The Current Sessions®

Live Performances from The Current

Whitney perform in The Current studio


What eventually became Whitney began as an experiment to explore what was possible with a four-track tape machine. The group liked the songs they were writing to test out the machine, and the band Whitney materialized. 'We realized the band and the album we were working on was going to be good,' says drummer and singer Julien Ehrlich. Ahead of a show at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis, Whitney visited The Current's studio for a session hosted by Jade.

Performances from the Minnesota State Fair

Chris Thile performs at the MPR booth

The great Minnesota Get-Together has come and gone, but the performances live on. Watch archived video of the ten sessions we hosted at the MPR booth.

Kyle Craft performs in The Current studio

Kyle Craft

Born and raised in Shreveport, La., singer-songwriter Kyle Craft now lives in Portland, Ore., where his music career began in earnest. 'A lot of things had ended, and I guess I needed a new start,' he says of his move to Portland. That new start resulted in Craft's debut album, 'Dolls of Highland,' and a subsequent tour that brings him to the Turf Club as well as to the studio at The Current for a session hosted by Brian Oake.

Esme Patterson performs in The Current studio

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'I've known my whole life that I'm alive to make music,' Esme Patterson says. 'I want to keep writing songs and playing them for people.' After playing a lively show at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis on Monday night, Patterson and her band stopped in to The Current studio for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

The Staves perform in the Forum at The Current

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Sisters Emily, Camilla and Jessica Staveley-Taylor may be from Watford, England, but they spent enough time in the Upper Midwest to nearly be considered local. Between performing at the Winnipeg Folk Festival and recording at Justin Vernon's April Base Studio in western Wisconsin, the Staves stopped in to the Forum at MPR for a performance before a live audience, hosted by Bill DeVille.

Rogue Valley perform in The Current studio

Chris Koza and Linnea Mohn

Ahead of the release show for their latest album, 'radiate/dissolve,' Rogue Valley stopped in to the studio to play some songs and to chat with Mary Lucia. Although 'radiate/dissolve' was three years in the making, it was nurtured during the band's time on the road. 'This record is informed by touring, by location, by where we've been,' keyboardist Linnea Mohn says.

Car Seat Headrest perform in The Current studio


Will Toledo, frontman and visionary behind Car Seat Headrest, is introducing the world to Car Seat Headrest, the band. 'This is no longer a solo project,' he says. In town to play a sold-out show at the Triple Rock Social Club, Car Seat Headrest visited The Current's studio, where they played songs off their debut album, as well as a web-exclusive cover of David Bowie's 'Blackstar.'

Frankie Lee performs in The Current studio

Frankie Lee

Ahead of his 'American Dreamer' release show at the Turf Club, Frankie Lee and company stopped by The Current to perform live in-studio and to chat with host Bill DeVille.