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  • 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
  • Tapes 'n Tapes: Bound for the stratosphere via the blogosphere?
    Saturday night marked a triumphant return for the Minneapolis indie rock band, Tapes 'n Tapes, which took the stage at First Avenue. Eight months ago, Tapes 'n Tapes seemed like just another number in the land of 10,000 bands, preparing to release its first full-length CD. Today it's a group with an international buzz that just finished a nearly sold-out American tour. How did this happen?July 21, 2006
  • The Indigo Girls -- a dynamic duo
    The Indigo Girls stop by the studio to talk with Midmorning about their two-decade musical collaboration, their latest upcoming release, and their activism.Midmorning, July 13, 2006
  • Duplomacy - in studio
    When a band goes from one-man to all hands, you have to hope that the spirit of the music will remain the same.July 6, 2006
  • Songs of dissent
    Music with a message has earned artists as many fans as critics over the last few decades. Midmorning explores the history of political protest music.Midmorning, July 4, 2006
  • Desdamona: The back story on a B-girl
    The "B-Girl Be" conference and performance showcase is designed to help girls and women assume a more prominent place in hip-hop. Desdamona has fought to open doors for women in the male-dominated genre.June 29, 2006
  • The cast of "Singin' in the Rain" - in studio
    Many remember the successful 1952 film, "Singin' in the Rain" with famous music and dance scenes with Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Connor. But this spring, the Chanhassen Dinner Theater has done something unusual: made a stage musical based on the Hollywood film.June 9, 2006
  • Dylan sound-alikes take the stage
    Today marks a milestone for the baby boom generation. Bob Dylan, the folk singer turned rock-and-roll icon, is 65. Minnesota fans threw him a party of sorts at the 400 Bar on the West Bank of Minneapolis -- its annual Bob Dylan Sound-Alike contest.May 24, 2006

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