Coffee Break: Mercury Passes the Sun

Today Mercury will transit the sun, and won't be visible again from North America until 2049. What songs would you like to hear for today's 9:30 Coffee Break that mention planets? Bonus points if it mentions Mercury.

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Motorhead drummer Phil Taylor.

Today in Music History: Remembering Phil Taylor

Bill Haley enjoyed his first top-10 single; Elvis played his last gig before a two-year layoff for the army; the Velvet Underground played their first gig; Donna Summer had a hit with a cover tune; Smashing Pumpkins had a hit album; and Phil Taylor passed away, Today in Music History.

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Michael Kiwanuka, 'KIWANUKA'

Album of the Week: Michael Kiwanuka, 'KIWANUKA'

On Kiwanuka's self-titled album, he embraces all his influences from Curtis Mayfield to Joni Mitchell, all while cementing his identity as a powerful voice capable of crafting songs that confront personal narratives and the human condition.

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Longtime local music mainstay Terry Katzman has died

The Current learned Saturday that Terry Katzman, a longtime fixture in the Minnesota music scene, has died. For decades, Katzman has been a champion of bands like Hüsker Dü, the Suburbs, the Replacements and many others. Notably, in January 1982, Katzman was on hand to record a performance by the Replacements at a rent party…

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Michigander bring their music and home-state pride to The Current studio

Michigander perform in The Current studio

It's right in the name: Michigander not only wear their roots proudly, but they were even inspired by fellow Michigan band White Stripes. 'It was pretty cool to think some band from Michigan and not from California or New York is a real rock band,' front man Jason Singer recalls. 'That was pretty significant.' Listen to Michigander's complete session at The Current.

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The Current Rewind: The Peters Brothers' anti-rock crusade

The Current Rewind

A family of pastors hell-bent on saving souls. A pro-sticker Washington wife. A B-horror blood-gusher with a heart of gold. Plus...Prince's photographer? This episode's cast of characters is just a peek at the wild ride of the Peters Brothers, the evangelical trio who hosted record burnings and condemned rock music throughout the 1980s. But for all the Peters' popcorn-worthy stunts, you could say darkness was at play.

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KISS was one of the bands targeted by the Peters Brothers.

Playlist: The rock that fueled the Peters Brothers

In the '80s, controversial St. Paul ministers the Peters Brothers traveled around America preaching about the dangers of rock music. From shock-rock to suggestive pop, this playlist compiles some of the songs that fueled the Peters Brothers' protests against rock & roll.

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Coffee Break: Friendsgiving

hot food, poultry

As we're gearing up for Thanksgiving, we want to spend some time feeling thankful for not just family but for "chosen family" - friends, pets, close coworkers, neighbors...the people that are in your lives because you want them to be. So for today's "Friendsgiving-themed" Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention friends or pets?

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