The Red Pens

Red Pens perform in The Current studios

Red Pens are Howard W. Hamilton III and Laura F. Bennet. The duo met when a friend introduced them to work on an art project. Their unique sound and ambitious schedule of weekly shows has made them one of the most talked about bands in the Twin Cities.

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Mason Jennings

Mason Jennings live in The Current studio

With the release of his eighth album "Blood of Man," Mason Jennings is exploring a world that is remarkably foreign from the one he has called home for seven previous albums. While the electric guitar is in no way a new piece of futuristic equipment, Mason has used it to create a sound that is a bit darker and edgier than anything he has done before.

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Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor performs live in The Current studio

Playing the piano has always been a part of Russian-born Regina Spektor's life. She grew up in a family of musicians with her father, a violinist, and her mother, a music professor. She took piano lessons in Russia until 1989 when her family moved via Austria and Italy to the Bronx, where she continued studying classical piano.

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Brother Ali

Brother Ali performs live at the Minnesota State Fair

Prolific, insightful, inspiring... The indisputable praise for Minneapolis dwelling Brother Ali can go on and on. Mark Wheat hosts this influential hip-hop artist at the State Fair, just a few weeks before the September, 2009 release of his new album, "Us."

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#MicroShow: The Record Company on May 29

The Record Company

The Record Company, a power-trio of raw roots rock musicians, are making a special stop in Minnesota and The Current and New Belgium Brewing Company have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see them play a small venue... and the only way in is to win.

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The Current Sessions®

Lake Street Dive perform in The Current studio

Lake Street Dive in The Current studio

To be clear, Lake Street Dive didn't 'self produce' their latest album, 'Free Yourself Up.' 'We produced each other,' says drummer Mike Calabrese. 'And there really is no better producer for us as individuals than the other members of the band.' Lake Street Dive recently visited The Current to play songs from the new record, including the hit single, 'Good Kisser.'

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John Maus performs in The Current's studio

John Maus performs in The Current's studio

He grew up in Austin, Minnesota, and he's been back for about seven years. Recently, synthesizer icon John Maus stopped by The Current to perform "Episode," "Touchdown," "Pure Rockets," and "Quantum Leap."

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Naked Giants perform in The Current studio

Jade in the studio with Naked Giants

Seattle's Naked Giants are new enough to the music scene, they're still working out their reason for being. Drummer Henry LaVallee distills it to one accessible idea: "It's all about eliciting emotion," he says. Listen to Naked Giants perform a set of rocking tunes from their debut album 'SLUFF,' in an in-studio session hosted by Jade.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Rock & Roll Lifestyle


Listener Patrick wrote in with a great suggestion for today's theme. He said, "I realized there are a wealth of great songs that lampoon rock and roll life, whether spoofing the industry or the fan side. I think the listener community would come up with a fun and funny list." So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that reference that Rock & Roll lifestyle?

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Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers album art

Today in Music History: 'Sticky Fingers' hit No. 1

Jerry Lee Lewis started an ill-fated U.K. tour; Paul McCartney had a 'silly' song go to No. 1; the Boss set a record for number of consecutive concerts at a single arena; and the Rolling Stones had an album that stuck at No. 1 for four weeks, Today in Music History.

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