First Aid Kit

The Chart Show: New Year, new frontier


After a three week hiatus and lots of inductions to the Chart Show Hall of Fame to round out the year, we're blessed with a bumper batch of new entries. Spoon, alt-J and Ryan Adams—regular denizens of the Chart in 2014—return with new songs and four of the other eight Chart debuts (Doomtree, Belle and Sebastian, Brandi Carlile, Modest Mouse) are off albums yet to be released!

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Bowie and the Boomers: What generation does Ziggy Stardust belong to?


This past weekend my girlfriend and I made a quick road trip to catch the last day of the David Bowie Is exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, after watching the associated documentary. I came away with a wealth of new insight into the chameleonic pop star, but the fact that really stuck in my brain…

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Premiere: Taggart & Rosewood, ‘The Eastern Five (Shot on Site)’


Who are Taggart & Rosewood? They made a mysterious debut this past summer at the Totally Gross National Party, playing music that sounds altogether new yet also strangely familiar. That sense of familiarity comes because the two masked men are no strangers to local music fans: they’re superproducer Ryan Olson (Poliça, Lizzo, Marijuana Deathsquads) and…

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X

Brian Oake talks about why the band X matter


'John Doe, Exene Cervenka, DJ Bonebrake and Billy Zoom are four of the most important people in the history of American music,' Brian Oake says. 'I do not say that with hyperbole.' Hear more about X, who will be playing this year's Rock The Garden.

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Listen to Looch: why X mean so much to me

X honored at Hollywood Rockwalk

This week, Mary Lucia talks about legendary Los Angeles punk-rock band X, who are playing Rock the Garden 2019. As a longtime fan, Lucia explains why X mean so much to her -- and why it's important to see X perform.

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Theft of the Dial: Exene Cervenka and John Doe

John Doe and Exene Cervenka

Currently enjoying a 40th anniversary tour with their groundbreaking and iconic punk-rock band, X, Exene Cervenka and John Doe stopped at The Current to take control of the airwaves on a Theft of the Dial. Cervenka and Doe spin tracks by some of their favorite artists and share a few stories along the way.

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The Current Rewind

Playlist: Aar Maanta Youtube hits

Still from Aar Maanta's music video

YouTube has become an indispensable tool for Somali artists to share their music and create an online community. To give you a sense of the music and stories that exist on London-based Somali musician Aar Maanta's channel, we put together a list of some of the singer-songwriter's videos.

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The Current Rewind

The Current Rewind: Aan WadaMidnimayno Minnesota


Ask most casual Minnesota music fans about the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis, and they'll probably tell you about the folk and blues hippie scene of the '60s and '70s. These days, the West Bank is home to a thriving Somali population, and several Somali-Minnesotans are famous throughout the diaspora for their own music and poetry. In this episode, we learn about music and community from our Somali neighbors.

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Photos: A tour of Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood


With venues like the Cedar Cultural Center, Palmer's Bar, and Mixed Blood Theatre, Minneapolis' West Bank has become a hub for Somali music and culture. Cedar-Riverside resident and KFAI radio host Abdirizak Bihi takes us for a tour of his neighborhood, which he calls "Little Mogadishu."

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Coffee Break: 123 XYZ

X the band in 1981

Today's featured artist performing at Rock the Garden on June 29 is X - one of the most influential bands to crash out of LA's punk movement of the late '70s, and a band who continues to make waves today. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that feature bands with initials or numbers in their name?

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