Barb Abney

Host, The Current, Minnesota Public Radio
Barb Abney

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Barb Abney can be heard weekdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on The Current. Every weekday around 1:30 p.m., Abney features "Cover 2 Cover," a pair of songs that demonstrate the allure of the cover tune; and on Fridays from noon to 1 p.m., she spins Tonal Recall, an all-request show dedicated to '90s music.

Abney came to The Current in 2006 from Cincinnati's, one of the premier alternative stations in the country. She DJ'd there for 12 years and built a radio and online community of music nerds.


A chance to right a musical wrong

Do you have a musical "one that got away?" For Barb Abney, it would be Placebo. She missed a chance to see their live set in Ohio, and now, 15 years on, she's finally getting a chance to see Placebo live.

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Fresh & Onlys

The Fresh & Onlys perform live in The Current studio

Ahead of their show at the 7th St. Entry, the Fresh & Onlys stopped by The Current studio to perform tracks off their new record, House of Spirits. Between songs, frontman Tim Cohen and Wymond Miles chatted with host Barb Abney about the band's beginnings at Amoeba Music in San Francisco, how the Fresh & Onlys' dynamic has changed over the years and what recording the new album at Lucky Cat.

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Jim DeRogatis

Theft of the Dial: Jim DeRogatis of Sound Opinions

Music journalist Jim DeRogatis is no stranger to listeners of the Current: he's co-host of Sound Opinions, which airs on our station every Sunday night from 8:00 to 9:00. He visited our studios in April to meet with our Local Current college contributors, and while he was here he took a few minutes to talk with Barb Abney about his mentor Lester Bangs, the R. Kelly story that landed him in court, and the song that most reminds him of his time living in Minneapolis.

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G. Love performs in The Current studio

In town to play a show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, G. Love stopped in to The Current's studio to play a solo acoustic set and to talk to Barb Abney about his forthcoming album, 'Sugar'.

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afghan whigs do to the beast

Album Review: Afghan Whigs, 'Do To The Beast'

A rock album for deep thinkers who also like soul, the highly anticipated 'Do To The Beast' may end up being the record that finally puts The Afghan Whigs on the front covers of the glossy music magazines.

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Barb Abney and Sandra Bernhard

Theft of the Dial: Sandra Bernhard

When Sandra Bernhard came to town for a show at the Dakota Jazz Club last month, the Wits alumna came by The Current studios for a Theft of the Dial with host Barb Abney.

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