893 Essential Artists Countdown

The Current's 893 Essential Artists

Thank you for spending an enormous amount of time listening to our 893 Essential Artists countdown. We hope you had as much fun listening as we did playing the music.

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Cecelia Erholtz on the Podium's past, TABAH's tomorrow

Cecelia Erholtz of Tabah in The Current's studio

As May 2017 drew to a close, The Podium -- a landmark guitar shop in Minneapolis with a history that stretches back to 1959 -- quietly, and permanently, closed its doors. Cecelia Erholtz, frontperson of the band TABAH, was a longtime employee of the Podium. Erholtz recently took time to talk with us about the Podium's closing and about what's next for TABAH.

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The Chart Show Ballot

The Chart Show

Vote every week for your top five tracks (and enter our weekly ticket giveaway while you're at it), then tune in Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. CT to see if your favorites make the Chart Show, hosted by Mark Wheat!

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A guide to Twin Cities summer block parties 2017

Summer is right around the corner, and with it comes sunshine, warmer days and — of course — block parties. The numerous festivals and block parties taking place within just a few months’ span in the Twin Cities constitute a virtual summer-long music festival. Here’s a guide to this summer’s not-to-be missed block parties, which kick…

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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th anniversary

Four party tips for the 50th anniversary of 'Sgt. Pepper'

With the approaching 50th anniversary of the June 1 release of 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,' musician, events professional and lifelong Beatles fan Padraic Gilligan shares his tips on how to celebrate. 'In terms of events or themes around 'Sgt. Pepper', it's so rich, there's so many opportunities,' Gilligan says. 'The album always has had that very iconic position within the Beatles' canon overall as being the best.'

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Minnesota’s Jesse Larson takes fourth place on ‘The Voice’

Last night, Minneapolis’s Jesse Larson took fourth place on NBC’s The Voice. This week Larson performed a few selections including Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” (with his coach, Adam Levine) and Chris Stapleton’s “Woman.” For his solo he performed “Takin’ it to the Streets” (the Doobie Brothers), and he also sang a memorable duet with fellow bald-and-beautiful artist, and…

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Preview: Tenth Soundset to spotlight trap

“Gucci Mane is playing Atmosphere’s festival, and it doesn’t even feel weird at this point,” Stereogum wrote about Soundset’s 2017 line-up, and that about sums it up. This Memorial Weekend as every Memorial Weekend for the last ten years, Soundset will bring monumental artists to Minnesota (at the State Fairgrounds for the second year running).…

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The Current Sessions®

SOHN writes about a life on the move

SOHN performs in The Current studio

Musician Christopher Taylor, who performs under the moniker SOHN, has experienced a lot of change in his life and has seen much change in the world around him. His latest album is called 'Rennen.' ' This record to me was about staying on the move,' SOHN says. SOHN visited The Current for an in studio session with 'New Hot' host David Safar.

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Learning to let go: With debut album 'Process,' Sampha reflects on past hardships

Sampha in concert

Sampha's soulful voice and lyrics are full of emotion, and having lost both of his parents to cancer, much of Sampha's writing focuses on processing those hardships. That, along with his use of simple, repetitive melodies, make Sampha's debut album, 'Process,' a powerful one. Sampha recently visited The Current studio for a session hosted by David Safar.

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Slowdive look back and look forward

Slowdive perform in The Current studio

Originally formed in 1989, Slowdive took a 20-year break after their 1995 album 'Pygmalion.' Now they're back with a new, self-titled album. In town for a show at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Slowdive stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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The guys from White Reaper just want to rock

White Reaper perform in The Current studio

Founded by a group of friends from Louisville, Ky., White Reaper ply their trade with a tried-and-true take on classic rock. 'There's always going to be a place for rock 'n' roll,' says guitarist Hunter Thompson. White Reaper stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Pseudonyms

Jill Riley and Father John Misty

We're still completely reeling from yesterday's amazing microshow with Father John Misty, so for today's 9:30 Coffee Break what artists do you want to hear that use pseudonyms?

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