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Did you know Francis and the Lights recorded ‘Just For Us’ in Minneapolis?


You might be aware that Francis and the Lights (aka producer/songwriter/Eaux Claires vet Francis Starlite) will be in Minneapolis next week to play First Avenue. But you probably didn’t know that he and producer BJ Burton recorded his last album, Just For Us, in Northeast Minneapolis at the Terrarium. After working with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver)…

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Eels perform in The Current studio

Eels perform in The Current studio


Following a four-year break from touring, Eels are back on the road following the release of their album, 'The Deconstruction.' 'It's so much fun to be doing this again,' says Mark Oliver Everett, aka E. 'I honestly think we might be doing our best shows ever right now.' Eels stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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"Omaha Rainbow": Robert Kennedy and a song of '68


On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, local musician AJ Scheiber reflects on the events of June 1968 through the lens of music. 'For most people who lived through the assassination horrors of that year,' Scheiber writes, 'Dion's hit 'Abraham, Martin and John' is the song that most directly and immediately evokes that time. For my money, though, it's John Stewart's 'Omaha Rainbow'.'

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Rare Canadian pressing of Prince’s Black Album surfaces on Discogs


A previously unknown original Canadian pressing of Prince’s The Black Album has surfaced on Discogs. Yes, an original pressing of Prince’s album that he had planned to release in 1987, then decided not to. The postponement of the album led to Warner Bros. destroying 500,000 copies, and only a handful are known to survive. A…

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Field Report perform in The Current studio

Field Report perform in The Current studio


Having recently released their latest album, 'Summertime Songs,' Field Report's Chris Porterfield reflects on how the band are at a point in their career where they can play any variety of venue. From barns to festivals to arenas and more, 'We kind of do everything,' Porterfield says. Between a barn gig in Iowa and a Turf Club show in St. Paul, Field Report stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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North Minneapolis riverside amphitheater moves one step closer to reality


Will a riverside amphitheater in North Minneapolis become a reality? The plan, first proposed in 2016, came one step closer to being realized when Gov. Mark Dayton signed a $15 billion state bonding bill this week. If everything goes as planned, First Avenue, United Properties, and Thor Construction would work together to build the amphitheater.…

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Teens and young adults lead new wave of Minnesota music festivals


Festival season in Minnesota is upon us, and there’s a new wave of music festivals organized by and featuring teens and young adults. That wave includes ROCKchester this weekend, LeGrandFest in mid-August, and one set for Labor Day weekend that’s so new it doesn’t even have a name yet. With age restrictions at venues for…

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The Current Sessions®

Jade Bird performs a MicroShow at the James J. Hill House

Jade Bird MicroShow at James J. Hill House

Impressed by the captivated audience and the opulent surroundings of the Victorian mansion, singer-songwriter Jade Bird told the audience 'This has been my favorite so far on this trip, so thank you!' Listen to the complete MicroShow, which includes the songs 'Lottery,' 'Cathedral,' 'Good At It' and more, plus a rip-roaring Johnny Cash cover.

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Okkervil River perform in The Current studio

Okkervil River perform in The Current studio

Macalester College alumnus Will Sheff is frontman of the band Okkervil River. Ahead of their show at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Sheff and company stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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Eels perform in The Current studio

Eels perform in The Current studio

Following a four-year break from touring, Eels are back on the road following the release of their album, 'The Deconstruction.' 'It's so much fun to be doing this again,' says Mark Oliver Everett, aka E. 'I honestly think we might be doing our best shows ever right now.' Eels stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Monologues

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At Rock the Garden this weekend our own Mark Wheat hopped up on stage with Feist to perform the spoken word portion of "Century". So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that have a spoken monologue?

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