The Current's Top 89 of 2018

Top 89 of 2018: Local Current


We're wrapping up another fruitful year in Minnesotan-made music and want to hear from you. Send us your favorite tracks of 2018 and you might hear your pick in our Top 89 Local Current countdown on Sunday, December 28.

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Eaux Claires Festival is taking a year off, with plans to return in 2020


The Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival has announced that it will not hold its annual event in 2019. The festival’s first year took place in 2015, curated by Eau-Claire-born musician Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). The Eaux Claires team shared a statement on their website explaining that after four years, they are taking the coming…

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Oreo Music Box.

Music News: There's a record player that plays Oreos


There's now a 'record player' that plays Oreos...and when you take a bite out of the cookie, the song changes. Also in the news today: a deadly stampede at a rap concert in Italy, Fleetwood Mac lawsuit resolved, Aretha Franklin concert film gets distributor, Neil Young beefs with concert sponsor, and a new trailer for a documentary about the Fyre Festival.

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Charles Bradley, 'Black Velvet'

Album of the Week: Charles Bradley, 'Black Velvet'


Even though he's gone, this final album, 'Black Velvet' was released to commemorate would have been Bradley's 70th birthday. It's a collection spanning his career - new songs, rarities, and covers - and the collection is meant to celebrate the life and musical legacy of Charles Bradley.

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The Current's Top 89 of 2018

Top 89 of 2018: Bonus Categories


The Current's Top 89 countdown is our main year-end event, but we're supplementing the song list with some fabulous bonus categories: Best Artists, Best Albums, Best Local Artists, Best Sessions, and Best Concerts.

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The Current's Top 89 of 2018

Top 89 of 2018: Best Albums


The Current's Top 89 countdown is our main year-end event, but we're supplementing the song list with some fabulous bonus categories, including Best Albums.

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Giveaways

The Current: Music News

Music News: Runaways' Jackie Fox wins big on 'Jeopardy!'

Jackie Fuchs, formerly of the Runaways, on 'Jeopardy!'

Music fans may have recognized this week's big winner on 'Jeopardy!' It's Jackie Fox, who played bass in the Runaways. Also in the news today: the Strokes promise 'global comeback,' Bob Dylan collabs with Poo Bear, Carlton actor sues over his 'Fresh Prince' dance, Cardi B takes Carpool Karaoke to a senior center, and why concert revenues are going through the roof.

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The Current Sessions®

John Grant performs in The Current studio


Michigan-born, Reykjavik-based musician John Grant is a fascinating individual even before he starts performing songs. Ahead of a show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis, Grant stopped at The Current studio to play songs and to engage in lively and thoughtful conversation with host Mac Wilson.

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Haley performs instrumentals from 'Pleasureland' in The Current studio

HALEY performs in The Current studio

Although Haley has composed instrumental music before, her 2018 release 'Pleasureland' is her first all-instrumental full-length. 'This was so much more satisfying when I wasn't trying to say something with words,' Haley says. 'It was how I felt and what I connected to.' Haley, along with Jeremy Ylvisaker, visited The Current studio to play music from 'Pleasureland.'

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JD McPherson and band pull up their 'Socks' in The Current studio

JD McPherson performs in The Current studio

Even though JD McPherson told himself he'd never do a Christmas album, a little holiday spirit changed his mind. McPherson and his band recently released 'Socks,' an album of 11 holiday originals. 'It still just hits me as the most ridiculous album title of all time!' McPherson laughs as he and his band stopped into The Current studio for a session hosted by Brian Oake and Jill Riley.

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William Prince performs in The Current studio

William Prince performs in The Current studio

Winnipeg-based singer-songwriter William Prince wants to write songs that stand the test of time. 'I'm in the business of writing hopefully good songs, [and] getting better,' he says. 'I think my best ones are to come yet.' William Prince recently visited The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Formed in high school

Young U2

Inspired by U2's history and Eric Malmberg's high school band "Arson", we want to explore the high school space this morning. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what bands do you want to hear that formed when the members were in high school?

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Charlie Watts, Keith Richards

Today in Music History: Happy Birthday, Keith Richards


Sly and the Family Stone went No. 1 with 'There's A Riot Going On'; James Brown and Loretta Lynn were honored for their contributions to U.S. culture; The Tokens started a three-week run at No. 1 with 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight', Today in Music History.

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