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Remembering David Cassidy

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:45:59 -0600

David Cassidy died Tuesday at the age of 67.(image)

A classics professor explains 'Why Bob Dylan Matters'

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:40:44 -0600

Harvard professor Richard F. Thomas teaches a popular class on the importance of Bob Dylan, and now he's turned it into a book, full of stories, personal history and the occasional comparison to Ovid.(image)

Wisconsin couple debuts album inspired by daughter's recovery from coma

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:00:00 -0600

Brittany Shermach's parents were inspired to compose an album about their experience based off the journal her mother kept in the hospital.(image)

Tiffany's 'I Think We're Alone Now' topped charts 30 years ago

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0600

She recorded the song, which had been a hit for Tommy James and the Shondells, when she was 15 years old.(image)

For this Tiny Tim, Christmas present is a Guthrie debut

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:00:00 -0600

Ten-year-old Sophie Jones joins the cast of "A Christmas Carol" in an iconic role.(image)

Black Violin performs at the Ordway

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:03:39 -0600

The duo is composed of violinist Kevin Sylvester and violist Wilner Baptiste. They met in a Fort Lauderdale high school and now combine hip-hop and classical influences into a distinct sound that's been called "classical boom."(image)

Brother Ali to perform at First Avenue

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:03:50 -0600

Brother Ali performs Thursday night at First Avenue in Minneapolis. His latest album is "All the Beauty in this Whole Life."(image)

Wilco plays sold-out shows in St. Paul

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:03:41 -0600

Thursday night's performance will be broadcast live on The Current.(image)

'Tunnel of Love' topped charts 30 years ago

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:04:10 -0600

It was created at a time when Springsteen was married to one woman and falling in love with another.(image)

Country music's new artist of the year comes to the Twin Cities

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:14:17 -0600

Jon Pardi will be performing Friday at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood.(image)

Kamasi Washington to perform at First Avenue

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:25:43 -0600

It's an unusual venue for a jazz artist, but Washington has attracted a lot of mainstream hip-hop fans through his collaborations with artists like Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg.(image)

Joni Mitchell turns 74 years old

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 09:08:54 -0600

It's Joni Mitchell's birthday Tuesday. A new biography by David Yaffe came out earlier this year, "Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell."(image)

Kid Cudi to perform in Maplewood

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 09:00:03 -0600

Kid Cudi will be performing Monday night at the Myth nightclub in Maplewood.(image)

Turning the Who's Tommy into a bluegrass opry

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:37:05 -0500

Have you ever wondered how the songs from the Who's rock opera "Tommy" would sound if they were performed by a bluegrass band?(image)

An underappreciated part of Bob Dylan's career

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 08:57:53 -0500

Volume 13 covers Dylan's born-again Christian period from 1979 to 1981.(image)

The song Michael Jackson wanted to sing with Prince

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 08:57:00 -0500

"Bad" by Michael Jackson was number one on the Billboard pop chart 30 years ago today. It's the title track from the follow up to his enormously successful "Thriller" album.(image)

Bringing musical generations together

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:57:05 -0500

83-year-old Grammy Award winning singer Bobby Rush is one of the performers who will be at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis Tuesday night.(image)

3 Prince heirs ask judge to remove estate administrator

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:12:20 -0500

Three heirs of Prince are asking a judge to remove the company that is managing his estate.(image)

New podcast tells the story of Husker Du

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 08:57:46 -0500

The Current has a new podcast that tells the story of influential Twin Cities hardcore band Husker Du.(image)

Lizzo slows down her Little Red Corvette

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 10:42:25 -0500

This week Lizzo released her fresh take Prince's "Little Red Corvette."(image)

Happy birthday Bootsy!

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 08:56:28 -0500

He got his first break in 1970 when he was hired to play bass in James Brown's band. He went on to become a major figure in funk music as a member of Funkadelic and Parliament.(image)

What if Mavis Staples had married Bob Dylan?

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 09:50:41 -0500

This is the first time they've toured together but Staples and Dylan have known each other for a long time, and even dated for a while in the 1960s.(image)

Photographer's new book offers 'glimpse into the human side of Prince'

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 05:58:48 -0500

Afshin Shahidi was Prince's personal photographer from 2001 to 2011. "Prince: A Private View" is a collection of photographs and recollections from Shahidi.(image)

Andrea Swensson tells the story of the 'Minneapolis Sound' in first book

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:52:37 -0500

In her first book, The Local Show host Andrea Swensson tells the under-reported story of the Twin Cities funk, soul, and R&B music scene of the 1960s and 70s.(image)

How Bob Dylan's songs evolved over time

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 08:59:14 -0500

Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples will be playing at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Wednesday.(image)

A tragic anniversary for Lynyrd Skynyrd fans

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:22:42 -0500

Forty years ago, shortly after their "Street Survivors" album came out, three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd were killed and six others were severely injured in a plane crash.(image)

'Wake Up Little Susie' topped charts 60 years ago

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:06:47 -0500

It tells the story of a teenage couple on a date at the movies who fall asleep and don't wake up until 4 a.m., way past their curfew. Don Everly reported that the song had been banned in Boston when it first came out because it was considered sexually suggestive.(image)

Violent Femmes to play First Avenue

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:55:57 -0500

The Violent Femmes are playing a sold-out show Wednesday night at First Avenue in Minneapolis.(image)

Timberwolves tip off the season Wednesday night

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:44:16 -0500

The Minnesota Timberwolves begin a new season Wednesday night when they take on the Spurs in San Antonio.(image)

Whitesnake's 'Here I Go Again' topped charts 30 years ago

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:34:36 -0500

While it's often thought of as a song about facing your challenges head-on, Whitesnake leader David Coverdale actually wrote it to describe his feelings at the end of his first marriage.(image)

Robert Plant releases 11th album

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:23:32 -0500

Plant describes the album as "a little wild, a little bit crazy in concept."(image)

Aspen Ideas Festival: The creative genius of Leonardo da Vinci

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Best-selling biographer Walter Isaacson has written a new book about a man who he says takes the cake as the "world's most creative genius": Leonardo da Vinci. He says "we can't be Newton. We can't be Einstein. But we can try to be more like Leonardo."(image)

Paul Weller looks forward

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:53:55 -0500

The musician is performing Friday night at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis.(image)

With Brass Lassie, Laura MacKenzie brings muscle to her music

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:25:49 -0500

Adding a horn section to traditional arrangements fulfills a dream MacKenzie has had for decades.(image)

APM Reports: 'Historically Black' series

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Selections from the APM Reports/Washington Post podcast series, "Historically Black."(image)

Prince tapes moved to California; 2 heirs angry

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 06:05:16 -0500

Prince's half-sisters say they are prepared to take legal action to bring the music back to Minnesota. The company running the estate, Comerica Bank & Trust, said the recordings are safe at a reputable storage company in Los Angeles.(image)

'Soul of a Woman' to be released next month

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:01:15 -0500

Sharon Jones, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, died last November.(image)

Chick Corea to perform at Dakota Jazz Club

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:59:15 -0500

The 22-time Grammy Award winner will be joined on this tour by drummer Steve Gadd, one of most highly-regarded session drummers around.(image)

King of Latin Pop comes to town

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 08:57:53 -0500

When he launched his career, Enrique Iglesias didn't want his father or his famous surname to advance his career. So at first he called himself Enrique Martinez and claimed he was an unknown singer from Guatemala.(image)

Replacements' 1986 concert gets the live album treatment

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 09:08:20 -0500

The Replacements' concert at Maxwell's in Hoboken, N.J., in 1986 has been made into a two-CD set that comes out Friday.(image)

Twins aim to feel welcome in New York

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:07:31 -0500

We will find out tonight how welcome the Twins feel in New York.(image)

Tom Petty, down-to-earth rock superstar, dies at 66

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 05:52:02 -0500

The rock superstar died Monday night at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles a day after he suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, Calif., a spokesperson said.(image)

Should Jerry Lee Lewis be in the Country Music Hall of Fame?

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:03:54 -0500

Jerry Lee Lewis turns 82-years-old today. The "Killer" was in the first group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but he spent much of his career performing country music.(image)

David Crosby rips Congress in new song

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:55:29 -0500

He told NPR, "We have the worst Congress we've ever had. They are bought, paid for, and they behave abysmally."(image)

When Michael Jackson had trouble finding a duet partner

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:00:58 -0500

Jackson initially asked Barbra Streisand and Whitney Houston to sing "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" with him but they declined.(image)

The inspiration for Buddy Holly's 'That'll Be the Day'

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:25:43 -0500

In 1956 Buddy Holly and his drummer Jerry Allison went to see a movie in their hometown of Lubbock, Texas. They saw "The Searchers" starring John Wayne.(image)

Rochester works to cultivate music scene in buttoned-up culture

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0500

Despite Rochester's reputation as something of a cultural backwater, the entrepreneurs are finding a strong music scene to spotlight.(image)

Los Lobos took 'La Bamba' to the top of the charts

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:57:00 -0500

It's the title track from a 1987 bio pic about Ritchie Valens, who died in a plane crash along with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.(image)

Target flips on the background music. Will shoppers turn up the volume?

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0500

For years, the Minneapolis-based retail giant kept overhead background music out of most of its stores. But that's changing as it moves ahead with a massive store remodeling project and tries to revive flagging sales.(image)

90th anniversary of Royal Artillery Band at the Minnesota State Fair

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 09:02:51 -0500

John Phillip Sousa debuted the piece in front of 12,000 spectators.(image)

Lil Yachty plays Thursday night at the Myth

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 09:03:48 -0500

Since he started concentrating on music, Lil Yachty has collaborated with artists like Kayne West, Chance the Rapper and Macklemore. He describes his musical style as "bubblegum rap."(image)

Mixed Precipitation brings opera, and food, to the garden

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0500

The group makes a tasting menu part of the story, and brings bones for the dogs who may be part of the audience.(image)

Prince gets his own purple

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:40:18 -0500

Handlers for the estate of Prince have struck their newest deal.(image)

Irv Williams plays Dakota Jazz Club for 98th birthday

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:14:18 -0500

Williams grew up in Arkansas and Ohio, but moved to the Twin Cities after World War II. He taught in the St. Paul Public Schools for many years.(image)

Alex Williams' first album debuts Friday

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:59:21 -0500

Williams, 26 says his father was an '80s hair band fan. It was his grandfather who introduced him to the outlaw country music that became his musical inspiration.(image)

Glen Campbell's doctor reflects on singer's contribution to Alzheimer's awareness

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:29:28 -0500

The singer was diagnoses with the disease in late 2010.(image)

Pat Benatar to play at Minnesota Zoo

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 08:57:52 -0500

Benatar and Neil Giraldo will perform what she calls the "Holy 14" songs that her fans expect to hear at every concert.(image)

Sylvan Esso records with a full band

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 11:16:38 -0500

Sylvan Esso will play the second of two sold out shows Monday night at First Avenue in Minneapolis.(image)

Manilow's 'Looks Like We Made It' topped charts 40 years ago

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:55:11 -0500

The song was used in a TV ad during the 2012 Super Bowl. That was the year that some people believed the Mayans predicted the world would end.(image)

An orchestra fantasy comes true

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0500

For "accomplished amateurs," the chance to play with the Minnesota Orchestra is a treat, as well as a challenge.(image)

Spotify is accused of creating fake artists -- but what is a fake artist?

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 06:40:02 -0500

The streaming service has been at the center of a controversy regarding songs made by artists who don't appear to exist anywhere else on the web. If a song exists, can it be fake?(image)

Chance The Rapper: Tiny Desk concert

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 12:41:03 -0500

Chance The Rapper, fresh from a 23,000-strong, sold-out show the night before, brought a thoughtful and fresh take to his Tiny Desk concert.(image)

Jaedyn James takes on Basilica Block Party this weekend

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 06:32:05 -0500

James and her band The Hunger are making the most of their chance to play on a big stage.(image)

'Thunder thighs': The summer anthem that celebrates every woman

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 06:13:05 -0500

The song and its irrepressible video are the handiwork of Brooklyn multimedia artist Miss Eaves, who says she wanted to show women of all body types, races, sexualities and ages.(image)

Remembering soul singer Sonny Knight

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:51:47 -0500

Sonny Knight passed away on June 17 at the age of 69 after being diagnosed with lung cancer. His family moved to St. Paul when Knight was seven. He recorded his first single "Tears on My Pillow" as a teenager in the 1960s.(image)

U2 adds Minnesota date to 'Joshua Tree' tour

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 08:47:27 -0500

The band will play at U.S. Bank stadium Sept. 8. U2 is commemorating the 30th anniversary of its landmark album.(image)

Using music and rhythm to help kids with grammar and language

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 08:42:11 -0500

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are studying how music and rhythm activities could help children who struggle with grammar and language development.(image)

Chastity Brown gave her new album the time it needed

Tue, 30 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500

Much of "Silhouette of Sirens" was recorded three years ago, but it didn't feel right. Now it does.(image)

In a tower 300 feet above Rochester, a new carillonneur plays songs for all to hear

Thu, 25 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500

Mayo Clinic has one of the rare full-time positions for a carillonneur, some who plays the bells in a bell tower. Twenty-four-year-old Austin Ferguson just took the position and now takes requests via Twitter.(image)

Justin Townes Earle's modern roots music

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:58:41 -0500

A new album by Justin Townes Earle called "Kids in the Street" comes out later this week. On the track called "Champagne Corolla" he admires a woman who is driving by because of the fuel efficiency of her car.(image)

Judge: Sound engineer can't publish unreleased Prince tracks

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:21:15 -0500

A sound engineer who worked with Prince is barred from publishing or disseminating any unreleased recordings that compromise the late superstar's work.(image)

Family of musician Chris Cornell disputes he killed himself

Fri, 19 May 2017 07:49:20 -0500

The family said in a statement that without toxicology tests completed, they can't be sure what led to his death, or if any substances were involved.(image)

Death of Chris Cornell, powerhouse voice of Soundgarden, ruled a suicide

Thu, 18 May 2017 05:53:07 -0500

A medical examiner has determined the cause of Cornell's death Wednesday night to be suicide by hanging. The powerhouse frontman helped forge not just a distinctive sound, but an entire genre.(image)

When Frank and Nancy Sinatra topped the charts

Tue, 09 May 2017 08:55:49 -0500

"Somethin' Stupid" was the first and only duet by a father and daughter to top the charts.(image)

A music festival for 'when words end'

Fri, 05 May 2017 15:44:11 -0500

Violinist Pekka Kuusisto will perform this weekend at a St. Paul Chamber Orchestra event named for the Finnish composer Sibelius.(image)

In Beer Choir, strangers find a new harmony

Mon, 01 May 2017 17:10:11 -0500

The Twin Cities chapter of the Beer Choir movement just launched in January, and already it's the flagship.(image)

'Purple Rain' re-issue to feature unreleased Prince songs

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:13:48 -0500

Among the unreleased tracks are a solo version of the song "Possessed" and a studio version of "Electric Intercourse."(image)

Documents highlight Prince's struggle with opioid addiction

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 05:59:23 -0500

Nearly a year after his accidental overdose death, investigators still don't know how Prince got the fentanyl that killed him.(image)

Affidavit: Doctor prescribed meds for Prince in another name

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:13:58 -0500

Search warrants made public Monday offer a rare glimpse into the end of Prince's secretive life and more details on his death. It still doesn't detail where Prince may have obtained the narcotic that killed him.(image)

ABBA's 'Dancing Queen' topped charts 40 years ago

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500

It's the only ABBA song to ever top the charts in the United States.(image)

Classical rap: Dessa meets the MN Orchestra

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 04:00:00 -0500

The hip-hop artist says the transition feels like moving from a wakeboard to a destroyer.(image)

Prince contained multitudes, new book confirms

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 06:28:44 -0500

Prince on defining his music: "The only thing I could think of, because I really don't like categories, but the only thing I could think of is inspirational."(image)

Music legend Spider John Koerner contemplates his legacy

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 04:00:00 -0500

A concert on Sunday will give young and old players the chance to pay their respects to, and play with, their musical hero.(image)

Mayte Garcia knew she would marry Prince, but could never have predicted how

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 06:46:30 -0500

In her new book, "The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince," Garcia explains how an unlikely meeting at one of the pop icon's concerts sparked a relationship full of love, surprises and, ultimately, heartbreak.(image)

The first singer/songwriter to top the charts

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:47:48 -0500

The singer/songwriter has been a fixture in popular music for a long time, but it wasn't always that way.(image)

What do Hanson and Madonna have in common? Hits ideal for saving a life

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 05:54:30 -0500

A New York City hospital has created a playlist of songs with the ideal tempo for CPR, although previous research suggests there is more to good chest compressions than just the right tempo.(image)

Where Bob Dylan was while keeping silent about his Nobel Prize

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:33:19 -0500

Dylan received criticism last fall after greeting the announcement of his Nobel Prize for Literature with silence. It turns out he was just busy revisiting his artistic development.(image)

Bob Dylan to receive his Nobel Prize this weekend

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:59:31 -0500

Dylan declined an invitation last year to the traditional Nobel Prize banquet and ceremony on Dec. 10, pleading other commitments.(image)

First episode off 'All Things Considered' headed to Library of Congress

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:31:58 -0500

The NPR program's inaugural 1971 broadcast has been added to the National Recording Registry, alongside other "aural treasures" like Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow."(image)

Hundreds gather at Orchestra Hall to remember Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:18:34 -0500

Skrowaczewski was remembered as music director at the Minnesota Orchestra for 19 years in the 1960s and '70s, and for leading the effort to build Orchestra Hall.(image)

Aaron Copland didn't like his famous nickname

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:00:00 -0500

He was known as the Dean of American Composers. "That's just a name that somebody pinned up," Copland said. "It doesn't mean a thing."(image)

Why 'Ruby Tuesday' was the hit side in the U.S.

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 08:56:55 -0600

The song was actually released as the B-side of the single. The A-side "Let's Spend the Night Together" was a top five hit in Great Britain, but many American radio stations thought the song was too risque to play on the air.(image)

Drone out: 'The revolution will be asleep'

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 04:00:00 -0600

Doctors Without Borders got a donation of some $4,000 from a strange source: a 28-hour drone.(image)

Hippo Campus releases first album

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:31:24 -0600

The Twin Cities-based band Hippo Campus released its first full-length album today.(image)

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis enter Songwriters Hall of Fame

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:57:29 -0600

Jimmy Jam Harris and Terry Lewis got their start writing and producing for the S.O.S. Band and that's what got them fired from The Time.(image)

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Minnesota Orchestra's conductor laureate, dies at 93

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:00:27 -0600

Skrowaczewski changed the face of classical music in Minnesota, and remained a towering presence in the classical music world until the end.(image)

Parting thoughts: Fine-tuned to the little things in life

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 05:05:00 -0600

Amy Tobin's musical career took her to Miami and Jamaica, where she played reggae with the likes of Ziggy Marley. She served as concertmaster of the St. Paul Civic Symphony from 2008 until her death in January.(image)

At MN Orchestra this week, a young conductor reaches a milestone

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:00:00 -0600

Roderick Cox will take the podium this week in the orchestra's subscription series.(image)

Highlights of our 2016 music shows

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Let's listen to some music to start off 2017.(image)

Fellow artists mourn George Michael

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:31:10 -0600

Wham! co-founder George Michael died of heart failure on Christmas Day at the age of 53.(image)