This month, on the eve of the release of his new album Minnesota, Mason Jennings and 89.3 The Current teamed up for a road-trip tour featuring .shows in intimate venues in Minneapolis, Duluth and Mankato, with benefits going to help Hunger-Free MN. Now, we bring you audio and video from his performance at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis.
The Jayhawks have been a staple of the alt-country scene since their debut 25 years ago, right up until they went on hiatus in the mid-'00s. The band reunited recently, and joined 89.3 The Current for an invite-only performance at the historic Fitzgerald Theater before the release of their new album.
Since forming in 2002 Halloween, Alaska has become one of the most beloved electro art-rock outfits in the Twin Cities. Their latest album "All Night The Calls Came In," out on Amble Down Records, is their most stripped down offering to date.
Villa Rosa is the recent collaboration of longtime friends Maria Isa and Muja Messiah. Maria Isa, The local Latin MC, singer, and actress had lent her vocals to Muja Messiah's 2008 "Adventures of BBoy DBoy," and 2010 "M-16's" releases.
With as many bass drums as they have members in the band (hint: it's the number you'd expect given their band name), Vita.mn Are You Local? winners 4onthefloor kick out the blues-rock jams with awesome foot-stompin' intensity. They performed at the Minnesota State Fair for MPR Day.
Minneapolis indie quartet Tapes 'n Tapes may have been enjoying Pitchfork accolades and seeing their songs in commercials as early as their 2005 debut LP "The Loon," but they remain a Twin Cities band through and through. The Current was proud to have the band join us at our booth at this year's Minnesota State Fair.
Local indie-folk darlings Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps may have begun their career with frontwoman Smith's early solo shows at the 400 Bar, but by now they've graduating headlining the main room at First Avenue for a show later this month. The Current was thrilled to welcome the band to our State Fair stage for the Local Show.
Singer-songwriter Haley Bonar is one of the staples of the Minnesota music scene, so it took a lot of people by surprise when she moved to Portland, Ore. two years ago. Well, the good news is that she's back in our wonderful state, and the better news is that she performed on our State Fair stage!
Local rapper and Doomtree collective member Sims has had an amazing year, with his sophomore album "Bad Time Zoo" earning much critical and fan attention upon its February release. The Current was proud to welcome him to our State Fair stage.
Communist Daughter, the Wisconsin-via-Minneapolis quintet formed a couple of years ago by the onetime frontman of Friends Like These, excel at the kind of mellow, catchy folk-rock that is a staple of the Twin Cities rock scene.