Barb Abney

Host, The Current, Minnesota Public Radio
Barb Abney

Contact Barb Abney at babney@mpr.org

Barb Abney can be heard weekdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on The Current. Every weekday at 1:30 p.m. Abney features "Cover 2 Cover," a half hour of amazing cover songs; and on Fridays noon-1 p.m. she spins "Tonal Recall," an all request show dedicated to '80s music. Abney came to The Current in 2006 from Cincinnati's WOXY.com, one of the premiere alternative stations in the country. She DJ'd there for 12 years and built a radio and online community of music nerds.


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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Nicholas David

Nicholas David performs live in The Current studios

Ahead of his show at First Avenue on Saturday night, The Voice finalist and St. Paul, Minn., native Nicholas David stopped by The Current studios to chat with Barb Abney and showed his versatile songwriting abilities with three original tracks.

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Black Joe Lewis performs live in The Current studios

Last time Black Joe Lewis performed in the Twin Cities, he was opening for Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Before his headline show at First Avenue, he and his band (formerly known as the Honeybears) stopped by to play a few songs off the new record and chatted with Barb Abney about aliens, his connection to Minnesota and what touring with Spoon was like.

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Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids perform live in The Current studios

Before playing in First Avenue's mainroom, Cold War Kids stopped by to play a few songs off their fourth studio record, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, released earlier this year. They chatted with host Barb Abney about Billy Bragg, about touring non-stop for the past year, and about a missed connection with Brian Eno.

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Typhoon perform live in The Current studios

Typhoon, based in Portland, Ore., are currently touring in support of their third full-length album, White Lighter. They stopped in to talk to Barb Abney and to play a few songs in The Current's studio before performing at the Cedar Cultural Center on Thursday night.

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volcano choir, repave

Album Review: Volcano Choir, 'Repave'

Listen to Volcano Choir's sophomore release, Repave, and you'll find yourself enveloped in a swarm of lush, structured soundscapes, strings, percussion, vocal harmonies and mystery.

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Nine Inch Nails

Album Review: Nine Inch Nails, 'Hesitation Marks'

The new NIN album feels like a familiar friend. There are synthetic sounds that only Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross know how to make; this album is chock-full of those moments, as well as the sounds that give Hesitation Marks a career retrospective vibe.

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Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand perform in studio

Glasgow's Franz Ferdinand are basking in the glow of their new release, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, and band members Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy recently visited with The Current's Barb Abney to talk about the new record.

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