Andrea Swensson

Andrea Swensson

Blogger
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 HowWasTheShow.com.

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.

Local Current Blog


Andrea Swensson Feature Archive

The Replacements at Midway Stadium
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)
The Replacements
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)
lana del rey ultraviolence
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)
Before we put 2013 to bed once and for all, we wanted to pause for a moment and reflect on some of the biggest music stories of the year. And there were quite a few stories that resounded deeply with readers and listeners, both in terms of how many comments and discussions they generated and how much you shared them with your own network of friends. (12/30/2013)
Listen to the seventh annual New Standards Holiday Show in its entirety (and watch St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman play the bagpipes). (12/24/2013)
Few people expected Miguel's song "Adorn" would be such a sleeper hit. But in 2012, it surpassed the one million mark in sales, as well as receiving a Grammy. That unexpected rise to the spotlight allowed Miguel to snag loads of year-end honors, including one of the best reviewed records of last year. (12/16/2013)
For his 10th studio album, Mason Jennings enlisted the help of producer and guitarist Bo Ramsey to record a lush and nuanced roots record. The fuller sound is proof that Jennings' songwriting talents only continue to grow. Few would argue that this is his most mature-sounding record to date. (12/09/2013)
Blogger Andrea Swensson shares her top songs and albums of 2013. (12/05/2013)
Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" is getting its first official music video, nearly 50 years after the song was released. (11/19/2013)