The Current Sessions®

Live Performances from The Current

Motion City Soundtrack performs in The Current studios

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One of the most successful break-out bands for Minnesota in the past decade and a half, Motion City Soundtrack popularized the pop punk sound in the late '90s. They struck a chord in a young demographic that quickly started a MCS bonanza with high-profile live shows and a string of successful records which have already sold a combined half a million copies.

Metric performs in the UBS Forum

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When Metric made their debut on the United States music circuit with the single "Combat Baby" in 2004, the band probably didn't know how ravenously they'd be greeted. Now they've become one of the biggest musical exports out of Canada, and they're primed to become an international hit.

Hollow Boys performs in The Current studios

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Hollow Boys' new mini-LP, "When You Think of Us, Pray For Us," has a happenstance title. The message was inside a card that fell out of one of Ali's records, and it solidifies the natural manner in which this band has come together.

Imaginary Cities performs in The Current studios

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Winnipeg duo Marti Sarbit and Rusty Matyas started writing songs and recording together just for fun without any thoughts of becoming a band in any real sense. A friend offered to manage them and a few years later they have a full length album called "Temporary Resident." Since then, they've toured across the world and opened for the Pixies.

Deer Tick performs in The Current studios

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Providence, Rhode Island alt-country rockers Deer Tick depart from their signature folk sound on their latest album, Divine Providence. While in town for a show at First Ave, they stopped by The Current for a performance in our studio.

Patrick Watson performs in The Current studios

Canadian musician Patrick Watson has been out of the limelight for a few years, strengthening a brand of chamber pop which won him the Polaris Music Prize for 2006's "Close To Paradise." Forgoing the typical studio atmosphere, Watson instead recorded new record "Adventures In Your Own Backyard" in... his backyard. The result is an album that feels less rehearsed, more intimate and still filled with soaring instrumentation that takes off into the sky.

The Chalice performs in The Current studios

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The Chalice may be a new collective, but the three emcees who make it up - Sophia Eris, Claire De Lune and Lizzo - are well-known in the local music community both here and outside the region. Bringing a much needed light to female-fronted hip-hop, the trio mixes whip-smart raps, crisp production and clever imagery to create songs that don't plan on leaving your head anytime soon.

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros performs in The Current studios

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It's been two years since Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros put out their last album "Up From Below" and had the hit song of the year with "Home." Since that time, the collective has gained several new members, toured all over the world and now have a new album, "Here."

M. Ward performs in The Current studios

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M. Ward has been extremely busy the past few years: recording and touring with several side projects like She and Him and Monsters of Folk, producing bands and putting out two solo records. Somehow he's remained calm and thoughtful through it all and has been able to balance his life. This introspection and calm resonates in his latest album "A Wasteland Companion," with Ward's smoky voice covering topics of love and loss.