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Aurora performs at Iceland Airwaves


Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora is known for dreamy pop melodies. She recently released her second studio album, 'Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1),' on Glassnote Records. Aurora stopped at the Skuli Craft Bar in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves to play some songs and to talk to The Current's Mark Wheat.

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Iceland Airwaves retrospective

Iceland Airwaves: Four artists to watch


The Iceland Airwaves music festival is happening this week, and The Current is excited to be part of it. Among the many exciting artists on the lineup this year, here are profiles of four.

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Friday Five: Swamp Dogg, Maria Isa, and more new Minnesota music videos


Swamp Dogg – Sex With Your Ex You know, I understand why this one has almost as many thumbs-downs as thumbs-ups on YouTube. But you can’t say it’s not bold. Directed by Minneapolis rap duo Nazeem & Spencer Joles, “Sex With Your Ex” is wild. Not only does it involve a split-screen make-out and dirty Rorschach…

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Music News: Songwriters Hall of Fame nominees announced


The nominees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame have been announced, with the possibility of making history for one of the nominees. Author Haruki Murakami will donate a record collection of more than 10,000 records to his alma mater. A Willie Nelson tribute will be held next year. Vampire Weekend's new album will come out in 2019 and we reflect on the unique Iceland Airwaves festival.

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Peter Mayer performs at Radio Heartland

Peter Mayer performs at Radio Heartland


Peter Mayer has a new record called 'Catching Rain,' another collection of originals by Mayer, complete with choruses and backbeats to sing and clap along to. Mayer stopped in our studio to play a few songs and to talk about the thinking behind the new album.

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Iceland Airwaves

The Current brings Iceland Airwaves to you

Iceland Airwaves Festival

Join host Mark Wheat as he broadcasts from Reykjavik, Iceland, for the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. Mark will have interviews, live performances and a few cultural insights as well.

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Music News: Staggering collection of rock instruments to be displayed at Met

St. Vincent

An unprecedented exhibit of iconic rock instruments is going on display at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art next year. In other news today: Dean Ween is opening a concert venue featuring legal pot, Janelle Monae signed a film producing deal, Snoop Dogg thanked himself for getting on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Gallagher brothers got psychoanalyzed, and fans are mounting a successful campaign to get Mariah Carey's 'Glitter' back on the charts.

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The War and Treaty perform in The Current studio

The War and Treaty perform at The Current

Michael and Tanya Trotter form the nucleus of The War and Treaty. Their debut album, 'Healing Tide,' was released on Aug. 10, 2018. After taking September's Americana Music Association Honors and Awards presentation ceremony by storm, the War and Treaty have been touring in support of the album. Ahead of their recent show in Minneapolis, the War and Treaty stopped at The Current for a session by Bill DeVille.

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boygenius perform in The Current studio

boygenius perform in The Current studio

The members of boygenius - Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus - don't think of themselves as a supergroup. 'I like just 'group',' Baker says, explaining the word best fits the musicians' collective ethos. Ahead of their show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, boygenius stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.

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Mugison performs at Iceland Airwaves

Mugison at Iceland Airwaves

Mugison has been recording and releasing music since 2003, and he also operates his own music festival in Iceland. Busy though he his, Mugison stopped at the Skuli Craft Bar in Reykjavik to play some songs and to share some very entertaining stories with host Mark Wheat and the audience.

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Coffee Break: Theme songs

Isaac Hayes

Today in 1971, Isaac Hayes started a two-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Theme from Shaft." So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what theme songs do you want to hear? Yes, we're looking for TV and movie theme songs, but what about the theme to a sporting event? Or a movement? See how creative you can get with this one.

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