Mary Lucia: Song lyrics that grab you by the throat

Britt Daniel of Spoon

Some songs require repeat listens before you're hooked, but there are others that instantly grab you by the throat. You immediately know you are buying whatever it is they're selling. Here are a few examples of some of Mary Lucia's favorite musical chokeholds.

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The Staves’ guide to Minneapolis

“Every time you go to a gig, there’ll be at least one person wearing Eaux Claires merch.” Camilla Stavely-Taylor, one third of English band the Staves, is sitting near the door of Muddy Waters. Her sisters, Jess and Emily — the other two thirds of the band — are enthusiastic as they look up from their menus to nod. Jess…

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Chanhassen city council approves Paisley Park museum plan

During its October 24 meeting, the city council of Chanhassen, Minn., home of Prince’s Paisley Park, approved a plan to turn Paisley Park into a museum. According to a report by KARE 11’s Jay Knoll, the council approved the plan to rezone Paisley Park from Industrial Office Park (IOP) designation to Planned Unit Development (PUD),…

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Sheila E sprints through rigorous, cathartic Prince tribute at Orchestra Hall

The Revolution had the advantage of being able to pull from Prince’s most recognizable catalog of songs and stage their show at First Avenue, the landmark club that Prince made legendary. The massive, sprawling tribute at the Xcel earlier this month had Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan. But Sunday night’s Purple Philanthropy concert at Orchestra…

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Pop star Bobby Vee dies at 73

Bobby Vee, a singer-songwriter who became one of the leading pop stars of the late 1950s and early ’60s, has died at age 73 of complications from Alzheimer’s. Vee died at a memory care facility in Rogers, Minn., where he had been living for the past 13 months, reports the St. Cloud Times. A Fargo native, Vee saw…

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The Current Sessions®


Sunflower Bean perform in The Current studio

Sunflower Bean have been touring in support of their full-length debut album 'Human Ceremony', which came out in February of 2016. This week, they stopped by The Current's studio to chat with Bill DeVille ahead of their show at the 7th St Entry.

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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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