The Current's 13th Birthday Parties

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The Current will celebrate thirteen years on the radio with two nights of live music at First Avenue on Friday, Jan. 19 and Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. Get the lineup and ticket details here.

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2017 gift guide for Minnesota music fans

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Now that the holiday season is upon us, finding the perfect gift can be stressful — but it doesn’t have to be! To make things a little easier, here are some gift ideas for Minnesota music fans. Use Songversations: Talk all about your favorite music with this conversation starter game created by Eric Hutchinson. Electric Fetus…

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The Avett Brothers on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Find music on TV this week: Tom Waits, Liam Gallagher, Avett Brothers


Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. Many shows are taking a holiday hiatus, but among the encore highlights is the Avett Brothers' cover of a George Harrison song. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses.

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Yanomamos, trio featuring Grant Hart on drums, issue second release after 29-year gap


The release of Comes Alive! breaks a 29-year hiatus by the eccentric trio Yanomamos, consisting of bassist Miss Jane Mansfield, Tim Piotrowski on vocals and guitar, and Grant Hart on drums. Their debut, Quizas (pronounced “Kiss-Ass”), was Grant Hart’s first project after Husker Dü’s initial split in 1987, seeing a vinyl release in 1988. It was around this…

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The Chart Show

The Chart Show Ballot


Vote every week for your top five tracks (and enter our weekly ticket giveaway while you're at it), then tune in Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. CT to see if your favorites make the Chart Show, hosted by Mark Wheat!

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Top 89

Top 89 of 2017: Local Songs

Top 89 of 2017

Join us to celebrate 2017 in local music! As part of The Current's Top 89 polls, we invite you to help us determine the best local songs of the year.

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The Current Sessions®

The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio

The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio

After a 24-year hiatus, the Dream Syndicate reunited in 2012 and realized they sounded like a new band. 'We were enjoying it and we figured, well, rather than keep playing the oldies circuit, let's make a new record,' says front man Steve Wynn. The resulting record is 'How Did I Find Myself Here?', and the Dream Syndicate recently found themselves in The Current studio for a session hosted by Jim McGuinn.

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The Rural Alberta Advantage wrap up their U.S. tour on Oake & Riley in the Morning

The Rural Alberta Advantage perform in The Current studio

The Rural Alberta Advantage wrapped up a massive tour with a show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, followed by a visit to Oake and Riley in the Morning before jetting back to Toronto. 'We always enjoy coming back to Minneapolis,' says front man Nils Edenloff. 'It was really good. It was probably the best way to kind of end our U.S. tour.' Hear more from the band as they look back on their tour and play songs from their latest album, 'The Wild.'

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Grizzly Bear perform in The Current studio

Grizzly Bear perform in The Current studio

Grizzly Bear's new album, 'Painted Ruins,' is their first in five years, and they've been busy touring in support of it. In town for a show at the Palace Theatre, Grizzly Bear stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mark Wheat.

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Alex Lahey turns in a rocking set in The Current studio

Alex Lahey performs in The Current studio

Fresh off a lively show the night before at the 7th Street Entry, Alex Lahey came in early Sunday morning to The Current, where she and her bandmates turned out a rocking performance of tracks from her debut full-length album, 'I Love You Like a Brother.' Of the title track, Lahey says, 'I decided to pick three chords and pretend I was in the Ramones and give it a go!'

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Lady drummers

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Sheila E. turned 60 last week and we've been wanting to do a Coffee break featuring women-identifying drummers - so today's the day! What songs do you want to hear that feature ladies on drums?

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Today in Music History: Happy Birthday, Keith Richards


Sly and the Family Stone went to No. 1 with 'There's A Riot Going On'; James Brown and Loretta Lynn were honored for their contributions to U.S. culture; The Tokens started a three-week run at No. 1 with 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight', Today in Music History.

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