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Live Performances from The Current

Tim Showalter of Strand of Oaks plays a powerful solo set at The Current


Strand of Oaks

While in the Twin Cities, singer-songwriter Tim Showalter of Strand of Oaks stopped at The Current to play a solo piano set in The Current studio. 'It's nice to switch it,' Showalter says of his instrument choice. Listen to the complete session to hear these Strand of Oaks songs like you've not heard them before.

The Orwells get straight to the rock in The Current studio


The Orwells perform in The Current studio

Touring heavily in support of their third studio album, 'Terrible Human Beings,' the Orwells stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mac Wilson. The Orwells let the music do the talking, wasting little time getting right into the rock.

Cold War Kids preview 'L.A. Divine' with a stripped-down set in The Current studio


Cold War Kids perform an acoustic set in studio

In the run-up to the release of their next album, 'L.A. Divine' (due out April 7, 2017), Cold War Kids stopped at The Current for a stripped-down session hosted by Mary Lucia. The new album comes on the heels of 'First,' the band's 2015 hit single. 'What a total rare miracle to have a song do so well and have a whole new audience be introduced to your music,' frontman Nate Willett says.

'Highway Queen' Nikki Lane makes a stop at The Current


Nikki Lane portraits

Halfway through a very busy tour for her album, 'Highway Queen,' Nikki Lane stopped at The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Bill DeVille. Lane plays three songs from the album and talks a bit about being called the First Lady of Outlaw Country. 'I think in general, musical cannot be described in words, especially in one word,' Lane says, 'but I am kind of outlaw and I am kind of Americana, and I think a lot of other people are too that don't sound just like Waylon Jennings.'

Middle Kids stop at The Current on the way to SXSW


Middle Kids perform in The Current studio

Touring the U.S. for two months with Cold War Kids, Australia's Middle Kids stopped by The Current studio for a session hosted by Mark Wheat before heading off to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. 'We would like some really yummy barbecue,' frontperson Hannah Joy says, looking ahead to SXSW. 'We also just feel so excited to be able to share our music with more people.'

The Growlers stretch out some songs in The Current studio


The Growlers perform in The Current studio

In town to perform at the First Avenue Mainroom, California rockers The Growlers stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Sean McPherson. Although they originally described their music as 'beach goth,' the Growlers have distanced themselves from that categorization. 'We make this music for ourselves and decide to share it with people,' frontman Brooks Nielsen explains.