing later this fall.

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Samia: Virtual Session

Samia: Virtual Session

SAMIA shares songs from her upcoming record, The Baby, and talks to Jade about recording in Minneapolis with members of Hippo Campus, getting over fears of being alone, and what it's like to release a debut record during a pandemic.

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Ondara: Virtual Session

Ondara

Jade spoke to Ondara about how growing up in Kenya influences his view of America today, how Carl Sagan has inspired him, and what he'll be working on this fall.

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Early Eyes: Virtual Session

Early Eyes - Virtual Session

Get a peek into the world of singer/songwriter Jake Berglove of Early Eyes as he joins The Current's Jade for a virtual session. The two chat about Berglove's aspirations for the future of Early Eyes, where he'd like to perform post-pandemic and the excitement of signing to a label.

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Delta Spirit: Virtual Session

Delta Spirit: Virtual Session

Connecting from Nashville, Delta Spirit join Jade for a virtual session where they'll be playing songs from their latest record, What Is There, and talk about staying connected as a band when you're geographically separated.

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Coffee Break: Parents and kids

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Yesterday, you helped us put together a Coffee Break centered around fathers and sons in honor of Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer Tweedy who both released books this month. Today -- we want to expand on the topic a bit to include mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons.

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