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Then and Now: Scenes from Purple Rain

This weekend marked the 30th anniversary of the release of Purple Rain, and we’ve been celebrating the iconic rock ‘n’ roll film in a big way. And while we’ve talked a lot about the actors that appear of the film—Prince, his leading lady Apollonia, his band the Revolution, and cast members like Morris Day and the Time—there’s another […]

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Today’s Music News: Paul’s Boutique gets a commemorative mural, and more

The owner of the Manhattan storefront pictured on the cover of the Beastie Boys‘ Paul’s Boutique—an album marking its quarter-century anniversary this year—has agreed to host a commemorative mural (above), which was painted this weekend by artist Danielle Mastrion. (Pitchfork) A new app from the co-founder of Tinder takes a similar approach to music discovery: using […]

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Premiere: “The Words” by tiny deaths

Tiny deaths is a new project that unites Claire de Lune (The Chalice) with Grant Cutler (Lookbook, Grant Cutler and the Gorgeous Lords). We’ve been playing tiny deaths’ song “Ocean,” and we’re now pleased to premiere their new track “The Words.” “The heart and soul of this project is [Grant's] moody soundscapes that he is […]

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Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL play surprise Paisley Park show on the eve of “Purple Rain” 30th anniversary

“30 years ago today,” acknowledged Prince with a sly smile as the artist who’s previously downplayed the occasion’s significance segued from “Let’s Go Crazy” into “Take Me with U” on Saturday night at Paisley Park. Just a week after making my first-ever visit to Paisley Park, I was again invited out to Chanhassen last night—along with 176,000 […]

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What to do in Duluth: Locals share their tips

We’ve got a great crowd down at Endion Station today for the Current’s live broadcast from Duluth—and we thought we’d take advantage of the opportunity to ask some of the Duluthians (and regular visitors) what they like to do in this beautiful city on the tip of Lake Superior. Megan and Tom “We like to […]

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Duluth: Coming home to Minnesota’s musical Zenith City

When Trampled By Turtles went on David Letterman’s show earlier this month to play their song “Are You Behind the Shining Star?”, their host wasted no time revealing what a New Yorker knows about the band’s hometown. “Duluth. That’s iron ore country? Taconite, that’s right.” Then Letterman turned to Paul Shaffer, who seemed to be […]

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Today’s Music News: Elvis’s library card goes on sale, and more

An August 14 auction of Elvis Presley memorabilia will include a library card on which the then-13-year-old placed his earliest existing signature. Also on the auction block will be the 18-carat jewel-encrusted pendant the King wore to his 1970 meeting with President Nixon. (New York Times) Well, this is awkward: Duran Duran are suing their […]

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Today’s Music News: Jack White gets memed, and more

Jack White attended a Cubs game on Tuesday night, and the Internet has become obsessed with a screengrab of the rocker looking distinctly unimpressed. (A.V. Club) Angelo Adkins, infant son of Adele, has been awarded a five-figure settlement from Corbis Images UK, which the child’s parents say has invaded their child’s privacy by posting paparazzi […]

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