Mark Wheat sums up Iceland Airwaves

Mark Wheat shares his thoughts on Iceland Airwaves


Following several days of musical and cultural discovery at Iceland Airwaves, Mark Wheat shares his thoughts as he reflects on his experiences in Akureyri and Reykjavik. See what Mark has to say, and browse a roundup of performance videos from our live broadcasts from Iceland.

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Photographer Steve Hengstler documented Husker Du

Steve Hengstler: the photographer who covered the rise of Husker Du


On Friday, Nov. 10, Numero Group releases its box set, 'Savage Young Du,' documenting in words, photos and of course, music, the rise of iconic punk band Husker Du. Playing a major role in telling the story are many photos by the late Steve Hengstler, a Fridley, Minn., native and Macalester College alumnus who had a vision -- in more ways than one -- to document the rise of the most heralded trio of the American punk underground.

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Lukas Nelson performs at Radio Heartland

Lukas Nelson performs in the Radio Heartland studio


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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Sex Pistols in 1977

Steve Jones on 40 years of the Sex Pistols' landmark album


On Oct. 28, 1977, the Sex Pistols released their one and only studio album, 'Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols.' Forty years after its release, Mary Lucia interviewed Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, now a longtime California resident and the host of his own long-running radio show. Jones reflects on his time in the Sex Pistols and their legacy, the longevity of their singular album, and about his more recent work as a radio host.

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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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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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patti smith

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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