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Minneapolis band Swing Set featured on soundtrack for Stranger Things 2

It turns out that the Science Museum isn’t the only Minnesota connection to the latest season of Stranger Things. A song from the Minneapolis new wave band Swing Set, “Blackout,” is featured in the second episode of season two, “Trick or Treat, Freak,” and can be heard playing over the car stereo of Charlie Heaton’s…

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Chasing the Music: A whirl-weekend in Chicago

Since Chicago is a quick drive or flight from Minnesota, it tends to be one of the first places Midwesterners look for music adventures. Cecilia Johnson got into the local scene on a recent trip, and here, she shares what she learned.

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Chance the Rapper at Rock the Garden 2016

The Current's guide to music on TV: week of Nov. 13, 2017

Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. This week's highlights include Amy Shark, Bishop Briggs, a tribute to Sharon Jones, locals Now, Now, and Chance the Rapper hosting 'Saturday Night Live.'

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Taylor Swift announces U.S. Bank Stadium show on Sept. 1, 2018

What’s sure to be one of the biggest local concerts of 2018 has just been announced: Taylor Swift will play U.S. Bank Stadium on Sept. 1. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Dec. 13 — that would be Swift’s 28th birthday — but “verified fans” may be able to snag tickets earlier.…

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The Current Sessions®

Jessica Lea Mayfield sings to empower

Jessica Lea Mayfield performs in The Current studio

Jessica Lea Mayfield's new album, 'Sorry Is Gone', seems to have arrived at just the right time. As news headlines are filled with more and more people coming forward with accounts of abuse and harassment, Mayfield's new album is an empowering body of work. 'I feel like the more people that speak up, the better, especially when you're speaking up for yourself,' Mayfield says. Listen to Jessica Lea Mayfield's complete in-studio session to hear songs from the album and the story behind it.

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Lukas Nelson performs in the Radio Heartland studio

Lukas Nelson performs at Radio Heartland

Although Lukas Nelson grew up on the tour bus of his legendary father, Willie, the 28-year-old singer never felt it was expected of him to carry on the family legacy. That said, Lukas fell into the family business and now tours with his own band, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real. Lukas Nelson recently brought his acoustic guitar into our studio to play a couple tunes and talk about the self-titled album from him and his band.

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Watch Emiliana Torrini and The Colorist perform at Iceland Airwaves

Emiliana Torrini and the Colorist perform on The Current

The Current enjoyed two fantastic days of live performances and interviews from the Gotubarinn pub in Akureyri, Iceland, as part of the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. Watch Emiliana Torrini and The Colorist perform their song, 'Thinking Out Loud,' recorded as it was broadcast live to The Current's listeners.

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Coffee Break: Family bands

The Partridge Family

David Cassidy, best known for his role as Keith Partridge in the 1970s musical-sitcom The Partridge Family, passed away yesterday at the age of 67. In honor of David, and in honor of Thanksgiving and time spent with loved ones, what family bands do you want to hear for today's 9:30 Coffee Break?

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