Jason Isbell performs

Jill Riley talks about seeing Jason Isbell perform in Nashville


Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit recently played six sold-out nights at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and Jill Riley was there for the sixth of those shows. 'I'm so glad I got to see Jason Isbell at the Ryman,' Jill enthuses. Hear Jill's description of a memorable show in a landmark venue.

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Iron & Wine visit The Current's studios

Iron & Wine perform in The Current's studio


Iron & Wine released their sixth album of new material, Beast Epic, on August 25, 2017. Here's songwriter/lead vocalist Sam Beam and a full band playing "Call It Dreaming," "About A Bruise," and "Thomas County Law" in The Current's studio.

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HAIM press photo 2017

The Current's guide to music on TV: week of Oct. 16, 2017


Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. This week's highlights include Beck, Arcade Fire and HAIM on 'The Ellen Degeneres' show, and some Prince music on the prime-time series, 'Empire.' See the complete listings.

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Triple Rock Social Club announces plans to close on Nov. 22


The Triple Rock Social Club has announced plans to close on Nov. 22, after 15 years in operation in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis. A post on Facebook thanks “all the customers, bands, and artists who have been a part of this place over the years.” Tributes are already coming in from artists like the…

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It’s the 25th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration


25 years ago today, an almost unbelievable lineup of rock, folk, country, and soul legends took the stage at Madison Square Garden for what might have been the greatest tribute concert of all time. It was Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration, an event scheduled to celebrate the three-decade mark of Dylan’s self-titled 1962 debut…

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Beck, 'Colors'

Album of the Week: Beck, 'Colors'


If Beck's goal was a collection of danceable, accessible pop songs, it only really takes one listen of 'Colors' to hear that he succeeded. The songs are layered, complex, but have strong hooks and a polished production.

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The Current Sessions®

alt-J bond with Mark Wheat and perform stripped-down songs in The Current studio


When alt-J came in to The Current studio, little did they know it would feel like a reunion of sorts. Before their show at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Joe Newman of alt-J stopped at The Current studio to play some songs -- and to meet and swap stories with Mark Wheat, a person with whom they share a lot of common background.

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Pinegrove perform in The Current studio

Pinegrove perform in The Current studio

Though 'Cardinal' was released back in Feb. 2016, Pinegrove are still selling out venues, like The Entry, in support of it. After some teasing of new music over this past summer, the promise of new music from Pinegrove is here. They stopped at The Current studio to share some of it.

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This Is The Kit unpack their songs in The Current studio

This is the Kit portraits at The Current

In town for a show at the Turf Club in St. Paul, This Is The Kit visited The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Mary Lucia. This Is The Kit's latest album is 'Moonshine Freeze,' their first release on the Rough Trade Records label, an arrangement that has helped the band enjoy a wider reach with its music.

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Listen to JD McPherson's in-studio session recorded in Nashville


In mid-September, Bill DeVille was in Nashville, Tenn., for Americana Fest. While there, DeVille connected with JD McPherson at Addiction Sound Studios in Nashville, where they recorded a live in-studio session. McPherson performed songs from his new album, 'Undivided Heart and Soul,' and he talked to DeVille about his recent move to Nashville, and about all the food he enjoyed at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair.

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Iron & Wine perform in The Current's studio

Iron & Wine visit The Current's studios

Iron & Wine released their sixth album of new material, Beast Epic, on August 25, 2017. Here's songwriter/lead vocalist Sam Beam and a full band playing "Call It Dreaming," "About A Bruise," and "Thomas County Law" in The Current's studio.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Father figure

George Michael in 1988

Without knowing each other's selections, both Jill and Brian chose songs for today's Song War that feature issues with a father. And at age 68, Billy Joel is expecting his third child. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention fathers?

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