Hennepin County Library’s MNspin adds 93 new local albums, announces virtual fest

Albums by Minnesota artists including Nur-D, iLLism, Sarah Morris, Mae Simpson, Venus DeMars, MaLLy, the Bad Man, Kiss the Tiger, Desdamona, Humbird, Pert Near Sandstone, the Okee Dokee Brothers, Superior Siren, and Mary Bue are among 93 new titles added last month to Hennepin County Library’s MNspin streaming program, free to library users. A two-night…

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Dan Wilson becomes latest star to sell his song catalog

Dan Wilson, the musician from St. Louis Park who rose to fame with Semisonic and went on to become a hot songwriter-for-hire, has become the latest in a string of stars selling their song catalogs. Primary Wave Music Publishing has acquired Wilson’s entire songbook, which includes songs he’s written for and with artists including Adele…

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Album of the Week: Sault, 'Rise'

There's a thesis of sorts to be found in the midway point of Sault's Rise. "The Beginning and The End" with the lyrics, "We shall reclaim our joy/We shall remuster our strength, through millennia/Bathed in the tears of a thousand ancestors, we shall rise." And there is joy in this album, it's the most danceable record of the four released in the last two years, but that joy is also an act of resistance.

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David Bowie's 'Lazarus' to stream Jan. 8-10, and it's well worth a watch

What would a David Bowie jukebox musical look like? Casual fans might imagine something like the new Cher musical, with flashy set pieces dedicated to the many ch-ch-ch-ch-changes in the late icon's career. Serious fans, though, know that the perfect Bowie musical already exists: 'Lazarus,' one of the artist's last projects.

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The Chart Show: Minnesota's Milky Way Moves Up

The new year brings a strong showing of artists from Minnesota with Mixtape for the Milky Way moving to #7 with "No Sidewalks," Monica LaPlante is one week away from reaching hall of fame status, and Dua Saleh and NUR-D keep new entries from landing on the bottom of the chart.

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Photo in support of Jimmy Carter - Rock and Roll President doc

Listen to Looch: 'Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President'

Mary Lucia talks about a new documentary from CNN Films, 'Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President.' The film shows how Carter's lifelong passion for music allowed him to transcend divisions. 'I cannot think of a better recommendation for this time, this day, this moment in history,' Mary says.

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The Current Sessions®

Mike Doughty: Virtual Session

Mike Doughty: Virtual Session

Mike Doughty joins Morning Show host Jill Riley from his home in Memphis to talk about his new project Ghost Of Vroom, his latest book I Die Each Time I Hear The Sound. Plus, hear performances of a few recent tracks and a familiar favorite.

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Bartees Strange: Virtual Session

Bartees Strange - Virtual Session

Bartees Strange joins Jade for a virtual session to play songs from his latest record, Live Forever, out now on Memory Music. They'll also be talking about leaving places that prevent you from feeling free, covering The National and SAMIA, and what he's working on in his studio for his family this Christmas.

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Nilufer Yanya: Virtual Session

Nilufer Yanya - Virtual Session

Nilufer Yanya joins Sean McPherson to play songs from her new EP, Feeling Lucky? which was released earlier this month. They'll be discussing the freedoms of releasing EPs over albums, why she loves writing angry songs, and recalibrating to a year without live shows.

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Jade Bird: Virtual Session

Jade Bird Virtual Session

Jade Bird joins Jill Riley of The Current's Morning Show to talk about moving to Austin, working with legendary Nashville producer Dave Cobb on her upcoming release, and what she's been up to this year.

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Prince: The Story of 1999

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Coffee Break: Blues

Elmore James and Bobby Bland

Both Elmore James and Bobby Bland were born on this day (in 1918 and 1930 respectively). So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what blues songs and artists do you want to hear?

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