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Molly Kate Kestner talks about staying grounded—and starting college—after 10 million YouTube views

This past spring, Molly Kate Kestner—an 18-year-old high school senior in Austin, Minnesota—captured the hearts of millions of people with a wildly popular video, recorded off the cuff with a cracked iPhone, of herself singing and playing her original song “His Daughter.” The song, about a young girl who transcends a turbulent family situation thanks […]

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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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