Chance the Rapper at Rock the Garden 2016

The Current's guide to music on TV: week of Nov. 13, 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 Amy Shark, Bishop Briggs, a tribute to Sharon Jones, locals Now, Now, and Chance the Rapper hosting 'Saturday Night Live.'

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Taylor Swift announces U.S. Bank Stadium show on Sept. 1, 2018


What’s sure to be one of the biggest local concerts of 2018 has just been announced: Taylor Swift will play U.S. Bank Stadium on Sept. 1. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Dec. 13 — that would be Swift’s 28th birthday — but “verified fans” may be able to snag tickets earlier.…

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Jessica Lea Mayfield performs in The Current studio

Jessica Lea Mayfield sings to empower


Jessica Lea Mayfield's new album, 'Sorry Is Gone', seems to have arrived at just the right time. As news headlines are filled with more and more people coming forward with accounts of abuse and harassment, Mayfield's new album is an empowering body of work. 'I feel like the more people that speak up, the better, especially when you're speaking up for yourself,' Mayfield says. Listen to Jessica Lea Mayfield's complete in-studio session to hear songs from the album and the story behind it.

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Wolf Alice, 'Visions of a Life'

Album of the Week: Wolf Alice, 'Visions of a Life'


Sophomore releases can be hard on bands, there's a reason that the cliche 'sophomore slump' exists. Wolf Alice faces the pressure with an aggressive ferocity showing off their sonic range and dig into darker topics on 'Visions of a Life'.

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Iceland Airwaves retrospective

Jim McGuinn sums up Team Current's Iceland Airwaves experience


Having spent several days exploring Iceland and its music scene during the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival, The Current's Program Director Jim McGuinn sums up his time there. 'At times in Iceland, when looking at fantastic mountains, lava fields, or northern lights, it feels like you are on another planet or on the moon, isolated from the rest of the world and able to foster your own reality,' McGuinn writes. 'That reality manifests itself in the creative music and culture.' See McGuinn's summary along with many photos by Nate Ryan.

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The Current Sessions®

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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Jessica Lea Mayfield sings to empower

Jessica Lea Mayfield performs in The Current studio

Jessica Lea Mayfield's new album, 'Sorry Is Gone', seems to have arrived at just the right time. As news headlines are filled with more and more people coming forward with accounts of abuse and harassment, Mayfield's new album is an empowering body of work. 'I feel like the more people that speak up, the better, especially when you're speaking up for yourself,' Mayfield says. Listen to Jessica Lea Mayfield's complete in-studio session to hear songs from the album and the story behind it.

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Lukas Nelson performs in the Radio Heartland studio

Lukas Nelson performs at Radio Heartland

Although Lukas Nelson grew up on the tour bus of his legendary father, Willie, the 28-year-old singer never felt it was expected of him to carry on the family legacy. That said, Lukas fell into the family business and now tours with his own band, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real. Lukas Nelson recently brought his acoustic guitar into our studio to play a couple tunes and talk about the self-titled album from him and his band.

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Watch Emiliana Torrini and The Colorist perform at Iceland Airwaves

Emiliana Torrini and the Colorist perform on The Current

The Current enjoyed two fantastic days of live performances and interviews from the Gotubarinn pub in Akureyri, Iceland, as part of the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. Watch Emiliana Torrini and The Colorist perform their song, 'Thinking Out Loud,' recorded as it was broadcast live to The Current's listeners.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Alt-country

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco

Last night we broadcast Wilco live from the Palace Theatre in Saint Paul on air and online and they are playing again tonight for their third night at the Palace. So for today's Coffee Break, what alt-country songs do you want to hear?

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Today in Music History: Patti Smith wins National Book Award


The Four Seasons had a hit with 'Big Girls Don't Cry'; The Who launched a second tour of North America; The Commodores went to No. 1 with 'Still'; singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley was born in Anaheim, Calif.; and Patti Smith won a National Book Award, Today in Music History.

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