The Current Sessions®

Live Performances from The Current

Sondre Lerche: Live from SXSW

Sondre Lerche claims his latest album, Phantom Punch, is "an Orange Juice meets Fleetwood Mac & My Bloody Valentine meets Gilberto Gil & Os Mutantes meets early Elvis Costello & Prefab Sprout & XTC meets Thomas Dolby meets Steely Dan circa Katy Lied, kind of thing."

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Brother Ali: Live from SXSW

Brother Ali's second full album The Undisputed Truth will be released in April, 2007. The Minneapolis rapper has been through some hard times in the past few years. He and his wife split. They fought over their son. Ali was homeless for a spell.

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Money Mark: Live from SXSW

Mark Ramos-Nishita performs under the moniker Money Mark. He has a career that any musician would envy. He tours with the Beastie Boys as a keyboardist, writes music for films, collaborates with the likes of Yoko One and Beck, and fronts his own projects.

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The Sights: Live from SXSW

Eddie Baranek and organist-bassist Bobby Emmett come from Detroit and play swaggering garage rock. They've been touring with their self-titled album that includes the single "Just Got Robbed," which sounds like a staple of classic rock stations even though it was written in 2005.

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Young Knives: Live from SXSW

Few bands get described at "tweedy," but that's one of the adjectives used to describe the sound of Henry Dartnall, Oliver Askew, and Thomas Dartnall (aka House of Lords).

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Prototypes: Live from SXSW

Since forming in 2003, Gallic rockers Prototypes have already landed a top-ten single in France and enlivened both underground clubs and contemporary European art scenes with their punchy electronic rock.

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Peter Bjorn and John: Live from SXSW

The sentence that follows is grammatically correct, it's just that the Swedish trio Peter Bjorn and John don't like commas. The group formed in Stockholm in 1999, but only really broke out with their third album and the single "Young Folks" which has been a hit in Australia, the UK, their home country and, of course, on YouTube.

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The Ditty Bops perform in studio

The Ditty Bops are a band from Los Angeles with their hearts in the past. They play a blend of gypsy jazz, bluegrass, folk and a little bit of the great American musical.

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Fakebook: Chuck Klosterman

Chuck Klosterman and Tapes n' Tapes were Mary Lucia's guest for The Current Fakebook. Klosterman is a writer and cultural critic. Tapes n' Tapes are the Minneapolis music scene darlings who exploded nationally and internationally in 2006.

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