The Chart Show

The Chart Show Ballot


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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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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Chuck Berry

Mary Lucia: Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll!


With the recent death of Chuck Berry, Mary Lucia reflects on Berry's life and legacy. 'The man virtually invented a template for rock and roll,' Mary writes. 'With Berry's passing, every rock kid with a bad attitude and a drive for success owes this rebel force a debt of gratitude.'

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Noam Pikelny performs at Radio Heartland

Noam Pikelny breaks banjo boundaries on new solo effort


Noam Pikelny is a Chicago native best known as the banjo specialist with The Punch Brothers, but during the stretches when the band isn't recording or touring, Noam has found time to record a new album, 'Universal Favorite,' which also presents Noam's skills as a guitarist and as a singer. Noam performed four songs from the new album on a recent visit to Radio Heartland.

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Dancing to Dylan: Minnesota Dance Theatre to perform ‘Moonshine’


As part of its 2017 spring season, Minnesota Dance Theatre (MDT) will present Moonshine, a collection of pieces by British choreographer Christopher Bruce. The dances are set to early Bob Dylan tracks found on his Bootleg Series releases. Moonshine will be presented at the the Cowles Center from April 7-9. Though this is its Minneapolis premiere, Moonshine has received positive reviews for prior…

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Chastity Brown

DJ Pick of the Week: Chastity Brown, 'Wake Up'


'It's also been a lot of fun to watch Chastity Brown's career blossom since she moved to the Twin Cities from Tennessee in 2006,' writes Jill Riley. 'She has enjoyed an amazing growth as an artist -- and she's having an amazing year as we're looking forward to her new record, 'Silhouette of Sirens.' Jill's DJ Pick of the week is Chastity Brown's 'Wake Up,' from Brown's forthcoming album.

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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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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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