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Mark Wheat on 15 years at The Current and a lifetime of celebrating music


As The Current celebrates 15 years on the air and we launch our winter member drive (join now!), Minnesota Public Radio’s Michael Popham is asking the hosts who’ve been with us since the beginning about their history at The Current and in radio. First up: Mark Wheat. Michael Popham: Hey, Mark! Thanks for agreeing to…

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Shining stars: Black musicians in their own words

Shining stars: Black musicians in their own words


As The Current honors Black History Month, we've done a very deep dive into autobiographies and memoirs by jazz, blues, R&B, soul, and hip-hop icons, collecting a compendium of origin stories, 'aha!' moments, philosophical musings and life lessons.

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Theft of the Dial: Metronomy


When U.K. band Metronomy visited the Twin Cities for a show at the Varsity Theater, band members Joe Mount and Oscar Cash stopped at The Current to host a Theft of the Dial, playing some of their favorite songs and telling their story.

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Caroline Polachek performs on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Music on TV this week: Cold War Kids; encores from Caroline Polachek; Patti Smith; Andy Shauf; Caitlyn Smith; St. Vincent


Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings and find performance videos as the week progresses for a curated listening experience. You can also subscribe to receive the week's schedule in your inbox to plan your TV viewing around music.

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Inspired by Ken Burns, Aster Cafe launches country-music series February to June


The third Wednesday of the month for the next five months will be dedicated to live concerts by Minnesota musicians, playing country music organized by time period, roughly mirroring the popular PBS series by Burns. Maygen Lacey, one of the event organizers and performers, visited Radio Heartland to talk to Mike Pengra about this live series.

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Listen to powerful songs by Sister Rosetta Tharpe


Sister Rosetta Tharpe is a founder of rock and roll. An innovator with vocals and electric guitar, Tharpe's sound influenced artists including Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Bob Dylan - and therefore everyone that those artists went on to influence.

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Polica bring 'When We Stay Alive' to The Current studio


Before going on a tour which will start in England on Feb. 7, Poliça — comprising frontwoman Channy Leaneagh; Chris Bierden on bass and vocals; Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu on drums; and producer Ryan Olson — stopped by The Current studio for a session hosted by Mark Wheat.

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Low Cut Connie's Adam Weiner plays a solo Microshow

Adam Weiner Microshow performance

On Saturday, Jan. 11, Low Cut Connie frontman Adam Weiner played a Microshow at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater in Minneapolis. The generous performance featured great songs on piano or guitar, interspersed with stories about the origins of many of the songs. Weiner also delighted the Minnesota audience with covers of songs by Bob Dylan and Prince.

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The Current Morning Show Features

Coffee Break: Teenage Kicks

Patti Smith

Each Saturday morning, Jim McGuinn takes listeners on a trip into our collective retro past - from 1970s punk to '90s grunge, and everything that happened in between.

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Today in Music History: Happy Birthday, Paul Humphreys


Chubby Checker notched another No. 1 single, Gloria Gaynor earned a Grammy for Best Disco Record (a category that would not survive), James Brown went free, Ray Charles had a No. 1 album, Pink Floyd recorded their first single, and Paul Humphreys was born, Today in Music History.

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