Super Furry Animals: An unconventional pop paradigm


Gimmicks - even good ones - rarely have their desired effect on music fans. You wear a single sparkly glove, change your name to an unpronounceable symbol, study the Kabala, or travel with an entourage of Harajuku girls … and inevitably, your outlandish antics just end up as late-night monologue fodder. Musical purists know better: No self-respecting band would dress up in yeti costumes to perform, gatecrash British music festivals in a bright blue tank, or tether giant balloons shaped like diabolical bears outside their venues. No band with any hope of ongoing success would release a single with 52 repetitions of the "f" word, or record Paul McCartney chomping on some roughage for a "carrot and celery rhythm track." Except, of course, for Super Furry Animals.

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Trish Keenan

Broadcast perform in studio


Trish Keenan of the British duo Broadcast passed away Jan. 14 of complications from pneumonia. She battled the illness for two weeks in intensive care.

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Slug of Atmosphere

Atmosphere performs in studio


Slug of Atmosphere joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to perform songs from his latest album, You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having, that is once again putting Atmosphere and local hip hop label Rhymesayers at the forefront of the hip hop scene.

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M.I.A.

M.I.A. performs in studio


Maya Arulpragasam stopped by the Current studios to chat with Mark Wheat and perform her politically-inclined songs that blend elements of baile funk, dancehall, grime, and hip-hop.

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The National

The National perform in studio


It wasn't until they moved to New York City from Cincinatti that the members started playing together. The group joined Danny Sigelmann in the Current studios to perform and discuss life in a band with your brother.

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Whisper in the Noise perform in studio


Frontman West Thordson formed the group in 2002 and in that short time they've gone on to play the prestigious All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in England that was curated by Tortoise and Mogwai. They joined Steve Seel in the Current studios to perform their signature dark atmospheric songs from their latest release, "As the Bluebird Sings."

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Skeletons and the Girl-Faced Boys perform in studio


Skeletons is the monikor for NYC native Matt Mehlan and his various friends make up the Girl-Faced Boy. They're one of the few 'rock' bands on the electronic label Ghostly International, and that's using the term lightly.

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Aimee Mann in-studio appearance


Aimee Mann, lead singer of the influential band Til Tuesday, is currently touring in support of her newest solo album "The Forgotten Arm." Aimee took some time before heading to her next tour stop to speak with The Current's Steve Seel.

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The Current Sessions®

Mike Doughty: Virtual Session

Mike Doughty: Virtual Session

Mike Doughty joins Morning Show host Jill Riley from his home in Memphis to talk about his new project Ghost Of Vroom, his latest book I Die Each Time I Hear The Sound. Plus, hear performances of a few recent tracks and a familiar favorite.

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Bartees Strange: Virtual Session

Bartees Strange - Virtual Session

Bartees Strange joins Jade for a virtual session to play songs from his latest record, Live Forever, out now on Memory Music. They'll also be talking about leaving places that prevent you from feeling free, covering The National and SAMIA, and what he's working on in his studio for his family this Christmas.

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Nilufer Yanya: Virtual Session

Nilufer Yanya - Virtual Session

Nilufer Yanya joins Sean McPherson to play songs from her new EP, Feeling Lucky? which was released earlier this month. They'll be discussing the freedoms of releasing EPs over albums, why she loves writing angry songs, and recalibrating to a year without live shows.

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Jade Bird: Virtual Session

Jade Bird Virtual Session

Jade Bird joins Jill Riley of The Current's Morning Show to talk about moving to Austin, working with legendary Nashville producer Dave Cobb on her upcoming release, and what she's been up to this year.

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Prince: The Story of 1999

The Current Morning Show Features

Coffee Break: The sound of 2005

LCD Soundsystem

The Current will be celebrating our Sweet 16 on Sunday (look ma! we can drive!), and since we can't celebrate with our normal birthday parties at First Avenue this year we thought we'd take a look back on 2005, the year it all began.

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Today in Music History: Remembering Michael Hutchence of INXS


Steve Perry was born; MTV hit the West Coast; Buddy Holly made his last recordings in his New York City apartment; The Beach Boys went into the studio to record "Wouldn't It Be Nice"; MTV started broadcasting to the West Coast; and Michael Hutchence of INXS was born, Today in Music History.

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