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The Viking Bar closes amid ownership dispute


Less than two years after a major remodel and reopening, the historic Viking Bar in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood has closed and its building has been put up for sale. Built in 1905 and opened as the Viking in 1959, the bar became a hotspot for West Bank blues and folk musicians during the scene’s explosion…

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Chance the Rapper helps support computer education in Chicago schools

Mentors describe the positive influence of Chance the Rapper


Jose Zayas of Chicago and Andre "Debonaire" McNeal of Minneapolis don't know one another, but the two men share a couple things in common: both of them mentor young people in the cities where they live, and they both have taken note of the positive influence of Chance the Rapper in their respective communities.

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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

Coffee Break: Bonnaroo 2018


The lineup to this summer's Bonnaroo music and arts festival has been announced and there's some great bands on the list including a few local connections. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from 2018 Bonnaroo artists?

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Super Bowl

Concerts at the 2018 Super Bowl: What we know, what we don’t


The Super Bowl is one of the biggest weekends in sports, but it’s also going to be a big weekend for music. It seems like every few days there’s a huge artist added to the list of performers at Minnesota shows surrounding the big game on Feb. 4 — but there’s also a lot we…

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The Current Sessions®

Preservation Hall Jazz band perform a spirited #MicroShow at the Dakota Jazz Club

Preservation Hall Jazz Band MicroShow at the Dakota

Performing a MicroShow in Minneapolis carried with it a bit of history for the legendary New Orleans jazz outfit. 'The first time that the Preservation Hall Jazz Band ever played a show outside of New Orleans was here in Minneapolis in 1963,' bandleader and bassist Ben Jaffe told the audience before the group launched into a grooving, journeying three-number set.

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The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio

The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio

After a 24-year hiatus, the Dream Syndicate reunited in 2012 and realized they sounded like a new band. 'We were enjoying it and we figured, well, rather than keep playing the oldies circuit, let's make a new record,' says front man Steve Wynn. The resulting record is 'How Did I Find Myself Here?', and the Dream Syndicate recently found themselves in The Current studio for a session hosted by Jim McGuinn.

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The Rural Alberta Advantage wrap up their U.S. tour on Oake & Riley in the Morning

The Rural Alberta Advantage perform in The Current studio

The Rural Alberta Advantage wrapped up a massive tour with a show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, followed by a visit to Oake and Riley in the Morning before jetting back to Toronto. 'We always enjoy coming back to Minneapolis,' says front man Nils Edenloff. 'It was really good. It was probably the best way to kind of end our U.S. tour.' Hear more from the band as they look back on their tour and play songs from their latest album, 'The Wild.'

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: MPLS vs. Philly

minnesota vs philadelphia

This Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings will go against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game that could send the Vikings to the Superbowl if they win (have you heard?). In the spirit of brotherhood and moving karma in the right direction leading up to Sunday, what songs do you want to hear from Philadelphia AND local musicians?

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