Andrea Swensson

Andrea Swensson

Minnesota Public Radio

Andrea Swensson is a music reporter at Minnesota Public Radio's 89.3 The Current and the voice of the Local Current Blog. She has been covering Minnesota music actively since 2005. Prior to joining MPR she was the music editor of City Pages, where she founded the AAN AltWeekly Award-winning Gimme Noise music blog, and edited and contributed to online music sites Reveille Magazine and

You can hear Andrea on The Current every Friday at 11 a.m., when she checks in with Barb Abney to talk about the Local Gig List, as well as on Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m., when Andrea joins David Campbell on The Local Show.

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Andrea Swensson Feature Archive

First Listen: Aero Flynn (03/03/2015)
Sleater-Kinney 'No Cities to Love'
Much like the 'Die Hard' quadrilogy, you don't have to be well-versed in Sleater-Kinney's previous work to be able to understand and adore their latest offering, 'No Cities to Love'. In fact, the new record might be one of the best entry points for new fans that the band has ever recorded. (02/23/2015)
Doomtree, 'All Hands'
Working the independent, underground rap game as tirelessly as Doomtree does requires constant effort and constant output, and you can hardly knock the crew for stepping up to the plate to smack another album into the outfield. <i>All Hands</i> is a fine album, and plenty of these songs are sure to endure in the live setting. (01/26/2015)
Blogger Andrea Swensson shares her top 10 songs of 2014. (12/01/2014)
Stream Hippo Campus' debut EP <em>Bashful Creatures</em>. (11/13/2014)
Although his grandparents' love story is a story we've heard told thousands of times before, We are the Willows frontman Peter Miller has succeeded in turning their tale into an album that can only be described as epic. (11/03/2014)
Their performance spanned nearly every song they've pulled out for their reunion gigs so far and a few that haven't. (09/14/2014)
For a band who hasn't necessarily been vocal about their reunion or their relationship with their hometown (ok, they haven't given a single interview or said a peep about either), it was hardly a surprise that the Replacements were light on sentimental banter and heavy on hits throughout their hour-and-40-minute set at Midway Stadium. (09/14/2014)
Let's stop thinking so hard about Lana Del Rey's image for a minute and listen to her music, because it doesn't get much more honest or soul-baring than on her new record, 'Ultraviolence'. (07/07/2014)
It was 30 years ago today that Prince and his band the Revolution released Purple Rain, still the best-selling album to come out of Minnesota. (06/25/2014)
As the album title suggests, Slug and Ant are using this new Atmosphere record to rep the south side of Minneapolis, where they have lived and worked for the majority of their career. You can practically picture Slug wandering down Lake Street deep in thought as he raps about his place in this broken world. (05/05/2014)
wry sense of humor runs through all 12 tracks on Barnett's recently reissued album, which is actually a compilation of her first two EPs slapped together to satiate her growing fanbase. Witty and evocative, Barnett sings over lo-fi, psych-influenced washes of guitar. But there is also something deceptively poppy about her music. (04/21/2014)
People tend to think of GRRRL PRTY as a party band--which is understandable, they acknowledge, given that they do have "PRTY" in their name--but there are dark dimensions beneath the group's bouncy beats. They don't have much music available to hear on your headphones, but this week they helped to bridge that gap with a fiery performance in the Current's studio. (03/09/2014)
Last night, when Prince declared a "takeover" of the Arsenio Hall Show and appeared on most of the one-hour late-night program, his aura was perforated even more cleanly than in his recent tongue-in-cheek appearance on New Girl. The show began with a sit-down interview between Prince and Arsenio, and it was an especially straight-faced talk between the shy pop star and the giddy late-night host. By the time they moved into an audience Q&A it seemed that Prince was game for pretty much any question people could throw at him. (03/06/2014)
In addition to providing a 1,000-capacity space for concerts (which puts it in the same ballpark as the Varsity Theater and Cabooze), the new space will include a restaurant and the new Midwest Music Museum. (02/04/2014)