Today in Music History: 'Sukiyaki' went No. 1


Kyu Sakamoto started a three-week run at No. 1 with "Sukiyaki,"; The Doors played in Minneapolis; Dire Straits topped the album charts; Nirvana released their debut album; the world said goodbye to Ella Fitzgerald; and the Beastie Boys hosted the Tibetan Freedom Concert, Today in Music History.

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The Current's message to the graduates of the Class of 2020

A Message to All Graduates


Whether you just graduated from high school or college, being part of the class of 2020 couldn't have been easy. Your friends at The Current have a special message and a playlist just for you.

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St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter: ‘The difference is in what we do next’


After the police killing of George Floyd, Morning Show host Jill Riley has been inviting community members onto her show in order to share their perspectives on the events that have since unfolded. On Wednesday morning she connected with Melvin Carter, the current mayor of St. Paul and also the first African American mayor of…

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Friday Five: Lewiee Blaze, Muja Messiah and more new Minnesota music videos


If you have a music video you would like to be featured, send it my way at fridayfive [at] thecurrent.org! Lewiee Blaze – “Freedom Fighter” “Freedom Fighter” is rapper Lewiee Blaze’s ode to black activists, from protest footage from Minneapolis this past week to historical figures like Fred Hampton. The artist’s candid recording of events…

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Mural painted by CreativesAfterCurfew

Artist, designer and activist Bayou: murals are 'a platform to speak the truth'


Donald Thomas, aka Bayou, is an artist, designer and activist. Bayou joined The Current's Morning Show to talk to Jill Riley about his work on murals in the Twin Cities and about the wider work to be done everywhere to dismantle systemic racism and to uplift communities. 'It really is up to every individual in their own position to fight and push for change,' he says.

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The Current Sessions®

Live Virtual Session: The Beths

Live Virtual Session - The Beths

The Current's Jade hosted a Live Virtual Session with Elizabeth Stokes and Jonathan Pearce of the Beths, connecting from their rehearsal space in New Zealand. Stokes and Pearce said that they are looking forward to playing new songs live and seeing how people react to them.

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Live Virtual Session: Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo - Live Virtual Session

Beninese singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo connected with The Current's Sean McPherson from Paris, where Kidjo has been spending time with her family throughout the duration of the global pandemic. Kidjo talks about some of her influences and performs three songs that reflect those influences.

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Live Virtual Session: Indigo Girls

Live Virtual Session - Indigo Girls updated graphic

The Indigo Girls - Amy Ray and Emily Saliers - join host Andrea Swensson for a Live Virtual Session, playing songs from their new album, 'Look Long.' Ray and Saliers also talk about current events and their longtime, ongoing activism.

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Live Virtual Session: Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams - Live Virtual Session

From her home in East Nashville, Tenn., singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams connects The Current's Bill DeVille to talk about and play songs from her latest album, 'Good Souls Better Angels.'

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The Current Morning Show Features

Coffee Break: Hair

Naked Giants PledgeHouse SXSW

For today's 9:30 Coffee Break we want to put the spotlight on hair. What songs do you want to hear that mention hair or hairstyles?

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Walkman

Today in Music History: Sony introduced the Walkman


Jimi Hendrix was honorably discharged from the army; Frank Sinatra had a No. 1 hit with 'Strangers in the Night'; David Bowie received his fourth Gold Record; Sony introduced the Walkman; and Ian Curtis's gravestone was stolen', Today in Music History.

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