Joe Jackson

Catching up with Joe Jackson


Joe Jackson has been turning out music for more than 40 years, and has just released a new album, 'Fool.' The Current's Jim McGuinn recently connected with Jackson to talk about his career then and now. 'The best work that I've done is always the latest,' Jackson says. 'It's always what I'm most excited about.' Check out the complete interview.

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Sunflower Bean perform in The Current studio

Sunflower Bean perform in The Current studio


Less than a year after the release of their most recent full-length album, New York band Sunflower Bean dropped an EP, 'King of the Dudes.' The new release exudes a sense of fun. 'We ended up really experimenting with a different side of ourselves,' explains Sunflower Bean's Julia Cummings when the band stopped in for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.

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Listen: The story of the Hopefuls in 15 songs


On Feb. 8, author Paul Allen joined Jay Gabler on the Local Current stream to discuss his new book 'The Hopefuls: Chasing a Rock 'n' Roll Dream in the Minnesota Music Scene.' Listen to their conversation, along with 15 songs from the band and related projects.

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After touring with ska legends, the Prizefighters debut new album at Turf Club


Ska music in the Twin Cities has long had a passionate — if underappreciated — community. Tonight at the Turf Club, ska veterans the Prizefighters will perform in celebration of the band’s second full-length album, Firewalk, alongside other mainstays in the network of local ska bands including Umbrella Bed and Down ‘N’ Dirty Dancehall. In an e-mail,…

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Sheila E. honors Prince with stunning set at Timberwolves halftime


Sheila E. lit up Target Center last night with a high-energy halftime performance during the Minnesota Timberwolves’ close victory over the Houston Rockets. The long-time Prince collaborator and friend was enlisted by the Timberwolves to perform as part of the NBA’s 2018-19 City Edition initiative, which highlights each team’s hometown history. Naturally, the Minneapolis team…

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Music News: Here are the musicians performing at the Oscars


Queen are playing the Oscars...and guess who's handling lead vocals? Also in the news today: iconic album cover photographer Guy Webster dies at 79; Vampire Weekend release a breakfast-themed music video; and a trio of British music stories including a new gender-equity initiative, a pair of acoustic Billie Eilish gigs, and a pub shouted out by the Clash is reportedly set to close.

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Sunflower Bean perform in The Current studio


Less than a year after the release of their most recent full-length album, New York band Sunflower Bean dropped an EP, 'King of the Dudes.' The new release exudes a sense of fun. 'We ended up really experimenting with a different side of ourselves,' explains Sunflower Bean's Julia Cummings when the band stopped in for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.

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Dorothy perform in The Current studio

Dorothy perform in The Current studio

The band Dorothy's latest album, '28 Days in the Valley,' was produced by none other than Linda Perry, the extraordinary producer and songwriter (and former 4 Non Blondes frontperson) behind massive hits for artists like Pink and Christina Aguilera. Dorothy recently visited The Current for a session hosted by Jill Riley.

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Abby Jeanne performs in The Current studio

Abby Jeanne performs at The Current

A rising musician out of Milwaukee, Abby Jeanne recently released a new album, 'Music Box Dancer.' Although Jeanne is a multi-instrumentalist, she says her primary instrument is her voice -- and on hearing these soulful songs, that becomes abundantly clear. Before Abby Jeanne performs at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis on Wednesday, Jan. 30, she and her band stopped at The Current studio for a session hosted by Mark Wheat.

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Coffee Break: Let's make a John Hughes soundtrack

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Thanks to listener John who wrote in and reminded us that yesterday was John Hughes' birthday. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, let's make a soundtrack to a fictional John Hughes teen movie. What songs - spanning all genres - do you want to hear?

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Today in Music History: Happy Birthday, Dave Wakeling


Dave Wakeling was born; Harry Nilsson went to No. 1 with "Without You"; Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, for urinating on the Alamo; Smokey Robinson was born; and Stevie Wonder won the Grammy for Album Of The Year, Today in Music History.

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