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Music News: Lorde releases sophomore album; Seger hits streaming services


Lorde has released her sophomore album Melodrama to rave reviews, with Pitchfork naming it the Best New Album. Having already announced an international tour, she unveiled North American stops today — including a March 23, 2018 show at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The 20-year-old pop star has also made waves with her appearance…

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Chinese tech company puts Bob Dylan lyrics inside potato chip bags


These Bob Dylan-themed potato chip bags have started to gain buzz on social media, but don’t get your hopes up for “Lay’s, Lady, Lay’s” snacks. Instead of chips, each of the bags solely contains a different booklet of Bob Dylan lyrics translated in Chinese. Together, the eight booklets make up a Chinese version of Bob…

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Listen: unreleased Prince track “Father’s Song”


Ahead of the Purple Rain reissue due out next week, another track from Prince’s vault has been made available for streaming. The instrumental track “Father’s Song” was originally intended to be included in the Purple Rain movie, Pitchfork reports. About 90 seconds of the song made it into the film, and other parts were re-purposed for the…

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You Need To Know: Nick Jordan, who’s seeing ‘Dividends’ this summer


If there was such a thing as Performer of the Summer, Nick Jordan would be a Twin Cities shoo-in. Everyone from Billboard to Newsweek to New York Times podcast Still Processing is debating the candidates for this year’s Song of the Summer (which could be Calvin Harris’s “Slide,” DJ Khaled’s “I’m The One,” or any of the new Lorde singles), and each feature notes that…

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The High 48s perform in the Radio Heartland studio


Bluegrass band The High 48s release their latest album, 'Daddy Was a Bank Robber,' on Friday, June 16. They stopped at Radio Heartland to talk with host Mike Pengra and to play some songs off the new record -- all the while wearing matching suits in the grand bluegrass tradition.

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Pokey LaFarge takes his St. Louis-made album on the road


After spending most of 2016 in or near his hometown of St. Louis, Mo., Pokey LaFarge is now touring in support of his new album, 'Manic Revelations.' Before his first-ever show in the First Avenue Mainroom, LaFarge visited The Current for a live in-studio session hosted by Jade.

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Preview: Eaux Claires 2017 will triple down on collaboration, surprises


How to plan for a music festival that delights in the spontaneous? Therein lies the question for those headed to Eaux Claires Troix this weekend. Since debuting in 2015, the Wisconsin festival has been all about surprises, so thorough scheduling might seem silly. But you will need logistics to get there. And for the artists you don’t want…

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Bob Dylan’s former Harlem townhouse for sale at $3.6 million


Bob Dylan’s former Harlem townhouse is up for sale, and it could be yours for just under $3.6 million. Originally built in 1890, by the storied McKim, Mead & White architectural firm, the townhouse was owned by Dylan from the 1980s until 2000. It was sold for $560,000 to its current owners. According to a real…

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Going ham on Haim


Haim receive a warm welcome from The Chart Show, "Want You Back" hits #1 after only two weeks!

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Pokey LaFarge takes his St. Louis-made album on the road

Pokey LaFarge performs in The Current studio

After spending most of 2016 in or near his hometown of St. Louis, Mo., Pokey LaFarge is now touring in support of his new album, 'Manic Revelations.' Before his first-ever show in the First Avenue Mainroom, LaFarge visited The Current for a live in-studio session hosted by Jade.

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Coffee Break: What Pride means to you

The rainbow flag made its way down Hennepin Ave.

We're gearing up for a weekend of Pride activities including special programming from Mac Wilson and DJ Shannon Blowtorch, The Beer Dabbler, En Vogue in Loring Park, and the annual pride parade. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that exemplify what Pride means to you?

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