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Jack Garratt performs in The Current studio


Jack Garratt performs at The Current

Whether writing, producing or performing, Jack Garratt brings a serious work ethic to everything he does. 'I have a job and I have a duty, professionally and creatively, to give the best performance I physically can every single time I play,' Garratt says. In town for a recent show at First Avenue, Jack Garratt joined host Sean McPherson for a session recorded in The Current studio.

Bishop Briggs performs in The Current studio


Bishop Briggs at The Current

It's been an interesting year for Bishop Briggs, aka Sarah Grace McLaughlin. Bishop Briggs spent last summer opening for Coldplay, and now she is touring with Austin-by-way-of-Iceland band Kaleo. Before her Twin Cities show, Bishop Briggs stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry put down railroad tracks in the studio


Billy Bragg and Joe Henry

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry have just released an album of railroad songs recorded at a number of train stations between Chicago and Los Angeles. 'It's certainly not about nostalgia,' Henry says. 'This is a part of our living heritage.' Bragg and Henry stopped in to the studio to play some songs and to chat with host and producer Mike Pengra.

Phantogram perform in The Current studio


Phantogram perform at The Current

The members of Phantogram suffered a personal tragedy during the making of their recent album, 'Three.' But the music helped them express the many resulting emotions. 'It's cathartic in that way,' says Phantogram's Sarah Barthels. 'It's kind of like our therapy.' Touring in support of 'Three', Phantogram stopped by The Current's studio for a session hosted by Jade.

Holidae perform in The Current studio


Holidae

With the recent release of their debut album, Minneapolis' Holidae stopped by The Current to perform in-studio and to chat with host Andrea Swensson of 'The Local Show.'

Seratones perform in The Current studio


Seratones press photo

Shreveport, La., band Seratones were signed to Fat Possum Records in 2015, and released their debut album, 'Get Gone', in May 2016. They've been touring heavily since then. 'You're constantly riding in and out of an adrenalin rush,' says frontperson AJ Haynes. 'It's kind of addictive, actually!' Before a show at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Minn., Seratones stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

Conor Oberst performs in The Current studio


Conor Oberst in studio

Conor Oberst says he doesn't really like surprises, but his next album, 'Ruminations,' came about somewhat surprisingly. One of the heads at Oberst's label 'just really liked the recording and he suggested that we just put it out,' Oberst recalls. 'I thought it was an interesting idea.' Oberst visits The Current's studio to play songs from the new album and to chat with host Bill DeVille.

Shovels & Rope perform in The Current studio


Shovels & Rope perform in The Current studio.

On their latest album, 'Little Seeds,' Shovels & Rope continue to stretch creatively. 'We're always kind of morphing and doing things a little bit different to stretch our legs,' says Michael Trent, co-frontperson with Cary Ann Hearst. Listen to Shovels & Rope's complete in-studio session, hosted by Bill DeVille on 'United States of Americana.'

Marian Hill perform in The Current studio


Marian Hill: Samatha Gongol and Jeremy Lloyd

Taking their name from a mashup of character names from 'The Music Man,' Marian Hill are touring in support of their debut full-length album, 'Act One.' While in town to play a show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Marian Hill visited The Current studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.