• Woody Guthrie and the Troubador Tradition
    Woody Guthrie inspired many young musicians to follow be a wandering musician with a message. For The Current's coffee break on July 13, we asked for artists following in the troubadour tradition.July 13, 2012
  • The Current Presents "Words and Music"
    Ever wonder what kind of tunes some of your favorite writers listen to? I wondered the same thing, and knew I couldn't possibly be the only writer who relied on music for inspiration. I decided to create an occasional show to delve into this very question. This time on "Words and Music," I chat with Dylan Hicks, Ethan Rutherford & Jake Mohan of local band Pennyroyal, and poet Rebecca Lindenberg. We'll hear tracks from Smokey Robinson, Smog, Tortoise, Magnetic Fields, and more.May 6, 2012
  • Dylan Hicks' debut novel "Boarded Windows" reviewed
    We can never fully understand the hold some people have on us -- the way some figures loom large in memory and some take on a certain magnetism in the present. Dylan Hicks' debut novel, Boarded Windows, is a tango of sorts, both intellectual and emotional, between a nameless narrator and his shadowy father-figure.May 2, 2012
  • The Revolution reunites to benefit heart health
    On Sunday, Feb. 19, Prince and the Revolution, minus Prince, will reunite for a special concert at First Avenue in Minneapolis.February 19, 2012
  • Overseas frenzy for Howler; back home, not so much
    Howler started when Jordan Gatesmith and Max Petrek met at a Planned Parenthood clinic with their respective girlfriends. Despite their overseas popularity, hometown reception for their garage rock sound has been cool.January 13, 2012
  • Slideshow: Polica at the Turf Club
    Still in its infancy, the new band Polica -- fronted by Channy Casselle formerly of Roma di Luna, and featuring additional members from Marijuana Deathsquads, Vampire Hands and Digitata -- performed to a packed Turf Club on Monday night.November 8, 2011
  • Mary Jane Alm In Studio
    Mary Jane Alm and friends perform music on Radio Heartland from her new record, "Me and the Wild Blue."October 20, 2011
  • In defense of U2
    The TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is the venue for a huge concert Saturday by the Irish rock band U2. When the concert came up in conversation in the newsroom today, it exposed a deeper-than-expected cultural divide. On one side, there was open derision of U2 as dated, overblown and overrated. On the other side, you heard almost sheepish defense of Bono and company from those who have tickets to the concert.July 21, 2011
  • Musical nomads deliver the 'wow' factor
    Featuring horns instead of guitars, and a frontwoman who looks as if she had been lifted from another century, the music of Davina and the Vagabonds doesn't fit the traditional Minneapolis indie rock mold.July 15, 2011
  • E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons dies
    Clarence Clemons, the larger-than-life saxophone player for the E Street Band who was one of the key influences in Bruce Springsteen's life and music through four decades, has died of complications from a stroke he suffered about a week ago. He was 69.June 18, 2011
  • Bob Mould looks back on Hüsker Dü with 'rage and melody'
    Bob Mould, co-founder of the seminal Minneapolis punk band Husker Du, as well as the hit-making alt rock group Sugar, has written an autobiography. It's called "See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody," and it chronicles a turbulent time in Mould's life.June 14, 2011
  • Boy from the north country: Bob Dylan in Minnesota
    A new documentary from Minnesota Public Radio News explores Bob Dylan's Minnesota roots and how they influenced the evolution of his music.May 21, 2011
  • Chan Poling performs in the Maud Moon Weyerhauser studio
    Minneapolis native Chan Poling has been in the business of entertaining since 1977. Jeremy Messersmith, the Laurels Quartet and Brian Roessler join Chan to perform some of his favorite film themes. Film-music expert Andy Trudeau will also join us to discuss some familiar cinematic scores.Midmorning, May 20, 2011
  • Songs about me: narcissism in popular music
    A recent analysis of the last three decades of hit song lyrics shows a trend in recent years toward narcissism and hostility in popular music. Is today's popular music indicative of increasing self-absorption, or is defining a generation by the Billboard charts a bit of a stretch?Midmorning, May 16, 2011
  • Patti Austin in the Maud Moon Weyerhauser studio
    Grammy-award winner Patti Austin stops by to talk about her 53 year musical career, a career that began at age 4 on the stage of the famed Apollo Theater.Midmorning, March 7, 2011

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