Lake Street Dive perform in The Current studio

Lake Street Dive perform the single, "Good Kisser," off their new album, "Free Yourself Up," live in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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  • Lake Street Dive - Hang On (Live on The Current) 04:23
  • Lake Street Dive - Doesn't Even Matter Now (Live on The Current) 04:25
  • Lake Street Dive - Good Kisser (Live on The Current) 03:41

To be clear, Lake Street Dive didn't "self produce" their latest album, Free Yourself Up. "We produced each other," says drummer Mike Calabrese. "And there really is no better producer for us as individuals than the other members of the band. If we had some self-doubt, it went away quickly as we started eliciting these really great performances and arranging ideas from one another in the studio."

In town for a sold-out show at the Palace Theatre, Lake Street Dive — drummer Calabrese, vocalist Rachael Price, bassist Bridgette Kearney, keyboardist Akie Bemiss and guitarist Mike "McDuck" Olson — stopped at The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.

Calabrese says all the band members are "capable of a very high bar of playing and part-writing" as well as arranging.

One place that seems particularly in evidence is with the song "Good Kisser." Bassist Brigette Kearney explains how the song's structure is the product of collaboration. "The song form is quite unusual; there's not traditional verse in the way that it happens multiple times; there's more like two bridges, I guess," Kearney explains. "A lot of our process for this record was with co-writing with one another, and because we did that, I think we became open to less conventional song forms. … The cowriting led us to different places and being open to different song forms, and with 'Good Kisser,' that was kind of like something that had benefitted from the co-writing process."

Use the audio player above to listen to the complete in-studio session.

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Songs Performed


"Hang On"
"Doesn't Even Matter Now"
"Good Kisser"
All songs from Lake Street Dive's 2018 album, Free Yourself Up, available on Nonesuch Records.

Hosted by Mac Wilson
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Michael DeMark and Brandon Smith
Visuals by Nate Ryan
Web feature by Luke Taylor

External Link

Lake Street Dive - official site

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    Bridgette Kearney of Lake Street Dive in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Lake Street Dive in The Current studio
    Lake Street Dive perform in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive performing in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Lake Street Dive in The Current studio
    Mike "McDuck" Olson of Lake Street Dive in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Lake Street Dive in The Current studio
    Akie Bemiss of Lake Street Dive performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Lake Street Dive in The Current studio
    Mike "McDuck" Olson of Lake Street Dive performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Lake Street Dive in The Current studio
    Akie Bemiss of Lake Street Dive performing in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Lake Street Dive in The Current studio
    Rachael Price and Bridgette Kearney of Lake Street Dive perform in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Lake Street Dive in The Current studio
    Lake Street Dive perform in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Lake Street Dive in The Current studio
    Mike Calabrese of Lake Street Dive in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Lake Street Dive in The Current studio
    Mike "McDuck" Olson of Lake Street Dive in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)

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