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Live Performances from The Current

Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop perform in The Current studio


Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop perform in The Current studio.

Sam Beam had the idea of making a duet record, but he didn't find the right collaborator until he stumbled upon Jesca Hoop's music. 'Her voice is fantastic, she has a really fun sense of melody,' Beam says. Touring in support of their album, 'Love Letter for Fire,' Beam and Hoop visited The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

Oregon trio Joseph perform in The Current studio


Joseph perform in The Current studio

Joseph are a trio from Portland, Ore., comprising sisters Natalie, Allison and Meegan Closner. Besides their tight, sibling harmonies, their family ties create something intangible. 'There's also this entire lifetime of shared experience,' Natalie says. '[We're] bringing the spirit of that into the music as well.' Discover the music of Joseph in this session hosted by The Current's David Safar.

The Jayhawks perform in The Current studio


Gary Louris of the Jayhawks performing live in The Current studio

Following the release of Paging Mr. Proust, the Jayhawks stopped by The Current to perform live in-studio and to chat with Andrea Swensson, host of The Local Show.

Charles Bradley performs in The Current studio


Charles Bradley performs in The Current studio.

Soul singer Charles Bradley sings not only from his heart, but from his entire being. Bradley, together with his band the Extraordinaires, bring their soulful tunes into The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson. 'Music is what's keeping the world together today,' Bradley says. 'We've got to make it right all over the land.'

Bryan Nichols performs in The Current studio


Bryan Nichols' new album, 'Facing North,' is available on May 27.

Bryan Nichols has many years of experience in the Twin Cities music scene. If you've been to a jazz-leaning show at Icehouse or the Dakota, you may have even seen him live. If you don't know his name, though, now is the perfect time to learn it.

Prof performs in The Current studio


Prof performs in The Current studio.

Local hip-hop artist Prof has a reputation for putting on a great live show. 'To craft a set, I like to go on a roller coaster,' he says. 'I like go super down low, I like to go high, and it means more when you come to a complete stop, and now you're sprinting, so you feel that more.' For Minnesota Music Day, Prof stopped in to The Current studio for a session hosted by Sean McPherson.

The James Hunter Six perform in The Current studio


James Hunter performs in The Current studio.

The James Hunter Six's latest album, 'Hold On!,' was released in February 2016 on Daptone Records. Between gigs during a two-night stand at the Dakota in Minneapolis, the James Hunter Six visited The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille. Hunter is known for his soulful vocals and effects-free guitar playing; he even teases that he doesn't use a tuner. 'Tuning? That's for jazzers, that is!' Hunter jokes.

Nada Surf perform in The Current studio


Nada Surf performing live in The Current studio

Nada Surf, touring in support of their new album 'You Know Who You Are,' stopped in to The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson. 'The beauty of pop music is that even if some of the forms have been repeated a lot, there's always some little twist that can give you the right that it's all different and that each song is its own little universe,' says frontman Matthew Caws.