Playlist: First Avenue stars, 1970-2020


420: what does that number mean to you? If you answered “the number of names with First Avenue stars,” you’re thinking along the same lines we are. To celebrate the club’s 50th anniversary this weekend, we made a playlist featuring most of the musicians immortalized with stars on the club’s wall. Below is a master…

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Bill Withers at the ASCAP Centennial Awards in 2014.

Music News: Bill Withers fondly remembered


Bill Withers, the soul legend who wrote and sang 'Lean On Me,' has died at 81, and artists from across the music world are paying tribute. Meanwhile, Adam Sandler comes through with a charming 'Quarantine Song.'

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A history of Prince’s performances at First Avenue


Today marks the 50th anniversary of beloved Minneapolis nightclub, First Avenue. Of course, one of the reasons this club has become as iconic as it is, is due to the legacy left by hometown hero, Prince. Throughout the ’80s, Prince made a name for First Avenue while simultaneously, First Avenue made a name for Prince.…

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Friday Five: Solana, Jillian Rae, and more Minnesota Music Videos


If you have a music video you’d like to be considered for an upcoming feature, send it my way at fridayfive@mpr.org! Solana – “With You” Solana’s latest video is a breezy warm day wrapped up into three and a half blissful minutes. Shot in LA by Adam Foster Jacobs, the video is a dreamy montage…

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'Lean On Me,' 'Lovely Day' singer Bill Withers dies at 81


Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including 'Lean On Me,' 'Lovely Day' and 'Ain't No Sunshine,' has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. He was 81.

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Live Virtual Session: Valerie June

Live Virtual Session - Valerie June

In the absence of touring, The Current has launched Live Virtual Sessions, connecting you to artists where they are quarantining during the coronavirus pandemic. In this session, host Jade connects with singer-songwriter Valerie June, who is spending this time at her family home in Humboldt, Tennessee. Valerie June shares some songs and positive thoughts.

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Live Virtual Session: Lissie

Lissie - Live Virtual Session

Singer-songwriter Lissie connects with Jill Riley to perform a live virtual session, and also to talk about the ways she's staying creative and connecting with her fans during this time of quarantine.

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Best Coast play songs from 'Always Tomorrow' live in The Current studio

Best Coast perform in The Current studio

After a three-year gap since their last release, Best Coast are back with a new album 'Always Tomorrow.' Frontperson Bethany Cosentino expounds on that hopeful title. ' I think the overall theme of the album is very much the idea that at times we can be our own worst enemies, and learning to get out of our way and let life happen,' she says. Listen to Best Coast's full session, recorded live in The Current studio.

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