Mary Lucia

Host, The Current, Minnesota Public Radio
Mary Lucia

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Mary Lucia has earned a large fan base with her work as a broadcast personality, writer, actor and voice-over talent. Lucia began her media career doing evenings at REV 105, co-hosted mornings on Zone 105, and hosted a talk show, Somethin' Stupid, on 1500 KSTP.

From 1998 to 2001, she hosted the local music show Popular Creeps, a two-time Minnesota Music Award winner for "Best Locally Produced Show." For her work at The Current, Lucia has been voted best FM radio personality by City Pages seven times. In addition to her radio career, she has also appeared in commercials and in live theater productions.

Lucia likes cats and dogs more than people, wearing dead people's clothes and taking long walks off of short piers.

Wayne Coyne and Mary Lucia State Fair 2006

#Current10 Memories: Mary Lucia

As part of our #Current10 celebrations, many of the staff at The Current are sharing their favorite memories. Mary Lucia shares one of her favorite recollections, a story of Wayne Coyne, the State Fair, tornado sirens and squeegees.

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Brandi Carlile performs in The Current studio

In town for a couple of shows at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, Brandi Carlile and her band stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs off their forthcoming record, 'The Firewatcher's Daughter.' The session features the live radio premieres of three new songs, including one about which Carlile says, "It's my favorite song on the album, probably my favorite song ever."

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Doomtree perform before a live audience in MPR's Forum

Minnesota's own Doomtree visited MPR to put on an intimate and exclusive live performance as a part of their #LastBlowoutEver. "Every year, we want to outdo everything we've done," Sims says. Watch video and listen to audio of the performance, hosted by Mary Lucia.

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Nick Lowe, with Los Straitjackets, performs in The Current studio

In town for a show at First Avenue, Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets visited The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mary Lucia. Originally scheduled to appear with Ian McLagan, the session includes a live version of "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding," dedicated to McLagan. "He was a fellow who loved life," Lowe says.

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INTERVIEW: Death From Above 1979

Why did Death from Above 1979 call it quits in 2006? "Being in a band is not a natural state for a human person," is how Sebastien Grainger puts it. He and Jesse F. Keeler stopped by The Current to talk to Mary Lucia before their show tonight at First Avenue, a very big deal for a couple of Prince fans.

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alt-J perform in The Current studio

Asked about the title of the album, 'This is All Yours', alt-J's Gus Unger-Hamilton says it 'seemed to sum up our approach to making music ... we don't have the final say over what our music necessarily means or is about. We give it to other people.' In town to play a sold-out show at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood, Minn., alt-J stopped at The Current for an acoustic set and an interview with Mary Lucia.

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Interview: Glenn Tilbrook

In town to play a solo gig at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze dropped in to The Current's broadcast studio to chat with Mary Lucia about his projects past and present.

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Field Report perform in The Current studio

In town as one of four bands featured in the Communion Club Tour, which comes to the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis tonight, Milwaukee-based Field Report stopped at The Current's studio to play some songs off their latest album, 'Marigolden', and to chat with Mary Lucia.

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Sloan perform live in The Current studio

Touring in support of Commonwealth, their 13th studio release, Toronto rock pioneers Sloan stopped by The Current to record an in-studio and to chat with host Mary Lucia before their gig at St. Paul's Turf Club.

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