Jill Riley Feature Archive

Canadian twin-sister duo Tegan and Sara are one of indie-pop's most celebrated acts, having released seven full-length albums over nearly two decades as musical collaborators. They've also been longtime Current favorites, and returned to The Current for the third time for a chat with The Morning Show's Steve Seel and Jill Riley and a performance. (03/07/2013)
Jimmy Cliff is one of reggae's hugest icons, a living legend whose 1972 film <em>The Harder They Come</em> and accompanying soundtrack gave the genre its big break in the American market. Dozens of albums later, he's one of music's most respected figures worldwide. (03/01/2013)
To celebrate the announcement of Wits&trade;'s 2013 season, we're bringing you an exclusive web-only Theft of the Dial from one of last season's guests, the hilarious Maria Bamford. (02/19/2013)
It was only a matter of time before Jim James put out a full length of original material. Inspired by a 1929 graphic novel, he has created a musical score to a wordless book. (02/11/2013)
Cincinnati indie quartet Walk the Moon swung by The Current to take over our airwaves... and grace us with a lovely acoustic performance of their single "Tightrope"! (01/25/2013)
The Youngbloods are best known for their hit version of "Get Together" (c'mon people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now.) If you dig a little deeper into this record, past the hit single, you'll hear more of a sound reminiscent of The Byrds and The Lovin' Spoonful. We played the side one, track one, Youngbloods original "Grizzely Bear." (11/15/2012)
This record represents that mid-point between the era of Jefferson Airplane and the band's evolution (or devolution) to Starship. This record still had some of the original members of Jefferson Airplane; Paul Kantner, Marty Balin and Grace Slick) and had the big hit "Miracles." Jill can guarantee at least 5 copies are available in each and every record across the country. (11/14/2012)
She has one of the best-selling albums of the year. She performed on SNL. Now Lana Del Rey is taking over The Current. (11/13/2012)
Jerry Lee Lewis scored his biggest hits in the 50's with song like "Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On" and "Great Balls of Fire." The scandal surrounding his marriage to his teenage cousin almost destroyed his music career, but he was able to reinvent himself in the later 60's and 70's as a country act. (11/13/2012)
This is an all around solid record from CCR, with some of their best known songs "Green River," "Bad Moon Rising," and "Lodi." Rolling Stone ranked this album #95 on their 2003 list of the greatest albums of all time. (11/12/2012)
Frampton's live double album that forever linked his name to the talk box. The big hits from this record are "Show Me the Way," "Baby, I Love Your Way," and "Do You Feel Like We Do." (11/09/2012)
Steely Dan's best-selling album, "Aja" was a tour-de-force of session musician virtuosity, with no fewer than 36 guest master-players appearing on its seven tracks. For whatever reason, Steely Dan remains vastly unhip with contemporary cool kids (Too slick? Too smooth?), so that ostensibly makes it a guilty pleasure today. (11/08/2012)
This week on Random Vinyl it's guilty pleasure week! 80's glam rock band Cinderella was featured with "Gypsy Road." The other big hit from this album was "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)." Jill can't decide if she felt more guilt than pleasure when grabbing this from the "home use only" shelf this morning. (11/07/2012)
Steve's first submission for Guilty Pleasures Week comes from the often scorned genre of prog rock. Yes' "The Yes Album" was the band's breakthrough, containing hits like "Starship Trooper" and "Yours Is No Disgrace." Steve selected "I've Seen All Good People." (11/06/2012)
Madonna just performed in the Twin Cities for the first time since 1987. To celebrate, we played "Open Your Heart," one of Madonna's best pop songs from the 80's. (11/05/2012)