Jill Riley Feature Archive

For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, Jeanne from Cinnaminson, N.J., had an idea that's perfect for the day before Valentine's Day: song titles that can fit on those pastel-colored candy hearts. What songs with two- or three-word titles would you like to hear? (02/13/2015)
One of the big stories from the world of media and entertainment this week is the news that Jon Stewart will be leaving Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show' after 17 years as its host. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs would you play for Jon Stewart? (02/12/2015)
For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we're thinking about the just-announced lineup for the Eaux Claires Music Festival, scheduled for July 17 and 18. It's a massive lineup, so we're wondering: Which of these artists would you like to hear this morning? (02/11/2015)
If our machines are actually listening to us, what songs do you think they'd like to hear? For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we're asking for songs that reference technology. (02/10/2015)
Today we've been talking about last night's Grammy Awards, but it turns out there are a number of influential artists who have never received the award. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we're asking: Which artists would you like to hear who you think deserve a Grammy but have never won one? (02/09/2015)
The second album Josh Tillman has released under the moniker Father John Misty is a concept record on life and love, "And it's the darkest collection of love songs I've ever heard," writes Jill Riley. Read Jill's complete review. (02/09/2015)
For today's Coffee Break, we're thinking about the Grammys, coming up this Sunday. In particular, we're thinking of the nominees for Best Alternative Music Album. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we want to know, which songs best represent these albums? (02/06/2015)
For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we're inspired by today's Member Drive thank-you gift, a Minnesota State Parks pass. So we'd like to know, what songs would you like to hear that mention "park" or "parks" or describe the great outdoors? (02/05/2015)
For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we thought we'd celebrate the beauty of the spinning musical platter with songs that make reference to records in some way, shape or form. So, what songs mentioning records should we play for the 9:30 Coffee Break? (02/04/2015)
With the prevalence of "whoa-oh-oh's" in today's pop music, we thought we'd ask: Are there other songs that use the "whoa" to great effect but aren't specifically part of the current wave of pop tunes? Give us some ideas for "whoa" songs that are a little different for today's 9:30 Coffee Break. (01/30/2015)
Ahead of her first headlining Twin Cities gig at the Triple Rock Social Club, Seinabo Sey stopped by The Current to chat with host Jill Riley and to perform tracks off her debut EP <em>For Madeline</em> live in-studio. (01/29/2015)
Today's 9:30 Coffee Break is all about the Super Bowl halftime. In an alternate universe -- where massive, million-selling, mainstream pop culture familiarity and success weren't the prerequisites -- what bands or artists would simply make amazing, awesome Super Bowl halftime performers, purely by virtue of their awesomeness? Send us your requests. (01/29/2015)
2015 is starting to feel like the "year of the reunion" for a lot of bands who haven't recorded or toured in a while. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, which bands reuniting in 2015 would you like to hear? (01/28/2015)
As part of our #Current10 celebrations, many of the staff at The Current are sharing their favorite memories. Morning Show co-hosts Jill Riley and Steve Seel have fond memories of Janelle Monae, their first week as a team, and a random dancing five-year-old. (01/21/2015)
What songs from concept albums do you want to hear for today's coffee break? (12/01/2014)