Policy and a Pint: The China Tradeoff


Host Steve Seel was joined by Ambassador Alan Holmer, special envoy for China and the Strategic Economic Dialogue, and Tony Lorusso, executive director of the Minnesota Trade Office, at the Varsity Theater on July 10.

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Judith Owen performs in The Current studios


Signing with a large record label has always been a career goal for most performers, but Judith Owen says it doesn't necessarily guarantee success. After a huge management shake down at Capitol Records, Owen regained the ownership of some of her songs and re-recorded them to be released on her new CD, "Mopping Up Karma."

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Aimee Mann performs in The Current studio


Aimee Mann came to the national spotlight in 1984 with the song "Voices Carry" by her band 'Til Tuesday. Since then, she has gone on to a successful solo career, distributing her own music via her label SuperEgo Records, recording a Christmas album, and getting her toe cut off in the movie The Big Lebowski.

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Roma di Luna performs in The Current studios


Roma di Luna is releasing their third studio album, "Casting the Bones" and it has a new feel. The sound of the local duo has transformed over the past months by adding the influence of other musicians and friends.

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Haley Bonar performs in the Current studios


Over a year in the making, local singer/songwriter Haley Bonar is releasing her third album, "Big Star" and on tour across the country with Haden. The new album, named after her favorite song, the title track is about irony and fame.

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Iron & Wine performs in The Current studios


Sam Beam is Iron & Wine. That's the moniker for the singer/songwriter behind the delicate guitar picking and soft-spoken voice that has covered The Postal Service's "Such Great Heights" and has been featured on a psychedelic M&Ms commercial. Iron & Wine has also released three full-length albums and a whole slew of EPs.

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Old 97s perform in The Current studios


The Dallas, Texas band Old 97's was formed by singer/guitarist Rhett Miller and bassist Murry Hammond in 1993. They released their debut "Hitchhike To Rhome" in 1994 on the indie label Big Iron and in 1995 released "Wreck Your Life" on Bloodshot Records.

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Chris Koza performs in The Current studio


Twin Cities songwriter Chris Koza is out with a new album titled "The Dark, Delirious Morning." It's his third full-length recording. The disc is already being called "Beatle-esque" and "bouncy" and Koza admits he's pretty proud of it.

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The Current Sessions®

Tash Sultana: Virtual Session

Tash Sultana - Virtual Session

Tash Sultana plays tracks from their sophomore record, Terra Firma, out now on Lonely Lands Records. Sultana talks to The Current's Maddie about moving into their studio to work on the record, how their recording process changed in quarantine, and tales from their busking days.

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Michigander: Virtual Session

Michigander - Virtual Session

Mary Lucia connected with Jason Singer and Jake LeMond of Michigander for a virtual session to hear a few tracks from their upcoming EP, Everything Will Be OK Eventually. The three compare notes on Spoon, making music in the midwest, and what's in store for the band in the next year.

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TV Priest: Virtual Session

TV Priest - Virtual Session

Maddie connects with Charlie Drinkwater and Ed Kelland of London's TV Priest to hear about their debut record, 'Uppers,' out now on Sub Pop Records. The three discuss the wedding gigs that preceded the band's inception, their first and only official show to be played before the pandemic, and how the decades deep friendships within the band fosters honesty in their writing.

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Arlo Parks: Virtual Session

Arlo Parks - Virtual Session

West London's Arlo Parks joins Jill Riley for a virtual session--she'll be playing songs from her debut record Collapsed In Sunbeams, and talking about taking refuge in writing, and using art to lift others up.

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Julien Baker: Virtual Session

Julien Baker - Virtual Session

Julien Baker connects with The Current's Jill Riley to play a few tracks from her upcoming third studio record, Little Oblivions. In addition to the new record, Julien talks about the sense of communal creation that was instilled in her while growing up in Memphis, the tediousness of waiting to release a record, and the challenges of articulating highly personal work.

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Prince: The Story of 1999

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Coffee Break: Something to talk about

Spoon performing in Austin, Texas, in 2017

Well, a new study came out this week that says only 2% of conversations end when both participants want them to. As you chew on this study and reexamine all of your recent conversations, let's listen to some music inspired by this topic.

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