Minneapolis musician Dan Rodriguez warms seven million hearts with moving PSA featuring a loving Labrador


Twin Cities singer-songwriter Dan Rodriguez is warming YouTube’s heart with a song he wrote for a Budweiser commercial promoting responsible drinking. The advertisement tells the story of a guy with a loving Labrador Retriever waiting for him to come home after a night out drinking with his human pals. Rodriguez lends his introspective, echoey vocals […]

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The Replacements tell Rolling Stone a new album is likely


It’s not much, but for fans who have been waiting with bated breath for the reunited Replacements to release a new album, it’s more than enough to make Monday exciting: “the Replacements say they’ll likely make an album at some point in the future,” writes Rolling Stone‘s Jon Dolan in a profile of the band that […]

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9:30 Coffee Break: Fall is Here


From here on out, the temperatures begin to drop and the days start to get shorter than the nights. What songs do you want to hear for the Autumnal Equinox?

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Today’s Music News: Justin Vernon and Win Butler covered Phil Collins (on a basketball court)


On Saturday at the annual Pop Vs. Jock charity basketball game organized by Win Butler of Arcade Fire, Butler and other members of Arcade Fire joined forces with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver—as well as Nikolai Fraiture of the Strokes—to perform as “the Pop All Star Band.” They played covers of Phil Collins‘s “In the Air Tonight” and the White Stripes‘ “Seven Nation […]

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Album Review: Ryan Adams, 'Ryan Adams'


Ryan Adams' new, self-titled album evokes that late '70s era when the recording of rock bands reached a sonic pinnacle unmatched in the ensuing decades. It sounds like 1979, and that's a compliment.

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Angelica Garcia performs in The Current studio

Angelica Garcia performs in The Current studio

When it comes to making music, Angelica Garcia describes herself as a bit of a recluse. Now touring in support of her album 'Medicine for Birds,' Garcia embraces the new experience of studio recording and of performing in front of people. 'It's been great, and it's really helped me grow as a person,' Garcia says. Listen to Angelica Garcia's recent in-studio session at The Current, hosted by Sean McPherson.

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The Suburbs follow their muse in The Current's studio


Having released their latest album, 'Hey Muse,' the Suburbs just completed what frontman Chan Poling describes as 'a whirlwind tour of middle America,' playing shows in Milwaukee, Chicago, Kansas City and Des Moines. Now back on home turf and gearing up for their big album-release show at First Avenue on Friday, Aug. 4, the Suburbs stopped in The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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Chicano Batman embrace their inner superheroes

Chicano Batman perform in The Current studio

The word 'Chicano' has become a source of pride for many Latinos in the United States, including the members of Chicano Batman. 'Chicano Batman just means it's something that empowers yourself,' says frontman Bardo Martinez. 'It allows us to put on our uniform and get out there and be ourselves.' After playing a sold-out show at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Chicano Batman stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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John Darnielle of Mountain Goats shares what's on his mind

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John Darnielle is known for thoughtful and thought-provoking lyrics. ' I write more to find out what I'm thinking about than to express something I'm already thinking about,' the Mountain Goats frontman explains. Mountain Goats visited The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.

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Coffee Break: Planetary exploration


Today in 1969, Apollo 11 landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention something in the world of planetary exploration?

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