The Current Sessions

Live Performances from The Current

Alex 'Crankshaft' Larson performs live at the MN State Fair

The heat index of 110 degrees didn't stop Alex "Crankshaft" Larson from performing before a live audience at the Minnesota State Fair. Mary Lucia hosted the toasty performance at the corner of Judson and Nelson for another edition of The Current's live broadcasts at the annual state celebration.

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Bomba De Luz performs live at the MN State Fair

Jill Riley and Steve Seel of The Current's Morning Show headed out to the Minnesota State Fair bright and early to broadcast live from the MPR booth on the corner of Judson and Nelson. Josh Hartnett stopped by for a Theft of the Dial and Bomba de Luz performed.

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Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles perform live at the MN State Fair

Minnesota Public Radio will once again set up camp at the corner of Judson and Nelson for a series of live broadcasts by all three stations. Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles kicked off The Current's live broadcast schedule with just the right music for a gorgeous opening day at the Minnesota State Fair.

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Smith Westerns perform live in The Current's studios

Before playing a show at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, Smith Westerns stopped in the studios of The Current to talk to Barb Abney about touring, songwriting, their influences and what it's like to be a band out of Chicago.

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Laura Marling performs an intimate show in the UBS Forum

Ahead of her first US tour date in support of Once I Was an Eagle at the Women's Club in Minneapolis, Laura Marling stopped by to play songs off her latest album in Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum. Between songs, Marling talked to Steve Seel of The Current's Morning Show about Patty Smith, Greek mythology, and playing with an orchestra at the BBC Proms.

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The National perform an intimate show live in the UBS Forum

Ahead of last Tuesday's generous 23-song set at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, The National stopped by to play songs off their latest record Trouble Will Find Me in Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum. Between songs, frontman Matt Berninger talked to The Current's Mary Lucia about songwriting, skinny jeans, fatherhood and his brother's suddenly skyrocketing film career.

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