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Este Haim opens up about her Prince obsession

Prince is our Local Current Artist of the Month this July, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain. When Haim visited the Current’s studios in May, Este and Alana Haim talked about their passion for Prince—Este goes so far as to call it an “obsession”—and the time Alana thought the band were about to […]

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Gary Louris of the Jayhawks on revisiting the “Smile” era

On July 1, the Jayhawks albums Sound of Lies (1999), Smile (2000), and Rainy Day Music (2003) will be reissued in deluxe editions with new liner notes and bonus tracks. The Jayhawks’ Gary Louris as well as PD Larson—archivist and one of the producers of the reissue project—stopped by the Current’s studios this week to talk with David […]

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Heliotrope X: Experimental music festival celebrates ten years with a three-day lineup at Intermedia Arts

The Heliotrope Festival is an annual event spotlighting underground and experimental music in Minnesota; this year, the festival celebrates its tenth anniversary with a three-day lineup (Thursday-Saturday, June 5-7) that includes dozens of artists. I spoke by phone with Richard Barlow and Erik Wivinus, who were among the festival’s founders and continue to serve as […]

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Hippo Campus emerge from the bustling underground all-ages scene

Maintaining a healthy all-ages scene can be a challenge for any community, but over the past few years the Twin Cities’ ratio of talented high school bands to respectable all-ages performance spaces seems especially skewed. In just the last two years, some of our most celebrated young acts—Bomba de Luz, John Mark Nelson, Observer Drift, […]

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Get to know deVon Gray, the man with the vibe

Whether he’s playing a sold-out rap show or setting up his beloved red Nord keyboard in the back of a supper club to perform a set of improvised music, there is something distinctive and incomparable about the ubiquitous pianist deVon Gray. Chances are you’ve seen Gray (who also goes by dVRG) on stage with Heiruspecs, […]

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