Jill Riley Feature Archive

Mike from Minnetonka, Minn., thinks the Minnesota Wild need a better goal song than "Crowd Chant" by Joe Satriani. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what song would you recommend is played over the Xcel Energy Center's public-address system when the Wild score a goal? Send your requests. (04/21/2015)
For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs that were released as singles without albums do you want to hear? Tell us your requests. (04/20/2015)
It's hard to put a finger on what Alabama Shakes are all about; they draw from a number of sounds and genres, and that's audible on the new album 'Sound & Color', the highly anticipated follow-up to the band's debut, 'Boys & Girls'. And there is no sophomore slump here. (04/20/2015)
In addition to being Record Store Day, Saturday, April 18, is also Induction Day at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. What songs by the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees do you want to hear? Check out the roster and send us your requests. (04/17/2015)
This evening is Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman's State of the City speech at the newly opened Concert Hall at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in Saint Paul. When he stopped into the studio earlier this week to talk with The Current's Morning Show, he said "this isn't your father's State of the City address." He's adding a musical component to the event, to highlight the local music scene in the Twin Cities. Since tonight's event will focus on the state of the city of Saint Paul, let's put together a list of bands that identify their home as (or got their start in) Saint Paul. (04/16/2015)
A recent article in 'The Atlantic' explored the virtues of being short. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs would you like to hear by musicians who are short on height but long on talent? (04/15/2015)
Erik Thompson of City Pages stops in to talk to Jill Riley and Sean McPherson (in for Steve Seel) about City Pages' just-out 'Best of the Twin Cities' issue. This year's theme is 'Made in Minnesota'. (04/15/2015)
A lot of songs are about being born a certain way, whether of a particular inclination ('born to ...') or of a specific origin ('born in ...', etc.). So for today's Coffee Break, what songs that mention 'born' do you want to hear? Tell us your requests. (04/14/2015)
Today's Coffee Break combines excitement for the Minnesota Twins' home opener with a healthy dose of music trivia: What songs by bands that have twins (the genetic, sibling kind) in their lineups do you want to hear? (04/13/2015)
As The Current announces its new signal in Ely, Minn., we'd like to put together a special playlist for the people in Ely. What songs conjure the atmosphere of Ely and of northern Minnesota for you? Tell us your requests. (04/10/2015)
For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, in the spirit of the AWP Conference, we're wondering what songs you'd like to hear from musicians who have also written books, poems and the like. Tell us your request, and be sure to include the name of your requested artist's writing project. (04/09/2015)
In honor of Rex Manning Day -- 'Rexy, you're so sexy' -- what songs do you want to hear that contain the word 'sexy' or that have an over-the-top sexy vibe? Send your requests. (04/08/2015)
Many songs include the title in the lyrics, but there are also a bunch of songs out there where the words in the title are never uttered in the song. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we're wondering: What songs would you like to hear with titles that are not part of the lyrics? Send us your requests. (04/07/2015)
As the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team prepare to face Duke in the NCAA men's basketball final tonight, we're wondering what songs by Wisconsin artists you'd like to hear? Tell us your requests for today's 9:30 Coffee Break. (04/06/2015)
Today's 9:30 Coffee Break is inspired by Sean McPherson's realization that he uses the expression 'all right' a lot. So let's have fun with that: What songs that contain the phrase 'all right' do you want to hear? Tell us your requests. (04/03/2015)