Mike Elizondo finds ‘Live From Here’ musical director gig ‘exhilarating’

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“I had a couple things. Right here –” A bass line sounds. “Exaggerate. Draw it out. And when we get to the bridge…” Mike Elizondo is standing behind Live From Here host Chris Thile and singer/songwriter Madison Cunningham on the Palace Theatre stage, an electric bass strapped around his torso and black T-shirt. He’s living…

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Jain performs in The Current studio

Jain visits The Current

Jain returns to The Current's studio, bearing new songs and a sentimental favorite. Tonight, she'll play a sold-out show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis. But first, she stopped in to talk with Mac Wilson and perform "Makeba," "Inspecta," and "Alright."

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Friday Five: Little Man, Lucid VanGuard, and more new Minnesota music videos

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Little Man – As One Little Man go full-on psychedelic for this video, which features original artwork by Phaedra Odelle. If you’re interested in seeing “As One” live, go see the trio at the Hook & Ladder on Nov. 10. Lucid VanGuard – Genetic Pool Lucid VanGuard set up shop in the recently renovated Parkway Theater…

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Minnesota fans surprise Troye Sivan with blue hearts at State Theatre

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“First of all, who did this?” Pop artist Troye Sivan stood on a raised platform, staring out into the crowd at the State Theatre. He’d just finished singing “Postcard” from his lovely new album Bloom. A few voices met his question with screams, and he giggled into the mic. Earlier in the evening, Sivan superfans Alicia Grafft and…

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Music News: Hear early version of Beatles' 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th anniversary

An early, acoustic take of the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" has come to light. Also today, SXSW announces its initial music line-up. Plus, YouTube will sell you concert tickets, Indian women dance on a train, an ancient artifact found outside of Rome is declared a musical instrument, Lana Del Rey's stalker heads to jail, and Chaka Khan loves a parade.

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Listen to Live Current Volume 14

Live Current Vol. 14

Each Fall, The Current collects some of the best live and in-studio performances of past year into one great album -- Live Current. This year, we're proud to release the fourteenth volume in the series.

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Giveaways

MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. film giveaway

M.I.A.-signed poster and DVD giveaway


The film Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. provides unparalleled, intimate access to the artist in her battles with the music industry and mainstream media as her success and fame explodes, becoming one of the most recognizable, outspoken and provocative voices in music today. Win a poster and DVD of the film.

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The Current Music News podcast

The Current Music News

In about ten minutes a day, hosts Jay Gabler and Jade put music industry headlines in context, share breaking news about upcoming releases, and surprise listeners with strange-but-true stories. Entertaining, conversational, and informative, The Current Music News is an essential daily listen for fans of all genres of music to catch up on the news that matters about today’s most essential artists.

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The Current Sessions®

Jain performs in The Current studio

Jain visits The Current

Jain returns to The Current's studio, bearing new songs and a sentimental favorite. Tonight, she'll play a sold-out show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis. But first, she stopped in to talk with Mac Wilson and perform "Makeba," "Inspecta," and "Alright."

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Justin Courtney Pierre performs in The Current studio

Justin Courtney Pierre performs in The Current studio

Motion City Soundtrack's Justin Courtney Pierre has a debut solo album, 'In The Drink,' releasing Friday, Oct. 12. Just ahead of that release, Pierre and his band stopped at The Current to play songs from the new record and to talk with Mary Lucia.

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Watch Death Cab for Cutie live in concert at the Palace Theatre

Death Cab for Cutie in concert at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul

Death Cab for Cutie played the second of two shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., on their tour supporting the album, 'Thank You for Today,' on Saturday, Oct. 6. The Current streamed live video of Death Cab's entire set at The Palace Theatre; watch the archived concert.

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Watch CHVRCHES live in concert at the Palace Theatre

Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES in concert at the Palace Theatre

CHVRCHES played the second of two sold-out shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., on their tour supporting the album, 'Love Is Dead.' We streamed live video of CHVRCHES' entire set at The Palace Theatre; watch the archived concert.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Animated bands

The Beatles in animated form in 'Yellow Submarine.'

We are lucky enough to have a special guest coming by the show today - Ron Campbell, legendary animator, who did animations for Sesame Street, the Yellow Submarine feature film, and The Beatles TV series, among so many others. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from bands that have been at one point animated?

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Peter Tosh

Today in Music History: Remembering Peter Tosh on his birthday


Bowie released 'Pin-Ups'; A-ha became the first Norwegian act to have a No. 1 U.S. single; Noel Gallagher played his first live gig with Oasis; Nirvana hit No. 1 with a live compilation album; Johnny Marr had an academic turn; and Peter Tosh was born, Today in Music History.

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