Friday Five: BdotCroc, Joey Van Phillips, and more new Minnesota music videos

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BdotCroc, “One Day” As the wind blows through BdotCroc‘s hair, she unleashes a gale-force rap song about growth, her story, and being “humble with an attitude.” VSZN‘s direction shines during the last minute of the video, when this true performer darts behind flame and firelight. Joey Van Phillips, “Sights On (feat. Cecil Otter and Jacob Mullis)”…

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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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Jillian Rae shares songs from new EP, 'Wanderlust,' on Radio Heartland

Jillian Rae sings in Studio M

On Saturday, Oct. 21, at Icehouse in Minneapolis, Jillian Rae is celebrating the release of her new EP, 'Wanderlust.' As the title suggests, the songs have a common theme about traveling. Jillian Rae stopped by the Radio Heartland studio to play some songs from the new recording and to share a few tales from the road.

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‘One big night, one little instrument’: Uke Fest enters its sixth year


Uke Fest is celebrating its sixth year, and marking its first year at the Hook and Ladder, this Saturday. The event, organized by local singer-songwriter Katy Vernon, will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with an open mic sponsored by the Minnesota Ukulele Army, followed by performances from 17 different local musicians starting at 7:30. The first…

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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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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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#MicroShow: Josh Ritter showcases songs from 'Gathering'

Josh Ritter MicroShow

On Sept. 23, 2017, a select group of The Current's listeners were treated to a #MicroShow with Josh Ritter, who performed at the Clown Lounge within the Turf Club in St. Paul. Ritter performed a number of songs from his latest album, 'Gathering,' which was released just one day before this MicroShow was recorded.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Father figure

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Without knowing each other's selections, both Jill and Brian chose songs for today's Song War that feature issues with a father. And at age 68, Billy Joel is expecting his third child. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention fathers?

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