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Musicheads Essential Artist: Low

Low perform at the Fitzgerald Theater

April is Minnesota Music Month. To celebrate, each weekday this month we'll be spotlighting a different artist with special coverage on air and online. For Friday, April 10, we're shining a light on Low.

Music News: #LoveRecordStores campaign supports retailers during crisis

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The music industry is marshaling its resources to support retailers and artists during this unprecedented crisis. Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne) and John Prine are both in serious condition fighting COVID-19. Fans sheltering in place are using video to connect with music: a new mini-doc spotlights Bob Marley's female collaborators, and there's a doc spotlighting First Avenue in its 50th anniversary year. Plus, Jack Black is on TikTok now and it's awesome.

Transgender Day of Visibility: Artists you need to know

On March 31, International Transgender Day of Visibility is a reminder to honor and support trans people around the world — a diverse community that encompasses all ages, races, and faith backgrounds.  Below is a list of trans artists to check out, if you haven’t already. As rapper Quay Dash notes, “being pigeon-holed as just…

Trampled by Turtles singer Dave Simonett releases his first solo album under his own name

Musician Dave Simonett in the control room.

After almost 20 years leading the Duluth-based bluegrass rock band Trampled by Turtles, singer and guitarist Dave Simonett just released what could be -- depending on how you look at it -- his first or his third solo album. Simonett's latest collection 'Red Tail' is much lighter and more open to interpretation than two he issued as Dead Man Winter.

Coronavirus impact on Minnesota music scene: What we know right now

There’s a huge amount of uncertainty right now around everything involving the coronavirus pandemic and our responses to it. What activities can go on, and what activities need to be called off? For how long? With large public gatherings and travel, particularly international travel, being discouraged or banned around he world, the global music industry…

Friday Five: MaLLy, Social Animals, and more new Minnesota music videos

To submit music videos for consideration — whether they’re your own, or just new Minnesota music videos you think are awesome — e-mail fridayfive@mpr.org. MaLLy feat. Aby Wolf – “FLYING” MaLLy joins forces with frequent Dessa collaborator Aby Wolf, and her glimmering vocals sound right at home interspersed with MaLLy’s verses. It comes from his…

#Current15: 2006 brings a new stage at the State Fair

The Current at the State Fair in 2006

In 2006, Minnesota Public Radio expanded its booth at the Minnesota State Fair, giving The Current a new space for live broadcasts and performances. Check out a photo gallery from that first year of the booth as we know it today.

‘Going Electric’: Timothée Chalamet reportedly playing Bob Dylan in authorized biopic

Bob Dylan is reportedly getting the biopic treatment, with swoon-worthy star Timothée Chalamet in talks to play the Duluth native in a movie that centers on Dylan’s infamous decision to plug in at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Dylan himself is on board, according to Deadline, serving as an executive producer. The movie’s working title: Going…

15 years, 15 unforgettable Minnesota concerts

This month, The Current is celebrating 15 years on the air. Inspired by Corbin Reiff’s book Lighters in the Sky, Andrea Swensson and I challenged ourselves to think back on every year from 2005 to 2019 and name one essential concert you’d absolutely have to hit if you could go skipping back in a time machine.…