The National perform in the Current studio


Described as darkly melodic, The National originated in Cincinnati, but came together in Brooklyn. They have recently released Boxer, their follow-up to their 2005 release Alligator.

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Jamie T performs in the Current studio


He's been nominated for the Mercury Prize but doesn't want music to be a competition. He makes mixed tapes and hands them out at shows. London, England's Jamie T is in town with his band The Pacemakers for a show at the 7th Street Entry.

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Son Volt performs in the Current studio


Son Volt has a new album and it's called The Search. The album originally had twenty two tracks but was pared down to fourteen, however the band plans to release a limited edition of The Search album in the near future, containing all twenty two tracks.

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The Cribs perform in the Current studio


The Cribs have a new album out entitled "Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever." While the trio of brothers, the older of which are twins, didn't elaborate on those needs, they did talk with Mary Lucia about recording their latest release with Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand at Bryan Adam's studios in Vancouver, Canada.

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St. Vincent performs in the Current studio


Singer/multi-instrumentalist Annie Clark said she came up with the name St. Vincent to put no limitations on what she could do. She said with a name like St. Vincent, the band could be "expandable and could include other people and really be a whole entity."

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Policy and a Pint: The Price of Gas


How does the price at the pump get priced? Is it truly just a function of supply and demand or is it being manipulated along the way to wring out extra profits? Steve Seel was joined by Akshay Rao and David Strom to talk about how much we should be paying, where the money is going and whether affordable gas is a luxury or a necessity for the American economy.

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Ryan Adams in the Current studio


Ryan Adams gets a bad rap. It's been years since the well publicized "Summer of '69" on-stage meltdown and the famous voice mail rant. He's been referred to as "difficult" by many.

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Fountains of Wayne perform in the Current studio


Fountains of Wayne tells stories with their songs. They can make the Tappan Zee Bridge seem romantic and the Department of Motor Vehicles worth chronicling. They regale us with more tales of ordinary slobs like you and me set to a perfect pop melodies.

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The Current Sessions®

Bachelor talk collaboration, play songs from 'Doomin' Sun'

Bachelor - Virtual Session

Bachelor, the duo including Palehound's Ellen Kempner and Jay Som's Melina Duterte, join The Current for a virtual session to play tracks from their debut release, Doomin' Sun. The duo catch up with The Current about recording the record in Topanga, CA, the emotional meshing that takes place in a new collaboration, and writing to cope with fears of mortality.

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Rostam talks sequencing and saxophone, plays tracks from 'Changephobia'

Rostam - Virtual Session

From his studio in California, Rostam joins The Current to play songs from his sophomore record, 'Changephobia'. We catch up with the prolific producer, songwriter, and composer about the sequencing decisions he made on the record, incorporating the saxophone as a central sound, and referencing grunge in his work for the first time.

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Cautious Clay talks album sequencing, plays tracks from 'Deadpan Love'

Cautious Clay - Virtual Session

Brooklyn-based songwriter and producer Cautious Clay joins The Current to play a few tracks from his upcoming record, Deadpan Love. Hear his conversation with Zeke about what makes a great taco, how Disney's Aladdin got him interested in music, and the contrasting hot and cold energies on his new record.

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Flock of Dimes on the importance of community for artists, play tracks from 'Head of Roses'

Flock of Dimes - Virtual Session

Fresh off the release of her new record, 'Head of Roses,' Flock of Dimes' Jenn Wasner joins The Current to talk about the self exploration of songwriting, recording the new record with her close pal Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso, and the value of personal community in making art. Plus, hear performances of tracks from the new record--filmed in Joshua Tree, California with Meg Duffy of Hand Habits.

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Wolf Alice play tracks from 'Blue Weekend'

Wolf Alice - Virtual Session

British alt-rockers Wolf Alice join The Current for a virtual session, and play songs from their new record, Blue Weekend. Ellie and Joff catch up with The Current's Jill Riley about recording the album without tight timelines, playing this year's Glastonbury Festival, and more.

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Coffee Break: 9:30 Happy Hour

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For today's Coffee Break in honor of our trivia guests, what songs do you want to hear for a 9:30 Happy Hour? Think of songs that mention a type of drink -- beer, wine, liquor, etc. Hey - it's 9:30 somewhere!

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Trivia Week, Day Four: Beer and Music


Trivia Week, Day four, features questions that mash up beer styles and music. Going head to head on this topic are Bauhaus Brew Labs' Matt Schwandt and Utepils Brewing Company's Joe Lien. You can test your knowledge with seven bonus questions.

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