Barb Abney

Barb Abney

Host, The Current
Minnesota Public Radio
babney@mpr.org

Barb Abney can be heard weekdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on The Current. Every weekday at 1:30 p.m. Abney features "Cover 2 Cover," a half hour of amazing cover songs; and on Fridays noon-1 p.m. she spins "Tonal Recall," an all request show dedicated to '80s music. Abney came to The Current in 2006 from Cincinnati's WOXY.com, one of the premiere alternative stations in the country. She DJ'd there for 12 years and built a radio and online community of music nerds.

Barb Abney Feature Archive

afghan whigs do to the beast
A rock album for deep thinkers who also like soul, the highly anticipated 'Do To The Beast' may end up being the record that finally puts The Afghan Whigs on the front covers of the glossy music magazines. (04/14/2014)
Barb Abney and Sandra Bernhard
When Sandra Bernhard came to town for a show at the Dakota Jazz Club last month, the Wits alumna came by The Current studios for a Theft of the Dial with host Barb Abney. (02/04/2014)
Nicholas David
Ahead of his show at First Avenue on Saturday night, <em>The Voice</em> finalist and St. Paul, Minn., native Nicholas David stopped by The Current studios to chat with Barb Abney and showed his versatile songwriting abilities with three original tracks. (12/27/2013)
Host Barb Abney shares her top albums and songs of 2013. (12/02/2013)
Last time Black Joe Lewis performed in the Twin Cities, he was opening for Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Before his headline show at First Avenue, he and his band (formerly known as the Honeybears) stopped by to play a few songs off the new record and chatted with Barb Abney about aliens, his connection to Minnesota and what touring with Spoon was like. (10/03/2013)
Before playing in First Avenue's mainroom, Cold War Kids stopped by to play a few songs off their fourth studio record, <em>Dear Miss Lonelyhearts</em>, released earlier this year. They chatted with host Barb Abney about Billy Bragg, about touring non-stop for the past year, and about a missed connection with Brian Eno. (10/02/2013)
Typhoon, based in Portland, Ore., are currently touring in support of their third full-length album, <i>White Lighter</i>. They stopped in to talk to Barb Abney and to play a few songs in The Current's studio before performing at the Cedar Cultural Center on Thursday night. (09/20/2013)
Listen to Volcano Choir's sophomore release, <i>Repave</i>, and you'll find yourself enveloped in a swarm of lush, structured soundscapes, strings, percussion, vocal harmonies and mystery. (09/16/2013)
The new NIN album feels like a familiar friend. There are synthetic sounds that only Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross know how to make; this album is chock-full of those moments, as well as the sounds that give <i>Hesitation Marks</i> a career retrospective vibe. (09/09/2013)
Glasgow's Franz Ferdinand are basking in the glow of their new release, <i>Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action</i>, and band members Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy recently visited with The Current's Barb Abney to talk about the new record. (08/27/2013)
Before playing a show at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, Smith Westerns stopped in the studios of The Current to talk to Barb Abney about touring, songwriting, their influences and what it's like to be a band out of Chicago. (08/21/2013)
It was a gift from an uncle that launched singer-songwriter Jake Bugg's career. Until he was 12 years old, Bugg was only interested in playing soccer. But when an uncle presented the preteen Bugg with a guitar, Bugg "knew it was what [he] wanted to do." (08/06/2013)
Sean Tillmann, aka Har Mar Superstar, has always had a penchant for soulful and funkier sounds. On <i>Bye Bye 17</i>, he seems to delve even deeper into the soul pantheon of his influences. (08/05/2013)
After some recent discussion on Twitter, it seems that it is high time for another soundtrack episode of Tonal Recall! This time, let's put the focus on movies from the 90s. A bad movie doesn't necessarily mean a bad soundtrack! We've already received requests from the movies pictured above, but we want to play your request, as well. (07/25/2013)
Mayer Hawthorne stopped by The Current studios for a Theft of the Dial with Barb Abney. They talked about his new record <em>Where Does This Door Go</em>, including what one rule he set for himself during the recording process and what artists collaborated with him for the album. (07/16/2013)