Aretha Franklin rehearses before the 1998 Grammy Awards.

Music News: Aretha Franklin is 'gravely ill,' friends say


Aretha Franklin is seriously ill, confirm friends; hundreds were injured when a boardwalk collapsed at a music festival in Spain; Kendrick Lamar will play a 'very special set- at Jay-Z's Made in America festival; and this year's Teen Choice Award winners have been named. Also, why is Azealia Banks hanging out at Elon Musk's house - and why does that bass guitar look like a giant iPhone?

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Parkway Theater to reopen on Sept. 13, host jeremy messersmith on Sept. 29


Minneapolis’s historic Parkway Theater, which has been renovated under new ownership, will finally open to the public again on Sept. 13. The building has been revamped, from 372 reupholstered seats to its brand-new bar, featuring local craft beers and a cocktail menu concocted by Tattersall Distilling. There are also new arcade games in the lobby and, don’t…

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Music News: Phish cancel festival due to dirty water

Trey Anastasio of Phish performs in 2010.

Social Distortion's Mike Ness reportedly punched a fan who got in his face; Young Thug was arrested at his own birthday party; and Phish have cancelled their festival due to dirty water. Also today, there are new releases from Ariana Grande, Mitski, Death Cab for Cutie, and more.

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In about ten minutes a day, hosts Jay Gabler and Jade put music industry headlines in context, share breaking news about upcoming releases, and surprise listeners with strange-but-true stories. Entertaining, conversational, and informative, The Current Music News is an essential daily listen for fans of all genres of music to catch up on the news that matters about today’s most essential artists.

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Punch Brothers perform in The Current's studio

Punch Brothers perform in The Current studio

Punch Brothers released their fifth album "All Ashore" in July 2018. The resulting tour brought them to St. Paul's Palace Theatre; well-polished and plucky as ever, the band stopped by The Current's studio beforehand to perform a few songs and talk with Bill DeVille.

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Your Smith debuts new side in The Current's studio

Your Smith performs in The Current studio

Your Smith has been cocooned in the studio for a while now, writing music and metamorphosing from Caroline Smith to her new persona. She visited The Current in the midst of it all, performing a Caroline Smith favorite and some of her best new music as Your Smith.

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Coffee Break: Prince from 1995-2010

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As the result of a distribution deal with Sony, 23 Prince albums originally released from 1995 to 2010 are now available on major streaming services. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from Prince that were released from 1995-2010?

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Today in Music History: Happy Birthday, Belinda Carlisle


Belinda Carlisle was born; Elvis released his first No. 1 hit; Beatle-style haircuts allegedly wreaked havoc on Glasgow pool-filtration systems; the Woodstock festival concluded; Nirvana shot the video for 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'; and the late guitarist/keyboardist Jay Bennett parted ways with Wilco, Today in Music History.

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