The Current Sessions

Live Performances from The Current

The Local Show

Sombear performs in The Current studios The Local Show

Sombear may be a relatively new act in the music community here in Minnesota, but we can guarantee that a lot of you probably know the man behind the project. Brad Hale -- drummer for Now, Now -- is stepping into the spotlight to release a debut that's been stewing in his head for years.

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The Brian Just Band performs in The Current studios

The Brian Just Band is back in The Current studios in support of their new album "Enlightenment." And in true BJB fashion, the whole crew has come along for one of the most orchestrated Local Show sessions since last year's John Mark Nelson in-studio.

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Justin Townes Earle, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

Having marinated in country music his whole life, the son of Steve Earle has increasingly broadened his roots-country sound. In a relatively short career, he's already released five albums, including last year's Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now. Hear Justin Townes Earle perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.

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The Avett Brothers, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

Led by North Carolina brothers Seth and Scott Avett, the band blends showmanship and poignancy. Their songs reflect thoughtfully on life and death and love, while toggling between swoonily pretty roots-pop ballads and frenetic, barnstorming punk-bluegrass hybrids. Hear the full set.

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Phosphorescent, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

Raised in Alabama and based in Brooklyn, Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck makes moody, searching, raggedly pretty music. But there's also a wise, homesick weariness to Houck's voice that transcends time and place. Hear Phosphorescent perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.

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JD McPherson Live from The Newport Folk Festival

JD McPherson provides a refreshing reminder that retro roots music isn't timid: His debut album, Signs & Signifiers, synthesizes blues and rockabilly and old-school rock 'n' roll with an unmistakable punk spirit. Here he performs as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band talks with Bill DeVille, perform new tracks

Bill DeVille chatted with band leader and tuba player Ben Jaffe of the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band in between their music set recorded at City Winery in New York about their new record That's It!, working with Dan Wilson of Semisonic, and the group's historic performances including Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater in the 60s.

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