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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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Prince to receive honorary doctorate from University of Minnesota

This April, Prince will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Minnesota — an honor that was being planned prior to his tragically premature death on April 21, 2016. The posthumous presentation will take place in conjunction with “Prince from Minneapolis,” a symposium taking place at the university from April 16-18. The symposium announced […]

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Nine Minnesota-made albums that are perfect for winter

Low: Ones and Sixes You can’t have a winter albums list without slowcore favorites Low. While almost any of their 16 albums to date could have fit here, it’s Ones and Sixes that stands out — for more than just the simple barren tree on the cover art. The heartbeat of “Gentle” picks up in […]

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Music News: Watch Obama tell Letterman about dancing with Prince

On Friday, David Letterman’s new Netflix show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction will debut, with former president Barack Obama as Letterman’s first guest. In a teaser clip from the show, Obama tells Letterman about being pulled up to dance with Prince during the late icon’s White House concert. (Pitchfork) When Low Cut Connie visited The Current’s studio last year, frontman Adam […]

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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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