Local Radar: Sun Gods To Gamma Rays


The Local Radar is getting a little revamp. Each week, we’ll focus on a single new release that we feel deserves a spotlight. Sun Gods To Gamma Rays Brianna Kocka reached out to me last year with a new project called Caetani (kay-tah-nee) which became one of my favorite discoveries of 2012. It was overlooked…

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P.O.S. reflects on his health and the current healthcare system


  Stef Alexander made national headlines last fall when he was forced to cancel his tour in support of his latest album to undergo treatment for kidney disease. Since that announcement, the hip-hop artist (and new Current DJ) known as P.OS. has received over $42,000 in donations from his fans—which is both an incredible stride…

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Northern Spark exhibit

9:30 Coffee Break: Up All Night


To help get you prepared for the all night long adventures at Northern Spark let's put together a list of songs that talk about staying up all night, staying awake, or not sleeping for today's 9:30 Coffee Break.

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Colin Hanks

Theft of the Dial: Colin Hanks


Colin Hanks, the oldest son of celebrated actor Tom Hanks, has racked up an impressive resume in his roughly 15 years in the family business, but he recently stopped by The Current studio and revealed another side of his personality—as it turns out, he's quite the musichead!

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Super Bowl

The Current Sessions®

Preservation Hall Jazz band perform a spirited #MicroShow at the Dakota Jazz Club

Preservation Hall Jazz Band MicroShow at the Dakota

Performing a MicroShow in Minneapolis carried with it a bit of history for the legendary New Orleans jazz outfit. 'The first time that the Preservation Hall Jazz Band ever played a show outside of New Orleans was here in Minneapolis in 1963,' bandleader and bassist Ben Jaffe told the audience before the group launched into a grooving, journeying three-number set.

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The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio

The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio

After a 24-year hiatus, the Dream Syndicate reunited in 2012 and realized they sounded like a new band. 'We were enjoying it and we figured, well, rather than keep playing the oldies circuit, let's make a new record,' says front man Steve Wynn. The resulting record is 'How Did I Find Myself Here?', and the Dream Syndicate recently found themselves in The Current studio for a session hosted by Jim McGuinn.

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The Rural Alberta Advantage wrap up their U.S. tour on Oake & Riley in the Morning

The Rural Alberta Advantage perform in The Current studio

The Rural Alberta Advantage wrapped up a massive tour with a show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, followed by a visit to Oake and Riley in the Morning before jetting back to Toronto. 'We always enjoy coming back to Minneapolis,' says front man Nils Edenloff. 'It was really good. It was probably the best way to kind of end our U.S. tour.' Hear more from the band as they look back on their tour and play songs from their latest album, 'The Wild.'

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Grizzly Bear perform in The Current studio

Grizzly Bear perform in The Current studio

Grizzly Bear's new album, 'Painted Ruins,' is their first in five years, and they've been busy touring in support of it. In town for a show at the Palace Theatre, Grizzly Bear stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mark Wheat.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: 5-dollar words

Samuel Longhorne Clemens

Mark Twain once said "Don't use a five-dollar word when a fifty-cent word will do." But when we played Car Seat Headrest's "Nervous Young Inhumans" this morning, Sean showed us a Pitchfork article about how an original version of the song used the word "galvanistic" but then Will Toledo took it out in later drafts. So for today's Coffee Break, what songs with 'five-dollar words' do you want to hear?

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