DeVotchka singer Nick Urata

DeVotchKa performs live from SXSW

Singer Nick Urata founded DeVotchKa nine years ago with the idea of mixing together the music of east and west. He did not found it with the hopes of selling music to McDonald's. The band turned down a request to use one of their songs in the fast-food giant's commercials.

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Sons and Daughters

Sons and Daughters perform live from SXSW

Glasgow's Sons and Daughters recorded This Gift in a house in the village of Adfern on the west coast of Scotland. The band's Adele Bethel said, "We wrote and practiced all day and played poker and got drunk at night." Sons and Daughters cancelled a late March Minneapolis performance, so your best chance to hear them live is right here.

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Jesca Hoop live at SXSW

Jesca Hoop performs live from SXSW

It is likely that every story you ever read about Jesca Hoop will mention this -- she got her big break while she worked as a nanny for Tom Waits' kids. He passed her demo on to some influential people in the business. While it might be hard for Hoop to escape that biographical bullet point, her music certainly stands on its own. Her SXSW appearance is her second on The Current.

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The Raveonettes

The Raveonettes perform live from SXSW

With The Raveonettes' fourth CD Lust Lust Lust landing on the Billboard Top 200 chart, the band has secured their position as Denmark's most popular musical export ever. Sune Rose Wagner began writing the album at a rehearsal space in London, where he churned out seven songs in the first day. The result is 14 songs that his cohort Sahrin Foo describes as "direct and in your face."

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David Hanners

Hanners and King perform in The Current studio

David Hanners and Bernie King are among several Twin Cities musicians are gathering on the anniversary of Townes Van Zandt's birthday, March 6,2008 at Lee's Liquor Lounge to pay tribute to the late songwriter.

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Singer/Songwriter Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins performs in The Current studios

28-year-old musician Nicole Atkins was born and raised in Neptune City, located a stones throw from fabled Asbury Park. By the age of 13, she found an old beat up guitar in the attic of her house and taught herself to play a Grateful Dead song.

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Connie Evingson and Group

Connie Evingson performs in The Current studios

Local jazz singer Connie Evingson has a new CD out, "Little Did I Dream" - a tribute to the witty local songwriter Dave Frishberg. This is not the first time Evingson has paid tribute to an artist with local roots, but she said she's always been a fan of Frishberg's and the project was long overdue.

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Neal Hagberg

Neal Hagberg performs in The Current studio

Over the past several years singing and touring with his wife Leandra, Neal Hagberg has collected ideas for songs that don't necessarily fit the "Neal and Leandra mold." In fact, the songs are a definite departure from the duo's act and are meant to make the listener feel a tad bit uncomfortable, and challenge fears and beliefs.

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The Current Sessions®

Josh Ritter: Virtual Session

Josh Ritter: Virtual Session with The Current

Josh Ritter joins The Current for a virtual session. Hear songs from his new EP, 'See Here, I Have Built You A Mansion,' plus a familiar favorite.

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Blu DeTiger: Virtual Session

Blu DeTiger - Virtual Session

Blu DeTiger joins us for a virtual session to perform a few tracks she's released this summer, and talks to us about sharpening her skills while playing bass over DJ sets in New York clubs pre-quarantine, finding success on Tik Tok, and what she'll be releasing later this fall.

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Samia: Virtual Session

Samia: Virtual Session

SAMIA shares songs from her upcoming record, The Baby, and talks to Jade about recording in Minneapolis with members of Hippo Campus, getting over fears of being alone, and what it's like to release a debut record during a pandemic.

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Ondara: Virtual Session


Jade spoke to Ondara about how growing up in Kenya influences his view of America today, how Carl Sagan has inspired him, and what he'll be working on this fall.

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Prince: The Story of 1999

The Current Morning Show Features

Coffee Break: Iconic voices for Freddie

Freddie Mercury

This morning we put the spotlight on Freddie Mercury, who died on this day in 1991. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what iconic voices do you want to hear in honor of Freddie?

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