The Current Sessions®

Live Performances from The Current

Dawes performs at the Minnesota State Fair


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American folk rockers Dawes have been touring steadily since the release of their 2011 sophomore album, "Nothing is Wrong." The group visited the MPR booth to chat with Mary Lucia and play a few songs.

Mankwe performs in The Current studios


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Mankwe is like a version of Nina Simone and Erykah Badu, but we get to have her in our own backyard. Her improvisational technique, a skill she has fine-tuned through years of performing, as well as her world music influences, have melded together for a proper sophomore record in "Science and Spirit."

Husky perform live in The Current studios


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Following several years on the Melbourne scene, the Australian band Husky is making inroads to the American folk/chamber-pop scene via their new release "Forever So" on Sub Pop records.

Actual Wolf performs in The Current studios


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Eric Pollard has been playing with Low and Retribution Gospel Choir, but his new project may be of a surprise to you. As Actual Wolf, he channels the best of Bob Dylan in one respect and good ol' fashioned folk rock when a live band is employed. He's moved down to the Twin Cities this summer to routinely play gigs, and he joined us in the studio for his Local Show debut.

Dirty Projectors perform in The Current studio


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Dirty Projectors, the shapeshifting herd of arty indie-rockers led by oddball mastermind Dave Longstreth, have crowned the strange and surprising first decade of their existince with their smart, accomplished fifth full-length Swing Lo Magellan.

Sleep Study performs in The Current studios


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Sleep Study's craft comes in their songwriting, joining the ranks of other established lyricists in the Twin Cities like Chris Koza, Jeremy Messersmith and Adam Levy. Coupled with strong chemistry within the band and an updated '70s aesthetic as heard on their first single "Flower Girl," the group has been making waves since their formation last summer.

John Fullbright performs in The Current studio


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From the Ground Up: That's the title of Americana singer-songwriter John Fullbright's debut studio album, but it is also a fitting description of the path Fullbright's career has followed.