Jill Riley Feature Archive

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)
Host Jill Riley shares her top 10 songs of 2014. (12/01/2014)
With travel on the minds of many of us, we thought we'd have a travel tie-in for today's 9:30 Coffee Break. What songs with planes, trains or automobiles do you want to hear for today's Coffee Break? (11/26/2014)
What songs do you want to hear from bands whose name is a collective/unit/project/outfit for today's coffee break? (11/25/2014)
If you're lucky to be working only a three-day week this week, then admit it, you might not be planning to put in a whole lot of effort at your job over the next three days. So how about an 'easy' coffee break? (11/24/2014)
With the big snowstorm hitting Western New York, the word of the week has been Buffalo. So today's coffee break is all about songs with the word "buffalo" lyrics. (11/21/2014)
With successful career that includes '80s hits with the Stray Cats and '90s hits with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Brian Setzer has a new album out and he kicks off a Christmas tour tonight in his adopted hometown of Minneapolis. Setzer talks to The Current's Jill Riley about his music and about his guitar, which he has donated to the Smithsonian Institution, and how it got those signature dice knobs. (11/14/2014)
Host Jill Riley of The Current's Morning show sat down with comedian Paul F. Tompkins for an edition of Really Random Vinyl, a new video series from The Current. (11/13/2014)
The Sound Unseen film festival begins tonight at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minn., and the festival opens with 'Heaven Adores You', an intimately told documentary about the life of singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. Ahead of tonight's screening, Jill Riley spoke with the film's director, Nickolas Rossi. "[Smith's] music is still so relevant 10 years after he passed away," Rossi says. (11/12/2014)