Billy Bragg

Theft of the Dial: Billy Bragg


Before playing a show with Joe Purdy at The Cedar, singer-songwriter Billy Bragg stopped by The Current studios to play a few of his favorite tracks and to chat with host Jill Riley of The Current's Morning Show about skiffle, Americana music and waving the flag for today's artists.

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Prince throws an unforgettable Paisley party, hints at more next weekend


Prince proved once again Saturday night that the best purple parties are the last-minute purple parties. He united his power trio 3rdEyeGirl and his sprawling NPG for a punchy, potent set that kept Paisley Park packed until 2:00 in the morning. Word of the show got out just days beforehand, and fans started lining up…

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Friday Five: The Cloak Ox, Hastings 3000, and more new videos


Are people starting to line up for tomorrow night’s Prince show at Paisley Park yet? You’ve heard it’s supposed to rain and thunderstorm all day tomorrow, right? This could get interesting… In the meantime, let’s stay dry indoors and sample a handful of the freshest videos to emerge from the Minnesota music scene. Happy Friday!…

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Martin Devaney puts the past behind him and releases House of Rust


Martin Devaney has a made a career out of championing the underdogs of the world. Looking back on his 12 years of songwriting, some of his most memorable songs are also the most heartbreaking; from “Bowling on Valentine’s Day” to “Outside Looking In” to “Flowers on the Doorstep,” his protagonists are constantly being put through…

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sandra bullock, george clooney, gravity

Cube Critics: 'Gravity'


MPR News' Cube Critic Euan Kerr joins Steve Seel and and Jill Riley to review the new space adventure film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

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The Current Sessions®

Larkin Poe perform in The Current studio

Larkin Poe perform in The Current studio

Sisters Megan and Rebecca Lovell are the nucleus of Larkin Poe. They perform powerful songs with a rootsy Southern underpinning. Their latest album, 'Venom & Faith,' was released on Nov. 9, 2018, and was self-produced. Larkin Poe stopped at The Current to talk about their songwriting process and to perform a couple tracks from the album, as well as one of their favorite Lead Belly tunes.

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Kurt Vile performs a solo acoustic set at The Current

Kurt Vile performs in The Current studio

Ahead of a show with his band the Violators in the First Avenue Mainroom, Kurt Vile stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mary Lucia. Vile played solo acoustic versions of a couple songs from his latest album, 'Bottle It In,' and one from his 2011 release, 'Smoke Ring for My Halo.'

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John Grant performs in The Current studio

John Grant performs in The Current studio

Michigan-born, Reykjavik-based musician John Grant is a fascinating individual even before he starts performing songs. Ahead of a show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis, Grant stopped at The Current studio to play songs and to engage in lively and thoughtful conversation with host Mac Wilson.

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Haley performs instrumentals from 'Pleasureland' in The Current studio

HALEY performs in The Current studio

Although Haley has composed instrumental music before, her 2018 release 'Pleasureland' is her first all-instrumental full-length. 'This was so much more satisfying when I wasn't trying to say something with words,' Haley says. 'It was how I felt and what I connected to.' Haley, along with Jeremy Ylvisaker, visited The Current studio to play music from 'Pleasureland.'

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Panic

Coffee Break graphic Oake & Riley

Thanks to Loran for writing in with today's theme idea -- songs that are NOT about keeping calm. What songs can you think of for today's 9:30 Coffee Break that mention panic, freaking out, hysteria, etc?

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