Cinematic Orchestra

The Cinematic Orchestra performs in the Current studio


The Cinematic Orchestra founder Jason Swinscoe has a background playing bass, guitar, and DJing. His head was filled with ideas and influences, such as his love of jazz bass players, rhythm sections, and film soundtracks. He put these passions together and created and sound and style all his own.

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Jamie T.

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

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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Gary Jarman of the Cribs

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, aka Annie Clark

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

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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The Current: Music News

Music News: Here are the musicians performing at the Oscars

David Rawlings in the studio

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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The Current Sessions®

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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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Shoveling playlist

Michelle Armstrong shovels her parents' driveway in North Mankato.

This week we smashed the record for the snowiest February in history as measured at the MSP airport, and it's the first time we've topped 30" since December 2010. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, let's make a shoveling playlist. As in, what songs would you want to shovel by? Take that as you will.

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