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: Peter Tork of the Monkees dies at 77

Peter Tork takes the mic with the Monkees in London, 1967.

Monkees bassist Peter Tork has died at age 77. Also in the news today: the 1975 win big at the Brits, and actor/singer Jussie Smollett is arrested in Chicago. Plus, Jade and Jay spotlight new releases from Better Oblivion Community Center, Gary Clark Jr., Sleaford Mods, and Yola.

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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: Bees!

Honeybees

Jill, Eric and Anna are obsessed with a story over at MPR News about the world's largest bee - spotted in Indonesia and recorded at an inch and a half long, with a tongue that's almost an inch long. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what bee songs and bands do you want to hear?

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Today in Music History: David Bowie mimes before T. Rex


Elvis Presley was at No. 1 with 'Rock-A- Hula Baby / Can't Help Falling In Love'; MTV dedicated a full 22 hours broadcast to The Monkees; Andy Warhol died; The Beatles recorded "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"; and David Bowie opened for T. Rex, Today in Music History.

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