Father John Misty

Listen to Looch: Talking about Father John Misty


We're looking forward to seeing Father John Misty perform at Rock the Garden, and this week on Listen to Looch, Mary Lucia is joined by Anna Reed from Oake and Riley in the Morning to ask you: What do you think about Father John Misty? Let's have a discussion about music!

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Prince

Your Prince soundtrack April 20-22


The Current is celebrating the life and legacy of Prince through music. As we approach two years since we lost the local legend, we will honor his musical contributions with a weekend packed with purple.

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Electric Fetus debuts ‘Fetus Girl’ Lego set


There was so much buzz surrounding First Avenue’s foray into Lego culture a few months back that it only feels appropriate to see another Twin Cities music landmark follow suit. The Electric Fetus record store has teamed up with Brickmania, a Minnesota-based group that creates and sells custom Lego sets. Brickmania was founded by designer…

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Record Store Day 2018: What’s happening in the Twin Cities


This coming Saturday, April 21, is the date for Record Store Day 2018 — and this year marks the tenth anniversary of the international event. As per tradition, there is a whole list of special releases and Record Store Day exclusives from artists both local and non-local. Record stores across the Twin Cities are jumping…

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Erik Brandt and the Urban Hillbilly Quartet at Radio Heartland

Erik Brandt and the Urban Hillbilly Quartet perform in the Radio Heartland studio


By day, Erik Brandt teaches high school English. But when he's not in front of the class, he's often performing music -- either as a solo act, or with his band, The Urban Hillbilly Quartet. Back with their first recording of original music in a decade, Erik Brandt and the Urban Hillbilly Quartet stopped in to our studio to play some of the new tunes.

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How to celebrate Prince this weekend in the Twin Cities


This weekend marks two years since we lost Prince — and Minnesota is coming together to celebrate his life and the legacy that he left behind. Here is a list of some of the Prince-related events happening this weekend. While you’re cruising around town, listen to our new stream Purple Current, which will be all-Prince…

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Prince symposium explores identity, Paisley staff memories on day 2


Prince took us to Uptown. He took us to church. And yesterday, he took us to school, drawing several dozen fans and scholars to the University of Minnesota for the second day of their “Prince from Minneapolis” symposium. After a breakfast of starfish (cookies) and coffee, attendees watched a handful of panels, many of which featured…

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The Current Sessions®

Lord Huron perform in The Current studio

Lord Huron perform in The Current studio

When Lord Huron stopped at The Current, their latest album, 'Vide Noir', was but three days old. 'For once we timed it right where the record came out when we started touring,' laughs Lord Huron frontman Ben Schneider. 'It feels good, it feels like the stars are aligned.' Listen to Lord Huron's in-studio session, hosted by Sean McPherson.

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Khruangbin perform in The Current studio

Khruangbin perform in The Current studio

It's easy to think Houston-based trio Khruangbin might be from Thailand. 'The first album was inspired by Thai music and our band name is Thai,' says bassist Laura Lee, 'but we pull from music from all over the world.' In town for a show at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Khruangbin stopped at The Current for a session hosted by David Safar.

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Bedouine performs in The Current studio

Bedouine performs in The Current studio

'This was really a passion project, this record,' Bedouine says. 'I didn't really think it would see the light of day. Everything else was really unexpected.' Now with a critically acclaimed debut album and a spot opening for Waxahatchee and Hurray For The Riff Raff, Bedouine stopped at The Current studio for a session hosted by Mark Wheat.

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Calexico perform in The Current studio

Calexico perform in The Current studio

Writing favorably about Calexico's new album, 'The Thread That Keeps Us,' many critics have described the album as freewheeling, gritty or aggressive. 'We were just having fun, just messing around,' explains Calexico frontman Joey Burns. 'You go in [to the studio] and you want to try something new.' Hear some of those new songs and more about Calexico in an in-studio session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Minnesota music

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Tomorrow is Record Store Day and as we prepare to celebrate our local record stores and small businesses, let's spend some time this morning listening to local musicians. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs from Minnesota artists do you want to hear?

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Today in Music History: 'American Idiot' opens on Broadway


Elvis Presley 'shook up' the singles charts; Deep Purple made their live debut; George Burns was in the Hot 100; numerous artists paid tribute to the late Freddie Mercury; Aerosmith got a grip with their 11th studio album; The Sound of Philadelphia became the first disco song to reach No. 1 in the singles charts; and 'American Idiot' opened on Broadway, Today in Music History.

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