M. Ward

M. Ward performs in our studio


M. Ward joined Mark Wheat in the Current studios to perform songs from his latest album, Transistor Radio. It's a concept album of sorts that addresses the conglomerization of commercial radio.

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Phoenix perform in studio


Thomas and Christian from French group Phoenix drop by the Current Studios to chat with Mary Lucia and perform acoustic versions of their songs.

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Jeff Hanson

Jeff Hanson performs in studio


Milwaukee, Wisconsin-native Jeff Hanson has been playing in a band since the age of 13, but it is only recently that he has gone the solo route. He joined Mark Wheat in the Current studios to talk about his decision to go solo and perform songs from his latest self-titled album.

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Joseph Arthur performs in studio


Hailing from the same city as the likes of the Black Keys, Akron, Ohio-based singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to perform songs from his latest release, "Come to Where I'm From."

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The Hold Steady

Hold Steady performs in studio


They may call New York City their home now, but their the sights and sounds of their hometown of Minneapolis. The group joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to perform and discuss life in the big city.

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Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings perform in studio


Having been born in Augusta, Georgia, the same town as the legendary James Brown, it should be no suprise that she's known to many as the "Queen of Funk." Sharon Jones brought the Daptones Record house band, the Dap Kings, into the Current studios to perform two songs.

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The Current: Music News

Music News: Broadway legend Carol Channing dies at 97

Carol Channing in Palm Springs, 2016.

Carol Channing, a legend of the musical stage, has died at 97. Also in the news today: Alicia Keys will host the Grammys, Maroon 5's Super Bowl halftime slot is officially official, Kanye West contributes to an epic art project, a new app for music discovery, and Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story' casts an unknown teenager to star as Maria.

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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: Deathbed playlist

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Thanks to Jesse for today's (morbid, but great) theme idea. A U.K. palliative care doctor has started paying attention to the music his patients request to be played as they are passing on. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, tell us -- what's the last song you want to hear before you die?

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