Event: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound

Rise of the Minneapolis Sound

On October 28th, join The Current's own Andrea Swensson as she celebrates the release of her debut book, Got to Be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound with musical guests Andre Cymone, Wee Willie Walker, Wanda Davis, PaviElle and Nooky Jones.

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Enter for a chance to see Rhiannon Giddens at the O'Shaughnessy

Rhiannon Giddens

Rhiannon Giddens is touring in support of her 2017 album, 'Freedom Highway,' a nominee for Album of the Year at this year's Americana Festival. Radio Heartland is giving away two pairs of tickets to Giddens' concert at the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Enter by noon Wednesday for your chance to win.

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How to be an eco-friendlier music consumer


Your prized Bob Dylan vinyl suffers a fatal scratch. You clean out your childhood closet and uncover all your NSYNC and Hanson CDs. Before you toss them, here’s one thing to consider: Mother Nature doesn’t want your music junk, either. The EPA has estimated that 100,000 pounds of CDs become unwanted by consumers each month…

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Do You Remember? A podcast about Hüsker Dü

Podcast: Do You Remember?


This documentary podcast explores Hüsker Dü’s formative years and legacy through rare exclusive interviews with the band, as well as those who were around in the beginning and notable artists who’ve drawn inspiration from the band. We’ll also dive into recordings from Numero Group’s new remastered box set of the band’s early releases, demos and live recordings.

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The Current Sessions®

Spoon share tunes and thoughts from 'Hot Thoughts'

Spoon in The Current studio

In town for back-to-back sold-out shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel of Spoon wandered over to The Current for a session hosted by Brian Oake and Jill Riley. Daniel and Fischel played stripped-down versions of songs from 'Hot Thoughts' and from 2014's 'They Want My Soul,' and Daniel talked about what has made Spoon such an enduring band.

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J. Roddy Walston & the Business play songs from their forthcoming album

J. Roddy Walston & The Business in studio

It's been four years since J. Roddy Walston and the Business released their last album, but on Sept. 29, they'll release their fourth studio album, 'Destroyers Of The Soft Life.' In town to play a show at First Avenue, J. Roddy Walston and the Business stopped at The Current to play songs from the forthcoming record, in a session hosted by Mark Wheat.

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Grant Hart performs in The Current studios

Grant Hart

Grant Hart may be most well-known for his time spent in Husker Du as the band's drummer, but his solo career has been keeping time for far longer than the lifespan of Husker Du. Hart stopped by our studios to play new songs from his ambitious double album 'The Argument.'

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The War on Drugs share old and new songs at the Turf Club

The War on Drugs MicroShow

On Aug. 12, 2017, a select group of The Current's listeners were treated to a #MicroShow with The War on Drugs, who performed at the Turf Club in St. Paul. Attendees of the concert were those who had won tickets to the show through The Current's on-air and online giveaways to the event. The War on Drugs performed a set that included songs from their back catalogue as well as tunes from their new album, 'A Deeper Understanding.'

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Dance moves

Chubby Checker Twist

Today in 1960, former chicken plucker Chubby Checker went to No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "The Twist". So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention dancing - with special bonus points for songs that mention specific dance moves?

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