Why Khaliq performs at The Vibe on Jan. 26, 2019.

The Vibe is enabling creativity in the Twin Cities Hip-Hop scene


The Vibe is an idea formulated by hip-hop artist Sole2dotz to create an intimate listening experience for artists and fans alike. An inviting atmosphere with performances of jazz, blues, R&B and hip-hop establishes a common space that fosters creativity. Jeffrey Bissoy describes the experience at The Vibe's inaugural event.

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Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs at the Super Bowl LIII halftime show.

Music News: Were Maroon 5 the most boring Super Bowl halftime entertainers ever?


Maroon 5 played the Super Bowl halftime show. Did you even notice? Jay and Jade talk about the music stars who showed up at the Big Game. Also in the news today: 21 Savage apprehended by ICE, Gordon Lightfoot's heading back into the studio, Linda Ronstadt opens up about Parkinson's experience, and a song from the 'Waitress' musical takes on a second life in online cover versions.

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Lizzo on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

Music on TV this week: Lizzo; Margo Price; Beck; boygenius; Grammy Awards


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. You can also subscribe to receive the week's schedule in your inbox to plan your TV viewing around music.

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Review: Kacey Musgraves does it all at the Palace Theatre


“I feel like everyone here has been cooped up inside,” Kacey Musgraves told the crowd at St. Paul’s Palace Theatre on Saturday night. After a week of polar vortex-induced blistering temperatures, the St. Paul audience seemed eager to be out of their homes and shoulder-to-sholder with thousands of strangers for the sold-out show. Georgia-based singer-songwriter…

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Friday Five: Con Davison, Moise, and more new Minnesota music videos


The frigid polar vortex has passed, and Minnesotans are stuffing Target, gas stations, and every other errand spot they avoided for three days. Well, except me. I’m getting over my second cold of the month and dealing with a new bout of pink eye…so I still rely on screens for my interaction with the world.…

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Review and photos: Emily King brings the heat to the Fine Line


I’ll have to admit, I was dreading leaving my bed and heated blanket on Thursday night. It was -4°, it still hurt to breathe in the brisk air, and it was snowing. But, I layered two pairs of pants and the thick sweatshirt I only wear in public if it’s really that cold, and I…

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Say it Loud

Say it Loud: Anthems of Black Pride and Empowerment


We're celebrating Black History Month by spotlighting black musical artists whose voices and songs changed the world, throughout the decades and across genres. We'll also post four essays delving into a deep, enduring and ever-evolving body of work. This first entry collects tales from 13 artists about the creation of their inspirational social and political anthems of black pride and empowerment.

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The reunited Specials.

Music News: The Specials collaborate with activist Saffiyah Khan


This week, the Specials are releasing their first new album in 18 years - with a special guest, an activist who went viral wearing a Specials shirt while confronting a far-right group. Also, Jay and Jade spotlight new music from Billie Eilish, Cherry Glazerr, Mandolin Orange, Girlpool, Emily King.

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The Current Sessions®

Sunflower Bean perform in The Current studio

Sunflower Bean perform in The Current studio

Less than a year after the release of their most recent full-length album, New York band Sunflower Bean dropped an EP, 'King of the Dudes.' The new release exudes a sense of fun. 'We ended up really experimenting with a different side of ourselves,' explains Sunflower Bean's Julia Cummings when the band stopped in for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.

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Dorothy perform in The Current studio

Dorothy perform in The Current studio

The band Dorothy's latest album, '28 Days in the Valley,' was produced by none other than Linda Perry, the extraordinary producer and songwriter (and former 4 Non Blondes frontperson) behind massive hits for artists like Pink and Christina Aguilera. Dorothy recently visited The Current for a session hosted by Jill Riley.

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Abby Jeanne performs in The Current studio

Abby Jeanne performs at The Current

A rising musician out of Milwaukee, Abby Jeanne recently released a new album, 'Music Box Dancer.' Although Jeanne is a multi-instrumentalist, she says her primary instrument is her voice -- and on hearing these soulful songs, that becomes abundantly clear. Before Abby Jeanne performs at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis on Wednesday, Jan. 30, she and her band stopped at The Current studio for a session hosted by Mark Wheat.

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