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 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 WOXY.com, 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.


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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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, kyle morton, jen hufnagel

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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