See Bully, JD McPherson and more for our 13th Birthday party

current thirteenth birthday

The Current will celebrate thirteen years on the radio with two nights of live music at First Avenue. On Friday, Jan. 19, catch Bully, Now Now, The Social Animals, and Dem Atlas; and on Saturday, Jan. 20 see JD McPherson, Ron Gallo, Lady Lark, and Reina del Cid.

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Bully portraits at The Current

Friendship is at the heart of Bully


The origins of Bully's lineup can be traced to The Stone Fox, a now-defunct venue in Nashville. 'We were all at that place at the same time, were friends and had similar tastes in music,' says Bully frontwoman and bandleader Alicia Bognanno. Read more about how the band members found one another, and why friendship is the most important ingredient in the lineup.

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Listen to The Current via Amazon Echo


You can listen to The Current on Amazon’s Voice-on-demand Echo devices, and get enhanced functionality -- song names, requests, song of the day -- with our Alexa Skill.

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Preservation Hall Jazz band perform a spirited #MicroShow at the Dakota Jazz Club

Preservation Hall Jazz Band MicroShow at the Dakota

Performing a MicroShow in Minneapolis carried with it a bit of history for the legendary New Orleans jazz outfit. 'The first time that the Preservation Hall Jazz Band ever played a show outside of New Orleans was here in Minneapolis in 1963,' bandleader and bassist Ben Jaffe told the audience before the group launched into a grooving, journeying three-number set.

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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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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Oh happy day

Edwin Hawkins

Edwin Hawkins, the gospel singer behind "Oh Happy Day", passed away this week at the age of 74. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that feature a choir - gospel or otherwise?

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