• The Honeydogs are back making sweet sounds
    Adam Levy is known for writing music with a social conscience. He talks with Kerri Miller about how his experiences as a social worker have informed his songwriting, and later in the day he talked with the Current's Steve Seel about the Honeydogs' new CD "Amygdala."November 15, 2006
  • On the run with Ian Anderson
    If you consider yourself a busy person, 21-year-old Ian Anderson may redefine for you what that term means.November 12, 2006
  • Simon's "Surprise"
    Just before his October 12 concert in Minneapolis promoting his new album, "Surprise," Kerri Miller talked with Paul Simon on his tour bus where he revealed himself as a songwriter still evolving.Midmorning, October 27, 2006
  • Will they, will they, rock you?
    With a classic arena song now banned, sports teams look for the next generation of jock jams.October 10, 2006
  • Tapes 'n Tapes tops Minnesota Music Awards
    The 26th annual Minnesota Music Awards were held Sunday night in Minneapolis. The awards recognize virtually every sector of popular music in Minnesota.October 2, 2006
  • Pigeon John performs live in studio
    Pigeon John (John Dust) got his start in the L.A. hip-hop scene by performing at open stage nights at the Good Life Cafe.September 29, 2006
  • Eliza Gilkyson - in studio
    For Eliza Gilkyson, music is a family affair. Her father is songwriter Terry Gilkyson and her son Cisco Ryder is playing percussion on stage with her now.September 14, 2006
  • Sakher Hattar and Crossing Borders - in studio
    Jordanian oud virtuoso Sakher Hattar is one of the most significant Arab musicians of his generation. He teaches Arab classical and folk music at the Jordan National Music Conservatory.September 7, 2006
  • The calm amid the chaos backstage at First Avenue
    Some of the more prominent figures in Minnesota music are throwing a concert to support a dear friend. Earlier this year, longtime First Avenue Stage Manager Conrad Sverkerson suffered a severe back injury, which left him out of work and without a paycheck for several weeks. "Conrad," as many refer to him, has become a beloved figure in the local scene by providing a friendly calm amid the chaos of the region's best-known nightclub.September 6, 2006
  • Haley Bonar - Live at the Minnesota State Fair
    Haley Bonar's beautiful melancholy tunes seem to be written by someone older than a woman in her early twenties. But that could be because Bonar has a lot of experience; she was playing gigs in bars well before she could legally drink in them.September 1, 2006
  • Mark Mallman - live at the Minnesota State Fair
    With a scheduled release date of August 28 for his new CD, Between The Devil And Middle C, Mark Mallman stopped by The Current's broadcast stage at the Minnesota State Fair (in the pouring rain) to perform three new songs from his new CD.August 25, 2006
  • Gary Burger and the Monks
    The cult band The Monks would wear robes and tonsured their hair. But that was just a gimmick, what was great about the band was their sound. They sounded like a punk band before Iggy Pop, before the MC-5, before the New York Dolls. The band's singer, Gary Burger, lives in Bemidji.August 23, 2006
  • The Raconteurs - Live from First Avenue
    People like to call them a "super group." And that's understandable considering the band is comprised of Jack White of the White Stripes and singer/songwriter Brendan Benson as well as Greenhornes bassist Jack Lawrence and drummer Patrick Keeler.August 4, 2006
  • The Futureheads - in studio
    Don't be fooled by the catchy pop sounds of the Futureheads - they take their music-making process very seriously.July 29, 2006
  • Pete Hofmann - live at Gluek's
    Pete Hofmann spends his days teaching music to children, inventing objects that would make his life easier and coming up with new ideas for reality shows. Despite those talents and interests, we invited him to our live Gluek's broadcast for something else: his singing and songwriting.July 28, 2006

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