10 Questions for The Current at 10 Years

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Photos by Aaron Davidson When 89.3 The Current hit the airwaves at 9:01am on Jan. 24, 2005 to the beat of Atmosphere’s “Say Shh,” nothing was a sure thing. Alternative stations come and go, and will continue to, but with the backing of Minnesota Public Radio, The Current is not just another station. It has […]

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Eaux Claires Music Festival Lineup Makes Waves, Tickets on Sale

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Last year, Aaron Dessner of The National and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Volcano Choir announced they would collaborate on a project new for each of the accomplished artists—organizing a music festival. Dessner and Vernon connected while recording Dark Was the Night, a compilation album benefitting HIV / AIDS research, and quickly became friends after writing the song “Big Red Machine” by […]

Surly Doomtree Day Bar Crawl details announced

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It’s no wonder how Surly and Doomtree decided to collaborate on a special beer. Surly Brewing and the hip-hop collective, Doomtree, are both crusaders of quality. Their missions are to provide an alternative to the bland dross filling our beer glasses and our headphones, and both have gained a fervent following along the way. Now, after nine successful Doomtree Blowout concerts, […]

3rd Annual Electric Fetus Garage Sale This Weekend

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  Minneapolis’ preeminent record retailer will hold its third annual garage sale this weekend. Stop by the Electric Fetus at Franklin and 4th Avenue, Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 11am-5pm. Search through thousands of CDs, LPs and DVDs (new & used) at huge discounts, and up to 75% off gift department items. Garage sale items […]

Q & A: Kevin Kniebel of Pert Near Sandstone

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Tomorrow, Minneapolis modern bluegrass favorites Pert Near Sandstone will take the stage at On Tap @ Mystic. You can still get tickets to the festival, which will pair over 30 breweries with music from Pert Near and The Dan Band. We spoke with Pert Near banjoist Kevin Kniebel about their new album and craft beer […]

Mike Munson Played 10 Live Shows at 10 Breweries in 5 Days

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From July 22 until July 26, Winona blues musician Mike Munson traversed the Mississippi River Valley and followed Highway 61 up to the North Shore of Lake Superior to perform in 10 different brewery taprooms. He and homebrew aficionado Dave Sanders explored the diversity of craft beer throughout the region, looking for trends and differences […]

What you need to know about Record Store Day 2014 in Minnesota

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By Brian Kaufenberg For music lovers who obsessively leaf through stacks and stacks of records and discs to find that one diamond in the rough—I’m still searching for The Kinks, Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneyground, Part One—Record Store Day is one of the most anticipated days of the year. Record Store Day was formed […]

Rock the Garden 2014 Lineup Announced

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The Current’s Rock the Garden show at Walker Art Center has become a perennial symbol of summer in the Twin Cities. Craft beer, locally made food, sunshine, fresh air, and not to mention great indie artists giving memorable performances—parking garage dance party from Dan Deacon and Low’s drone song, anybody?—all in the backyard of the […]

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Trampled By Turtles bring Festival Palomino to Canterbury Park

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Minnesota bluegrass giants Trampled By Turtles announced today that they are organizing the Festival Palomino, an all-ages music festival, at Canterbury Park on September 20, 2014. The band curated the music lineup, which includes The Head & The Heart, fellow Duluth-rockers Low, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Field Report, Spirit Family Reunion, and Erik Koskinen. The bands will […]

Jack White to set “World’s Fastest Record” record on Record Store Day

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On the heels of announcing the June 10 release date for his next album Lazaretto, Jack White and Third Man Records announced their intention to set a Guinness World Record by recording the fastest studio-to-store record in history—and if that’s not enough “records” for you, the live single will be released on Record Store Day, April 19, […]

Jack White sets release date for new album, Lazaretto

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No fooling, Jack White’s new album to hit shelves this summer By Brian Kaufenberg Nearly two years after his lauded first solo album, Blunderbuss, Jack White announced today that the release date for his second LP, Lazaretto, is June 10. Along with the announcement, White released the first single “High Ball Stepper” off the forthcoming album […]

August Schell Brewing Company Gets Current

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Updated: May 1, 2014 By Brian Kaufenberg In 1860, August Schell Brewing Company was founded, Garibaldi returned to Italy in the Second Italian War of Independence, the British Open was played for the first time, Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th President of the United States, and South Carolina seceded from the Union, setting […]

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Schell’s and 89.3 The Current to release exclusive beer in May

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August Schell Brewing Company, Minnesota’s oldest family-owned brewery, and 89.3 The Current, Minnesota’s go-to radio station  to hear local, independent, and alternative music, are teaming up on an exclusive beer and music partnership kicking off this May. Schell’s is brewing up a special co-branded beer with The Current, which will release downloadable music tracks from […]

Grammy Winner Diane Reeves and Branford Marsalis to Headline Twin Cities Jazz Festival 2014

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By Brian Kaufenberg Summer may be months away, but the Twin Cities Jazz Festival is giving jazz enthusiasts and winter-weary Minnesotans reason to rejoice today. The 16th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival, held in Lowertown St. Paul’s Mears Park, announced that Grammy Award winning vocalist Diane Reeves and NEA Jazz Master Branford Marsalis from the […]

Live Beats and Good Eats in Minnesota

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By Brian Kaufenberg Amsterdam Bar & Hall 6 W 6th St, St Paul  Each night, the Amsterdam Bar & Hall’s three “X”s shine out onto 6th Street in St. Paul, calling to Twin Citizens who have long written off the nightlife in the downtown area. For those who are wise enough to heed the call, […]

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