The Current Sessions®

Live Performances from The Current

The Gaslight Anthem performs in The Current studios

Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem

New Jersey has a proud heritage of rock music, from punk legends the Misfits and the Bouncing Souls to the Boss himself. The sonic imprint of The Garden State is unmistakable in the music of The Gaslight Anthem, who have picked up the baton and are carrying it to new heights.

Lissie performs in The Current studio


Illinois-born, California-based singer-songwriter Lissie (born Elisabeth Maurus) earned breakout success with her debut album "Catching a Tiger," a searing collection of bluesy pop and indie folk powered by the songstress' immense vocal talent.

Blitzen Trapper perform in The Current studio

Blitzen Trapper

Portland, Ore. folk-rock troupe Blitzen Trapper have been exploring the boundaries and possibilities of Americana for over a decade now, releasing a half-dozen full-lengths and winning the hearts of the national indie scene along the way.

JD McPherson performs in The Current studios

JD McPherson

"Signs and Signifiers," the debut record from bluesy, rockabilly artist JD McPherson, was rereleased by Rounder Records earlier this year. The wider release gives music fans a second chance to discover a quickly rising talent in McPherson.

John Mark Nelson performs in The Current studios

John Mark Nelson

When people hear John Mark Nelson's music for the first time, the sense of disbelief is usually evident. With arrangements that recall songwriters who have been in the business for decades, the 18-year old - and recently graduated - Minnetonka High student is turning heads for the mature compositions he's been recording since the age of 14.

The Walkmen perform in The Current studio

Hamilton Leithauser

The New York City-based quintet the Walkmen have cemented their status as one of indie rock's most accomplished and talented acts in the ten years since they released their debut album. Their jagged, post-punk influenced sound has steadily mellowed and expanded, and singer Hamilton Leithauser's songwriting has matured as well.

Brendan Benson performs in The Current studios

Brendan Benson

It's been three years since Brendan Benson last stopped by The Current studios for a live set. Mark Wheat catches up with the versatile songwriter to find out what he's been up to.

Delta Spirit performs in The Current studios

Delta Spirit

Don't believe the critics of the world: Delta Spirit is not an Americana band. They may not know how to describe their music yet, but the five-piece out of California aren't going to let anyone box them into one genre.

Brandi Carlile performs in The Current studios

Brandi Carlile

Old-friend Brandi Carlile is a prolific folk rock artist, having released her third album of the past four years. Her newest, Bear Creek, was recently our CD of the Week. While in town to kick off her tour at the Minnesota Zoo, she returned to The Current Studio to perform a few songs from Bear Creek and chat with Jill about her rainy zoo performance, the inspiration behind the new record and her long-held goal of wearing a "nudie suit."

Motion City Soundtrack performs in The Current studios

Motion City Soundtrack

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.