The Current Sessions®

Live Performances from The Current

'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.

Jens Lekman plays an acoustic set and shares his songwriting approach


Jens Lekman in The Current studio

Touring in support of his newly released album, 'Life Will See You Now,' Jens Lekman stopped at The Current studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson. Lekman played a set of solo acoustic songs and pulled back the curtain on his songwriting process. 'When I don't know what to write about, I usually check my text messages to see what I've sent to friends of mine,' Lekman says.

Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears rock without a label


Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears perform at The Current

After releasing his first four albums with traditional record labels, Black Joe Lewis chose the autonomous route for 'Backlash,' his fifth full-length. 'I like doing it my own way,' he says. Touring in support of 'Backlash', Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears stopped at The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Mary Lucia.

The Japanese House share music and a couple secrets


Amber Bain of The Japanese House in studio

London's The Japanese House visited The Current's studio to play songs from a couple of their recent EPs. In the course of the interview, frontperson Amber Bain explains the band's connection to actor Kate Winslet. Bain also reveals the surprising production locations used for a couple of the band's videos.

Valerie June plays songs from her upcoming album, 'The Order of Time'


Valerie June performs in The Current studio

For Valerie June, songs are like living things. 'They never leave my head and my heart,' June says. 'Once a song is born and it comes to me, then it can stay with me.' Her next album, 'The Order of Time,' comes out March 10, 2017. On a recent visit to The Current, Valerie June chatted with Brian Oake and Jill Riley, and she performed three new songs from the forthcoming record.