Jill Riley

Host, The Current, Minnesota Public Radio
Jill Riley

Contact Jill Riley at jriley@mpr.org

Jill Riley co-hosts weekday mornings on The Current with Steve Seel, 6-10 a.m. She joined The Current when the station launched in 2005, fresh from her college radio station, KVSC-FM, Saint Cloud State University. She has hosted a variety of DJ timeslots on The Current, from overnights to Saturday night's "Radio Free Current" show. She is also known as Savage Animal of the Minnesota RollerGirls' Garda Belts team.

Coffee Break

9:30 Coffee Break: Buffalo

With the big snowstorm hitting Western New York, the word of the week has been Buffalo. So today's coffee break is all about songs with the word "buffalo" lyrics.

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Brian Setzer

Rockabilly Riot: a conversation with Brian Setzer

With successful career that includes '80s hits with the Stray Cats and '90s hits with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Brian Setzer has a new album out and he kicks off a Christmas tour tonight in his adopted hometown of Minneapolis. Setzer talks to The Current's Jill Riley about his music and about his guitar, which he has donated to the Smithsonian Institution, and how it got those signature dice knobs.

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Heaven Adores You Director Nickolas Rossi

A conversation with 'Heaven Adores You' Director Nickolas Rossi

The Sound Unseen film festival begins tonight at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minn., and the festival opens with 'Heaven Adores You', an intimately told documentary about the life of singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. Ahead of tonight's screening, Jill Riley spoke with the film's director, Nickolas Rossi. "[Smith's] music is still so relevant 10 years after he passed away," Rossi says.

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War on Drugs, Adam Granduciel

The War on Drugs perform live in The Current studio

Between their two-night stand in the First Avenue mainroom, the War on Drugs stopped by Minnesota Public Radio to chat with Jill Riley of the Morning Show and to perform tracks live in The Current's studio, including songs off their latest album, Lost in the Dream, and a fantastic Bob Dylan cover.

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Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten performs live in The Current studio

Ahead of her show at First Avenue, Sharon Van Etten and band stopped by The Current studio to perform tracks off the new record, Are We There. Between songs, Sharon chatted with host Jill RIley about being a notable user of the omnicord, how the Everly Brothers shaped her voice and what her connection is to John Cale of the Velvet Underground.

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