'Jack & the Ghost,' a book by Chan Poling and Lucy Michell.

Rock and Roll Book Club: 'Jack & the Ghost,' a picture book written by Chan Poling and illustrated by Lucy Michell


'Jack & the Ghost' is a new picture book written by Poling, well-known to his fellow Minnesotans as a co-founder of the Suburbs and the New Standards. Music fans might also recognize the name of the book's illustrator Lucy Michell...but wait, isn't that last name missing an E? It would be if we were talking about Lucy Michelle of the Velvet Lapelles and Little Fevers, but in this case we're talking about Lucy Michell the visual artist. (Yes, they're the same person.)

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Rex Orange County performs on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

Rex Orange County doesn't care what you call him (anymore)


Alexander O'Connor, aka Rex Orange County, shares insights into his career thus far. 'You are something and you make a choice in your life, like, 'This is going to be great' -- and then it happens, and you're kind of like, 'This is more stressful than I imagined.'

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Steven Tyler of Aerosmith

Today in Music History: Aerosmith played their first gig


Gram Parsons' body was stolen; Dylan recorded two classic songs in Nashville; Aerosmith played their first gig; Soft Cell broke a U.K. charts record; Pearl Jam had a fast-selling album; Taylor Swift's album sold even faster; and the Sex Pistols debuted, Today in Music History.

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Dessa Sound the Bells Making Of

Dessa - The Making of 'Sound the Bells'


How do you make a catalog of deftly delivered rap hits a classical collaboration? Dessa walks through the process of making 'Sound the Bells,' her new album of her greatest hits with the Minnesota Orchestra providing the score behind the celebrated singer and rapper.

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ElectionDay17

Coffee Break: Choice


Happy Election Day! While not every Minnesota community will have something on the ballot this year, many do, including city council elections, school referenda and school board elections. What songs do you want to hear for today's 9:30 Coffee Break that mention choice or choosing?

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Nat King Cole Apollo Theater

Today in Music History: The Nat King Cole Show debuted on NBC


'The Nat King Cole Show' was the first on U.S. TV hosted by an African American; Elvis played at the old Met Center in Bloomington, Minn.; the Beach Boys had a film-fueled hit with 'Kokomo'; Garbage kicked off a world tour at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis; and Ryan Adams was born 41 years ago Today in Music History.

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Caamp plant a stake in The Current studio

CAAMP band publicity photo

While in town to play a sold-out show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, the Ohio band Caamp visited The Current to talk with host Mac Wilson and to play songs from their album, 'By and By.'

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The Current Rewind

The Current Rewind: The Peters Brothers' anti-rock crusade

The Current Rewind

A family of pastors hell-bent on saving souls. A pro-sticker Washington wife. A B-horror blood-gusher with a heart of gold. Plus...Prince's photographer? This episode's cast of characters is just a peek at the wild ride of the Peters Brothers, the evangelical trio who hosted record burnings and condemned rock music throughout the 1980s. But for all the Peters' popcorn-worthy stunts, you could say darkness was at play.

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KISS was one of the bands targeted by the Peters Brothers.

Playlist: The rock that fueled the Peters Brothers


In the '80s, controversial St. Paul ministers the Peters Brothers traveled around America preaching about the dangers of rock music. From shock-rock to suggestive pop, this playlist compiles some of the songs that fueled the Peters Brothers' protests against rock & roll.

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Coffee Break: Americana

Pert' Near Sandstone

Tomorrow night, Bill DeVille is bringing Pert Near Sandstone and Jerry Douglas to First Avenue for The United States of Americana 10th Anniversary show. Let's get excited with today's Coffee Break - what songs do you want to hear that have an Americana vibe?

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