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20 pioneering women in Minnesota music

Today is International Women’s Day, and the Current is in the midst of a 24-long celebration of influential women artists — find our full day of programming here. As we spend the day reflecting on the issues facing women around the world, it got me thinking about all the incredible, pioneering artists who have broken […]

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Red Wing rocks as inaugural Big Turn Music Fest kicks off

Venue. Venue. Venue, venue, venue. With welcoming signs unmissable on sidewalks throughout downtown Red Wing, it seems like every bookstore, wine bar, and Scandinavian gift shop (okay, maybe not the latter) has been deputized as a music venue for the first-ever Big Turn Music Fest. It’s a triumphant homecoming for Sam Brown, who’s had such […]

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How Prince’s ‘Batman’ pioneered the superhero superstar soundtrack

Kendrick Lamar’s new album is a soundtrack. Black Panther: The Album was curated by Lamar, who performs on five of the 14 tracks. In Ryan Coogler’s movie, which opens Friday, music from Lamar’s album is artfully blended with music by Ludwig Göransson, whose orchestral score incorporates musicians recorded in Senegal and South Africa. The way Lamar’s […]

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Gimmie Love: Valentine’s gifts for music nerds

It’s early February, which means you might be brainstorming ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. This Hallmark holiday can get boiled down to chocolate and putti (they’re not cupids!). But if you’re in a romantic relationship, it offers you a genuine opportunity to celebrate whatever makes your connection special. For a lot of people, that’s rooted […]

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