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Watch IDLES in concert at First Avenue


IDLES, the British punk/post-punk band whose 2018 album 'Joy As An Act of Resistance' took the U.S. by storm, played a live concert at the iconic Minneapolis venue First Avenue on Saturday, Aug. 3. The Current provided pro-quality live stream of the show, and you can watch this complete archived concert.

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Making sparks: How pyro pros make concerts go boom


When you go to a concert by Macklemore, Pitbull, or Marshmello, it’s not just for the music — you’re also going for an elaborate spectacle, and often that means waterfalls of sparks raining down from the ceiling or pillars of fire erupting from the edge of the stage. In short, pyrotechnics. Pyrotechnics can incorporate anything…

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Friday Five: Lady Midnight, DENNY, and more new Minnesota music videos


Lady Midnight – “Bloodsong” Lady Midnight, clear-eyed and regal, communes with the cosmos in “Bloodsong.” Teddy Grimes and MacKenzie Owens directed this gorgeous Death Before Mourning video, and MMYYKK produced the track. Lady Midnight will appear at her record release show at the Turf Club on August 9. DENNY – “Insurgents By The Poolside” DENNY…

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You need to know: Still Woozy


You've heard his song 'Lava' on The Current, now get acquainted with this young Bay area musician who is winning over fans coast-to-coast with his intimate, atmospheric pop music.

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Bruce Hornsby performs in The Current studio

Bruce Hornsby performs in The Current studio

The singer-songwriter, pianist and composer visited The Current studio to play songs from his latest album, 'Absolute Zero,' and to talk about his collaborations with artists including Justin Vernon and S. Carey of Bon Iver, and with film director Spike Lee.

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The Current Rewind

The Current Rewind: 25 Years of Low

The Current Rewind

Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker, married founding members of Low, have been experimenting with rock music since the early '90s. In this episode, we join them for an interview and a walking tour of Duluth, Minn.; we explore their quarter-century of a musical career; and we meet their "road nanny" (along with several other Duluthian characters). All with a dose of dry, dark humor.

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Inside Minneapolis's Palmer's Bar, where Bonnie Raitt was once a regular


During the West Bank's beatnik era, Palmer's was a watering hole where musicians like Bonnie Raitt, "Spider" John Koerner, and Willie Murphy would cross paths, and the bar remains an integral part of the neighborhood's music scene today. Since opening its doors in 1906, Palmer's has survived Prohibition, bootlegging, and two World Wars, and become an integral part of the West Bank's music scene.

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The Current Rewind: Bonnie Raitt's Lake Minnetonka Beginning


Bonnie Raitt is best known for her hits "Something to Talk About" and "I Can't Make You Love Me." But back in 1971, she was a 21-year-old kid with a friendly streak, guitar chops, and her first record deal. That summer, she recorded her debut album on Lake Minnetonka with a motley crew of Minneapolis musicians, making music and commotion in a wild recording experience that she calls "not Animal House, but [...] just a blast."

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Morning Show Features

Coffee Break: Third albums

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A bunch of people took to Twitter this week to debate their favorite third albums from bands. And now it's our turn! So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, name a band or artist who's THIRD album was their best - and tell us what song you'd like to hear from it.

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