Erin McKeown

First Listen: Erin McKeown, 'Manifestra'

Erin McKeown is a genuine independent: Her seventh album, Manifestra, is self-released, following a succession of detours and hairpin turns that have led her through folk, pop, rock, jazz standards and swing, along with many hybrids thereof.

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Local Gig List: New Year’s Eve 2012

2012 was a prosperous time for Minnesota music, and it’s hard to believe that the year is already drawing to a close. Why not usher in 2013 with the help of a little local music? Below, we’ve rounded up some of our top choices for New Year’s Eve celebrations in the Twin Cities. All shows…

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Alt-J - An Awesome Wave

Best New Artists of 2012

The Current plays new music every day, but these 10 artists stood out to you. Here are your picks for the best new artists of 2012.

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Top Videos of 2012

Radio didn't kill the video star. Here are the top ten videos of 2012 as voted by The Current's listeners.

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Rock the Garden 2012

Top Concerts of 2012

The votes have been counted! Here are the best concerts of 2012 according to listeners of 89.3 The Current.

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The Current Sessions®

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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Gang of Youths spread hope and joy in The Current studio

Gang of Youths perform in The Current studio

'I think the whole point of our career was to bring a sense of hope and joy to the circumstances that are devoid of it,' says Gang of Youths frontman David Le'aupepe. 'I think every artist has their purpose, and I think in Gang of Youths, we've sort of found ours.' The Sydney-based band recently visited The Current, where they played their uplifting and empowering songs.

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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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