Rick Astley

Music News: What's Article 13, and what does it have to do with Rickrolling?


There's a fierce controversy over copyright legislation in Europe, which some artists favor but which some fear will lead to the censoring of memes and other content. Also, Mitski talked at length with Trevor Noah about her new album and 'gendered' criticisms. In other news: a memorial gathering for Mac Miller, an update on Nick Carter rape allegations, new music from Tom Waits, and a first trailer for a music-themed Coen Brothers movie.

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The 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards

What's up in Nashville? The Current's guide to Americana Fest


The Americana Music Association's festival and conference takes place in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 11 to 16, with the Americana Fest Honors and Awards presentations on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Stream the live program, and look at other coverage of Americana Fest, including social media updates from The Current's Bill DeVille and David Safar.

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The Last Revel

The Last Revel reach for the next level


Faced with either extinction or expansion, the Last Revel chose the latter -- and now they're taking giant steps forward with a showcase at Americana Fest and a recording session in Nashville. 'Everything feels brand-new this year, which is really exciting,' says the Last Revel's Ryan Acker.

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First Avenue buys Fine Line Music Cafe


First Avenue has announced that it’s purchased the Fine Line Music Café, taking control of the downtown music club on Oct. 1. “We’re incredibly excited to add the Fine Line to the First Avenue family, and really — more importantly — to keep this local venue independently owned and operated,” said First Ave owner Dayna…

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Sonic Youth

Music News: What were the best albums of the '80s?


Pitchfork has tallied a new list of the best albums of the '80s. In other news: SoundCloud is launching a custom music-discovery playlist to compete with Spotify's popular Discover Weekly, a major music festival has been canceled due to Hurricane Florence, Jack White has announced a live concert film, the Misfits are teasing a reunion, and a new Nicki Minaj video casts popular rappers as puppets.

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Prince Essentials

23 Prince albums from 1995-2010 now available on streaming services

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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. Some were previously available on Tidal, but the widespread availability of these albums — some of which were originally released only to members of Prince’s NPG Music Club — will…

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The Current: Music News

Music News: Maroon 5 rumored for Super Bowl LIII halftime

Adam Levine performs with Maroon 5 in 2017.

Us Weekly has a history of picking the right horse in the Super Bowl halftime race, and this year they're saying it's going to be Maroon 5. Also today, the Music Modernization Act has passed the U.S. Senate, Spotify is being sued over gender discrimination, Kesha is back with a new single, and rappers get tiny in a cute video. Plus, Jay and Jade puzzle over why musicians are increasingly denying requests for extended interviews.

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The Current Sessions®

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats perform a #MicroShow at the Turf Club

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats' MicroShow at the Turf Club

On Monday, Aug. 6, a select group of The Current's listeners were treated to a #MicroShow with Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, who performed at the Turf Club (capacity 350) in St. Paul. The band's generous set includes seven songs from their latest release, 'Tearing at the Seams,' plus a favorite from their breakout self-titled album from 2015.

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Watch Now Now perform at the Minnesota State Fair

Now Now perform at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota band Now Now stopped at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair to perform a live set as part of Oake and Riley in the Afternoon. Between songs, the band members talked about their upcoming tour plans and bonded with Brian Oake over their shared roots in the Twin Cities area's northern suburbs.

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Watch Lissie perform at the Minnesota State Fair

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Before opening Saturday's Music On-a-Stick concert at the Minnesota State Fair grandstand, singer-songwriter Lissie stopped at the MPR booth to perform two songs and to chat with The Current's Brian Oake and Jill Riley. Watch video of the performance and interview.

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Coffee Break: Rain

Gustave Caillebotte - Paris Street; Rainy Day

It's been raining all week and the rain doesn't look like it's going to let up for another day or two, so for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what rain songs do you want to hear?

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