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Twin Peaks at SXSW: Music and TV fans meet on Rainey Street

Mysterious music has always been integral to the strange appeal of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Composer Angelo Badalamenti and vocalist Julee Cruise were as critical to establishing the tone of the 1990-91 TV series as was the Pacific Northwest setting and the actors’ deadpan delivery. It made sense, then, that Showtime would aim to make a […]

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Local musicians sing the ballad of the opening band

Today, P.O.S can sell out a show at First Avenue’s Mainroom. In 2004, though, when he’d just signed to Rhymesayers, he toured as an opener for St. Paul hip-hop group Heiruspecs. “We were playing a really poorly attended show in Cleveland on the first night of the tour,” remembers Heiruspecs bassist Sean McPherson. “Stef [P.O.S] […]

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Northside gallery/community space New Rules to host ZULUZULUU on Saturday

“I’m pretty new to the neighborhood,” Nancy Musinguzi says as she walks through Northside Minneapolis space New Rules. But since she moved from New Jersey in 2014, she’s made more connections than many long-term residents, especially in the arts community. Both a hip-hop and documentary photographer and a youth engagement professional, Musinguzi now relies on […]

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Sarah White: Prince’s gift to me – and to the world

This February, The Current is celebrating Black History Month by celebrating four artists chosen by our listeners. We’ll be playing their music on the radio and sharing features online. This week, we’re featuring Prince. I loved Prince because of what he meant to me as a Wild Black Girl growing up in the Midwest, but I […]

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‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ rewriters Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski talk demos, fine art, and what it was like to go viral

“I still feel tired,” Lydia Liza declares, pulling in her chair. We’re at a Northeast Minneapolis coffee shop with Josiah Lemanski — her partner in the “Baby It’s Cold Outside” remake that went viral last December — and it’s early enough that all of us are rubbing our eyes. But Liza isn’t talking about right […]

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Lady Midnight pays tribute to Lady Day

This February, The Current is celebrating Black History Month by celebrating four artists chosen by our listeners. We’ll be playing their music on the radio and sharing features online. This week, we’re featuring Billie Holiday. I learned of heartbreak when I was 13 listening to the voice of Billie Holiday. Jazz was a genre I was becoming […]

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The Current live-blogs the 2017 Grammys

Today, the 59th annual Grammys will honor achievements in recorded music across dozens of categories. Excitement is high, and we’ll be covering all the action online. Watch this post for updates throughout the day, starting with the Premiere Ceremony at 2:30. In that three-hour ceremony hosted by Margaret Cho and live-streamed at Grammy.com, the vast majority […]

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Neon and nature: Poliça reflect on five years as a band

“[The Current] started playing ‘Wandering Star’ by the new local band Poliça five months ago,” Mark Wheat wrote back in February 2012. “Our audience immediately reacted emailing and calling every time I played it, liking it for reasons they often couldn’t describe […] I’ve also always loved two drummers in a band, but it has seldom […]

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