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Weekend Arts Roundup: Pop-Up Art


MPR News Arts Reporter Euan Kerr (filling in for Marianne Combs) joins The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about art that's popping up all over: puppets in Minneapolis, dancing in St. Paul, a play in Albert Lea and cat-video voting online.

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15 things you might not know about First Avenue


Whether you attend shows all the time or only make it out every now and again, chances are you’ve noticed some changes going down at First Avenue. The big star repainting that happened in 2010 caught a lot of people’s attention (and led to some outcry, as fans questioned which artists would remain and which […]

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Mary and Smudge

A Tribute to Smudge


Send your thoughts and best wishes to Mary and Smudge, who are making a very tough decision on Thursday after learning that Smudge requires another surgery from which she is not likely to bounce back.

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Haley Bonar, Secret Stash Soul Revue, Night Moves playing Summit’s Backyard Bash


It’s been a big year for the Secret Stash Soul Revue. Still riding high off the release of the Twin Cities Funk & Soul: Lost R&B Grooves from Minneapolis/St. Paul 1964-1979 compilation, groups like the Valdons and Sonny Knight have continued making appearances around town, selling out venues like Icehouse, the Dakota, and First Avenue, where […]

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The Current Sessions®

Spoon share tunes and thoughts from 'Hot Thoughts'

Spoon in The Current studio

In town for back-to-back sold-out shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel of Spoon wandered over to The Current for a session hosted by Brian Oake and Jill Riley. Daniel and Fischel played stripped-down versions of songs from 'Hot Thoughts' and from 2014's 'They Want My Soul,' and Daniel talked about what has made Spoon such an enduring band.

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J. Roddy Walston & the Business play songs from their forthcoming album

J. Roddy Walston & The Business in studio

It's been four years since J. Roddy Walston and the Business released their last album, but on Sept. 29, they'll release their fourth studio album, 'Destroyers Of The Soft Life.' In town to play a show at First Avenue, J. Roddy Walston and the Business stopped at The Current to play songs from the forthcoming record, in a session hosted by Mark Wheat.

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Grant Hart performs in The Current studios

Grant Hart

Grant Hart may be most well-known for his time spent in Husker Du as the band's drummer, but his solo career has been keeping time for far longer than the lifespan of Husker Du. Hart stopped by our studios to play new songs from his ambitious double album 'The Argument.'

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The War on Drugs share old and new songs at the Turf Club

The War on Drugs MicroShow

On Aug. 12, 2017, a select group of The Current's listeners were treated to a #MicroShow with The War on Drugs, who performed at the Turf Club in St. Paul. Attendees of the concert were those who had won tickets to the show through The Current's on-air and online giveaways to the event. The War on Drugs performed a set that included songs from their back catalogue as well as tunes from their new album, 'A Deeper Understanding.'

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Dance moves

Chubby Checker Twist

Today in 1960, former chicken plucker Chubby Checker went to No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "The Twist". So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention dancing - with special bonus points for songs that mention specific dance moves?

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