Today in Music History: Remembering Lou Reed

Ben E. King recorded his first solo tracks; Peter Paul & Mary held down two spots in the album charts; Bruce Springsteen appeared on the covers of two major news magazines; U2's 'Rattle & Hum' premiered in Dublin; and Lou Reed passed away, Today in Music History.

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The Chart Show: Angel Olsen skates to No.1

Angel Olsen

Lizzo, Hippo Campus, Kishi Bashi and Car Seat Headrest make debuts; Regina Spektor, Bon Iver and Band of Horses are inducted to the Hall of Fame; and Angel Olsen reaches No.1 for the first time.

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The Current Sessions®

Saint Motel perform in The Current studio

Saint Motel

Saint Motel formed and are based in Los Angeles, but the band's A/J Jackson is originally from Minneapolis. 'My metric of how we're doing as a band is my mom and whether or not she hears us on The Current,' Jackson says. Touring in support of their album, 'saintmotelevision,' Saint Motel stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.

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The Strumbellas at The Current

The Strumbellas perform in The Current studio

Toronto band the Strumbellas have been touring relentlessly for the past six months, but they've finally just come to Minnesota. 'We've heard that Minnesota has a very Canadian vibe,' says frontman Simon Ward. 'I don't know why we haven't come till now.' Ahead of their show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis, the Strumbellas visited The Current studio for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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Jay Smart

Jay Smart performs in The Current studio

Jay Smart turned heads with his cover of Haley Bonar's "Kismet Kill," but he proved himself a solid singer/songwriter when he performed all original material in-studio for 'The Local Show.'

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Jack Garratt performs at The Current

Jack Garratt performs in The Current studio

Whether writing, producing or performing, Jack Garratt brings a serious work ethic to everything he does. 'I have a job and I have a duty, professionally and creatively, to give the best performance I physically can every single time I play,' Garratt says. In town for a recent show at First Avenue, Jack Garratt joined host Sean McPherson for a session recorded in The Current studio.

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Bishop Briggs at The Current

Bishop Briggs performs in The Current studio

It's been an interesting year for Bishop Briggs, aka Sarah Grace McLaughlin. Bishop Briggs spent last summer opening for Coldplay, and now she is touring with Austin-by-way-of-Iceland band Kaleo. Before her Twin Cities show, Bishop Briggs stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.

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Billy Bragg and Joe Henry

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry put down railroad tracks in the studio

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry have just released an album of railroad songs recorded at a number of train stations between Chicago and Los Angeles. 'It's certainly not about nostalgia,' Henry says. 'This is a part of our living heritage.' Bragg and Henry stopped in to the studio to play some songs and to chat with host and producer Mike Pengra.

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Phantogram perform at The Current

Phantogram perform in The Current studio

The members of Phantogram suffered a personal tragedy during the making of their recent album, 'Three.' But the music helped them express the many resulting emotions. 'It's cathartic in that way,' says Phantogram's Sarah Barthels. 'It's kind of like our therapy.' Touring in support of 'Three', Phantogram stopped by The Current's studio for a session hosted by Jade.

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Oake and Riley Features


Coffee Break: Chicago vs. Cleveland

Tomorrow night the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs will go head to head in Game 1 of the World Series. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that feature bands from Chicago or Cleveland?

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