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Watch Kevin Hart try to give himself a First Avenue star

When you think of Minneapolis music venue First Avenue, comedian Kevin Hart isn’t exactly the first person who comes to mind. Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City, which airs on Comedy Central, follows Hart during a stand-up circuit in cities across America. The Twin Cities were recently featured on season two of the show. […]

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Spend your holidays with The Current

Come December, particularly as Christmas approaches, many enjoy tuning into timeless holiday classics. The Current is here to keep your season festive with a mix of treasured chestnuts and fresh jams. We’re also looking back on the year in music. Don’t forget to vote for the Top 89 songs of the year, and the Top […]

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A year later, Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski talk about rewriting ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’

Last December, Minneapolis singer-songwriters Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski found themselves with an unexpected viral hit: their rewrite of the holiday standard “Baby It’s Cold Outside” climbed the streaming charts and zipped across the internet. The pair gained widespread media attention as the country debated: is “Baby It’s Cold Outside” a creepy song? Is this […]

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Weisman Art Museum opens eclectic exhibit of art inspired by Prince

The Weisman Art Museum was just deciding to devote a multi-gallery exhibit to Prince when, suddenly, the Minnesota music legend was no more. The icon’s death lends a poignant note to Prince from Minneapolis, a show that officially opens tomorrow. Tonight, a preview party will feature tunes from DJ Shannon Blowtorch and visits with artists including […]

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Friday Five: SHREDDERS, Ingeborg von Agassiz, and more new Minnesota music videos

SHREDDERS, “Entertainment” P.O.S, Sims, Paper Tiger, and Lazerbeak recruited James Gundersen to work on their new video, which keeps being a good idea. “Entertainment” is off Dangerous Jumps. Ingeborg von Agassiz, “Oh, The Hillside” A charming tune for winter or any other season. Duluth, Minn. artist Ingeborg von Agassiz will include this on her upcoming debut album, O […]

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Pantone’s Color of the Year is a Prince-inspired purple

Drumroll please. Today, the Pantone Color Institute announced its 2018 color of the year: purple. The shade, “Ultra Violet,” was inspired in part by our own Prince. This past August, Pantone and the Prince estate joined forces to announced the creation of the standardized custom color “Love Symbol #2” in honor of Prince. “Love Symbol […]

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Watch an elaborate ‘Purple Rain’ holiday lights tribute

In Minnesota, we honor and celebrate the life of Prince all year long — December included. This holiday season, Illinois’s Park Ridge Lights is also shining a purple light (actually, thousands of them) to raise money for a good cause. Each year for the past four years, homeowners Tom and Tina Grusecki have decked the outside […]

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