Kat Bjelland on Babes in Toyland and her long and winding career


Kat Bjelland of Babes in Toyland has kept a low profile in recent years. It’s been almost a decade since she’s performed live, and about six years since she last issued any music under her most recent project, Katastrophy Wife. But though she has stayed under the radar here in the Twin Cities, she has…

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Meet Têtes Noires and the Clams, two of Minneapolis’s first all-female rock bands


In honor of Women’s History Month, much of this week’s Local Show was focused squarely on the influential women in Minneapolis’s rock scene. And what an interesting project it’s been, tracing everything back to the very beginning. Many associate Babes and Toyland and the bands they would share bills with—Zuzu’s Petals, Smut, the Menstrual Tramps,…

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Anonymous Choir

Anonymous Choir performs in The Current studios


Dark Dark Dark's Nona Marie started her Anonymous Choir back in 2011, featuring a rotating cast of female musicians and close friends, some of which had never performed in a band before. The result is a gorgeous, stirring and stripped-down project focused solely on covers of their favorite musicians.

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Tame Impala

Theft of the Dial: Tame Impala


Kevin Parker and Jay "Gumby" Watson of Australian neo-psychedelic masters Tame Impala stopped by the studio to chat with David Campbell during Radio Free Current and take over our airwaves to play a handful of their favorite tunes on another edition of Theft of the Dial.

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David Bowie

New Hot - 3 b's: Bowie, Banhart and (Wild) Belle


This week on New Hot, read about a young band from Chicago signed to a major label, a musician who brought back the "freak-folk" style and a living legend who has sold over 140 million albums. These are our three recommended releases for Tuesday, March 12.

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Brother Ali gives us a preview of this weekend’s Nobel Peace Prize Forum


This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Minneapolis-based Nobel Peace Prize Forum, and the second year that the Forum is incorporating hip-hop into its programming. Following on the heels of last year’s successful presentation and Q&A session with Dessa, this year’s summit will include a special evening with Minneapolis’s own Brother Ali and Syrian-American…

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Atlas Genius

Rising stars Atlas Genius perform in The Current studio


Adelaide, Australia's Atlas Genius got signed to Warner Brothers in the wake of the success of their sleek, melodic indie-rock tune "Trojans," released as a single back in 2011. The quartet gave us a taste of their evolving sound on last summer's Through the Glass EP, and just a couple of weeks ago they released their debut LP When It Was Now.

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The Current Sessions®

Live Virtual Session: Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes

Dawes - Live Virtual Session

In a virtual interview and live session with The Current's Mac Wilson, Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith talked about how their music, whether it's their 2016 album We're All Gonna Die or their upcoming seventh studio album Good Luck With Whatever, has unintentionally ended up being very suited to the current moment.

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Live Virtual Session: Kathleen Edwards

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Kathleen Edwards joins The Current's Bill DeVille for a Live Virtual Session. The two talked about Edwards's return to music after several years' absence, about her recent collaboration with Maren Morris, and about her experiences running a coffee shop called Quitters.

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Live Virtual Session: Margo Price

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Margo Price joins The Current's Jill Riley for a Live Virtual Session to talk about writing her new record, fitting in the Nashville music scene, and her signing with Loma Vista Records. Hear tracks from Margo's new record, 'That's How Rumors Get Started.'

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Live Virtual Session: Lianne La Havas

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Lianne La Havas joins The Current's Sean McPherson for a Live Virtual Session to talk about and to play two songs from her 2020 self-titled release, releasing Friday. La Havas also plays a selection from her 2015 release, 'Blood.'

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Live Virtual Session: Sorry

Sorry - Live Virtual Session

Asha Lorenz and Louis O'Bryen, the founding members of the British post-punk outfit Sorry, joined Mac Wilson for a virtual 3-song set and interview with The Current.

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Coffee Break: Hip hop

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Aug. 11, 1973 is considered the official birthdate of hip hop. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what hip hop would you like to hear?

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Death Cab for Cutie in concert at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul

Today in Music History: Happy Birthday, Ben Gibbard


Neil Sedaka had a poppy hit at the top of the charts; the Knack had the knack for album sales; Led Zeppelin played their final U.K. show; Bruce Springsteen topped the album charts in the U.S. and Britain; Ray Parker Jr. had a No. 1 single with the theme from a popular film; and Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie is 40, Today in Music History.

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