The Frames perform in The Current studios


The lead singer of The Frames, Glen Hansard, started his career as a busker in Dublin. In 1990, he gathered together a bunch of musicians he knew from the streets and formed the band. After seventeen years of hard work, The Frames are one of the most popular bands in their native Ireland.

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Low performs in studio


Low is now a teenager. The Duluth band formed in 1994. Drummer Mimi Parker and guitarist Alan Sparhawk go back even farther than that - the spouses met in elementary school. Matt Livingston - the third bassist in their history - rounds out the group.

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Cloud Cult performs in studio


Cloud Cult, the Minnesota band with an extremely devoted national following, have a new album coming out. It's called The Meaning of 8. The band are famed for their live shows, which mix their music with videos, light shows and even have a couple of painters on stage who create during concerts.

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Sondre Lerche: Live from SXSW


Sondre Lerche claims his latest album, Phantom Punch, is "an Orange Juice meets Fleetwood Mac & My Bloody Valentine meets Gilberto Gil & Os Mutantes meets early Elvis Costello & Prefab Sprout & XTC meets Thomas Dolby meets Steely Dan circa Katy Lied, kind of thing."

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The Ditty Bops perform in studio


The Ditty Bops are a band from Los Angeles with their hearts in the past. They play a blend of gypsy jazz, bluegrass, folk and a little bit of the great American musical.

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Policy and a Pint: Health Care Handcuffs


On March 7, 2007 89.3 The Current and The Citizens League host "Policy and a Pint: Health Care Handcuffs" at the Varsity Theater. Steve Seel hosted and the guests were MPR's chief economic reporter Chris Farrell and economist Steve Parente.

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Sparklehorse performs in studio


The sound of Sparklehorse has been described as atmospheric, ballad-driven, and sometimes a little surreal. However, when it comes to writing a straight-forward pop song, Mark Linkous - the driving force behind Sparklehorse - feels he has to try a lot harder to make it sound interesting.

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The Current Sessions®

Rostam talks sequencing and saxophone, plays tracks from 'Changephobia'

Rostam - Virtual Session

From his studio in California, Rostam joins The Current to play songs from his sophomore record, 'Changephobia'. We catch up with the prolific producer, songwriter, and composer about the sequencing decisions he made on the record, incorporating the saxophone as a central sound, and referencing grunge in his work for the first time.

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Cautious Clay talks album sequencing, plays tracks from 'Deadpan Love'

Cautious Clay - Virtual Session

Brooklyn-based songwriter and producer Cautious Clay joins The Current to play a few tracks from his upcoming record, Deadpan Love. Hear his conversation with Zeke about what makes a great taco, how Disney's Aladdin got him interested in music, and the contrasting hot and cold energies on his new record.

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Flock of Dimes on the importance of community for artists, play tracks from 'Head of Roses'

Flock of Dimes - Virtual Session

Fresh off the release of her new record, 'Head of Roses,' Flock of Dimes' Jenn Wasner joins The Current to talk about the self exploration of songwriting, recording the new record with her close pal Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso, and the value of personal community in making art. Plus, hear performances of tracks from the new record--filmed in Joshua Tree, California with Meg Duffy of Hand Habits.

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Wolf Alice play tracks from 'Blue Weekend'

Wolf Alice - Virtual Session

British alt-rockers Wolf Alice join The Current for a virtual session, and play songs from their new record, Blue Weekend. Ellie and Joff catch up with The Current's Jill Riley about recording the album without tight timelines, playing this year's Glastonbury Festival, and more.

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Interview with Shirley Manson of Garbage

Interview with Shirley Manson of Garbage

Ahead of their seventh studio album out June 11, 'No Gods No Masters,' Jill Riley caught up with Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson about not holding back on the new record, starting a podcast, and the band's upcoming tour with Alanis Morissette and Liz Phair.

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