Best New Bands of 2012


January 11 marks the 2013 installment of First Avenue's long-running Best New Bands showcase. The line-up this year is filled with bands that made a huge impression in the local community last year. Among the mix are high-school born acts Bomba De Luz and John Mark Nelson, Strange Names' '80s-influenced dance-pop, the dirty electro of Wiping Out Thousands, Picked To Click winners The Chalice, Eric Pollard's new Bob Dylanesque affair Actual Wolf and the brand spankin' new group Eleganza!, hopefully filling a void that rockers The Rockford Mules left after breaking up in the fall.

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Artist of the Month: Dan Wilson


Starting in 2013, we’ll be spotlighting a prominent Minnesota musician each month with our new Artist of the Month feature. You’ll be able to hear a variety of songs from throughout the artists’ career on both the Local Current stream and the Local Show, and you can read more about each person’s history and their…

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Prince

Purple Current Feedback

Purple Current

Thank you for being among the first people to listen to Purple Current, our music stream dedicated to exploring Prince's musical universe. Have any feedback or thoughts on the programming? Please let us know.

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The Current Sessions®

Phoebe Bridgers performs in The Current studio

Phoebe Bridgers performs in The Current studio

The lyrics of Phoebe Bridgers' songs are so emotionally vivid, it makes sense that when it comes to songwriting, Bridgers follows her gut. 'I don't really have a process that I could write out for anybody or tell anybody how to do it,' Bridgers says. 'It's just whatever happens to be on my mind.' In town for a sold-out show at the Turf Club, Bridgers and her band & stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Jade.

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L7 rock the rafters at The Current

L7 perform in The Current studio

Los Angeles band L7 gave the structural integrity of the Bill Kling Public Media Center in St. Paul got a good test today with a rocking set in the The Current studio, in a session hosted by Mary Lucia. 'We're a meat-and-potatoes rock band with a conscience and some humor,' says L7 frontperson Donita Sparks.

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Margaret Glaspy performs in The Current studio

Margaret Glaspy in The Current studio

'Born Yesterday,' the new EP from Margaret Glaspy, was largely written while Glaspy was on tour. 'That's why it's only three songs!' Glaspy laughs. In town for a show at First Avenue, Glaspy, along with guitarist Julian Lage, stopped in The Current studio for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Minnesota music

: On the road with Babes in Toyland,1990.

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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american idiot

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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