It's Thanksgiving week, and as we look back on 2015, staff members at The Current share what they're thankful for this year. Check out our list, and feel free to add your own musings on what tops your gratitude list.
Kurtis Blow, the King of Rap from Harlem U.S.A., is a true hip hop pioneer. In 1981, Kurtis was the first national rapper to be booked in Minneapolis. Kurtis Blow is back in the Twin Cities as the MC of 'Hip Hop Nutcracker,' which has its final show tonight at the Ordway in St. Paul. Sean McPherson and Kurtis Blow sat down for a conversation about hip hop then and now.
After more than 25 years in New York City, Mike Doughty decided to relocate to Memphis, Tenn., citing its artist-friendly environment. 'I have time and I have space and I've just been working up a storm,' Doughty says. 'It's just fantastic here.' Read more about what led Doughty to move to Memphis and about what he enjoys in his new hometown.
Happy 75th birthday to Dr. John! For his portion of today's Honey Do, Bill DeVille will spin tracks by the legendary New Orleans piano player and singer. Listen 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. http://thecurrent.org/listen
Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze has a lot to be thankful for: he and longtime bandmate Chris Difford have a new album out, and they're playing two sold-out shows at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. Tilbrook visited The Current today for this memorable, solo acoustic set, hosted by Bill DeVille.
In town for two sold-out shows at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze plays a solo acoustic set of tunes by his long-standing band, who recently released the album 'Cradle to the Grave,' songs written for the BBC television program of the same name. 'For us, what a great scenario to write for,' Tilbrook says.
Til hamingju með afmælið, Björk! The Icelandic artist celebrates her 50th birthday today. Mac Wilson celebrates with a Honey Do list of tunes by Björk and by her earlier band, the Sugarcubes. Listen 3 to 7 p.m. http://thecurrent.org/listen
Among those who rated Glen Hansard's new album, "Didn't He Ramble," 71 percent gave it 5 out of 5 stars. Listen to tracks and read Bill DeVille's review of the Album of the Week. Glen Hansard plays at the State Theatre in Minneapolis tonight.
Although he could probably walk away from music after the success of 'Once,' Glen Hansard obviously enjoys making music. And on his second solo album, 'Didn't He Ramble,' Hansard shows that he is just plain good at it.
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