Bill Staines

Bill Staines - Live in studio


Tireless performer Bill Staines is in the area for a series of Minnesota concerts. Bill has been touring since 1969 and knows a thing or two about songwriting and car repair. He stopped in the Morning Show studio to chat with Dale and Jim Ed.

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Vinicius Cantuaria

Vinicius Cantuaria - Live in studio


The Brazilian born Vinicius Cantuaria is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and percussionist. His career connects several zones of Brazilian music. His new album, "Silva" released on Hannibal/Rykodisc worldwide is currently in stores.

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Kelley Hunt

Kelley Hunt - Live in studio


Powerful live performances at over 100 music festivals across North America have gained Kelly Hunt a great following and made her a crowd favorite. She has been described as a powerhouse singer, a hardboogieing pianist, and a polished songwriter.

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Super Furry Animals: An unconventional pop paradigm


Gimmicks - even good ones - rarely have their desired effect on music fans. You wear a single sparkly glove, change your name to an unpronounceable symbol, study the Kabala, or travel with an entourage of Harajuku girls … and inevitably, your outlandish antics just end up as late-night monologue fodder. Musical purists know better: No self-respecting band would dress up in yeti costumes to perform, gatecrash British music festivals in a bright blue tank, or tether giant balloons shaped like diabolical bears outside their venues. No band with any hope of ongoing success would release a single with 52 repetitions of the "f" word, or record Paul McCartney chomping on some roughage for a "carrot and celery rhythm track." Except, of course, for Super Furry Animals.

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The Current Sessions®

Meet emerging new artist Jay Som on 'New Hot'

Jay Som

Melina Duterte, aka Jay Som, was signed to Polyvinyl Records and released a debut album, 'Everybody Works,' on March 10, 2017. ' I'm still getting used to it,' Duterte says of her budding career. 'I feel like I'm at the beginning stages of making music my job.' Jay Som joined New Hot host David Safar for an in-studio session.

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Regina Spektor in The Current studio

Regina Spektor shares an expressive set in The Current studio


In town to play a sold-out show at St. Paul's recently reopened Palace Theatre, Regina Spektor stopped by The Current for a session hosted by Jim McGuinn. The session features fantastic song performances and deep conversation. 'I feel like with music, people have this idea that you either write about yourself or you just write using fiction and that's not personal,' Spektor says. 'But to me, I truly believe that fiction and surrealism and psychedelic thoughts are just as personal.'

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Strand of Oaks

Tim Showalter of Strand of Oaks plays a powerful solo set at The Current


While in the Twin Cities, singer-songwriter Tim Showalter of Strand of Oaks stopped at The Current to play a solo piano set in The Current studio. 'It's nice to switch it,' Showalter says of his instrument choice. Listen to the complete session to hear these Strand of Oaks songs like you've not heard them before.

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Oake and Riley Features

Lou Reed On Stage

Today in Music History: A fan takes a bite out of Lou Reed


Billboard published its first U.S. LP chart; Elvis joined the Army; the Bee Gees had their 8th U.S. chart-topper; songwriter extraordinaire Nick Lowe celebrates his birthday; legendary Motown drummer Uriel Jones died; and Lou Reed was bitten by a fan, Today in Music History.

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Chaka Khan

Today in Music History: Chaka Khan is 64


Ruby and the Romantics' day arrived with a No. 1 hit on their first outing; John Lennon was ordered to leave the U.S.; Elvis began his final tour; John Fogerty's baseball homage became a No. 1 album; and Blur frontman Damon Albarn and Chaka Khan were born, Today in Music History.

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