Papa Mbye can’t stop creating, drops mournful EP ‘Mang Fi’ on Sept. 3

All artists are creative. But Papa Mbye, a North Minneapolis rapper, singer, and producer, has a creative appetite that few can match. Talk to Mbye (pronounced “ehm-bay”) and his collaborators, and it becomes clear the 22-year-old multidisciplinary artist — who, as a teenager, used to caricature passersby in the park as both an outlet and…

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Today in Music History: Happy Birthday, Gina Schock

Angels hit No. 1 with 'My Boyfriend's Back'; Elvis played the last of the only three shows he ever played outside the U.S.; George Harrison was found guilty of 'subconscious plagiarism'; Dire Straits topped the album charts; Gina Schock and Van the Man was born, Today in Music History.

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Coffee Break: New Orleans

Hurricane Ida, a category 4 storm, hit New Orleans yesterday on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what bands or artists from New Orleans do you want to hear?

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Album of the Week: CHVRCHES, 'Screen Violence'

Screen Violence exhibits all the traits of the classic CHVRCHES sound: strong vocals, strong sentiments, strong hooks. It's a house full of bangers in a time when we desperately need bangers, and CHVRCHES are happy to deliver.

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Interview: Low's Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker on 'Hey What'

Speaking on the band's goal to always expand their creative range, Low's Alan Sparhawk made sure to credit producer BJ Burton, "He's very interested in finding the outer reaches of the sonic possibilities and we're interested in finding the outer reaches of what a song and singing and sound can be."

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Meet Nunnabove, Minneapolis’s latest and greatest family band

In a regular series of features, we’re inviting Minnesota artists to introduce themselves to our audience. Today: Nunnabove, a Minneapolis-based family band who describe their sound as “positive alternative pop.” Their debut album, Season 1, was released in 2019; a follow-up is planned for this fall. Cadence (lead vocals, bass): Me and my sister started when…

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Michigander perform a seven-song #MicroShow set at Icehouse

Michigander - MicroShow

"It's good to be playing music again," said Jason Singer of Detroit's Michigander, who took the stage at Icehouse in Minneapolis with a seven-song #MicroShow set from across their discography, including tracks from their latest release, 'Everything Will Be OK Eventually'.

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Ya Tseen discuss collaborating in a spaceship, and not getting precious about it

Ya Tseen, the newest project from the multi-disciplinary Indigenous artist Nicholas Galanin, joins The Current to play songs from their debut record Indian Yard. Galanin and his longtime collaborator OCnotes discuss the making of the record, their spaceship recording studio in Sitka, Alaska, and the importance of not getting precious about your work in collaborations.

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LUMP perform songs from 'Animal' in virtual session

LUMP - Virtual Session

LUMP--the collaborative project between Laura Marling and Tunng's Mike Lindsay--join The Current to play songs from their sophomore record, Animal. The duo catch up with The Current's Jill Riley about how they came together, the freedoms of exploring a new sound in this project, and the 8 foot tall tulle puppet Laura's been working on.

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Coffee Break: Greatest Songs of All Time

For the first time in 17 years, Rolling Stone has updated their rankings of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, tell us what you think of their rankings! Who you think should've made the top 20?

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