• Dan Wilson enjoys his 'Free Life' in Minnesota
    Minneapolis music veteran Dan Wilson, of Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic, has just released his first solo album. MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with him about the new album and the song-writing process with collaborators like The Dixie Chicks and Sheryl Crow.October 18, 2007
  • Radiohead ushers in a new era of music distribution
    The recording industry may have won a victory when a Duluth woman was found guilty of illegally downloading music, but critics say the record companies are clueless when it comes to the future of music distribution. Radiohead's new album may be a sign of things to come.Midmorning, October 12, 2007
  • Whither the record album?
    In the last 25 years, the compact disc has shaped the way music is made and presented to audiences. But will the Internet and iTunes make the CD and the album obsolete?Midmorning, August 28, 2007
  • Talib Kweli live at the Minnesota State Fair
    Brooklyn-born Talib Kweli first got attention as part of Black Star, which he formed with his high-school buddy Mos Def. He's now known for crossing over to work with and sample pop artists such as Justin Timberlake and Ben Kweller.August 24, 2007
  • Chris Osgood at the Minnesota State Fair
    Chris Osgood's legendary local punk group The Suicide Commandos plays the Minnesota State Fair Grand Stand this weekend. In 1974, when Osgood formed the band with Dave Ahl and Steve Almaas, who would have thought that they would ever play that most mainstream of Minnesota events, the State Fair?August 23, 2007
  • Film opens a window on Minneapolis rock history
    Twenty years ago Twin/Tone Records, a label credited with launching a host of Minneapolis bands, videotaped a weeks worth of concerts at the Seventh Street Entry at the First Avenue night club. Now the tapes have resurfaced and are providing a unique opportunity to experience some Minnesota rock history.August 22, 2007
  • First Avenue's right-hand man
    Conrad Sverkerson, stage manager and long-standing icon of the First Avenue nightclub, received a Sound Unseen Festival Artist of Distinction at 2007's multimedia event.August 22, 2007
  • Rock's next generation
    For many Minnesota rock bands, it takes years to get a gig at First Avenue in Minneapolis. But for participants in the MacPhail Center for Music's summer rock camp, it took less than a week.August 10, 2007
  • A 'reveille' for the local music scene
    A band of local music writers have gathered together to start a new magazine called Reveille. Andrea Myers is one of those founders. She joined The Current's Mary Lucia at Gluek's to explain why they thought there was a need for a new place to read about music.July 27, 2007
  • Rachel Raimist talks about Hip Hop
    Rachel Raimist makes films, writes books, teaches at colleges, and lectures around the country about Hip Hop and women. She joined Mary Lucia in the studio to talk about how she first became a lover of Hip Hop and what it means to be a Hip-Hop feminist.July 20, 2007
  • Putting together a Prince show -- at the last minute
    Prince fans told stories of waiting outside overnight to get tickets. Bloggers endlessly critiqued the show. But what was the Purple One's impromptu concert like from the club's point of view?July 9, 2007
  • Songs line the road to Patrick McGuigan's recovery
    A serious accident derailed a Minneapolis singer/songwriter's career in music but music continues to be one of his most important modes of expression.June 27, 2007
  • MPR Fakebook with Laurie Lindeen
    The Current Fakebook returned with its final show of the series' first season as The Current's Mary Lucia welcomed Minneapolis-based musician and author Laurie Lindeen, along with a cast of rock worthies to help tell Lindeen's story.June 22, 2007
  • Laurie Lindeen looks back on a rock and roll Cinderella story
    Laurie Lindeen knew she wanted to be in a band -- and particularly an all-girl band -- before she learned to play an instrument. It was the late 1980s and she moved to Minneapolis from Madison to experience the music scene. Now Lindeen is retelling the whole story in her new memoir "Petal Pusher."June 12, 2007
  • Whose hoot
    Every Friday night, the basement at Java Jack's coffee shop in Minneapolis is overtaken by the The Mad Ripple's Friday Night Hootenanny. Organizer and singer/songwriter Jim Walsh, aka the Mad Ripple, says the hootenanny is a rare chance for local musicians and the audience to make a connection.June 1, 2007

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