The best albums of 2013 so far

Now that the year is half-past, it’s become somewhat of a tradition to pause and reflect on the music that’s come out thus far. One writer in particular, Chris Riemenschneider at the Star Tribune, has been compiling his mid-year best-of list for 11 years now, and he stopped by the Local Show this past weekend…

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Artist of the Month: The Soviettes

This year, we’ll be spotlighting a prominent Minnesota musician or band each month with our new Artist of the Month feature. You’ll be able to hear a variety of songs from throughout the artists’ career on both the Local Current stream and the Local Show, and you can read more about the artists’ history and their role in…

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Watch Low play their historic one-song set at Rock the Garden 2013

The skies cleared just in time for Alan Sparkhawk, Mimi Parker and Steve Garrington from second act Low. The Duluth trio set the twitter world abuzz when they performed one song for 27 minutes, an experiential variation of "Do You Know How to Waltz?" from their 1996 studio album The Curtain Hits the Cast at Rock the Garden 2013.

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Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley

9:30 Coffee Break: Road Trip

Let's play some songs for road triping for today's 9:30 Coffee Break. Suggest songs about travel, driving, and road trips and we'll pick out a couple to play to get us in gear for the holiday.

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Local Gig List: July 1-7

  Monday, July 1 Sleep Study, American Authors, Taj Raj 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis 8 p.m., $8 adv/$10 door, 18+ If you missed Taj Raj at their big release show at the Turf last month, tonight’s gig gives curious fans another chance to sample their new alt-country influenced rock sound up close. And judging by…

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Dan Deacon

Watch Dan Deacon perform underground at Rock the Garden 2013

Composer and electronic musician Dan Deacon is known for his experimental and interactive shows. When a lightning storm rolled through minutes before his outdoor set was set to begin, it sparked the idea to move his gear and the dance party underground, and the impromptu performance in Walker Art Center's parking garage gave an energized start for fans at Rock The Garden 2013. Highlights from the set are backed by Deacon's "Konono Ripoff No. 1."

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Canada Day parade

9:30 Coffee Break: Canada Day

We're giving a tip of the hat to our friends up north with today's Coffee Break. What Canadian artists/bands do you want to hear to celebrate Canada Day?

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Twins Spring Training

The Sporting Life with Michael Rand: Twins vs Yankees

Today Michael Rand chatted with The Morning Show's Jill Riley and Jade about the Timberwolves draft picks, the upcoming series for the Twins against the Yankees, and he explains the whole murder plot that involves the player from the Patriots.

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March Music Madness


The Current Sessions®

Live Virtual Session: Lissie

Lissie - Live Virtual Session

Singer-songwriter Lissie connects with Jill Riley to perform a live virtual session, and also to talk about the ways she's staying creative and connecting with her fans during this time of quarantine.

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Best Coast play songs from 'Always Tomorrow' live in The Current studio

Best Coast perform in The Current studio

After a three-year gap since their last release, Best Coast are back with a new album 'Always Tomorrow.' Frontperson Bethany Cosentino expounds on that hopeful title. ' I think the overall theme of the album is very much the idea that at times we can be our own worst enemies, and learning to get out of our way and let life happen,' she says. Listen to Best Coast's full session, recorded live in The Current studio.

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Wolf Parade perform a Microshow at Icehouse in Minneapolis

Wolf Parade Microshow at Icehouse

On Saturday, Feb. 15, Wolf Parade recorded what may have been the loudest Microshow to date as they played a live set at Icehouse in Minneapolis. The audience consisted of lucky winners who had entered for a chance to attend this intimate performance.

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Apps and Listening Tools

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The Current app

Download The Current's app to hear a crisp, high-fidelity stream of our station (and our additional streams) wherever you go!

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The Current Morning Show Features

Coffee Break: Filling the time

For the most part, minus essential workers and people exercising outside or shopping for necessities, we're truly supposed to be at home. So for today's Coffee Break let us know - what are you doing to stay busy? And are there any songs that reflect those actions?

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Doris Day

Today in Music History: Remembering Doris Day

Doris Day was born; Elvis Presley played on TV; The Marcels and later, the Temptations, had memorable No. 1 hits; the nascent Sex Pistols opened for Joe Strummer's earlier band; a British music magazine apologized to Morrissey; and Sebastian Bach was born, Today in Music History.

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