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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Bruce Hornsby performs in The Current studio

Bruce Hornsby performs in The Current studio

The singer-songwriter, pianist and composer visited The Current studio to play songs from his latest album, 'Absolute Zero,' and to talk about his collaborations with artists including Justin Vernon and S. Carey of Bon Iver, and with film director Spike Lee.

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The Current Rewind

The Current Rewind: 25 Years of Low

The Current Rewind

Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker, married founding members of Low, have been experimenting with rock music since the early '90s. In this episode, we join them for an interview and a walking tour of Duluth, Minn.; we explore their quarter-century of a musical career; and we meet their "road nanny" (along with several other Duluthian characters). All with a dose of dry, dark humor.

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Art outside of Minneapolis' Palmer's Bar.

Inside Minneapolis's Palmer's Bar, where Bonnie Raitt was once a regular


During the West Bank's beatnik era, Palmer's was a watering hole where musicians like Bonnie Raitt, "Spider" John Koerner, and Willie Murphy would cross paths, and the bar remains an integral part of the neighborhood's music scene today. Since opening its doors in 1906, Palmer's has survived Prohibition, bootlegging, and two World Wars, and become an integral part of the West Bank's music scene.

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The Current Rewind

The Current Rewind: Bonnie Raitt's Lake Minnetonka Beginning


Bonnie Raitt is best known for her hits "Something to Talk About" and "I Can't Make You Love Me." But back in 1971, she was a 21-year-old kid with a friendly streak, guitar chops, and her first record deal. That summer, she recorded her debut album on Lake Minnetonka with a motley crew of Minneapolis musicians, making music and commotion in a wild recording experience that she calls "not Animal House, but [...] just a blast."

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Morning Show Features

Coffee Break: Third albums

Ok Computer

A bunch of people took to Twitter this week to debate their favorite third albums from bands. And now it's our turn! So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, name a band or artist who's THIRD album was their best - and tell us what song you'd like to hear from it.

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