Talking Prince and drums with the NPG’s Michael Bland

Though Prince’s use of drum machines—in particular, the LM-1, designed by Roger Linn—was a major part of his singular sound, he could also play serious grooves in a wide array behind a real-deal drum kit. Prince began drumming at age 12. “I learned on a big box of newspapers,” he told Modern Drummer in 2001.…

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Owen Husney reflects on meeting a teenage Prince: ‘He was not an icon then. He was a brilliant human being who was living in a basement’

Earlier this month, the longtime promoter, manager, advertising executive, and musician Owen Husney released his long-in-the-works memoir Famous People Who’ve Met Me. Owen is best known in the Prince universe for his role as Prince’s first manager — specifically, the one that was at Prince’s side helping to negotiate his historic three-album deal with Warner Bros.…

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Andre Cymone performs during a March 2018 tour in Australia

Back from Australia shows, Andre Cymone teases new projects

Having recently played several shows in Australia, both in support of his 2017 album '1969' and as part of the New Power Generation, Andre Cymone is back home in Los Angeles and is ramping up two new albums. 'As an artist, I'm going to do whatever I'm inspired to do,' Cymone says.

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Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize

Rapper Kendrick Lamar is now a Pulitzer Prize winner. Earlier today, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced its 2018 honorees. Among them was Lamar, winning in the music category for his album “DAMN”. The win makes Lamar the first artist to win the award for a composition that’s neither classical nor jazz. Released in April of…

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The Current Sessions®

Phoebe Bridgers performs in The Current studio

Phoebe Bridgers performs in The Current studio

The lyrics of Phoebe Bridgers' songs are so emotionally vivid, it makes sense that when it comes to songwriting, Bridgers follows her gut. 'I don't really have a process that I could write out for anybody or tell anybody how to do it,' Bridgers says. 'It's just whatever happens to be on my mind.' In town for a sold-out show at the Turf Club, Bridgers and her band & stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Jade.

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L7 rock the rafters at The Current

L7 perform in The Current studio

Los Angeles band L7 gave the structural integrity of the Bill Kling Public Media Center in St. Paul got a good test today with a rocking set in the The Current studio, in a session hosted by Mary Lucia. 'We're a meat-and-potatoes rock band with a conscience and some humor,' says L7 frontperson Donita Sparks.

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Margaret Glaspy performs in The Current studio

Margaret Glaspy in The Current studio

'Born Yesterday,' the new EP from Margaret Glaspy, was largely written while Glaspy was on tour. 'That's why it's only three songs!' Glaspy laughs. In town for a show at First Avenue, Glaspy, along with guitarist Julian Lage, stopped in The Current studio for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Minnesota music

: On the road with Babes in Toyland,1990.

Tomorrow is Record Store Day and as we prepare to celebrate our local record stores and small businesses, let's spend some time this morning listening to local musicians. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs from Minnesota artists do you want to hear?

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Today in Music History: 'American Idiot' opens on Broadway

Elvis Presley 'shook up' the singles charts; Deep Purple made their live debut; George Burns was in the Hot 100; numerous artists paid tribute to the late Freddie Mercury; Aerosmith got a grip with their 11th studio album; The Sound of Philadelphia became the first disco song to reach No. 1 in the singles charts; and 'American Idiot' opened on Broadway, Today in Music History.

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