Halloween weekend 2017 in the Twin Cities: Where the bands are

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Halloween weekend in the Twin Cities is a great time for catching some great performances and going to parties. Even though the holiday of tricks and treats falls on a Tuesday this year, there’s no shortage of Halloween-themed parties around town over the days leading up to All Hallow’s Eve. Here are some standouts from…

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The Current's guide to music on TV: week of Oct. 23, 2017

Margo Price

Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. This week's highlights include Margo Price, JD McPherson, Fleet Foxes and Angel Olsen. See the complete listings.

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Live Current Volume 13

Listen to Live Current Volume 13


Each Fall, The Current collects some of the best live and in-studio performances of past year into one great album -- Live Current. This year, we release the thirteenth volume in the series.

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Giveaways

The Current Sessions®

alt-J bond with Mark Wheat and perform stripped-down songs in The Current studio


When alt-J came in to The Current studio, little did they know it would feel like a reunion of sorts. Before their show at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Joe Newman of alt-J stopped at The Current studio to play some songs -- and to meet and swap stories with Mark Wheat, a person with whom they share a lot of common background.

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Pinegrove perform in The Current studio

Pinegrove perform in The Current studio

Though 'Cardinal' was released back in Feb. 2016, Pinegrove are still selling out venues, like The Entry, in support of it. After some teasing of new music over this past summer, the promise of new music from Pinegrove is here. They stopped at The Current studio to share some of it.

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This Is The Kit unpack their songs in The Current studio

This is the Kit portraits at The Current

In town for a show at the Turf Club in St. Paul, This Is The Kit visited The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Mary Lucia. This Is The Kit's latest album is 'Moonshine Freeze,' their first release on the Rough Trade Records label, an arrangement that has helped the band enjoy a wider reach with its music.

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Listen to JD McPherson's in-studio session recorded in Nashville


In mid-September, Bill DeVille was in Nashville, Tenn., for Americana Fest. While there, DeVille connected with JD McPherson at Addiction Sound Studios in Nashville, where they recorded a live in-studio session. McPherson performed songs from his new album, 'Undivided Heart and Soul,' and he talked to DeVille about his recent move to Nashville, and about all the food he enjoyed at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair.

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Iron & Wine perform in The Current's studio

Iron & Wine visit The Current's studios

Iron & Wine released their sixth album of new material, Beast Epic, on August 25, 2017. Here's songwriter/lead vocalist Sam Beam and a full band playing "Call It Dreaming," "About A Bruise," and "Thomas County Law" in The Current's studio.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Release gimmicks

The Damned Strawberries

Today in 1982, The Damned released their album 'Strawberries', packaged with a strawberry-smelling lyric sheet. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from bands who released their album with some sort of gimmick?

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Maybelle Carter exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Today in Music History: Remembering Maybelle Carter


Maybelle Carter passed away; Dion cautioned everyone to keep away from 'Runaround Sue'; Stevie Wonder, age 12, recorded his first single for Motown; Nirvana played their first European show; Def Leppard played three continents in 24 hours; and Bob Dylan recorded 'The Times They Are A-Changin', Today in Music History.

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