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Rocktober is real: Watch it happen with interactive visualizations

It’s October—better known to Minnesota music fans as “Rocktober.” More acts seem to play local music venues during this month than any other: the summer festival season is ending, and fall tours are ramping up. A lot of Minnesotans also believe touring acts try to avoid the Gopher State during our notoriously frigid winters, so they […]

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Every Bob Dylan studio album, reviewed by the Current staff

Each month, we spotlight a Minnesota musician as our Local Current artist of the month. This month, we’re highlighting the remarkable career of Bob Dylan. One of the seminal figures of the rock era, Dylan is returning to his native state next month for three performances at the Orpheum Theatre on Nov. 4, 5, and […]

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How much will we put up with to see a show?

The other night, while listening to Caroline Smith belt out a ballad at her very sold-out concert with Lizzo at First Avenue, a young woman booty-shook her way into the very small space where my friends and I had gathered and started flailing her arms and thrashing around like the beat had just dropped at […]

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Today’s Music News: Retroactive product placements coming to existing music videos

You weren’t surprised to see Justin Timberlake rocking an iPad in the “Suit & Tie” video—but what if Bruce Springsteen shows up chugging a Smirnoff Ice in the “Glory Days” video? Universal Music Group is using new technology that allows them to retroactively place products in existing videos. The first musician to “participate” will be Avicii, who will […]

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Lizzo, Sophia Eris, and Claire de Lune featured on Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL album

As European fans discovered when Prince’s two new albums were released there earlier today, a song on PLECTRUMELECTRUM features Minneapolis’s own Lizzo and Sophia Eris. PLECTRUMELECTRUM is Prince’s new album with his band 3RDEYEGIRL; the other album, ART OFFICIAL AGE, is credited to Prince alone. On “BOYTROUBLE,” a girl-power romp, first Sophia Eris and then Lizzo contribute spirited raps over […]

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