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Friday Five: Psymun, Dessa, Prince, and more new Minnesota music videos


It’s Boxing Day, a day that means extra presents for workers in Canada and the U.K. and a whole lot of slacking off here in America. If you’re “working” today, maybe sampling these new songs and videos from Minnesota artists will help your day move along a little faster… Psymun feat. Kerry Roy Everything Psymun touches seems […]

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First Avenue announces Best New Bands of 2014 lineup


First Avenue has announced the lineup for its next annual showcase of the best new local bands. PaviElle, Sam Cassidy, Suzie, tiny deaths, Warey, and ZuluZuluu will take the Mainroom stage on Saturday, Jan. 17. The show will be hosted by the Current’s David Campbell; Aaron Bolton of Radio K, who also writes our weekly […]

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Why is Christmas music so depressing?


It’s the most melancholy time of the year! Have yourself a bleak little Christmas. Jingle bells, jingle bells, we’re all going to hell. If you read between the lines of so many of our most beloved Christmas classics, there is an undeniable darkness at the core of the holiday cannon that is supposed to bring us […]

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Audiyo Element and Toki Wright bringing ‘the Main Event’ to First Avenue


This Saturday, First Avenue will host “the Main Event,” an evening packed to the gills with rising local R&B and hip-hop acts. The show was organized by Blayr Alexander, drummer for headliners Audiyo Element. “The [aim of the] Main Event is to bring some of the most reputable groups in Minneapolis under one roof to […]

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The Current Sessions®

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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#MicroShow: Josh Ritter showcases songs from 'Gathering'

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On Sept. 23, 2017, a select group of The Current's listeners were treated to a #MicroShow with Josh Ritter, who performed at the Clown Lounge within the Turf Club in St. Paul. Ritter performed a number of songs from his latest album, 'Gathering,' which was released just one day before this MicroShow was recorded.

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Hear three new songs from Anderson East

Anderson East performs in The Current studio

Anderson East and his band are touring the country, road-testing some recent singles from a not-yet-announced album. Traveling up through the Twin Cities between gigs in Madison, Wis., and the Wisconsin Dells, Anderson East and his band spoke with Mac Wilson and played some of the songs they've been woodshedding.

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Coffee Break: Canadian icons

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Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie has died from brain cancer at age 53. Musicians and fans around the word are mourning his loss, especially in his home country of Canada. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from Canadian icons?

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