Alela Diane performs in The Current studios


Growing her sounds out of her native California, Alena Diane has grown her sound from the West Coast through Europe since emerging on the music scene. In her sophomore album, "To Be Still," Alena further demonstrates her purposeful, penetrating sound.

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Ben Kweller performs in The Current studios


He's been called everything from balladeer to punk rocker, anti-folker to indie-popper. On his twelfth birthday, he received his first electric guitar and in 1993 started his first punk band, Radish. They broke up in 1999 and Ben Kweller moved to Brooklyn, New York to embark on a solo career.

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Theft of the Dial: Michael Franti


I can think of no better musician to inaugurate our new feature, Theft of the Dial, than Michael Franti. A gentleman, a wellspring of generosity and positive energy, and also a very funny guy. Oh: and someone with great taste in music too, natch.

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Album Review: Morrissey - Years of Refusal


While it's doubtful that this far into his career Morrissey is going to win over oogles of new converts, if you've been there in the past, you're probably gonna like "Years of Refusal" -- one of Morrissey's best solo outings to date.

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Album Review: A Red Hot Compilation - Dark Was The Night


Some recent all stars of the independent music scene have come together to record exclusive songs for "Dark Was The Night", a double-disc album of covers and rare collaborations whose proceeds will benefit the Red Hot organization's work with AIDS research.

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School Of Seven Bells perform in The Current studio


While Benjamin Curtis' band Secret Machines and twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza's band On-Air Library! were touring together in 2004, they decided to connect on a music project. By the end of 2006, Curtis and the Deheza sisters had completely disappeared into the band School of Seven Bells.

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Lykke Li performs in The Current studios


From Stockholm, Lykke Li is the latest rising star in Swedish pop music. After appearing on Swedish MTV and winning a Swedish Grammy, Lykke Li landed a deal with Atlantic Records. Her debut full-length album, "Youth Novels," was produced with help from Bjorn Yttling, of Peter, Bjorn and John.

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Ford workers idled for two more weeks


Ford Ranger workers in St. Paul have been told the plant will be temporarily idled for two weeks this winter, with the first furlough scheduled to begin at the end of today, due to slumping sales of the Ford Ranger.

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Today in Music History: Remembering Amy Winehouse


Neil Young and his high school friends recorded their first single; Frank Sinatra had a No. 1 album; Barry Manilow 'made it' to the top of the singles chart; the Police kicked off a massive world tour, and Amy Winehouse passed away, Today in Music History.

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