The Current Sessions®

Live Performances from The Current.

Calexico perform in The Current studio


Calexico perform in The Current studio

Writing favorably about Calexico's new album, 'The Thread That Keeps Us,' many critics have described the album as freewheeling, gritty or aggressive. 'We were just having fun, just messing around,' explains Calexico frontman Joey Burns. 'You go in [to the studio] and you want to try something new.' Hear some of those new songs and more about Calexico in an in-studio session hosted by Mary Lucia.

Phoebe Bridgers performs in The Current studio


Phoebe Bridgers performs in The Current studio

The lyrics of Phoebe Bridgers' songs are so emotionally vivid, it makes sense that when it comes to songwriting, Bridgers follows her gut. 'I don't really have a process that I could write out for anybody or tell anybody how to do it,' Bridgers says. 'It's just whatever happens to be on my mind.' In town for a sold-out show at the Turf Club, Bridgers and her band & stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Jade.

L7 rock the rafters at The Current


L7 perform in The Current studio

Los Angeles band L7 gave the structural integrity of the Bill Kling Public Media Center in St. Paul got a good test today with a rocking set in the The Current studio, in a session hosted by Mary Lucia. 'We're a meat-and-potatoes rock band with a conscience and some humor,' says L7 frontperson Donita Sparks.

Durand Jones and the Indications bring their soulful sound to The Current studio


Durand Jones and the Indications in The Current studio

Although the singing career of Durand Jones began somewhat reluctantly, soul-music outfit Durand Jones and the Indications are now in it for the long haul. 'It's been a pretty fun ride so far,' Jones says, 'and we've got a lot more work to do.' Durand Jones and the Indications recently visited The Current for a session hosted by Jade.

Margaret Glaspy performs in The Current studio


Margaret Glaspy in The Current studio

'Born Yesterday,' the new EP from Margaret Glaspy, was largely written while Glaspy was on tour. 'That's why it's only three songs!' Glaspy laughs. In town for a show at First Avenue, Glaspy, along with guitarist Julian Lage, stopped in The Current studio for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

Gang of Youths spread hope and joy in The Current studio


Gang of Youths perform in The Current studio

'I think the whole point of our career was to bring a sense of hope and joy to the circumstances that are devoid of it,' says Gang of Youths frontman David Le'aupepe. 'I think every artist has their purpose, and I think in Gang of Youths, we've sort of found ours.' The Sydney-based band recently visited The Current, where they played their uplifting and empowering songs.

L.A. Salami performs in The Current studio


L.A. Salami performs in The Current studio

Is the artist L.A. Salami (whose full name is Lookman Adekunle Salami) a storyteller, a philosopher, a poet, or just a dude in a band? 'When arrogance possesses me, I would like to think of myself as one of those,' he says. 'It's whatever people make of it.' L.A. Salami visited The Current today to play three songs that showcase this music-making wordsmith.

Superorganism perform in The Current studio


Superorganism perform in The Current studio

Comprising band members from England, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, Superorganism are a musical collective now based in the East End of London. 'I was actually surprised that people find it surprising that we're an internet band,' says Superorganism lead vocalist Orono Noguchi. Superorganism recently visited The Current for a session hosted by Oake & Riley.