Review and photos: Joseph and Bailen turn First Avenue into sibling central

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On Saturday evening, it was sibling central at First Avenue. There is something so magical about sibling harmony. It feels effortless, natural, and seamless. The trio Bailen (brothers Daniel and David, and sister Julia) opened for Portland-based Joseph (sisters Natalie, Allie, and Meegan Closner). Having released an EP just a couple weeks ago entitled Stay…

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DJ Pick of the Week: Arcade Fire, 'Creature Comfort'

Arcade Fire, 'Everything Now'

Jill Riley digs into Arcade Fire's 'Creature Comfort' for this week's DJ Pick of the Week. For anyone who has ever felt the pressure to conform to the unrealistic expectations from society, you'll relate to this song's message in a big way.

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Arcade Fire

Giveaway: Arcade Fire suite giveaway


The Current is giving away tickets to a suite for the Arcade Fire concert at the Xcel Energy Center on October 29. We are also offering a special $18.93 ticket for this show.

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John Doe and Exene Cervenka

Theft of the Dial: Exene Cervenka and John Doe


Currently enjoying a 40th anniversary tour with their groundbreaking and iconic punk-rock band, X, Exene Cervenka and John Doe stopped at The Current to take control of the airwaves on a Theft of the Dial. Cervenka and Doe spin tracks by some of their favorite artists and share a few stories along the way.

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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®

Charles Bradley performs in The Current studio

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Soul singer Charles Bradley sings not only from his heart, but from his entire being. Bradley, together with his band the Extraordinaires, bring their soulful tunes into The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson. 'Music is what's keeping the world together today,' Bradley says. 'We've got to make it right all over the land.'

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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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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Soul singers gone too soon

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Over the weekend, funk, soul and R&B singer Charles Bradley died of liver cancer at age 68. Issuing his debut album only at age 62, he was taken all too soon. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what soul singers do you want to hear who were gone too soon?

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John Doe and Exene Cervenka

Theft of the Dial: Exene Cervenka and John Doe


Currently enjoying a 40th anniversary tour with their groundbreaking and iconic punk-rock band, X, Exene Cervenka and John Doe stopped at The Current to take control of the airwaves on a Theft of the Dial. Cervenka and Doe spin tracks by some of their favorite artists and share a few stories along the way.

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