The Current Sessions®

Live Performances from The Current.

The Klaxons perform in studio

The Klaxons

Eighteen months ago James Righton was an English teacher. He and a couple of friends began playing and recording together as Klaxon. They put out their first single just over a year ago. While there was a bit of a buzz about the band, they were relatively unknown.

The Frames perform in The Current studios

The Frames

The lead singer of The Frames, Glen Hansard, started his career as a busker in Dublin. In 1990, he gathered together a bunch of musicians he knew from the streets and formed the band. After seventeen years of hard work, The Frames are one of the most popular bands in their native Ireland.

Low performs in studio

Low band photo

Low is now a teenager. The Duluth band formed in 1994. Drummer Mimi Parker and guitarist Alan Sparhawk go back even farther than that - the spouses met in elementary school. Matt Livingston - the third bassist in their history - rounds out the group.

Cloud Cult performs in studio

Cloud Cult

Cloud Cult, the Minnesota band with an extremely devoted national following, have a new album coming out. It's called The Meaning of 8. The band are famed for their live shows, which mix their music with videos, light shows and even have a couple of painters on stage who create during concerts.

Birdmonster live in studio


It's rare that the phrase "punk-influenced" is used to describe a band that includes a banjo, melodica, and cello.

Sondre Lerche: Live from SXSW

Sondre Lerche performing live at SXSW

Sondre Lerche claims his latest album, Phantom Punch, is "an Orange Juice meets Fleetwood Mac & My Bloody Valentine meets Gilberto Gil & Os Mutantes meets early Elvis Costello & Prefab Sprout & XTC meets Thomas Dolby meets Steely Dan circa Katy Lied, kind of thing."

The Ditty Bops perform in studio

The Ditty Bops

The Ditty Bops are a band from Los Angeles with their hearts in the past. They play a blend of gypsy jazz, bluegrass, folk and a little bit of the great American musical.

Sparklehorse performs in studio

Sparklehorse Album Art

The sound of Sparklehorse has been described as atmospheric, ballad-driven, and sometimes a little surreal. However, when it comes to writing a straight-forward pop song, Mark Linkous - the driving force behind Sparklehorse - feels he has to try a lot harder to make it sound interesting.

The evolution of Kristin Hersh

Kristin Hersh

Kristin Hersh has never had much for a career path, but the evolution of her music has always worked itself out.