• Dancers explore the darker side of the Carpenters' story
    For people of a certain age, the prospect of an evening of Carpenters music probably raises some mixed emotions. The brother-sister team of Richard and Karen Carpenter pumped out hit after hit in the 1970s. However behind the scenes the Carpenters were troubled. Karen struggled with an eating disorder which was to claim her life in 1983. That facade of pop music happiness covering a real life tragedy forms the basis of a new dance presentation in Minneapolis this weekend.March 4, 2011
  • Rodney Crowell in the Maud Moon Weyerhauser Studio
    What do you get when you grow up poor, as an only child of a drunk father and a holy-rolling mother? How about an acclaimed musician, songwriter and now author of the book "Chinaberry Sidewalks." Hear Rodney share his story, through words and songs.Midmorning, March 1, 2011
  • 1989: the Trashmen
    More than a surfin' bird.February 6, 2011
  • The return of the Jayhawks
    After more than a decade apart, the original members of the Jayhawks have reunited. They joined Midmorning to talk about what brought them back together, and what's to come. The band also performed several songs, including a new song that will be part of its upcoming album.Midmorning, January 31, 2011
  • Inside college admissions
    Many college applications are due at the end of the year, and most students have saved the dreaded essay and resume of activities for last. Midmorning discusses the undergraduate application process: how to navigate it, and whether the current admissions criteria can tell you if a student is worthy of attending a college.Midmorning, December 14, 2010
  • Ike Reilly's Thanksgiving tradition means Minneapolis rock and roll
    Whether it's food, family, or the four-day weekend, Thanksgiving is about traditions. One musical tradition that has come to mark the holiday in the Twin Cities is Ike Reilly at First Avenue. The fiery Chicago rocker and singer songwriter has made his Thanksgiving eve show in the mainroom an annual event. Reilly told Chris Roberts of Minnesota Public Radio's Arts Unit that he and his Minnesota fans have a lot in common.November 24, 2010
  • Singer Darryl Holter celebrates Minneapolis' West Bank
    Darryl Holter returns to the West Bank of Minneapolis to celebrate a time and a place.October 12, 2010
  • At Sound Unseen, a quest for the Kinks
    A mid-life crisis leads some people to buy expensive cars, take exotic trips, or even engage in illicit relationships. Journalist Geoff Edgers mid-life brought on a desire to try to get his favorite British band of the sixties to reform.October 6, 2010
  • The Current Presents - Born Here: Chicano Rock
    Jacquie Fuller chats with Miguel Vargas, musichead and host of KFAI's Radio Pocho. From Richie Valens to Los Lobos and beyond, we'll listen to some really cool tunes, get a mini-history lesson from Miguel, and explore the Mexican-American experience through the lens of popular music.September 26, 2010
  • An unconventional path to a charming life
    Joan Armatrading has collected honorary degrees and even accolades from Queen Elizabeth for her eclectic music spanning folk, blues, and rock. And yet she feels her character hasn't changed at all over her prolific 40-year career.Midmorning, July 29, 2010
  • A visit with Prince at Paisley Park
    Jim McGuinn, program director for 89.3 The Current, was invited recently to visit Prince at his Paisley Park studio complex in Chanhassen. He recalls his meeting with the man behind the music, and reviews Prince's newest album, 20TEN.July 24, 2010
  • Special preview of Prince's new album
    Prince's new album is called 20TEN and it comes on the heels of his triple album last year.July 23, 2010
  • A rock and roll retreat, just for girls
    Being a rock star is every kid's dream, isn't it? The dream is real for several dozen kids this summer, thanks to Minnesota's first rock and roll camp for girls only.July 23, 2010
  • Spreading the good word of indie rock
    Local singer/songwriter Jeremy Messersmith is known for sunny, melodic pop, yet his newest album is all about death and dying. He joins Midmorning to talk about the new record, and why he occupies a "nether-region" of music.July 7, 2010
  • U2's Bono undergoes surgery; tour status unclear
    The manager of U2 says that frontman Bono has undergone emergency back surgery in a Munich hospital after he was injured while preparing for the group's tour.May 21, 2010

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