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Review and photos: Tegan and Sara revisit ‘The Con,’ quietly, at the State Theatre


“You guys were so much more emotional and real,” said Sara Quin, paraphrasing something she’s heard in recent weeks as she and her sister/bandmate Tegan Quin revisit their 2007 album The Con. Sara’s response? “Eh, f— you.” The implication was that people who think synthpop albums like Heartthrob (2013) and Love You to Death (2016) aren’t “emotional and real”…

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Emiliana Torrini and the Colorist perform on The Current

Watch Emiliana Torrini and The Colorist perform at Iceland Airwaves


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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Hüsker Dü, the Replacements warn against bootleg merchandise


As holiday shoppers look for gifts related to their favorite bands, two Minnesota greats are cautioning against purveyors of bootleg merch. Earlier this week, Greg Norton shared a post on Facebook warning against bootleg Hüsker Dü merchandise. In his post, Norton (the band’s bassist) includes a photo advertising a t-shirt and sweatshirt with the artwork…

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Sarah Morris performs on Radio Heartland

Sarah Morris performs in the Radio Heartland studio


Sarah Morris's next album, 'Hearts In Need Of Repair,' releases Nov. 17, 2017, with an album-release party set for Friday, Nov. 10, at the Hook and Ladder in Minneapolis. In the run-up to the album release, Morris and her band visited the Radio Heartland studio to perform songs from the album. Morris also spoke about her career as a songwriter, and how she's started a web series thanks to the excellent acoustics in a particular room in her house.

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Friday Five: Chastity Brown, Lena Elizabeth and more new Minnesota music videos


Chastity Brown, “Whisper” Chastity Brown shares her song “Whisper,” from Silhouette of Sirens, accompanied by a sweet love story. She told Out that she envisioned the video as “a string of intimate moments that represent the beauty of queer love.” Lena Elizabeth, “Nobody Wants You (Live)” Lena Elizabeth is a wonder to watch. Strumming her baritone ukulele,…

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Listen to Mark Wheat broadcasting live from Iceland Airwaves


It's day two of The Current's first-ever international live broadcasts. On Friday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Central Time), join host Mark Wheat as he broadcasts live from Akureyri, Iceland, for the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. Mark will have interviews, live performances and a few cultural insights as well.

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Asgeir performing on The Current, live from Akureyri in Iceland

Watch Asgeir performing at Iceland Airwaves


The Current enjoyed a fantastic day of live performances and interviews from the Gotubarinn pub in Akureyri, Iceland, as part of the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival. Watch Asgeir perform his song, 'Stardust,' recorded as it was broadcast live to The Current's listeners. Be sure to join Mark Wheat on Friday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central Time for more from the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival.

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First Avenue now selling Lego models of itself


Local bands and venues are sure to start selling some cool holiday merch, but First Avenue is out ahead of the pack with this one: a Lego model of the iconic Minneapolis club, complete with stars (including a little gold one for Prince) and an awning for the Entry. “Looking for ‘the missing piece’ of…

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Today in Music History: 'Great Balls Of Fire' was released


Sun Records released a hit for Jerry Lee Lewis; the Beatles recorded 'Michelle'; the soundtrack to 'Miami Vice' topped the U.S. charts; Vanilla Ice had the first rap song to top the U.S. singles chart; and Adam Ant was born in London, Today in Music History.

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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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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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