New music on The Current

New music on The Current

The Current is where you turn for new music. When you listen, you find incredible local bands before they hit the national stage and independent artists who are just about to step into the spotlight. Make your contribution today for all the times you've discovered something new on The Current and help power great radio.

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Things are going right for Those Pretty Wrongs

Those Pretty Wrongs

In town to play a show at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, Jody Stephens and Luther Russell, aka Those Pretty Wrongs, stopped by The Current to chat with Bill DeVille and to play a song from their self-titled album. Stephens, formerly of Big Star, and Russell, formerly of the Freewheelers, talk about their longtime friendship and how playing at Nashville venue The Basement has opened many doors for them.

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DJ Pick of the Week: Jade - SKOTT, 'Glitter and Gloss'

Scandinavian artist Skott's single 'Glitter and Gloss' is Jade's DJ Pick of the Week. ' It is a song about the beautiful and shiny exterior hiding a deeper and stronger person,' Jade writes. Read more about the artist and the song, and watch the music video.

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Ryan Gosling and Composer Justin Hurwitz on the set of 'La La Land.'

Music News: Justin Hurwitz wins Oscar for Best Original Song

At Sunday night's Academy Awards, Justin Hurwitz took home the Best Original Song award for 'City of Stars' from La La Land. Also this past weekend, Chance the Rapper rented out a Chicago theater for a fans to enjoy a free screening of the new Jordan Peele film, Get Out.

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Son Volt, 'Notes of Blue'

Album of the Week: Son Volt, 'Notes of Blue'

For more than 20 years, singer-songwriter Jay Farrar has been exploring the Americana genre he helped define back in the early '90s. Now he's back with his band, Son Volt, for their eighth effort, 'Notes of Blue.'

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Remembering Mike Justen, Minnesota’s ‘godfather of sound’

Mike Justen, whose advocacy and mentorship touched countless musicians and sound engineers across Minnesota, passed away last week. He was 78. Mike, who owned the West Saint Paul guitar shop Eclipse Music with his son John Justen, started out in the music business as the owner of the legendary Scholar Coffeehouse in the late ‘60s.…

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Paisley Park begins selling replicas of Prince-invented ‘Tamboracca’ instrument

Paisley Park has announced, via an e-mail to ticket buyers, that a presale for replicas of Prince’s “Tamboracca.” The Tamboraccas will run $80 each, and those interested are being encouraged to email for additional information. The custom yellow-and-purple instrument includes an early version of the famous Prince insignia in the center. Described as a blend of a maraca…

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Black History Month Featured Artists

Sarah White: Prince’s gift to me – and to the world

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This February, The Current is celebrating Black History Month by celebrating four artists chosen by our listeners. We’ll be playing their music on the radio and sharing features online. This week, we’re featuring Prince. I loved Prince because of what he meant to me as a Wild Black Girl growing up in the Midwest, but I…

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Lady Midnight pays tribute to Lady Day

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This February, The Current is celebrating Black History Month by celebrating four artists chosen by our listeners. We’ll be playing their music on the radio and sharing features online. This week, we’re featuring Billie Holiday. I learned of heartbreak when I was 13 listening to the voice of Billie Holiday. Jazz was a genre I was becoming…

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The Current Sessions®

Hamilton Leithauser performs a solo acoustic set

Hamilton Leithauser performs a solo acoustic set at The Current

Equipped with only a nylon-string acoustic guitar, Hamilton Leithauser stopped at The Current studio for a session hosted by Mark Wheat. The result is a stunning set of three heartstring-tugging songs from 'I Had a Dream That You Were Mine,' Leithauser's collaborative album with Rostam Batmanglij. There are even some Dylanesque overtones ... and that's not the only local connection.

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Craig Finn performs in The Current studio

Craig Finn previews upcoming album in The Current studio

Craig Finn's next album, 'We All Want the Same Things,' comes out on March 24, 2017. In town to open for Japandroids at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Finn stopped at The Current studio for a live session hosted by Mary Lucia, during which Finn and his band played three new songs from the upcoming full-length release. Check out the new songs and hear Craig Finn talk about the origins of the new record.

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Oake and Riley Features


Coffee Break: Songs with or about mistakes

Whoo boy! The Oscars ended with a colossal mistake last night. The incorrect film was announced for Best Picture and multiple thank you speeches were given before the mistake was corrected. Awkward turtle! So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that have mistakes in them, or are about making a mistake?

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