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VILD; Vansire; and Fauna and Flora: Three Rochester acts to watch


With a growing arts and culture scene, Rochester is making more of a name for itself than just medicine. Nowadays there are more and more up-and-coming artists emerging out of Rochester and growing an audience that extends past city boundaries. Many of those musicians making names for themselves are young people. Here’s a look at…

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‘A Star is Born’: Remembering Judy Garland’s iconic 1954 performance


The new version of A Star is Born, featuring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, released Friday. It’s the fourth take on one of Hollywood’s favorite tales, and we thought we’d take a look back 64 years ago when perhaps the best of the four, starring Minnesota native Judy Garland, came out. In the 1954 edition of…

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Friday Five: deM atlaS, Elle PF, and more new Minnesota music videos


deM atlas – Bad Loves Company Visual EP deM atlaS plays himself in this five-song visual EP, a taste of his upcoming debut album Bad Actress (out Oct. 19). Directed by Dave Wilson, the video is all absurdism, pleasure, and armadillos — and finally some peace. It includes “Tomorrow Party,” “Bad Loves Company,” “Music Man,” “Gratitude,” and “Can…

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Giveaways

MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. film giveaway

M.I.A.-signed poster and DVD giveaway


The film Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. provides unparalleled, intimate access to the artist in her battles with the music industry and mainstream media as her success and fame explodes, becoming one of the most recognizable, outspoken and provocative voices in music today. Win a poster and DVD of the film.

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The Current: Music News

Music News: James Taylor encourages donations for hurricane relief in North Carolina

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Appealing to fans, James Taylor works to feed those affected by Hurricane Florence. Elsewhere, Mumford and Sons release a new video for their song, 'Guiding Light,' featuring the faces and voices of their fans; a soundtrack for 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' is coming out on vinyl; a suspect is arrested in connection with the vandalism of a David Bowie statue; Panic! At the Disco cover Outkast; a complex conspiracy has been alleged over Kurt Cobain's guitar; and a robot dog gets down to 'Uptown Funk.'

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The Current Music News podcast

The Current Music News

In about ten minutes a day, hosts Jay Gabler and Jade put music industry headlines in context, share breaking news about upcoming releases, and surprise listeners with strange-but-true stories. Entertaining, conversational, and informative, The Current Music News is an essential daily listen for fans of all genres of music to catch up on the news that matters about today’s most essential artists.

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The Current app

Download The Current's app to hear a crisp, high-fidelity stream of our station (and our additional streams) wherever you go!

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The Current Sessions®

Justin Courtney Pierre performs in The Current studio

Justin Courtney Pierre performs in The Current studio

Motion City Soundtrack's Justin Courtney Pierre has a debut solo album, 'In The Drink,' releasing Friday, Oct. 12. Just ahead of that release, Pierre and his band stopped at The Current to play songs from the new record and to talk with Mary Lucia.

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Watch Death Cab for Cutie live in concert at the Palace Theatre

Death Cab for Cutie in concert at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul

Death Cab for Cutie played the second of two shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., on their tour supporting the album, 'Thank You for Today,' on Saturday, Oct. 6. The Current streamed live video of Death Cab's entire set at The Palace Theatre; watch the archived concert.

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Watch CHVRCHES live in concert at the Palace Theatre

Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES in concert at the Palace Theatre

CHVRCHES played the second of two sold-out shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., on their tour supporting the album, 'Love Is Dead.' We streamed live video of CHVRCHES' entire set at The Palace Theatre; watch the archived concert.

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Shakey Graves performs in The Current studio

Shakey Graves in The Current studio

Just ahead of his Saturday show at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., Shakey Graves -- aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia -- stopped over at The Current to play a few songs and to chat with host Mac Wilson.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Boys and Girls

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This morning Jay Gabler brought us in a series of books for the Rock & Roll book club and one focused on 'Why the Beach Boys Matter'. It got us thinking -- for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from bands called the *blank boys, or the *blank girls?

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