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For the love of live albums

Somewhere around 1990, when I was a teenager, I picked up a used copy of Bruce Springsteen’s classic five-LP set Live/1975-85. I knew the Born in the U.S.A. hits, and I was ready to take a deeper dive into the Boss’s oeuvre. I put on side one track one (“Thunder Road”), turned off the lights in my bedroom, […]

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An illustration of Leah Ottman, courtesy of Andres Guzman

Remembering Leah Ottman, Minneapolis violinist and vocalist

Leah Ottman, a Minneapolis musician who performed under the name LOTT, passed away at the age of 33 on Wednesday. Her cause of death has not been made public. LOTT debuted as a solo artist in 2014, releasing the single “Parking On The Grass” via Homestead Records. LOTT Music · Parking On The Grass In […]

An illustration of Leah Ottman, courtesy of Andres Guzman
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Ten Minnesota songs from the 2010s that have stuck with me

Right now we’re all making our best-of-2020 playlists and checking them twice (have you cast your votes in The Current’s Top 89 poll yet?). Do you ever go back and actually listen to the best-of playlists you made in prior years? Every time I do, I’m reminded of some amazing Minnesota songs from those years. […]

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Happy holidays: December programming on The Current

December is a time of reflection and celebration for people of many different backgrounds and traditions. For some, that means religious holidays like Hanukkah or Christmas. For others, it’s cultural celebrations like Kwanzaa. Some look to the winter solstice as a time of renewal, and everyone flips the calendar page on January 1. I’m going […]

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Pop-ups! Paisley Park at Mall of America, ‘Mooby’s’ at the Depot

Everybody loves a good pop-up, and with the retail and restaurant industries (not to mention the music industry) profoundly affected by the coronavirus pandemic, innovation and flexibility is especially important this holiday season. Two new pop-up experiences are giving Twin Cities music and pop-culture fans a chance to get a little closer to a couple […]

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