Brandi Carlile in concert at the State Theatre in Minneapolis.

Music News: Grammy nominations make strides in representation


After years of withering criticism over their lack of diversity, this year's Grammy nominations have gone some distance to close the gap. Kendrick Lamar leads nominees with eight nods, followed closely by Drake. Further, female nominees predominate in all four top categories. Also today, we pay tribute to the late Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks.

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John Grant performs in The Current studio

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 in The Current studio

Haley performs instrumentals from 'Pleasureland' 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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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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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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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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