The Hopefuls perform in The Current studios

It's been over four-and-a-half years since The Hopefuls released their debut "The Fuses Refuse to Burn." Formerly named The Olympic Hopefuls until the Olympic committee protested, they've had more changes than just their name before the release of their new album, "Now Playing at the One-Seat Theater."

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Longwave performs in The Current studios

With their fourth album "Secret are Sinister" under their belts, Brooklyn indie-rockers Longwave are hoping the release of this album will go better than the last. Challenges like Hurricane Katrina, a record label merger, and a canceled tour plagued the release of their previous album "There's A Fire." After some encouragement, the band decided to record another record.

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Golden Animals perform live in The Current studio

They met in Brooklyn where the duo of guitarist Tommy Eisner and drummer Linda Beecroft created the bluesy psychedelic folk-rock of Golden Animals. After the release of their first EP in 2006, they moved to southern California for a more laidback atmosphere to write their full-length.

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Wayne Coyne brings Christmas to Mars

It's natural that the Flaming Lips' new dramatic feature film, Christmas on Mars - conceived by bandleader Wayne Coyne and billed as "a fantastical film freak-out" - should contain all of the psychedelia, drama, humor and hopefulness that fans have come to love about the band's music itself.

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Heiruspecs performs in The Current studios

The heavy-touring Hip Hop group Heiruspecs formed in 1997 while in a high school recording arts program at St. Paul Central High School. The band is mostly known for their raw, live sound.

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Ryan Adams performs in The Current studios

Ryan Adams may have left behind the confines of the "alt-country" genre long ago, but the moniker still tends to cling to him - despite having spent a fair chunk of the past decade-plus making music that has drawn from a broad and deep well of influences.

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Dan Wilson performs in The Current studios

Minneapolis' Dan Wilson has been known as many things: frontman in Semisonic and guitarist in Trip Shakespeare, Grammy Award winner for writing The Dixie Chicks' "Not Ready To Make Nice," and producer for two of Mike Doughty's albums. He's also worked with musicians like Rachael Yamagata, Mandy Moore, Jeremy Messersmith, and Jason Mraz. In 2007, Dan Wilson released a solo album, "Free Life" on Rick Rubin's American Recordings. With all of that on his musical resume, he still calls the Twin Cities home.

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Jump-starting the auto industry

Members of Congress are wrangling over details of a proposal that would help struggling U.S. auto makers. The plan would require that the industry reinvent itself to survive - and that it pay back the government if it doesn't.

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Krista Detor performs in The Current studio

Singer-songwriter Krista Detor has roots all over the U.S., including California, North Dakota, and her current home in Bloomington, Indiana. She's moved around a lot in her career and her touring schedule echoes that long road. She'll be doing her third European tour in 12 months in March of 2009.

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Michigander perform a seven-song #MicroShow set at Icehouse

Michigander - MicroShow

"It's good to be playing music again," said Jason Singer of Detroit's Michigander, who took the stage at Icehouse in Minneapolis with a seven-song #MicroShow set from across their discography, including tracks from their latest release, 'Everything Will Be OK Eventually'.

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Ya Tseen discuss collaborating in a spaceship, and not getting precious about it

Ya Tseen, the newest project from the multi-disciplinary Indigenous artist Nicholas Galanin, joins The Current to play songs from their debut record Indian Yard. Galanin and his longtime collaborator OCnotes discuss the making of the record, their spaceship recording studio in Sitka, Alaska, and the importance of not getting precious about your work in collaborations.

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LUMP perform songs from 'Animal' in virtual session

LUMP - Virtual Session

LUMP--the collaborative project between Laura Marling and Tunng's Mike Lindsay--join The Current to play songs from their sophomore record, Animal. The duo catch up with The Current's Jill Riley about how they came together, the freedoms of exploring a new sound in this project, and the 8 foot tall tulle puppet Laura's been working on.

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Coffee Break: Greatest Songs of All Time

For the first time in 17 years, Rolling Stone has updated their rankings of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, tell us what you think of their rankings! Who you think should've made the top 20?

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