Bob Mould, Greg Norton, music community share tributes to Grant Hart


Last night, Minnesota singer-songwriter Grant Hart — best known as a member of Hüsker Dü — died at age 56. While the legendary band’s three members have had ups and downs since the group dissolved in the late 1980s, they were recently in touch to support the upcoming release of a box set chronicling the…

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Steve Albini selling microphones used by Nirvana at Minnesota’s Pachyderm Studio


Producer Steve Albini is selling three microphones used by Nirvana during the 1993 recording sessions for In Utero at Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. One Electro-Voice PL20 and two Lomo 19A9s used to record Kurt Cobain’s vocals and Dave Grohl’s drums are going up for auction at Reverb.com next Thursday, Sept. 21 — the 24th anniversary…

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Artist of the Year award winner John Prine at the 2017 Americana Fest

John Prine, Sturgill Simpson, Amanda Shires and others honored at Americana Fest


On Wednesday night in Nashville, Tenn., the Americana Music Festival hosted its 16th annual Americana Music Association Honors and Awards show, which showcases and honors the artists working in the many genres of American roots music. See the list of honorees as well as Instagram highlights from The Current's Bill DeVille, who was in attendance in Nashville.

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The cover of 'Beyoncegraphica.'

Rock and Roll Book Club: 'Beyoncegraphica'


'Beyoncegraphica' is a new 'graphic biography' of Beyonce - meaning, a book with Beyonce infographics. Author Chris Roberts also fills the book with lyric references like, 'Were the public ready for this jelly? Undoubtedly.'

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The Current Sessions®

Spoon share tunes and thoughts from 'Hot Thoughts'

Spoon in The Current studio

In town for back-to-back sold-out shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel of Spoon wandered over to The Current for a session hosted by Brian Oake and Jill Riley. Daniel and Fischel played stripped-down versions of songs from 'Hot Thoughts' and from 2014's 'They Want My Soul,' and Daniel talked about what has made Spoon such an enduring band.

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J. Roddy Walston & the Business play songs from their forthcoming album

J. Roddy Walston & The Business in studio

It's been four years since J. Roddy Walston and the Business released their last album, but on Sept. 29, they'll release their fourth studio album, 'Destroyers Of The Soft Life.' In town to play a show at First Avenue, J. Roddy Walston and the Business stopped at The Current to play songs from the forthcoming record, in a session hosted by Mark Wheat.

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The War on Drugs share old and new songs at the Turf Club

The War on Drugs MicroShow

On Aug. 12, 2017, a select group of The Current's listeners were treated to a #MicroShow with The War on Drugs, who performed at the Turf Club in St. Paul. Attendees of the concert were those who had won tickets to the show through The Current's on-air and online giveaways to the event. The War on Drugs performed a set that included songs from their back catalogue as well as tunes from their new album, 'A Deeper Understanding.'

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Stringed instruments

typhoon, violin section

According to the internet, today is National String Cheese Day. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that feature stringed instruments?

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