Review and photos: Sharon Van Etten goes gale-force at First Avenue

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It had been months since I saw a good thunderstorm. Snow and deep freezes have swept through the Twin Cities lately, but it’s been a long time without thunder and lightning. Sharon Van Etten put an end to that stretch last night at First Avenue. She summoned angry synths, crashing cymbals, and even windchimes and…

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Interview: William Bell and the passion and clarity of soul music

William Bell at the Dakota

From the early 1960s to this very day, Stax recording artist William Bell has crafted soul classics with a clarity, passion and grit that is truly unparalleled. Last week Sean McPherson sat in the backstage of the Dakota with the soul legend and discussed soul music with him.

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Catching up with Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson has been turning out music for more than 40 years, and has just released a new album, 'Fool.' The Current's Jim McGuinn recently connected with Jackson to talk about his career then and now. 'The best work that I've done is always the latest,' Jackson says. 'It's always what I'm most excited about.' Check out the complete interview.

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Celebrate Black History Month with music

Black History Month 2019

The Current is honoring the music and contributions of Black musicians in February, and we're starting off by dedicating Friday, Feb. 1, exclusively to music made by Black musicians.

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Sunflower Bean perform in The Current studio

Sunflower Bean perform in The Current studio

Less than a year after the release of their most recent full-length album, New York band Sunflower Bean dropped an EP, 'King of the Dudes.' The new release exudes a sense of fun. 'We ended up really experimenting with a different side of ourselves,' explains Sunflower Bean's Julia Cummings when the band stopped in for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.

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Listen: The story of the Hopefuls in 15 songs

(l-r) Andrea Swensson, Paul Allen, and Jay Gabler.

On Feb. 8, author Paul Allen joined Jay Gabler on the Local Current stream to discuss his new book 'The Hopefuls: Chasing a Rock 'n' Roll Dream in the Minnesota Music Scene.' Listen to their conversation, along with 15 songs from the band and related projects.

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Sunflower Bean perform in The Current studio

Sunflower Bean perform in The Current studio

Less than a year after the release of their most recent full-length album, New York band Sunflower Bean dropped an EP, 'King of the Dudes.' The new release exudes a sense of fun. 'We ended up really experimenting with a different side of ourselves,' explains Sunflower Bean's Julia Cummings when the band stopped in for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.

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Dorothy perform in The Current studio

Dorothy perform in The Current studio

The band Dorothy's latest album, '28 Days in the Valley,' was produced by none other than Linda Perry, the extraordinary producer and songwriter (and former 4 Non Blondes frontperson) behind massive hits for artists like Pink and Christina Aguilera. Dorothy recently visited The Current for a session hosted by Jill Riley.

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Abby Jeanne performs in The Current studio

Abby Jeanne performs at The Current

A rising musician out of Milwaukee, Abby Jeanne recently released a new album, 'Music Box Dancer.' Although Jeanne is a multi-instrumentalist, she says her primary instrument is her voice -- and on hearing these soulful songs, that becomes abundantly clear. Before Abby Jeanne performs at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis on Wednesday, Jan. 30, she and her band stopped at The Current studio for a session hosted by Mark Wheat.

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