LL Cool J

Happy 50th birthday, LL Cool J: six essential tracks

On Jan. 14, 2018, the rapper, actor, author and entrepreneur born James Todd Smith -- aka LL Cool J -- turns 50 years old. In honor of that milestone, The Current's Sean McPherson has chosen six landmark tracks from LL Cool J's catalogue, describing why each is essential.

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Rogue Valley heading to Worthington and Austin for winter residencies

Rogue Valley will be leaving the metro area and doing residencies in Worthington and Austin. The band are going beyond just playing shows in these towns. They’re also going to be working on spending time with the community, focusing on students. Chris Koza, the band’s frontman, sees these residencies as a way to invest time…

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Pop-up Club Nomadic at Mystic Lake called off; concerts will move indoors

Club Nomadic, a pop-up club scheduled to be constructed outside Mystic Lake for concerts timed to coincide with the upcoming Super Bowl, has been canceled. Shows by the Chainsmokers, Kygo, Florida Georgia Line, and Gwen Stefani will move to concert spaces inside the casino. “We are disappointed to have to make the decision to cancel…

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The Current Sessions®

Preservation Hall Jazz band perform a spirited #MicroShow at the Dakota Jazz Club

Preservation Hall Jazz Band MicroShow at the Dakota

Performing a MicroShow in Minneapolis carried with it a bit of history for the legendary New Orleans jazz outfit. 'The first time that the Preservation Hall Jazz Band ever played a show outside of New Orleans was here in Minneapolis in 1963,' bandleader and bassist Ben Jaffe told the audience before the group launched into a grooving, journeying three-number set.

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The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio

The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio

After a 24-year hiatus, the Dream Syndicate reunited in 2012 and realized they sounded like a new band. 'We were enjoying it and we figured, well, rather than keep playing the oldies circuit, let's make a new record,' says front man Steve Wynn. The resulting record is 'How Did I Find Myself Here?', and the Dream Syndicate recently found themselves in The Current studio for a session hosted by Jim McGuinn.

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The Rural Alberta Advantage wrap up their U.S. tour on Oake & Riley in the Morning

The Rural Alberta Advantage perform in The Current studio

The Rural Alberta Advantage wrapped up a massive tour with a show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, followed by a visit to Oake and Riley in the Morning before jetting back to Toronto. 'We always enjoy coming back to Minneapolis,' says front man Nils Edenloff. 'It was really good. It was probably the best way to kind of end our U.S. tour.' Hear more from the band as they look back on their tour and play songs from their latest album, 'The Wild.'

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Coffee Break: MPLS vs. Philly

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This Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings will go against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game that could send the Vikings to the Superbowl if they win (have you heard?). In the spirit of brotherhood and moving karma in the right direction leading up to Sunday, what songs do you want to hear from Philadelphia AND local musicians?

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