Minnesota Public Radio features by Luke Taylor http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31004 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Sun, 24 Jun 2018 05:59:20 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Luke Taylor http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Lizzo drops new single and video, 'Boys' In a surprise release, Lizzo's new song, 'Boys,' addresses powerful themes of unabashed sexuality, body positivity and an all-embracing gender attitude. The accompanying video also includes an homage to Prince's iconic Schmitt Music photos. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/06/22/lizzo-drops-new-single-and-video-boys-?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:27:04 -0500 'So many stories to tell': Minneapolis Sound luminaries trace their roots to historic Fergus Falls black community On this Juneteeth, there's good reason to shed light on Fergus Falls, a northern Minnesota city where, 120 years ago, a group of 85 African American settlers migrated from Kentucky. Among their descendants are pioneers of the Minneapolis sound, including Jimmy Jam Harris and Andre Cymone. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/06/19/juneteenth-fergus-falls-minneapolis-sound-first-85-kentucky-andre-cymone?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 11:45:00 -0500 Music on TV this week: Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs, Brockhampton, Death Cab for Cutie, Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. You can also subscribe to receive the week's schedule in your inbox. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/06/18/music-on-tv-this-week-cold-war-kids-bishop-briggs-brockhampton-death-cab-for-cutie-foo-fi?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:45:00 -0500 Watch The Current's Mark Wheat perform with Feist at Rock the Garden The evening DJ and Chart Show host casually offered to voice the spoken-word bridge on Feist's song, 'Century,' and she accepted. 'I didn't think she would jump at the chance,' Wheat says, 'but her reaction immediately gave me an impression she thought it was a good idea.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/06/16/watch-the-current-s-mark-wheat-perform-with-feist-at-rock-the-garden?refid=0 Sat, 16 Jun 2018 20:00:00 -0500 Music on TV this week: Benjamin Booker with Steve Cropper; Eels; Weezer; BTS; alt-J with Pusha T Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. You can also subscribe to receive the week's schedule in your inbox. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/06/11/music-on-tv-this-week-benjamin-booker-with-steve-cropper-eels-weezer-bts-altj-with-pusha-?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:45:00 -0500 Interview with Electric Fetus co-founder Ron Korsh In 1968, Ron Korsh co-founded the Electric Fetus with his friend Dan Foley. The Current recently caught up with Korsh at his home in Washington, D.C. Among several interesting facts and recollections, Korsh talks about the inspiration for the name 'Electric Fetus,' about what made him leave retail for architecture, and how - coincidentally - he designed the house where drummer Bobby Z now lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/06/10/interview-with-electric-fetus-cofounder-ron-korsh?refid=0 Sun, 10 Jun 2018 09:45:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Liz Phair When indie rocker Liz Phair stopped at The Current for a Theft of the Dial, she had something special in mind. 'I picked a bunch of my favorite songs that I thought made a nice little collection,' she says, 'but then I thought, 'Why not search for remixes of those songs?'' Listen to this memorable set of remixed tunes, hosted by Liz Phair. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/06/08/theft-of-the-dial-liz-phair?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2018 11:15:00 -0500 k.d. lang to receive the Americana Music Association's 2018 Trailblazer Award The Canadian singer-songwriter will be honored at the Americana Music Association's annual awards program on Sept. 12, 2018, in Nashville. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/06/07/kd-lang-to-receive-the-americana-music-associations-2018-trailblazer-award?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2018 17:10:00 -0500 Music on TV this week: Ray LaMontagne; Neko Case; Lykke Li; Aloe Blacc; Interpol Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. You can also subscribe to receive the week's schedule in your inbox. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/06/04/music-on-tv-this-week-ray-lamontagne-neko-case-lykke-li-aloe-blacc-interpol?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2018 13:45:00 -0500 For musicians facing mental health issues, Nuci's Space 'has your back' Based in Athens, Georgia, Nuci's Space is a nonprofit resource and support center for musicians, with a focus on mental health and suicide prevention. 'We're also trying to end the stigma of mental illness, which is coming,' says operations manager Chris Byron. 'It's something that needs to be talked about.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/05/31/nuci-s-space-mental-health-suicide-prevention-musicians-athens-georgia-nonprofit?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2018 12:45:00 -0500 Music on TV this week: Brandi Carlile; encores aplenty Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. You can also subscribe to receive the week's schedule in your inbox. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/05/29/music-on-tv-this-week-brandi-carlile-encores-aplenty?refid=0 Tue, 29 May 2018 13:45:00 -0500 Music on TV this week: Franz Ferdinand; Lake Street Dive; the Kills; Jim James Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. You can also subscribe to receive the week's schedule in your inbox. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/05/21/music-on-tv-this-week-franz-ferdinand-lake-street-dive-the-kills-jim-james?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2018 13:45:00 -0500 Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards Nominees announced In a ceremony streamed live from Nashville, Tenn., the nominees for the 2018 Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards were announced. Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, I'm With Her, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, and Anderson East were among the nominees across six categories. See a complete list of the nominees and watch Bill DeVille's video summary. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/05/15/americana-music-association-2018-honors-and-awards-nominees-announced?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2018 16:45:00 -0500 Becky Kapell celebrates 'That Certain Ache' Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter Becky Kapell says her new album ' was inspired by David Duchovny and Dolly Parton.' Ahead of the album's release show on Friday, May 18, Kapell, along with guitarist and producer Paul Bergen, joined Mike Pengra in the Radio Heartland studio to spin a few tracks and to talk about the new album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/05/15/becky-kapell-celebrates-that-certain-ache?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2018 10:00:00 -0500 Music on TV this week: CHVRCHES; Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats; Beach House; George Ezra; Courtney Barnett Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. You can also subscribe to receive the week's schedule in your inbox. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/05/14/music-on-tv-this-week-chvrches-nathaniel-rateliff--the-night-sweats-beach-house-george-ez?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2018 13:45:00 -0500 Music on TV this week: Father John Misty; Lake Street Dive; Car Seat Headrest; Alice Merton; Janelle Monae; Leon Bridges; Kacey Musgraves Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. You can also subscribe to receive the week's schedule in your inbox. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/05/07/music-on-tv-this-week-father-john-misty-lake-street-dive-car-seat-headrest-alice-merton-j?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2018 13:45:00 -0500 Music on TV this week: Lord Huron, Leon Bridges, Jack White, Childish Gambino Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. You can also subscribe to receive the week's schedule in your inbox. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/04/30/music-on-tv-this-week-lord-huron-leon-bridges-jack-white-childish-gambino?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2018 13:45:00 -0500 Music on TV this week: Lily Allen, Andrew W.K., Parquet Courts, Middle Kids, Run the Jewels Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. You can also subscribe to receive the week's schedule in your inbox. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/04/23/music-on-tv-this-week-lily-allen-andrew-wk-parquet-courts-middle-kids-run-the-jewels?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:45:00 -0500 Oak Center General Store: a landmark music venue at the crossroads 'It's a truly unique venue,' says Barbara Jean of Dusty Heart, describing Oak Center General Store. 'The room itself feels like a cross between an old saloon and a barn loft -- everything from the ceiling to the creaking floor boards is wooden, with an old potbelly stove crackling and cranking out heat from the back of the room.' How much longer the venue will continue to operate is the big question. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/04/18/oak-center-general-store-landmark-folk-music-venue-at-crossroads?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:45:00 -0500 Back from Australia shows, Andre Cymone teases new projects Having recently played several shows in Australia, both in support of his 2017 album '1969' and as part of the New Power Generation, Andre Cymone is back home in Los Angeles and is ramping up two new albums. 'As an artist, I'm going to do whatever I'm inspired to do,' Cymone says. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/04/16/back-from-australia-shows-andre-cymone-teases-new-projects?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:00:00 -0500 Music on TV this week: Portugal.The Man; Franz Ferdinand; Ben Gibbard; Chaka Khan; Snow Patrol Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. You can also subscribe to receive the week's schedule in your inbox. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/04/16/music-on-tv-this-week-portugalthe-man-franz-ferdinand-ben-gibbard-chaka-khan-snow-patrol?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:45:00 -0500 Is the Trampled By Turtles song 'Kelly's Bar' inspired by a real place? It sure is After the release of Trampled By Turtles' new single, 'Kelly's Bar,' the people at Kelly's Tap House in Red Wing, Minn., have been enjoying the results of being a Minnesota music landmark. 'People have been coming in saying that they wanted eat at the place that Trampled By Turtles were singing about,' says bartender Mitch Anderson, who remembers when Dave Simonett frequented the establishment. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/04/11/minnesota-music-landmark-kellys-bar-red-wing-trampled-by-turtles?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 10:15:00 -0500 Music on TV this week: The War on Drugs; Superorganism; First Aid Kit; John Prine; Jack White Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. You can also subscribe to receive the week's schedule in your inbox. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/04/09/music-on-tv-this-week-the-war-on-drugs-superorganism-first-aid-kit-john-prine-jack-white?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 13:45:00 -0500 Music on TV this week: Jade Bird; Kacey Musgraves; I'm With Her Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. You can also subscribe to receive the week's schedule in your inbox. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/04/02/music-on-tv-this-week-jade-bird-kacey-musgraves-im-with-her?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2018 13:45:00 -0500 Guitar Collection: Harry of Superorganism, Fender Stratocaster American Original Following the recent in-studio session with Superorganism, guitarist Harry (aka Christopher Young) took a few moments to talk about the instrument he plays and how it contributes to Superorganism's sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/28/guitar-collection-harry-of-superorganism-fender-stratocaster-american-original?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 14:00:00 -0500 Music on TV this week: Bishop Briggs; The Breeders; the Voidz; Kacey Musgraves Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. You can also subscribe to receive the week's schedule in your inbox. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/26/music-on-tv-this-week-bishop-briggs-the-breeders-kacey-musgraves?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 13:45:00 -0500 Music on TV this week: Moby; The Decemberists; Natalie Prass; Of Montreal; Iggy Pop Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. You can also subscribe to a newsletter with the week's schedule. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/19/music-on-tv-this-week-moby-the-decemberists-natalie-prass-of-montreal?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:45:00 -0500 Talking guitars and songwriting with Caitlyn Smith On a recent visit to The Current studio, Nashville-based singer-songwriter talked about some of her favorite guitars, and how the name of her breakout album, 'Starfire,' is taken from one of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/15/talking-guitars-and-songwriting-with-caitlyn-smith?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:50:00 -0500 Music on TV this week: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats; Amy Shark; Brandi Carlile; Arcade Fire Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/11/music-on-tv-this-week-nathaniel-rateliff-and-the-night-sweats-amy-shark-brandi-carlile-ar?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:00:00 -0500 Lucius talk about 'Nudes' track by track 'Nudes,' the latest album by Lucius, comprises 10 tracks of stripped-down, acoustic original songs as well as reimagining of songs from Lucius's back-catalog and some well-placed covers. The album was produced by Lucius frontwomen Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, who recently spoke with The Current to share thoughts about each of the tracks on the new album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/08/lucius-talk-about-nudes-track-by-track?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 16:00:00 -0600 Music on TV this week: Albert Hammond Jr., Vance Joy, Margo Price, David Byrne, Rhiannon Giddens Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/05/music-on-tv-this-week-albert-hammond-jr-vance-joy-margo-price-david-byrne-rhiannon-gidden?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 13:45:00 -0600 Music on TV this week: MGMT, Vance Joy, Ibeyi, Robert Plant, Francis and the Lights Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/02/26/music-on-tv-this-week-mgmt-vance-joy-ibeyi-robert-plant-francis-and-the-lights?refid=0 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 13:45:00 -0600 Find music on TV this week: Portugal. The Man; BORNS; Ms. Lauryn Hill Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/02/20/find-music-on-tv-this-week-portugal-the-man-borns-ms-lauryn-hill?refid=0 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:15:00 -0600 Brandi Carlile releases new video for 'The Joke' On the same day of the release of her new album, 'By The Way, I Forgive You,' Brandi Carlile has released a new video for the album's lead single, 'The Joke.' Directed by Danny Clinch, the video features real people whose stories Carlile wishes to highlight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/02/16/brandi-carlile-releases-new-video-for-the-joke?refid=0 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:30:00 -0600 Video Premiere: 'Fools Were Made to Be Broken' by the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers Americana duo the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers have a new album on the way, 'Don't Think About Tomorrow Tonight.' In the run-up to the album's release, the Sapsuckers are debuting a new video for the lead single, 'Fools Were Made to Be Broken.' The video was largely shot on location at the Hi-Lo Diner in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/02/14/video-premiere-fools-were-made-to-be-broken-the-yellow-bellied-sapsuckers?refid=0 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:40:00 -0600 Trampled By Turtles are back with a new single, 'Kelly's Bar' After announcing a 'little break' in October 2016, Trampled By Turtles are back with a new single, 'Kelly's Bar,' along with the announcement of a new album and upcoming shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/02/13/trampled-by-turtles-are-back-with-a-new-single-kellys-bar?refid=0 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:59:00 -0600 Find music on TV this week: Dan Auerbach, Chris Stapleton Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/02/12/find-music-on-tv-this-week-dan-auerbach-chris-stapleton?refid=0 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:30:00 -0600 Find music on TV this week: Noel Gallagher, Alice Merton, Dan Auerbach Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. Among this week's highlights is Alice Merton's U.S. television debut. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/02/05/find-music-on-tv-this-week-noel-gallagher-alice-merton-dan-auerbach?refid=0 Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:00:00 -0600 Eight commercials to watch for during the Big Game When the Super Bowl is on television, the advertisements that air during station breaks often get as much attention as the game itself. Here are eight commercials The Current's listeners may find of particular interest, based on the music featured in them. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/02/04/eight-super-bowl-commercials-to-watch-for-during-the-big-game?refid=0 Sun, 04 Feb 2018 16:30:00 -0600 Find music on TV this week: Avett Brothers, Greta Van Fleet, Ty Segall, Albert Hammond Jr., LCD Soundsystem Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/29/music-on-tv-greta-van-fleet-ty-segall-albert-hammond-jr-common-lcd-soundsystem?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jan 2018 14:00:00 -0600 Kendrick Lamar, Jason Isbell, The War on Drugs, Alabama Shakes among many winners at afternoon Grammy ceremony Seventy of the 84 Grammy categories were awarded during the afternoon presentation known as the Premiere Ceremony. Artists heard on The Current took home awards in several categories, including Best Rap Song, Best Rock Album, Best Alternative Music Album and Best Americana Album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/28/60th-annual-grammy-awards-premiere-ceremony-summary?refid=0 Sun, 28 Jan 2018 18:45:00 -0600 'American Folk' shares a message of hope through music Set against the backdrop of a tragic day in American history, 'American Folk' extols the power of music to break down barriers. The film and its soundtrack release on Friday, Jan. 26. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/25/american-folk-shares-a-message-of-hope-through-music?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:00:00 -0600 Find music on TV this week: Tune-Yards, First Aid Kit, Avett Brothers, Run the Jewels Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/22/music-on-tv-this-week-tune-yards-first-aid-kit-avett-brothers-run-the-jewels?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:00:00 -0600 Listen to a brand-new Lucius song, 'Neighbors,' ahead of their next album On the heels of their album release announcement, the Brooklyn-based band dropped a lead single, 'Neighbors.' Lucius's forthcoming album, 'Nudes,' will feature acoustic versions of old songs, new material, cover songs and features by collaborators such as Roger Waters and Wilco's Nels Cline. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/22/listen-to-a-brandnew-lucius-song-neighbors-ahead-of-their-next-album?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:50:00 -0600 Friendship is at the heart of Bully The origins of Bully's lineup can be traced to The Stone Fox, a now-defunct venue in Nashville. 'We were all at that place at the same time, were friends and had similar tastes in music,' says Bully frontwoman and bandleader Alicia Bognanno. Read more about how the band members found one another, and why friendship is the most important ingredient in the lineup. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/17/friendship-is-at-the-heart-of-bully-alicia-bognanno-interview?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:15:00 -0600 Find music on TV this week: Mavis Staples, Franz Ferdinand, Grizzly Bear, Mumford & Sons Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/15/find-music-on-tv-this-week-mavis-staples-franz-ferdinand-grizzly-bear-mumford--sons?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0600 Listen to Jack White's brand-new single, 'Connected by Love' The song, accompanied by companion track 'Respect Commander,' are the first releases from Jack White's forthcoming third solo full-length, 'Boarding House Reach' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/10/listen-to-jack-white-new-new-single-connected-by-love?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:30:00 -0600 Mentors describe the positive influence of Chance the Rapper Jose Zayas of Chicago and Andre "Debonaire" McNeal of Minneapolis don't know one another, but the two men share a couple things in common: both of them mentor young people in the cities where they live, and they both have taken note of the positive influence of Chance the Rapper in their respective communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/09/mentors-describe-the-positive-influence-of-chance-the-rapper?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jan 2018 11:45:00 -0600 Find music on TV this week: Ty Segall, Anderson East, Elvis Costello, Sylvan Esso, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/08/find-music-on-tv-this-week-ty-segall-anderson-east-elvis-costello-sylvan-esso-?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jan 2018 13:50:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear, Guild T-50 After Grizzly Bear visited The Current studio, the band's Daniel Rossen took a few minutes to tell us about a vintage guitar he bought that quickly became one of his favorites. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/05/the-current-guitar-collection-daniel-rossen-of-grizzly-bear-guild-t50?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 09:50:00 -0600 Find music on TV this week: Margo Price, Prophets of Rage, Father John Misty, Brandi Carlile Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/02/find-music-on-tv-this-week-margo-price-brandi-carlile-prophets-of-rage?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jan 2018 13:45:00 -0600 Top 89 of 2017: Music Videos We asked, you voted! All December long, you -- the music lover -- voted for your favorite music videos released in 2017, and the results are in. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/30/top-89-of-2017-music-videos?refid=0 Sat, 30 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Find music on TV this week: Tom Waits, Liam Gallagher, Avett Brothers Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. Many shows are taking a holiday hiatus, but among the encore highlights is the Avett Brothers' cover of a George Harrison song. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/18/find-music-on-tv-this-week-tom-waits-liam-gallagher-avett-brothers?refid=0 Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:50:00 -0600 Listen to Ron Gallo's new single, 'Really Nice Guys' It's the title track from Gallo's new EP, coming Jan. 19, 2018. The new release follows fairly quickly on Gallo's 2017 album, 'Heavy Meta,' which featured the track, 'Young Lady, You're Scaring Me.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/15/listen-to-ron-gallos-new-single-really-nice-guys?refid=0 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:50:00 -0600 Chance the Rapper helps support computer education in Chicago schools In another show of his ongoing support of Chicago Public Schools, Chance the Rapper recently visited a Chicago school to inspire the students there to pursue computer education and to celebrate a Google grant to assist with that. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/14/chance-the-rapper-supports-computer-education-in-chicago-schools?refid=0 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:50:00 -0600 Creating a buzz: go inside JD McPherson's new 'Style' video The video for JD McPherson's single, 'Style (Is a Losing Game)' was shot during business hours at a barbershop in Los Angeles. 'All the barbers were really cool having us there,' says the video's director, Sean Dejecacion, who told McPherson, 'We've got to get you in a smock!' Watch the video and go inside its production. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/12/sean-dejecacion-jd-mcpherson-style-is-a-losing-game-music-video?refid=0 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:55:00 -0600 Find music on TV this week: SZA, Foo Fighters, Gary Clark Jr, Ryan Adams and more Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. This week's highlights include SZA, Foo Fighters, Gary Clark Jr, Ryan Adams and more. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/11/find-music-on-tv-this-week-sza-foo-fighters-gary-clark-jr-ryan-adams?refid=0 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:45:00 -0600 Is this the happiest Christmas song ever? Science says it might be. This new song came about after popular holiday songs were analyzed 'for their lyric theme, tempo, musical key, vocal, and sleigh bell usage.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/07/is-this-the-happiest-christmas-song-ever?refid=0 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:45:00 -0600 The Current's guide to music on TV: week of Dec. 4, 2017 Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you -- good thing, too, because this week is a blockbuster in terms of musical guests, including St. Vincent, Beck, Chris Stapleton, Ty Segall, the Shelters, Hiss Golden Messenger, SZA and many more. See the complete listings. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/04/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-tv-week-of-dec-4-2017?refid=0 Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:45:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Luke Taylor, digital producer Digital producer Luke Taylor shares his favorite songs of 2017. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/05/top89-staff-luke-taylor?refid=0 Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0600 The Cactus Blossoms, Kacy & Clayton fete eight years of 'United States of Americana' On Saturday, Nov. 25, at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Saskatchewan duo Kacy & Clayton and hometown heroes The Cactus Blossoms helped celebrate eight years of The Current's roots-music program, 'United States of Americana,' with host Bill DeVille and around a thousand loyal listeners. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/27/the-cactus-blossoms-kacy--clayton-fete-eight-years-of-united-states-of-americana?refid=0 Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:55:00 -0600 The Current's guide to music on TV: week of Nov. 27, 2017 Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. This week's highlights include Spoon and Liam Gallagher each paying a visit to 'The Tonight Show,' Wolf Alice performing on 'Colbert,' and U2 performing on 'Saturday Night Live.' See the complete listings. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/27/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-tv-week-of-nov-27-2017-u2-snl?refid=0 Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:50:00 -0600 The Current's guide to music on TV: week of Nov. 20, 2017 Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. It's Thanksgiving week, but a lot of TV shows are still turning out new episodes, along with some notable reruns. This week's highlights include Portugal. The Man; LCD Soundsystem; Rostam; Beck; and Ms. Lauryn Hill. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/20/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-tv-week-of-nov-20-2017?refid=0 Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:00:00 -0600 The 4onthefloor's 'All My Friends' is KARE 11's Super Bowl anthem KARE 11, the Twin Cities' NBC affiliate and home to the telecast of the 2018 Super Bowl, has chosen the 4onthefloor's song 'All My Friends' as its official Super Bowl anthem. The song appears in a KARE 11 promotional video that airs during station breaks in the run-up to February's big game, and it will continue to feature in KARE 11's coverage. 'The 4onthefloor has always been about is bringing people in, and sharing in the joy and merriment of life,' says frontman Gabe Douglas. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/19/the-4onthefloor-all-my-friends-kare-11-super-bowl-music-gabe-douglas?refid=0 Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:30:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Kate Stables of This Is The Kit - Hobner guitar and zither banjo When Kate Stables and her band, This Is The Kit, visited The Current studio, Stables had what appeared to be a Hofner hollow-body guitar, and then another instrument that resembled a six-string banjo. After the session, Stables described the instruments she plays -- and the facts were surprising and a lot of fun. Here's what she had to say. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/15/the-current-guitar-collection-kate-stables-this-is-the-kit-hobner-guitar-zither-banjo?refid=0 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:45:00 -0600 The Current's guide to music on TV: week of Nov. 13, 2017 Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. This week's highlights include Amy Shark, Bishop Briggs, a tribute to Sharon Jones, locals Now, Now, and Chance the Rapper hosting 'Saturday Night Live.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/13/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-tv-week-of-nov-13-2017-chance-the-rapper-snl?refid=0 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:40:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Bully's Alicia Bognanno, Squier '51 'Frankenstein' When Bully visited The Current studio, frontperson Alicia Bognanno took some time to talk about what she calls her 'Frankenstein' guitar, 'and by that,' Bognanno explains, 'I mean it's just a bunch of different parts put together.' It's a hard-working guitar Bognanno loves; she plays most of Bully's shows using it and has written the band's two albums on it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/08/the-currents-guitar-collection-bullys-alicia-bognanno-squier-51-frankenstein-?refid=0 Wed, 08 Nov 2017 10:45:00 -0600 Steve Hengstler: the photographer who covered the rise of Husker Du On Friday, Nov. 10, Numero Group releases its box set, 'Savage Young Du,' documenting in words, photos and of course, music, the rise of iconic punk band Husker Du. Playing a major role in telling the story are many photos by the late Steve Hengstler, a Fridley, Minn., native and Macalester College alumnus who had a vision -- in more ways than one -- to document the rise of the most heralded trio of the American punk underground. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/07/steve-hengstler-the-photographer-who-documented-the-rise-of-husker-du?refid=0 Tue, 07 Nov 2017 15:30:00 -0600 The Current's guide to music on TV: week of Nov. 6, 2017 Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. This week's highlights include Weezer, Kaleo, Mavis Staples, St. Vincent and Dan Auerbach. See the complete listings. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/06/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-tv-week-of-nov-6-2017?refid=0 Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:45:00 -0600 The Current's guide to music on TV: week of Oct. 30, 2017 Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on late-night and other TV programs. Highlights this week include Weezer, Thundercat, Amy Shark, and Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile. See the week's complete listings. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/30/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-tv-week-of-oct-30-2017?refid=0 Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:45:00 -0500 The Current's guide to music on TV: week of Oct. 23, 2017 Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. This week's highlights include Margo Price, JD McPherson, Fleet Foxes and Angel Olsen. See the complete listings. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/23/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-tv-week-of-oct-23-2017?refid=0 Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:45:00 -0500 The Current's guide to music on TV: week of Oct. 16, 2017 Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. This week's highlights include Beck, Arcade Fire and HAIM on 'The Ellen Degeneres' show, and some Prince music on the prime-time series, 'Empire.' See the complete listings. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/16/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-tv-week-of-oct-16-2017?refid=0 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:50:00 -0500 Daptone Records announces final Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings album A final statement by one of the most influential rhythm and blues voices of the 21st century, 'Soul of a Woman' was recorded on eight-track tape at Daptone's House of Soul studio in Brooklyn, N.Y. Listen to the first single from the album, 'Matter of Time.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/10/daptone-records-announces-final-sharon-jones--the-dapkings-album?refid=0 Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:40:00 -0500 The Current's guide to music on late-night TV: week of Oct. 9, 2017 Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on late-night TV, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. There's something every day this week, and highlights include Phoenix, Liam Gallagher, Wolf Parade, Vance Joy, Anderson East and The Pretenders. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/09/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-latenight-tv-week-of-oct-9-2017?refid=0 Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:50:00 -0500 Chris Thile joyfully launches into second season of 'Prairie Home' Host Chris Thile was positively buoyant as he returned for his second season hosting the public-radio mainstay. Thile promised the audience that 'A Prairie Home Companion' has '26 shiny new shows lined up for you,' and the season opener was certainly a shimmering jewel. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/08/chris-thile-second-season-premiere-a-prairie-home-companion?refid=0 Sun, 08 Oct 2017 14:45:00 -0500 Explore the music landmarks of Athens, Georgia Music fans everywhere have heard of Athens, Georgia &mdash; a place that launched the careers of artists such as R.E.M., the B-52's, Widespread Panic and the late Vic Chesnutt, and it remains the home base of bands like Of Montreal, the Drive-By Truckers and others. Explore Athens music landmarks with our video tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/06/explore-the-music-landmarks-of-athens-georgia?refid=0 Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:30:00 -0500 The Current's guide to music on late-night TV: week of Oct. 2, 2017 Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on late-night TV, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. Highlights this week include the Shins, Sam Smith and St. Vincent. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/02/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-latenight-tv-week-of-oct-2-2017?refid=0 Mon, 02 Oct 2017 13:50:00 -0500 The Current's guide to music on late-night TV: week of Sept. 25, 2017 It's a packed lineup of musical guests on this week's late-night TV schedule. Highlights include Album of the Week artists Grizzly Bear; Chance the Rapper; locals Now, Now; and the 'Saturday Night Live' season premiere. See the full schedule. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/09/25/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-latenight-tv-week-of-sept-25-2017?refid=0 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:50:00 -0500 The Current's guide to music on late-night TV: week of Sept. 18, 2017 Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on late-night TV, and this week's lineup includes the Killers, Blondie, and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/09/18/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-latenight-tv-week-of-sept-18-2017?refid=0 Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:50:00 -0500 John Prine, Sturgill Simpson, Amanda Shires and others honored at Americana Fest On Wednesday night in Nashville, Tenn., the Americana Music Festival hosted its 16th annual Americana Music Association Honors and Awards show, which showcases and honors the artists working in the many genres of American roots music. See the list of honorees as well as Instagram highlights from The Current's Bill DeVille, who was in attendance in Nashville. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/09/14/john-prine-sturgill-simpson-amanda-shires-and-others-honored-at-americana-fest?refid=0 Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:15:00 -0500 The Current's guide to music on late-night TV: week of Sept. 11, 2017 Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on late-night TV, and this week's lineup includes Prophets of Rage, Patti Smith, Kaleo, Father John Misty and many others. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/09/11/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-latenight-tv-week-of-sept-11-2017?refid=0 Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:50:00 -0500 The Current's guide to music on late-night TV: week of Sept. 4, 2017 Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on late-night TV. With September upon us, many programs are returning to regular production schedules. This week's lineup includes Gary Clark Jr., Royal Blood and The National. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/09/05/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-latenight-tv-week-of-sept-4-2017?refid=0 Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:45:00 -0500 Let's go maize-y: Prince honored in State Fair seed art The Minnesota State Fair has hosted a seed art competition every year since 1965. In 2016 and 2017, portraits of Prince have been numerous in the show. 'I believe that because of the following that Prince had, we're probably going to see those kind of things continue,' says Ron Kelsey, Superintendent of Crop Art at the State Fair. Read more about the seed art and view a photo gallery. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/09/01/prince-honored-in-state-fair-seed-art?refid=0 Fri, 01 Sep 2017 14:50:00 -0500 Listen to tracks from a rare 1974 'Prairie Home' LP This early recording - which actually predates the 'A Prairie Home Companion' radio show - has a sound that continues to inform the music and aesthetic of the program to this day. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/08/31/listen-to-rare-1974-prairie-home-lp?refid=0 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 12:15:00 -0500 The Current's guide to music on late-night TV: week of Aug. 28, 2017 Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on late-night TV. As we head into the Labor Day weekend, most programs are in reruns this week, but 'Austin City Limits' has a new show featuring Beck. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/08/28/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-latenight-tv-week-of-aug-28-2017?refid=0 Mon, 28 Aug 2017 13:50:00 -0500 Elvis remembered by his contemporaries On Aug. 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at his home in Memphis, Tenn., at the age of 42. Forty years on, we've gathered some archival video of Elvis's contemporaries sharing their thoughts about the late rock 'n' roller. See thoughts from B.B. King, Ann Margret, Tom Jones and others. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/08/16/elvis-remembered-by-his-contemporaries?refid=0 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:50:00 -0500 The Current's guide to music on late-night TV: week of Aug. 14, 2017 Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on late-night TV, and this week's lineup includes Portugal. The Man; Run the Jewels; Pokey LaFarge and others. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/08/14/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-latenight-tv-week-of-aug-14-2017?refid=0 Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:50:00 -0500 Watch the powerful new video for Jason Isbell's 'If We Were Vampires' Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit's song, 'If We Were Vampires,' honestly acknowledges that even the hardiest of long-term relationships can't last forever, simply because human beings are mortal. A new video for the song illustrates the song's narrative using animation that is both accessible and deeply metaphorical. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/08/10/watch-the-powerful-new-video-for-jason-isbells-if-we-were-vampires?refid=0 Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:15:00 -0500 The Current's guide to music on late-night TV: week of Aug. 7, 2017 Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on late-night TV, and this week's lineup includes BORNS, Benjamin Booker, Aimee Mann, The War on Drugs and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/08/07/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-latenight-tv-week-of-aug-7-2017?refid=0 Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:15:00 -0500 Music News: Paul McCartney to play drums on Foo Fighters' new album Paul McCartney will play drums on one song on the Foo Fighters' forthcoming album, 'Concrete and Gold'; the Smiths are releasing a series of live recordings in the run-up to the release of 'The Queen is Dead' reissue; Thundercat documents his love of Japan on new video; Bon Iver announce four-day concert festival in Mexico; Bjork announces a new album - kind of; and Kanye West sues an insurer over his canceled tour dates. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/08/02/music-news-paul-mccartney-to-play-drums-on-foo-fighters-new-album?refid=0 Wed, 02 Aug 2017 18:00:00 -0500 Close to home: the Rudh family recall first-hand experience of 35W bridge collapse On Aug. 1, 2007, Mercedes Gorden - now Rudh - was on her way home from work, driving across the 35W bridge, when it collapsed into the Mississippi River. What happened over the next year brought Mercedes and her then-fiance, The Current's Jake Rudh, even closer, and made an indelible impression on their lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/08/01/close-to-home-the-rudh-family-35w-bridge-collapse?refid=0 Tue, 01 Aug 2017 12:00:00 -0500 The Current's guide to music on late-night TV: week of July 31 A lot of late-night TV shows are ramping up again with new programs and a lot of musical guests. Artists heard on The Current include Tame Impala, Maggie Rogers, Deap Vally, Arcade Fire and others. See the complete listing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/31/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-latenight-tv-week-of-july-31?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jul 2017 15:45:00 -0500 Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius on tour with Roger Waters: 'It feels like we were meant to sing these songs' The lead singers from Lucius are about midway through an ambitious North American tour, performing with Roger Waters. Wednesday night, Wolfe and Laessig were in St. Paul, and The Current caught up with them at the Xcel Energy Center to talk about the Waters tour and about what's happening with Lucius. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/27/jess-wolfe-and-holly-laessig-of-lucius-on-tour-with-roger-waters?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0500 Singer-songwriter Michael Johnson dies at age 72 Johnson, who lived in Minneapolis, had hits in the 1970s and '80s with songs like 'Bluer than Blue,' 'Give Me Wings' and 'The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/27/singersongwriter-michael-johnson-dies-at-age-72?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Managing the musical landscape of the Driftless Region Working in and around Winona, Minn., Parker Forsell of Ocooch Mountain Music is taking a multifaceted approach to music booking, management and promotion. 'Winona has a really lively arts scene for how small the town is,' Forsell says. In just a few years, Ocooch Mountain Music has become a vital part of the music scene in southeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/25/managing-the-musical-landscape-of-the-driftless-region?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:30:00 -0500 The Current's Guide to music on late-night TV: week of July 24 It's a comparatively light week for music on late-night TV, but some big artists from our playlist are featured, including Future Islands and Spoon. Check out this week's listings. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/24/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-latenight-tv-week-of-july-24?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:20:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Angelica Garcia, Fender Starcaster reissue When Angelica Garcia visited The Current for a recent in-studio session, she performed three songs, using different instrumentation for each. After the session, Garcia took some time to tell us about the guitar she used when performing her single, 'Orange Flower.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/19/the-currents-guitar-collection-angelica-garcia-fender-starcaster-reissue?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:45:00 -0500 The Current's Guide to Music on Late-Night TV: Week of July 17 Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on late-night TV. This week's lineup includes Portugal. The Man; Sufjan Stevens; Run the Jewels; Car Seat Headrest; and a double-bill of Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis. See the complete lineup. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/17/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-latenight-tv-week-of-july-17-2017?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:45:00 -0500 The Current's guide to music on late-night TV: week of July 10, 2017 Some programs are returning from the July 4 holiday week with new shows, and artists this week include Perfume Genius, the Kills, the New Pornographers, Saint Paul and the Broken Bones and others. See the complete rundown. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/10/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-latenight-tv-week-of-july-10-2017?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:45:00 -0500 The Current's guide to music on late-night TV: week of July 3, 2017 This week, most programs are on break for the Fourth of July holiday and are airing reruns, but those encore broadcasts include performances by Fleet Foxes, Spoon, Gary Clark Jr., Father John Misty, Dead Man Winter and others. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/03/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-latenight-tv-week-of-july-3-2017?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jul 2017 13:45:00 -0500 The Current's guide to music on late-night TV: week of June 26, 2017 Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on late-night TV. The week of June 26, 2017, includes appearances by the Lumineers, Band of Horses, HAIM and more. See the complete schedule. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/26/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-latenight-tv-week-of-june-26-2017?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:45:00 -0500 Watch Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit perform on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' Following the Friday, June 16, release of their new album, 'The Nashville Sound,' Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit gave a spirited performance of their single, 'Hope the High Road' on the CBS late-night program. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/21/watch-jason-isbell-and-the-400-unit-perform-on-the-late-show-with-stephen-colbert?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:00:00 -0500 The Current's guide to music on late-night TV: week of June 19, 2017 Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on late-night TV. The week of June 12, 2017, includes appearances by artists including Jeff Tweedy, Lake Street Dive, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, and more. See the complete schedule. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/19/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-latenight-tv-week-of-june-19-2017?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:50:00 -0500 Soul singer Sonny Knight dies at age 69 Secret Stash Records has announced the death of the soul singer, who in March had suspended his tour following a cancer diagnosis. Sonny Knight enjoyed a late-career revival, thanks to support from local record label and collective Secret Stash and his fiery horn-fueled band the Lakers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/17/soul-singer-sonny-knight-dies-at-age-69?refid=0 Sat, 17 Jun 2017 11:10:00 -0500 A conversation with Edward Kelsey Moore, author of 'The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues' Edward Kelsey Moore is a professional cellist and the author of the best-selling 2013 novel 'The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat.' On June 20, Moore's second novel, 'The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues,' will be released. Ahead of the new novel's debut, Moore took some time to talk to us about it. You can also enter for a chance to win a copy of the new book. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/08/edward-kelsey-moore-author-of-the-supremes-sing-the-happy-heartache-blues?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 11:30:00 -0500 Prince and a President: An Untold Story When Low Cut Connie's Adam Weiner visited the White House in May 2016, he saw photos of Prince on display. 'What's amazing about the story is what was in the pictures,' Weiner explains. It turns out former President Barack Obama is a big fan of Prince. Watch video of Weiner telling this little-known story. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/07/prince-and-a-president-an-untold-story?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 10:20:00 -0500 The Current's guide to music on late-night TV: week of June 5, 2017 Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on late-night TV. Here's who you can watch for this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/05/the-currents-guide-to-music-on-late-night-tv-week-of-june-5-2017?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jun 2017 13:50:00 -0500 Watch new video of Peter Mulvey performing 'Are You Listening?' Celebrating 25 years as a touring musician and more than a million miles traveled doing so, singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey has released a video of a performance of the title track from his 2017, Ani DiFranco-produced album, 'Are You Listening?' The video was recorded at a coffeehouse in Mulvey's hometown of Fort Atkinson, Wis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/31/watch-new-video-of-peter-mulvey-performing-are-you-listening-?refid=0 Wed, 31 May 2017 09:45:00 -0500 Cecelia Erholtz on the Podium's past, TABAH's tomorrow As May 2017 drew to a close, The Podium -- a landmark guitar shop in Minneapolis with a history that stretches back to 1959 -- quietly, and permanently, closed its doors. Cecelia Erholtz, frontperson of the band TABAH, was a longtime employee of the Podium. Erholtz recently took time to talk with us about the Podium's closing and about what's next for TABAH. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/25/cecelia-erholtz-on-the-podiums-past-tabahs-tomorrow?refid=0 Thu, 25 May 2017 20:20:00 -0500 Four party tips for the 50th anniversary of 'Sgt. Pepper' With the approaching 50th anniversary of the June 1 release of 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,' musician, events professional and lifelong Beatles fan Padraic Gilligan shares his tips on how to celebrate. 'In terms of events or themes around 'Sgt. Pepper', it's so rich, there's so many opportunities,' Gilligan says. 'The album always has had that very iconic position within the Beatles' canon overall as being the best.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/25/four-party-tips-for-the-50th-anniversary-of-sgt-pepper?refid=0 Thu, 25 May 2017 12:30:00 -0500 Mike Michel is on the mend and ready to rock Minneapoolis musician Mike Michel is releasing a new album, 'On The Mend,' on May 20. After facing some serious health matters -- including some that cut to the very heart of Michel's life as a musician -- the road to the album's release has been painful, distressing, arduous, and ultimately uplifting. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/13/mike-michel-is-on-the-mend-and-ready-to-rock?refid=0 Sat, 13 May 2017 11:15:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: White Reaper's Hunter Thompson, 1965 Baldwin Baby Bison When Louisville, Ky., rock band White Reaper visited us in studio recently, the guitar being used by the band's Hunter Thompson stirred a lot of curiosity. After the session, Thompson was enthusiastic to talk to us about his vintage Baldwin guitar, which he considers quite a find. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/10/the-currents-guitar-collection-white-reaper-s-hunter-thompson-1965-baldwin-baby-bison?refid=0 Wed, 10 May 2017 10:15:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Ron Gallo, Fender Jaguar Ron Gallo says he was looking for a Fender Jaguar for a long time, and when he finally found one, he felt right at home. ' For me, it's all about the noise that you can pull out of it,' Gallo says. Read more about Ron Gallo's Fender Jaguar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/03/the-currents-guitar-collection-ron-gallo-fender-jaguar?refid=0 Wed, 03 May 2017 10:30:00 -0500 Watch Ryan Adams perform 'Outbound Train' on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' On Monday, May 1, Ryan Adams was the musical guest on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.' Adams performed 'Outbound Train,' a track from his acclaimed 2017 album, 'The Prisoner.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/02/watch-ryan-adams-perform-outbound-train-on-the-late-show-with-stephen-colbert?refid=0 Tue, 02 May 2017 10:30:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Hurray for the Riff Raff's Alynda Segarra, 1950s archtop Hurray for the Riff Raff's Alynda Segarra plays a beautiful, golden archtop guitar. After the band's in-studio session, Segarra took some time to tell us about the instrument. The exact make and model remains a bit of a mystery. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/02/the-currents-guitar-collection-hurray-for-the-riff-raffs-alynda-segarra-1950s-archtop?refid=0 Tue, 02 May 2017 09:50:00 -0500 Fans from all over remember and honor Prince On the one-year anniversary of the death of Prince, fans are paying tribute to Prince in various ways. Whether they live in Minnesota or have traveled to Minnesota in honor of the date, The Current caught up with some of these fans, who were happy to share their thoughts about Prince. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/21/fans-from-all-over-remember-honor-prince?refid=0 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:00:00 -0500 Buildings and landscapes turn purple for Prince On the night of April 20 into April 21, 2017, locations around the Twin Cities were illuminated in purple in honor of Prince. Many of these purple places were captured on social media. Here's a roundup. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/21/buildings-and-landscapes-turn-purple-for-prince?refid=0 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:00:00 -0500 ASL interpreter lends fresh perspective on Prince's music American Sign Language interpreter (and longtime Prince fan) Shelly Lehner was one of the ASL interpreters at the Prince tribute concert last October. 'If hearing people are going to a concert, and they're experiencing this loss of Prince, deaf people should be able to go to that concert as well, and have access,' Lehner says. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/20/asl-interpreter-lends-fresh-perspective-on-princes-music?refid=0 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:20:00 -0500 Watch the new video for alt-J's song, '3WW' Alt-J have released a new video for '3WW,' a song off their upcoming album, 'Relaxer.' Additionally, the band have announced a North American tour that comes to the Roy Wilkins Auditorium on Oct. 20, 2017. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/13/watch-video-for-altjs-new-song-3ww?refid=0 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:30:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Lindsey Troy, Deap Vally, Fender Mustang Lindsey Troy of the band Deap Vally describes the guitar that helps define the band's sound. 'It's super old, and it has a lot of character,' Troy says about her Fender Mustang. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/12/the-currents-guitar-collection-lindsey-troy-deap-vally-fender-mustang?refid=0 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:45:00 -0500 In Pictures: Rock The Cradle 2017 Nearly 10,000 kids and their grown-ups turned out for the 12th installment of Rock the Cradle, a day of music and fun at Mia and the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis. View highlights from the day in a photo gallery by The Current's Nate Ryan. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/10/in-pictures-rock-the-cradle-2017?refid=0 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:45:00 -0500 Hear the brand-new single from Jason Isbell, 'Hope The High Road' On Thursday, March 23, Jason Isbell released a video for the song 'Hope The High Road,' the lead single off the forthcoming album from Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, 'The Nashville Sound.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/23/hear-the-brandnew-single-from-jason-isbell-hope-the-high-road?refid=0 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:15:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Dominic Corso, The Orwells - Sarricola Custom When The Orwells visited The Current for an in-studio session, guitar player Dominic Corso took some time to tell us about the guitar he uses: a Sarricola custom guitar, built by Bill Sarricola, a high-school friend of the father of Orwells' frontman, Mario Cuomo. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/22/the-currents-guitar-collection-dominic-corso-the-orwells-sarricola-custom?refid=0 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:45:00 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra: Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn On Friday, March 17, at 8 p.m., Classical MPR brings you the live broadcast of the Minnesota Orchestra as it presents a concert featuring works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. The concert features two rising stars: conductor Perry So and violinist Simone Porter. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/17/minnesota-orchestra-perform-mozart-beethoven-and-mendelssohn?refid=0 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:00:00 -0500 Hear a brand-new Weezer song, 'Feels Like Summer' On Thursday, March 16, Weezer dropped a new single, 'Feels Like Summer,' a preview of their next album, expected to release, appropriately enough, this summer. Listen to the new song and watch the video. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/16/hear-a-brandnew-weezer-song-feels-like-summer?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:40:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Black Joe Lewis, Telecasters Following a recent in-studio session at The Current, Black Joe Lewis gave us an update on the guitars he's been using recently. The parts may come from different places, but Lewis is an avid fan of the Telecaster model. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/07/the-currents-guitar-collection-black-joe-lewis-telecasters?refid=0 Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:15:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Amber Bain of The Japanese House, 1976 Fender Mustang Amber Bain fronts the band The Japanese House. After a recent visit to The Current's studio, Bain took some time to tell us about her 1976 Fender Mustang, and how and why she taught herself to play guitar upside down. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/01/the-currents-guitar-collection-amber-bain-of-the-japanese-house-1976-fender-mustang?refid=0 Wed, 01 Mar 2017 12:30:00 -0600 VocalEssence concert features local students and a work by local composer On Sunday, Feb. 19, vocal activist Melanie DeMore leads the VocalEssence chorus and local school choirs in "VocalEssence WITNESS," an annual concert celebrating the contributions made to American arts by African Americans. The program features student singers from school choirs in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and a work by local composer Daniel Kantor. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/17/vocalessence-concert-features-local-choirs-and-a-work-by-a-local-composer?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:00:00 -0600 Using progressive muscle relaxation for fitness and well-being Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) is an instructor-led method of recognizing muscle tension and increasing body awareness. By providing relaxation and soothing tired muscles, PMR can be part of one's overall fitness plan. Hear more about PMR from fitness expert Nathan Bahr, and listen to some PMR sessions. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/16/using-progressive-muscle-relaxation-for-fitness-and-wellbeing?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:00:00 -0600 Exploring the gentle power of guided relaxation 'Stress can really take a toll on our health and well-being, especially when experienced for long periods of time,' says Joanne D'Amico, RN, RMT and guided-relaxation voice artist. 'It is extremely important to interrupt those long periods of stress with some deep relaxation.' Find out more about guided relaxation and D'Amico's work in the field, and listen to a sample guided relaxation session. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/14/exploring-the-gentle-power-of-guided-relaxation?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:20:00 -0600 How the Grammys Work On Sunday, Feb. 12, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (also known as The Recording Academy) will host its 59th annual Grammy Awards presentation. Awards will be given in multiple categories -- but how does it all work? Here's an infographic and an article to explain it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/24/how-the-grammys-work?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:50:00 -0600 Semyon Bychkov celebrates 'beloved friend' Tchaikovsky Conductor Semyon Bychkov has been touring the world celebrating the music of Peter Tchaikovsky, with projects including a Tchaikovsky Festival with the New York Philharmonic, and a new recording of Tchaikovsky's music with the Czech Philharmonic. Hear more about Bychkov's connection to Tchaikovsky, and how he considers the composer a friend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/30/semyon-bychkov-celebrates-beloved-friend-tchaikovsky?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:45:00 -0600 10 phenomenal photos from the second night of The Current's 12th birthday Thank you for celebrating with us! Check out a selection of the top images of Haley Bonar, The Lemon Twigs, ZULUZULUU, Sam Roberts Band and Monica LaPlante from night two of our 12th Birthday Party. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/29/10-phenomenal-photos-from-the-second-night-of-the-currents-12th-birthday?refid=0 Sun, 29 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 10 outstanding photos from night one of The Current's 12th birthday Catch a glimpse of a handful of the best images from the first night of our twelfth birthday party, featuring jeremy messersmith, Joseph, Strand of Oaks, Black Market Brass and Jay Smart. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/28/10-outstanding-photos-from-night-one-of-the-currents-12th-birthday?refid=0 Sat, 28 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 The Minnesota Orchestra remembers Neville Marriner In October 2016, the classical music world lost Neville Marriner, who died at home at the age of 92. Among many highlights in his career, Marriner had been the music director of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1978 to 1986. On Friday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m., join host Brian Newhouse for the live broadcast of the Minnesota Orchestra's tribute concert to Neville Marriner. We've also assembled a slideshow of highlights from the late maestro's career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/27/the-minnesota-orchestra-remembers-neville-marriner?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:15:00 -0600 Song premiere: JD McPherson covers 'A Little Respect' Erasure's 1988 hit 'A Little Respect' remains a dance-floor favorite. Now, JD McPherson has reimagined the song as a soulful, swaying, slow-dance number -- likely to be another popular dance track, but in a whole new way. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/25/song-premiere-jd-mcpherson-covers-a-little-respect?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:50:00 -0600 Traces of Townes: exploring Townes Van Zandt's Minnesota connections Although reflections on the life and career of Townes Van Zandt tend to focus largely on the singer's connections to Texas, Colorado and Tennessee, Van Zandt did spend some time in Minnesota. With January 2017 marking 20 years since the singer-songwriter's death, a search for Van Zandt's Minnesota connections unearthed some ties that run deep. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/13/traces-of-townes-exploring-townes-van-zandts-minnesota-connections?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:20:00 -0600 Watch a new video for Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings' 'Please Come Home for Christmas' Planned and completed before Sharon Jones's death on Nov. 18, 2016, the video for Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings' rendition of 'Please Come Home For Christmas' from their 2015 album 'It's A Holiday Soul Party!' was released Dec. 20, 2016. The video recalls the style of the stop-motion animation used by classic Rankin-Bass TV holiday specials. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/20/watch-a-new-video-for-sharon-jones-and-the-dapkings-please-come-home-for-christmas?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 12:30:00 -0600 Exploring Johnny Cash's little-known German tracks In the late 1950s, Johnny Cash recorded a number of tracks translated into the German language for his label at the time, CBS Records. Although some of the tracks were released in the U.S. on a compilation in 1978, they are not widely known on this side of the Atlantic. 'Johnny Cash makes German sound a bit more musical, and it sounds perfectly natural coming out of his mouth,' says The Current's Bill DeVille. Listen to the tracks and get the back-story behind these songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/08/exploring-johnny-cash-s-littleknown-german-tracks?refid=0 Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:45:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Luke Taylor, digital producer The Current's digital producer Luke Taylor shares this top songs of 2016. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/06/top89-staff-picks-luke-taylor?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600 Photographer Daniel Corrigan reflects on Prince Following the release of his recent book, 'Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis,' photographer Daniel Corrigan shares memories of seeing Prince perform. 'When he was up there, I think he was connected with every single person in the audience,' Corrigan says in a video produced by the Minnesota Historical Society. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/01/photographer-daniel-corrigan-reflects-on-prince?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:20:00 -0600 Hear Erik Koskinen's brand-new single, 'On Christmas Day' Minnesota singer-songwriter Erik Koskinen has released a new single for the holiday season, 'On Christmas Day,' which goes into rotation on Radio Heartland starting Thursday, Dec. 1. The video for the song features archival footage from World War II, depicting U.S. soldiers hosting a Christmas party for British children displaced by the London Blitz. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/01/hear-erik-koskinens-brandnew-single-on-christmas-day?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:45:00 -0600 Sharon Jones dies at age 60 A message posted on Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings' Facebook page announced Sharon Jones passed away Friday, Nov. 18, following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jones was known for her powerful voice, her soulful songs and her indomitable spirit. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/18/sharon-jones-dies-at-age-60?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:15:00 -0600 Guitar Collection: My Bubba, 1956 Yngve Barslev Jazz Guitar Guthbjorg Tomasdottir of the duo My Bubba recently took some time to tell us about her vintage, Danish-built guitar. 'I was bicycling in Copenhagen and I saw this guitar in the window, and it just spoke to me,' she says. It's the latest addition to The Current's Guitar Collection. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/16/guitar-collection-my-bubba-1956-yngve-barslev-jazz-guitar?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:20:00 -0600 Guitar Collection: The Shelters' Josh Jove, Rickenbacker 360, 12-string When the Shelters performed their song 'Rebel Heart' in our studio, guitarist Josh Jove performed on a 12-string Rickenbacker. After the session, Jove told us about the guitar -- and that it was given to him by none other than Tom Petty, who co-produced the Shelter's self-titled debut album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/09/guitar-collection-the-shelters-josh-jove-rickenbacker-360-12string?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2016 13:30:00 -0600 Watch some music highlights from the latest APHC with Chris Thile On his second show as host of 'A Prairie Home Companion,' Chris Thile, along with the First Call Radio Players and guests Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Anais Mitchell and John Hodgman rocked the Fitzgerald Theater and a listening audience with original music and with covers of the Modern Lovers, Ray Parker Jr., and John Williams. Watch some video highlights from the show, and hear the rebroadcast on The Current on Sunday at 10 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/23/watch-music-highlights-a-prairie-home-companion-chris-thile?refid=0 Sat, 22 Oct 2016 23:00:00 -0500 Purple Pilgrimage: Prince fans making the trek to Minnesota Keisha Williams of Los Angeles will travel to Minnesota this week to meet with more than 40 others she's never met in person to share the official Prince tribute concert and Prince-related tours. '"Prince was all about love, and his music brings people together,' Williams says. Read more about Williams and her group, and let us know if you'll be travelling to Minnesota this week to celebrate the life and music of Prince. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/12/purple-pilgrimage-prince-fans-making-the-trek-to-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2016 12:30:00 -0500 Meet the artist behind the 'morphing Prince' GIF Atlanta-based visual artist -- and Prince fan -- Sarah Marks was stricken with grief when Prince died on April 21, 2016. Five days later, she released a tweet with an animated GIF depicting many phases in Prince's career. 'I think most artists process grief through their art,' Marks says. 'I think it's a more natural process that way.' Read more about Sarah Marks and about the GIF that has made its way around the world among Prince fans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/04/meet-the-artist-behind-the-morphing-prince-gif?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2016 12:50:00 -0500 Francisco Fullana joins the SPCO as its newest principal violin The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) announced today that violinist Francisco Fullana has been named the orchestra's newest principal violin. 'One of my long-term goals has always been to play chamber music at the highest level with people that inspire me,' Fullana says. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/22/francisco-fullana-joins-the-spco-as-its-newest-principal-violin?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:30:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Sara Watkins, Bourgeois Piccolo Parlor Following a recent in-studio recording session at The Current, Sara Watkins took some time to tell us about her parlor-style guitar. Watkins describes the inspiration for the guitar's vintage appearance, and she tells us what she likes about composing and performing on it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/21/the-currents-guitar-collection-sara-watkins-bourgeois-piccolo-parlor?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:45:00 -0500 Serving up concerts at the State Fair's Schell's Stage Stage Manager Wallace Fleming works with stage crew and performers to make concerts happen at the Schell's Stage at the West End Market at the Minnesota State Fair. "I help everyone get what they need," he says. Meet Fleming and the rest of his crew, and go behind the scenes of an Okee Dokee Brothers performance at the Schell's Stage. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/02/serving-up-concerts-at-the-state-fair-s-schell-s-stage?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2016 13:15:00 -0500 Live from the Fair: Copper Street Brass On Friday, Sept. 2, at 2 p.m., John Birge welcomes two ensembles, Cantus and the Copper Street Brass, to the Carousel Park stage for a live performance and broadcast for MPR Day at the Minnesota State Fair. Earlier this week, we spoke to Copper Street Brass musician and artistic director Tim Bradley about the group and its approach to State Fair performances. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/02/live-from-the-fair-copper-street-brass?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2016 10:35:00 -0500 Live from the Fair: Cantus On Friday, Sept. 2, at 2 p.m., John Birge welcomes two ensembles, Cantus and the Copper Street Brass, to the Carousel Park stage for a live performance and broadcast for MPR Day at the Minnesota State Fair. Earlier this week, we spoke to Cantus tenor and ensemble spokesperson Paul Scholtz about Cantus and its approach to State Fair performances. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/02/live-from-the-fair-cantus?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2016 10:05:00 -0500 Live from the Fair: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra trio On Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 1 p.m., a trio of musicians from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will perform at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair; the performance will be broadcast live, and Lynne Warfel hosts. Before the broadcast, cellist Sarah Lewis explains how the group came together, and she shares her thoughts about performing at the State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/31/live-from-the-fair-saint-paul-chamber-orchestra-trio?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:15:00 -0500 Live from the Fair: Minnesota Opera Resident Artists On Tuesday, Aug. 30, at noon, singers from Minnesota Opera's 2016-17 Resident Artists will perform at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair; the performance will be broadcast live, and Mindy Ratner hosts. Before the broadcast, mezzo-soprano Nadia Fayad gives us a preview of the performance and shares her thoughts about singing opera selections at the State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/30/live-from-the-fair-minnesota-opera-resident-artists?refid=0 Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:00:00 -0500 Live from the Fair: Cedarwood Duo Thursday, Aug. 25, at 12 p.m., the Cedarwood Duo will make their Minnesota State Fair broadcast debut as Julie Amacher hosts a live performance by the ensemble. Learn about the Cedarwood Duo ahead of their performance at the Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/25/live-from-the-fair-cedarwood-duo?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:30:00 -0500 'The Commitments' turns 25 Twenty-five years ago this week, Alan Parker's film about a ragtag group of young people who put together a soul band made its debut. The Current's Bill DeVille and local businessman and Irish emigre Kieran Folliard share their thoughts about 'The Commitments' and its legacy. 'It was absolutely captivating,' Folliard says. 'Nothing was airbrushed.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/17/the-commitments-turns-25?refid=0 Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:50:00 -0500 Florence Foster Jenkins: a curious concert at Carnegie Hall More than 70 years ago, New York arts patron Florence Foster Jenkins made her Carnegie Hall debut as a soprano -- despite being tone deaf. Gino Francesconi, Carnegie Hall Museum Director and Archivist, tells Jenkins' story and provides some perspective on this curious tale, now the subject of a major motion picture. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/12/florence-foster-jenkins-a-curious-concert-at-carnegie-hall-?refid=0 Fri, 12 Aug 2016 03:01:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Esme Patterson, ESP Ronnie Wood model Esme Patterson played an in-studio session, and she wielded an ESP Ron Wood model, a guitar modeled after the Telecaster pattern. In addition to talking about her guitar, Patterson also talks about how she approaches songwriting, who some of her guitar-playing influences are, and which effects pedals she really likes. 'I support companies that I really respect and make things in a way that makes sense,' Patterson says. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/09/the-currents-guitar-collection-esme-patterson-esp-ronnie-wood-model?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2016 10:50:00 -0500 Pipedreams featured on 'Jeopardy!' question During the week of July 25, the popular TV game show 'Jeopardy!' featured a question about Pipedreams. Contestant Pranjal Vachaspati of Shaker Heights, Ohio, correctly answered the Daily Double question, helping him on to six consecutive wins. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/02/pipedreams-featured-on-jeopardy-question?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2016 10:50:00 -0500 Portland Opera takes the show on the road Seeking to make opera more accessible to a wider audience, Portland Opera has embraced the popularity of food-truck culture to bring its art form to the streets. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/29/portland-opera-takes-the-show-on-the-road?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 06:00:00 -0500 Vintage bands roll into Northfield to roll back the clock From July 28 to 31, more than 30 ensembles will gather in Northfield, Minn., for the 2016 Vintage Band Festival. Although the performers include bands from as far away as Florida and Germany, perhaps the question to ask isn't so much, 'Where are you from?' as it is, 'When are you from?' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/28/vintage-bands-roll-into-northfield-to-roll-back-the-clock?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:00:00 -0500 The Current's founding Program Director Steve Nelson gets ready for his next adventure In 2005, Steve Nelson was the founding program director of The Current, responsible for getting the station off the ground and for hiring people like Mary Lucia, Bill DeVille and Jill Riley. Now, Nelson is off to a new role at National Public Radio. Before clearing out his desk, Nelson joined Brian Oake (whom he's known since 1992) and Jill Riley (whom he's known since 2005, when he hired her to work at The Current) to reminisce about past radio stations and about the early days at The Current. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/26/steve-nelson-gets-ready-for-his-next-adventure?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:00:00 -0500 Classical music provides stunning soundtrack for tornado time-lapse film Stormchaser Mike Olbinski turned to classical composer Kerry Muzzey for a powerful soundtrack to reflect the unbridled forces of nature in this storm-footage time-lapse film, 'Vorticity.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/20/classical-music-provides-stunning-soundtrack-for-tornado-timelapse?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:00:00 -0500 Watch videos of the largest orchestra ever assembled A new world record was set on July 9, 2016, when more than 7,500 musicians gathered in a soccer stadium in Frankfurt, Germany, for a 45-minute concert that featured works by Beethoven and Dvorak. See videos from this massive performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/19/watch-videos-of-the-largest-orchestra-ever-assembled?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:00:00 -0500 Creating relaxing spaces away from home Is it possible to help people feel relaxed and at home in places such as cinemas and airport lounges? In this video from Monocle Magazine, two interior designers describe how elements like lighting, patterns, furniture and textiles can help people feel at ease and welcome in public spaces. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/18/creating-relaxing-spaces-away-from-home?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:50:00 -0500 #BridgeofSong helps to heal, to create bonds through music A gathered audience of more than 1,000 and an online viewership reaching into the tens of thousands joined in a spirit of community, healing and hope at Bridge of Song, an evening of music and reflection after recent violence in the Twin Cities, Dallas, Baton Rouge and other communities. 'This is just something our community needs,' said one participant. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/15/bridgeofsong-helps-create-community-bonds?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2016 11:45:00 -0500 Classical musicians unite for Black Lives Matter The Dream Unfinished, an activist orchestra whose mission is to promote New York City-based civil-rights organizations, was assembled by clarinetist Eun Lee in support of Black Lives Matter. Dream Unfinished will play a benefit concert in New York on July 13. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/11/classical-musicians-unite-for-black-lives-matter?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 17:30:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Adia Victoria, 2001 Gibson SG When Adia Victoria visited The Current's studio for a recent session, she was rocking out on a near-mint 2001 Gibson SG. She took some time after the session to tell us about it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/22/the-current-s-guitar-collection-adia-victoria-2001-gibson-sg?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:15:00 -0500 Being a Night Sweat is no sweat for local trombone player who fills in at Rock the Garden Matt Darling, local trombone player with the Honeydogs and other bands, got a call 90 minutes before Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats took the stage at Rock the Garden. Darling was asked to fill in for Wesley Watkins, the Night Sweats' trumpet player who had fallen ill. 'Like everybody else, I love this music,' Darling says. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/19/being-a-night-sweat-is-no-sweat-for-local-trombone-player?refid=0 Sun, 19 Jun 2016 01:00:00 -0500 Too close for concert: a violin goes flying During a spirited performance of Tchaikovsky's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, a conductor's hand sweeps too closely to the soloist -- sending a violin spinning through the air. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/17/too-close-for-concert-a-violin-goes-flying?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:30:00 -0500 Watch CBS Sunday Morning's look at Carnegie Hall As New York's fabled Carnegie Hall celebrates its 125th anniversary, CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Mo Rocca has a look at the hall's storied past. Rocca speaks to Carnegie Hall's archivist and to its artistic director, as well as to musicians Yannick Nezet-Seguin and Emanuel Ax, among others. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/06/watch-cbs-sunday-morning-s-look-at-carnegie-hall?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jun 2016 11:30:00 -0500 Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats captivate at Northrop With lively songs and equally energetic dance moves, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats delighted the Twin Cities audience at Northrop on Tuesday, May 31. Check out a recap, photos and set list from the show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/01/nathaniel-rateliff-and-the-night-sweats-captivate-at-northrop?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:30:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: James Hunter, Gibson Les Paul When James Hunter saw a photo of Lightnin' Hopkins with a Gibson Les Paul, Hunter knew he wanted to get one. Hunter bought his Gibson Les Paul in 1999 and it's been his main instrument ever since; it's even had its neck replaced. 'This fight broke out; I wasn't there, but the guitar was,' Hunter says. 'Had it been the other way round, it'd be me with no neck!' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/18/the-current-s-guitar-collection-james-hunter-gibson-les-paul?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2016 11:50:00 -0500 First Listen: Adia Victoria, 'Beyond the Bloodhounds' On her debut album, 'Beyond the Bloodhounds,' Adia Victoria leads us on an eerie ghost walk through experience and emotion -- all packed with a punch that never lets us forget that Victoria is completely in control of the excursion. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/09/first-listen-adia-victoria-beyond-the-bloodhounds?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2016 09:50:00 -0500 Listen to a brand-new song by Haley Bonar, 'I Can Change' Haley Bonar's next album, 'Impossible Dream,' will be released in August 2016. On May 4, Bonar released an advance single from the album; entitled 'I Can Change,' the song invites introspection to the rhythm of insistent drums. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/04/listen-to-a-brandnew-song-by-haley-bonar-i-can-change?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2016 09:50:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Barns Courtney, Martin OOO-15M Barns Courtney has only had his Martin acoustic guitar for six months, but it already looks road-worn. 'Everything I've been through, I can sort of see represented on this instrument,' he says. 'It feels more like it's mine, like it's more a part of me than some random instrument that I've picked up.' Barns Courtney's Martin OOO-15M is the latest addition to The Current's Guitar Collection. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/13/the-currents-guitar-collection-barns-courtney-martin-ooo15m?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:20:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Declan McKenna, Fender Elite Telecaster Declan McKenna is making waves the world over with his hit single, 'Brazil.' On a recent visit to The Current, McKenna took some time to talk about his brand-new Fender Telecaster. It's the latest in The Current's Guitar Collection. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/30/the-current-s-guitar-collection-declan-mckenna-fender-elite-telecaster-?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:00:00 -0500 How Jan Berry kind of saved my life Can rock 'n' roll literally save someone's life? How about a biopic about a 1960s rock star? A scene in a film about the rock duo Jan and Dean just might have saved one person's life, as this first-person story describes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/28/how-jan-berry-kind-of-saved-my-life?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2016 06:35:00 -0500 Commemorating Cruyff with classical music On Thursday, March 24, 2016, Dutch soccer star Johan Cruyff died of cancer at age 68. A YouTube video titled 'Cruyff is Art' pairs film highlights from Cruyff's playing days with classical music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/25/commemorating-cruyff-with-classical-music?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2016 09:20:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Mike 'McDuck' Olson, D'Angelico EX-DC Lake Street Dive's Mike 'McDuck' Olson came into The Current's studio with a shiny D'Angelico electric guitar -- and it turns out it was shiny for a reason. 'It's brand-spanking-new,' Olson says. 'It plays great and looks great, too.' Find out more about Olson's D'Angelico EX-DC in the latest addition to The Current's Guitar Collection. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/14/the-currents-guitar-collection-mike-mcduck-olson-dangelico-ex-dc?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2016 10:50:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Kaleo's JJ Julius Son, 1935 National Guitar Kaleo frontman JJ Julius Son has long been inspired by the sound of vintage blues music, so ever since the band relocated to the U.S. from its native Iceland, JJ has been on the lookout for vintage resonator guitars. When he spied a 1935 National Guitar at a vintage shop in Nashville, JJ couldn't resist. Read more about the first resonator guitar to become part of The Current's Guitar Collection. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/08/the-currents-guitar-collection-kaleo-jj-juliusson-1935-national-guitar?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2016 13:50:00 -0600 So much energy in us: How Cloud Cult stay committed to the environment Long before he was Cloud Cult's frontman, Craig Minowa was committed to environmentalism. That spirit continues to define Cloud Cult -- permeating their music and inspiring fans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/03/so-much-energy-in-us?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2016 09:50:00 -0600 Jason Isbell positively shines at Northrop The recent two-Grammy winner took instant control of the stage and audience at Northrop in Minneapolis on Monday night, guiding an evening of music with the confidence, warmth and ability of the seasoned showman he is. 'This is a great city to play rock 'n' roll,' Isbell told the Twin Cities audience. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/23/jason-isbell-positively-shines-at-northrop?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2016 11:45:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Jack Torrey of The Cactus Blossoms, vintage Silvertone Jack Torrey of the Cactus Blossoms plays a vintage guitar he was happy to tell us about. It turns out he found it through an online search, and when he first played it, he couldn't believe the treasure he'd unearthed. Read more about Torrey's vintage Silvertone guitar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/17/the-current-s-guitar-collection-jack-torrey-of-the-cactus-blossoms-vintage-silvertone?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2016 17:20:00 -0600 Cloud Cult's 'The Seeker' is a big dream realized Craig Minowa has long imagined film versions of Cloud Cult's albums. Good things come to those who wait: For 'The Seeker' -- the band's tenth full-length release -- a film starring Josh Radnor and Alex McKenna accompanies it. With the album set to release on Feb. 12, Minowa spoke about the marriage of music and visuals on 'The Seeker.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/11/cloud-cult-s-the-seeker-is-a-big-dream-realized?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:00:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Martin Courtney, Martin 000-28 Martin Courtney was looking to have a more acoustic-guitar-driven band on his solo effort, 'Many Moons.' Thanks to an arrangement between Real Estate's management company and Martin Guitar, Courtney was able to purchase a new acoustic guitar directly from the company. He describes it in the latest addition to The Current's Guitar Collection. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/09/the-current-s-guitar-collection-martin-courtney-martin-00028?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:45:00 -0600 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: Phil Collen, 'Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard and Beyond' In his new autobiography, Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen shares a series of revelations that shaped him not only as an artist and musician, but as a human being. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/01/the-currents-rock-and-roll-book-club-adrenalized-life-def-leppard-and-beyond?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2016 11:50:00 -0600 A conversation with 'Downton Abbey' composer John Lunn Since its inception, composer John Lunn has written all of the original score for the popular television series 'Downton Abbey'. As the show is set to begin the U.S. broadcast of its sixth and final season, Lunn shares thoughts about working on the show. 'I'm going to miss it,' Lunn says as 'Downton' concludes. 'I've made some friends that will be friends for the rest of my life.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/31/a-conversation-with-downton-abbey-composer-john-lunn?refid=0 Thu, 31 Dec 2015 00:50:00 -0600 The Top 10 Most-Coveted New Classical Tracks Albums of 2015 Each week on New Classical Tracks, the featured recording is offered as a free giveaway, with copies given to lucky winners in a random draw. Continuing a tradition launched last year, here are the top 10 most-coveted New Classical Tracks releases of 2015, based on number of giveaway entrants. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/29/the-top-10-mostcoveted-new-classical-tracks-albums-of-2015?refid=0 Tue, 29 Dec 2015 01:01:00 -0600 Go behind the scenes at King's College Chapel On Thursday, Dec. 24, eyes and ears around the world will be on King's College Chapel in Cambridge, England, as 'A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols' rings in the holiday with a live Christmas Eve broadcast. Ian Griffiths, Dean's Verger at King's College Chapel, gives us a sense of the atmosphere as the big day approaches. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/23/go-behind-the-scenes-at-kings-college-chapel?refid=0 Wed, 23 Dec 2015 13:50:00 -0600 A choral take on a Bing Crosby holiday classic Directed by Stephen Layton, the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge is known for its serious scholarship and soul-stirring singing. But it's certainly not above a little fun, as its 'White Christmas' music video attests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/20/a-choral-take-on-a-bing-crosby-holiday-classic?refid=0 Sun, 20 Dec 2015 00:01:00 -0600 Watch this a cappella 'Star Wars' music medley Tuesday night on NBC's 'The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon,' house band The Roots led Fallon along with 'Star Wars' cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong'o, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, for an a cappella tribute to the films' music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/16/watch-this-a-cappella-star-wars-music-medley?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2015 16:00:00 -0600 Hear Finnish names as Sibelius heard them As we celebrate the sesquicentennial of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, we asked a colleague who is originally from Finland to share native pronunciations of Finnish composers, conductors, musicians and musically significant Finnish cities. Give the audio a listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/07/hear-finnish-names-as-sibelius-heard-them?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2015 13:20:00 -0600 'Rubber Soul' at 50: how one group of friends reinvent a Beatles classic On the 50th anniversary of the U.S. release of the Beatles' 'Rubber Soul' album, lifelong Beatles fan Padraic Gilligan explains how he and his friends have been creatively celebrating the 50th anniversary of each Beatles' studio album. 'For many of us, a Beatles song also recalls a particular moment or time in our lives or a moment in history,' he says. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/06/how-to-celebrate-the-beatles-in-a-creative-way?refid=0 Sun, 06 Dec 2015 09:50:00 -0600 Hear a brand-new song from Lucius, 'Born Again Teen' Lucius dropped a new single, 'Born Again Teen,' from their forthcoming album, 'Good Grief,' which will release on March 11, 2016. Hear the song and watch a video for it, filmed in Los Angeles. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/03/hear-a-brandnew-song-from-lucius-born-again-teen?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2015 08:50:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Luke Taylor, digital producer The Current's digital producer Luke Taylor shares his top songs and albums of 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/01/top-89-staff-picks-luke-taylor?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:50:00 -0600 Mike Doughty finds a fresh start in artist-friendly Memphis After more than 25 years in New York City, Mike Doughty decided to relocate to Memphis, Tenn., citing its artist-friendly environment. 'I have time and I have space and I've just been working up a storm,' Doughty says. 'It's just fantastic here.' Read more about what led Doughty to move to Memphis and about what he enjoys in his new hometown. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/24/mike-doughty-finds-a-fresh-start-in-memphis?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:50:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Albert Hammond Jr., Fender Stratocaster; Hammarsing Kharhmar, Fender Jazzmaster Following a recent in-studio session, Albert Hammond Jr. and his bandmate Hammarsing Kharhmar took some time to talk about two different Fender guitars they like very much: Hammond's Stratocaster and Kharhmar's Jazzmaster. Both instruments lend themselves heavily to Hammond's sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/08/the-current-s-guitar-collection-albert-hammond-jr-fender-stratocaster-hammarsing-kharhmar?refid=0 Sun, 08 Nov 2015 08:50:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Nathaniel Rateliff, 1967 Gibson B-25 12-string Nathaniel Rateliff describes his guitar, a vintage Gibson he's only had for six weeks. 'I saw it, it was cheap, and it was close to my birthday, so I just thought I'd treat myself,' Rateliff says. 'I think it's gorgeous looking.' Check out the full interview and a selection of close-up photos by Nate Ryan. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/01/the-current-s-guitar-collection-nathaniel-rateliff-1967-gibson-b25-12string?refid=0 Sun, 01 Nov 2015 07:50:00 -0600 VIDEO: a surprise opera performance at school For the children at the Great Missenden School in England, a typical lunch time proves anything but typical as four professional opera singers surprise them with a performance sponsored by an Italian-foods manufacturer. The children are clearly taken by surprise, and their reactions underscore the magic of the moment. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/26/video-a-surprise-opera-performance-at-school?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2015 14:50:00 -0500 Moving through space with 'Star Wars' music A GoPro camera mounted to an orchestra trombonist's slide takes viewers on a musical journey through a concert-hall space very few get to see up close. Feel the force of the music as it happens. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/21/moving-through-space-with-star-wars-music?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2015 14:50:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Dan Wilson, 1952 Gibson Southern Jumbo While visiting The Current's studio, Dan Wilson took a few minutes to talk about the guitar that has accompanied him on stages and in songwriting sessions since the turn of the century. 'The guitar is sort of a rough and ready, portable songwriting machine,' he says. Check out the full interview. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/20/the-current-s-guitar-collection-dan-wilson-1952-gibson-southern-jumbo?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2015 11:50:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Frank Turner, Gibson J-45 Frank Turner wants guitars that have a very full sound and can stand up to the rigors of his energetic live shows. In the latest addition to The Current's Guitar Collection, Turner describes what he likes about and how he uses Gibson guitars, what inspires him as a guitarist, and which instrument is his 'only kind of rock 'n' roll excess extravagance [he's] ever really had.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/14/the-currents-guitar-collection-frank-turner-gibson-j45?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2015 12:50:00 -0500 Beethoven's Disco Hit On Oct. 9. 1976, Beethoven -- or at least, a piece of music inspired by his Symphony No. 5 -- went to No. 1 as a disco hit. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/09/beethovens-disco-hit?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2015 14:00:00 -0500 Giving a cello a chance Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Principal Cellist Julie Albers explains how she found her cello, an 1872 Vuillaume. She didn't love it at first, but grew to love its sound over time. 'I spent about a year really learning this instrument,' Albers says. 'It was a very good decision.' Watch her complete interview. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/29/giving-a-cello-a-chance?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2015 10:10:00 -0500 Hear the world's oldest known cello Sometimes referred to as the 'Mona Lisa' of stringed instruments, the Amati 'King' cello dates to the mid-1500s. It now lives at the National Music Museum in Vermillion S.D. Hear a clip of the instrument being played, and view the intricate paintings on the instrument itself. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/25/hear-the-worlds-oldest-known-cello?refid=0 Fri, 25 Sep 2015 15:20:00 -0500 'An oasis of calm in the urban core' Amidst the busyness of dense cities, it may be difficult to find a peaceful spot. This past summer, however, residents of London and Berlin were able to carve out oases of aquatic calm amidst the chaotic pace of city life. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/24/an-oasis-of-calm-in-the-urban-core?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2015 10:20:00 -0500 Energizing with Opera Advertising its new FIFA 16 video game, EA Sports used 'Figaro' from 'The Barber of Seville' to create energy and to capture the passion and excitement of soccer. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/23/energizing-with-opera?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2015 14:50:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Low's Alan Sparhawk, Danelectro Convertible Alan Sparhawk of Low describes his Danelectro Convertible as 'weird,' but that's what he likes about it. 'Sometimes guitars speak back to you, and they give back to you, and that's just magic,' he says. Check out what Alan has to say about the guitar he's taking on tour for 'Ones and Sixes.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/23/the-current-s-guitar-collection-low-s-alan-sparhawk-danelectro-convertible?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2015 09:50:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Greg Holden, 1972 Martin 00-28 After playing a captivating session in MPR's Forum, Greg Holden stopped to talk to us about the guitar he played during the performance. Holden wasn't typically a player of Martin guitars, but a chance find changed his mind. 'It sounded amazing and I was like, Ah, I guess I'm going to get one of these,' he says. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/16/the-current-s-guitar-collection-greg-holden-1972-martin-0028?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2015 10:20:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Brian Stack of 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' On Tuesday, Sept. 8, on CBS, 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' makes its premiere. Brian Stack, a writer and performer on the new show, recorded a special Theft of the Dial with us, in which he shares some of his favorite songs as well as some great stories about comedy and music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/08/theft-of-the-dial-brian-stack?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2015 09:50:00 -0500 On turning 70, Itzhak Perlman remembers Ed Sullivan As world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman turns 70, he recalls an early moment in his career -- the moment he was introduced to United States audiences via 'The Ed Sullivan Show.' Perlman reflects on the experience, calling Sullivan 'a great showman.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/31/on-turning-70-itzhak-perlman-remembers-ed-sullivan?refid=0 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:50:00 -0500 Live from the Fair: Dolce Wind Quintet On Thursday, Aug. 27, the Dolce Wind Quintet gave a performance at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair that was broadcast live on Classical MPR. Listen (or listen again) to the performance, hosted by Julie Amacher. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/27/live-from-the-fair-dolce-wind-quintet?refid=0 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:20:00 -0500 Morning Glories: Preparing for Itzhak Perlman's 71st birthday On Monday, Aug. 31, world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman turns 71. Classical MPR is gearing up for the celebration by sampling some of his greatest recordings for this week's Morning Glories. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/24/morning-glories-preparing-for-itzhak-perlmans-70th-birthday?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:00:00 -0500 Guitar Collection: Bridie Monds-Watson, aka SOAK, Gibson ES-339 There's something almost magic about the way Bridie Monds-Watson, aka SOAK, discovered the instrument she calls the 'favorite guitar [she's] ever had.' Learn more about SOAK's Gibson ES-339 and the story behind it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/05/bridie-mondswatson-aka-soak-and-her-gibson-es339?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2015 13:50:00 -0500 Brass bands bring a variety of music to Northfield On Saturday, Aug. 1, Northfield, Minn., once again plays host to the Vintage Band Festival, a full day of concerts that sees 12 brass bands -- ranging from mid-19th-century styles to mariachi -- fill the city's Bridge Square with music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/31/brass-bands-bring-a-variety-of-music-to-northfield-?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:20:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Wylie Gelber of Dawes and his homemade bass, the 'Model 2' When Dawes visited the studio for an in-studio session, bassist Wylie Gelber was playing an instrument he built himself. 'I was unsure of how it would sound,' Gelber says, 'but it's become my favorite bass ever. It's the only one I play now.' Find out more about Gelber's handmade bass guitar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/22/the-currents-guitar-collection-wylie-gelber-of-dawes-and-his-homemade-bass-the-model-2?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:50:00 -0500 Listen to the instrument da Vinci invented but never got to hear Polish pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki spent more than 5,000 hours making da Vinci's idea a reality. Watch this performance of a single instrument that almost sounds like a chamber ensemble. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/17/listen-to-the-instrument-da-vinci-invented-but-never-got-to-hear?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2015 11:20:00 -0500 The Swede sound of Hagstrom Guitars The American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis is highlighting music this summer with an exhibit of guitars by legendary Swedish guitar-maker, Hagstrom, whose instruments were played by David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, Elvis Presley and others. The ASI is also hosting a number of concerts with local musicians, including Mark Ritsema and his band, Suzie, during which Ritsema will play one of the exhibited guitars. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/08/the-swede-sound-of-hagstrom-guitars?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2015 14:50:00 -0500 Meet the person behind 'Smith Fabrication' JD McPherson, who performs on 'A Prairie Home Companion' on July 4, frequently wears a 'Smith Fabrication' shirt while onstage. It turns out the namesake of the shirt is TK Smith, a California-based guitar builder and craftsman. 'All the stuff I build is all technology that was available in the late 1940s to the mid-50s," Smith says. 'They used to make things so much better back then.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/03/meet-the-person-behind-smith-fabrication?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:50:00 -0500 How a Minneapolis luthier saved Jimmy Sutton's bass just before Rock the Garden Ben Brockway was thinking of closing up shop for the day, and then his phone rang. JD McPherson bassist Jimmy Sutton was going onstage at Rock the Garden in less than two hours and needed a repair to his upright bass. 'He saved the day,' Sutton says of Brockway's last-minute work. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/25/how-a-minneapolis-luthier-saved-jimmy-sutton-s-bass-at-rock-the-garden?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:50:00 -0500 KARE 11 interviews Lynne Warfel about the late James Horner Following the news of composer James Horner's death, Twin Cities' NBC affiliate KARE 11 spoke to Classical MPR's Lynne Warfel -- host of Saturday Cinema and Flicks in Five -- about the work of the late composer. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/24/kare-11-interviews-lynne-warfel-about-the-late-james-horner?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:50:00 -0500 Watch the video for Greg Holden's 'Boys in the Street' 'Boys in the Street', a single off singer-songwriter Greg Holden's album, 'Chase the Sun', made its debut on The Current on April 30, 2015. Holden debuted the video for 'Boys in the Street' on Tuesday, June 17. Watch it here. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/17/watch-the-video-for-greg-holden-s-boys-in-the-street?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2015 14:50:00 -0500 Talking 'Bout the All-American: JD McPherson Singer-songwriter JD McPherson and his band demonstrate a work ethic befitting musicians and music that comes from America's less mythologized, more salt-of-the-earth places. 'We're playing a lot of shows,' McPherson says, 'but you know what? It's all good.' JD McPherson plays Rock the Garden on Sunday, June 21. Before then, get to know a bit more about this hard-working singer-songwriter. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/16/talking-bout-the-all-american-jd-mcpherson?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:10:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Best Coast's Bobb Bruno, Eastman T386 Bobb Bruno of Best Coast explains how he came to play an Eastman T386, enjoying the feel and sound of the guitar so much that he made it one of his go-to instruments in Best Coast's live set. Bruno also describes some of the main effects he employs when playing live. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/10/the-current-s-guitar-collection-best-coast-s-bobb-bruno-eastman-t386?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jun 2015 11:20:00 -0500 'Quadrophenia' goes symphonic The Who's Pete Townshend, committed to getting his works arranged for orchestra for sheet music, has released an orchestral version of his 1973 album 'Quadrophenia'. Townshend hopes the newly arranged work will 'bring in people who might not otherwise go to see a symphony orchestra perform.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/09/quadrophenia-goes-symphonic?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:20:00 -0500 Metropolitan Opera host Margaret Juntwait has died Margaret Juntwait, the voice of the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts heard on Classical Minnesota Public Radio and on other stations nationwide, has died at age 58 due to complications from ovarian cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/03/metropolitan-opera-host-margaret-juntwait-has-died?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 13:20:00 -0500 How VocalEssence got picked to sing with the Rolling Stones Reached by telephone, VocalEssence Artistic Director Philip Brunelle describes how the ensemble was chosen to perform with the Rolling Stones on Wednesday, June 3. Brunelle also describes the mood of the choir members as they prepare for the gig with the rock legends. 'They're very excited about the opportunity,' Brunelle says. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/02/how-vocalessence-got-picked-to-sing-with-the-rolling-stones?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2015 20:50:00 -0500 Tesfa shares a Harmony in the Park preview with KARE 11 Classical MPR's Choral Initiatives Manager Tesfa Wondemagegnehu visited with KARE 11's Diana Pierce to describe Harmony in the Park, which happens in Minneapolis on Thursday, June 4, and in Duluth, Minn., on Sunday, June 28. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/02/tesfa-shares-a-harmony-in-the-park-preview-with-kare-11?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2015 10:20:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Jose Gonzalez and Spanish classical guitars After Jose Gonzalez played a live set in The Current's studio, he stopped to talk about the Spanish classical guitars he enjoys playing. He also explains why, even though he's right-hand dominant, he prefers to bowl left-handed. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/22/the-current-s-guitar-collection-jose-gonzalez-and-spanish-classical-guitars?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:20:00 -0500 A conversation with Andrew Carwood Director of Music at St Paul's Cathedral, London, since 2007, Andrew Carwood has been conducting choirs since he was 16 years old. He recently described what it's like to sing at St. Paul's Cathedral and the music program he oversees there. "It's very exciting for me," he says. "I like to encourage the boys to sing as well as they possibly can." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/21/a-conversation-with-andrew-carwood?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:50:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: George Ezra's 1959 Gretsch For George Ezra, it was love at first sight -- for his guitar, that is. When he walked into a guitar shop in London's fabled Denmark Street, a 1959 Gretsch hollow-body instantly caught his eye, and he was also glad to see it was missing something. George Ezra tells us about his hollow-body guitar in the latest addition to The Current's Guitar Collection. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/08/the-current-s-guitar-collection-george-ezra-1959-gretsch?refid=0 Wed, 08 Apr 2015 10:50:00 -0500 Pleased to meet Brian Stack The longtime writer and actor on Conan O'Brien's late-night shows is a huge music fan. 'Bands like the Replacements and R.E.M. were as influential to me when it comes to comedy as a lot of my favorite comedians were,' he says. Read more about Brian Stack and the music that moves him. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/05/pleased-to-meet-brian-stack?refid=0 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:20:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Rob Grote and Pat Cassidy of The Districts, Gibson Les Paul Recording II Rob Grote and Pat Cassidy of The Districts have an equal stake in their Gibson Les Paul Recording II guitar: Rob owns it, and Pat plays it. But after all their gear and their van were stolen, it's lucky they even have it at all. Rob and Pat tell the story. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/25/the-current-s-guitar-collection-rob-grote-and-pat-cassidy-of-the-districts?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:20:00 -0600 Putting classical music where the people are Bach in the Subways founder Dale Henderson describes how his volunteer network seeks to spread the beauty and calm of classical music around the globe on Bach's birthday, which is coming up on Saturday, March 21. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/11/putting-classical-music-where-the-people-are?refid=0 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:20:00 -0600 #Current10: So where did that red oval come from? The red oval and The Current seem to go hand in hand. And The Current's listeners have embraced this simple yet elegant design, whether posting it as window clings or wearing it on t-shirts or carrying oval-emblazoned water bottles. But where did that oval come from? A former MPR graphic designer sheds some light on it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/23/current10-so-where-did-that-red-oval-come-from?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:50:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Dave Bayley of Glass Animals, 1963 Hofner Galaxy 175 Glass Animals' front man Dave Bayley loves Hofner Guitars, even though he says they are made of 'annoyingly cheap' wood. But it's the guitars' sound that draws him in and has made him a collector. Bayley purchased his guitar in a shop in Denmark Street in London. "It's called 'Guitar Alley'," Bayley says. "There's loads of vintage guitar shops." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/17/the-current-s-guitar-collection-dave-bayley-of-glass-animals?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:50:00 -0600 Frequent-flyer musicians look for relief in DOT rule A violist, cellist and bassist share their insights on a new rule to create a standard policy for carrying instruments on cramped airplanes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/11/frequent-flyer-musicians?refid=0 Sun, 11 Jan 2015 12:50:22 -0600 Frequent-flyer musicians share their thoughts on DOT ruling Musicians have experienced inconsistent policies when traveling with their instruments, leading to a new ruling from the U.S. Department of Transportation intended to create a standard policy across the industry. Speaking to Classical MPR, a violist, a cellist and a bassist shared their insights on travel and on the new rule. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/09/frequentflyer-musicians-share-their-thoughts-on-dot-ruling?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jan 2015 11:50:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Brandi Carlile, Collings custom Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile describes her Collings custom guitar, a guitar make she starting playing based on the recommendation of a songwriting legend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/31/the-current-s-guitar-collection-brandi-carlile?refid=0 Wed, 31 Dec 2014 11:20:00 -0600 The Top 10 Most-Coveted New Classical Tracks Albums of 2014 Frequently throughout the year, albums featured on New Classical Tracks are offered as free giveaways, given to lucky winners in a random draw. In this unscientific poll, here are the top 10 most-coveted albums of 2014, based on number of giveaway entrants. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/30/the-top-10-mostcoveted-new-classical-tracks-albums-of-2014?refid=0 Tue, 30 Dec 2014 10:50:00 -0600 Polish government honors former Minn. Orchestra director Skrowaczewski Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski has awarded the former Minnesota Orchestra music director with the Grand Cross of the Order of Reborn Poland in honor of contributions to Polish culture. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/22/polish-government-honors-former-minn-orchestra-director-skrowaczewski?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:30:00 -0600 Mike Pengra shares his thoughts as Radio Heartland turns six On Dec. 11, 2008, Minnesota Public Radio's Morning Show with Dale Connelly and Jim Ed Poole (aka Tom Keith) made its final broadcast. That same day, a new service, Radio Heartland, began streaming. Program Director Mike Pengra recently sat down to reflect on Radio Heartland past, present and future. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/11/mike-pengra-reflects-on-six-years-of-radio-heartland?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:00:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Nick Lowe, Gibson J-150 Nick Lowe accompanied a friend on an errand to a guitar shop in Portland, Ore.; implored to try a guitar by a store employee, Lowe originally dismissed the instrument as "ugly." But after playing it, Nick Lowe bought it. Read the story and learn about the guitar in the latest installment of The Current's Guitar Collection. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/10/the-current-s-guitar-collection-nick-lowe?refid=0 Wed, 10 Dec 2014 09:50:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Mike Doughty, Martin OMC Mike Doughty keeps two guitars at home so there's always one nearby when an idea strikes him. One of those guitars is always on tour with him, and Doughty took some time to tell us about it and the decals he's applied to personalize the instrument. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/03/the-currents-guitar-collection-mike-doughty?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 09:50:00 -0600 Music Teacher Feature: Tim Buzza Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we spotlight Tim Buzza of Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/05/music-teacher-feature-tim-buzza?refid=0 Tue, 02 Dec 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Remembering when war gave way to 'Silent Night' As Christmas 1914 approached, opposing armies famously put their differences aside and shared common celebrations. It's a story that's been preserved in many ways, including in the stage show, 'All Is Calm', a co-production of Theater Latte Da and Cantus. Learn more and enter for a chance to win tickets to the show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/01/remembering-when-war-gave-way-to-silent-night?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 14:20:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Luke Taylor, digital producer Digital Producer Luke Taylor shares his top 10 songs and albums of 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/01/top-89-staff-picks-luke-taylor-digital-producer?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 10:00:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Nikki Lane - Gibson LG-1 When Nikki Lane was in The Current's studio for a live session, she played a brand-new, shiny, black guitar. Asked about the instrument, Nikki shares a great story that involves a tour of the guitar factory and a great deal of respect for Johnny Cash. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/26/the-current-s-guitar-collection-nikki-lane-?refid=0 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:50:00 -0600 New documentary spotlights Sharon Isbin's life and work Produced by Susan Dangel, the new film 'Sharon Isbin: Troubadour' offers an unprecedented look into the life of the award-winning, Minneapolis-born classical guitarist. "I'm very open about my life in a way that I've never been before in public," Isbin says. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/21/new-documentary-spotlights-sharon-isbin-s-life-and-work?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:00:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Brad Barr of the Barr Brothers, 1951 Gibson J-45 For Brad Barr, his 1950s Gibson J-45 not only sounds great, it's a priceless memento of and tribute to a late, beloved uncle. "He was a great teacher to me, and I'm ever grateful to him," Barr says. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/19/the-current-s-guitar-collection-brad-barr-of-the-barr-brothers?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:50:00 -0600 First Listen: William Perry's 'Hearts of the World' On Nov. 11, as many nations mark the 100th anniversary of World War I and take time to remember those who died in that and other wars, Classical MPR brings you a first listen to a new piece by composer William Perry, based on a film about World War I. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/11/first-listen-william-perry-s-hearts-of-the-world?refid=0 Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:50:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit, Fender Kingman While in the studio at The Current, Delta Spirit's Matt Vasquez played a Fender Kingman, which actually has a connection to Elvis in the movies. Matt explains, and he also describes some of his other favorite guitars. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/05/the-current-s-guitar-collection-matt-vasquez-of-delta-spirit?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 09:50:00 -0600 Listen to the magic of the Lucerne Festival For most Classical MPR listeners, attending the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland represents quite a commitment. That's why we're bringing you highlights from the festival each Tuesday throughout the month of November. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/04/listen-to-the-magic-of-the-lucerne-festival?refid=0 Tue, 04 Nov 2014 18:20:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Dave Hosking of Boy & Bear, 1954 Gibson J-45 When Sydney's Boy & Bear were in the studio for a live session, front man Dave Hosking took some time to talk about his vintage Gibson guitar. One of the things that drew him to the instrument was how "it sounded like all [his] favorite Neil Young records." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/29/the-current-s-guitar-collection-dave-hosking-of-boy--bear?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:50:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Jack Moffitt of The Preatures, Gibson 335 The Preatures' Jack Moffitt walked into a Sydney guitar shop on a whim and found an instrument he describes as "me in a guitar." Find out more about what Jack has to say about his Gibson 335. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/22/the-currents-guitar-collection-jack-moffitt-of-the-preatures?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:50:00 -0500 Remembering Stephen Paulus Composer Stephen Paulus passed away Sunday at the age of 65. People from throughout the music world share their thoughts about Paulus. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/20/remembering-stephen-paulus?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:50:00 -0500 Meet cellist and author Edward Kelsey Moore Professional cellist with the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Chicago Philharmonic, and the best-selling author of 'The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat', Edward Kelsey Moore will write a series of exclusive essays for Classical MPR. Get to know a bit more about him. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/17/meet-cellist-and-author-edward-kelsey-moore?refid=0 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:50:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Field Report - Epiphone guitars; Fender Telecaster After playing a set in The Current's studio, Field Report's Chris Porterfield and Tom Wincek took some time to talk about their guitars. Both describe interesting modifications they've made, including why Chris's guitar looks like an antique. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/15/the-current-s-guitar-collection-field-report?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:20:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Justin Townes Earle; Anthony LaMarca - The Loar By strange coincidence, a guitar make that we hadn't covered before was mentioned by two different guitar players within one week: Anthony LaMarca of The War on Drugs and singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle both describe their acoustic guitars built by San Francisco-based The Loar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/01/the-current-s-guitar-collection-the-loar?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:50:00 -0500 Think you might like Prokofiev? Katie McCurry was last week's Music with Minnesotans guest. She received a suggestion from a listener to listen to Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 58, by Sergei Prokofiev. Here's what Katie had to say. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/29/think-you-might-like-prokofiev?refid=0 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:50:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Mikaiah Lei of The Bots, Fender Mustang When you're 21 years old, as Mikaiah Lei of the Bots is, a guitar built in 1993 qualifies as vintage. Mikaiah loves guitars; he's got a shedload of them, many of which are in for maintenance right now. But he shares their stories and also talks about his road-ready effects board. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/24/the-current-s-guitar-collection-mikaiah-lei-of-the-bots?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:20:00 -0500 Music Teacher Feature: Jonathan Laflamme Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Jonathan Laflamme, director of bands at Little Falls Community High School in Little Falls, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/25/music-teacher-feature-jonathan-laflamme?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0500 You liked that? Maybe you'll like this! We've added a new twist to Music with Minnesotans: Each week, we'll ask you to suggest a piece of music to Steve Staruch's guest. Read how Grant Johnson, this season's first Music with Minnesotans guest, responds to a listener tip, then learn how you can get involved. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/19/you-liked-that-maybe-youll-like-this-music-with-minnesotans?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:50:00 -0500 Nicola Benedetti is serious about music education As back-to-school month continues at Classical MPR, violinist Nicola Benedetti shares her thoughts on the importance of music education for children. "Because it's good for them," she says. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/11/nicola-benedetti-is-serious-about-music-education?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:20:00 -0500 Music Teacher Feature: Ed Schaefle Back for its second year, Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Ed Schaefle, orchestra teacher at Blaine High School in Blaine, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/09/music-teacher-feature-ed-schaefle?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Renee Fleming on the importance of teachers, curiosity and hard work As Classical MPR marks back-to-school month and as the Minnesota Orchestra kicks off its season with special guest, soprano Renee Fleming, we've located this archival interview clip in which Fleming highlights the role of education in any singer's career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/05/renee-fleming-on-the-importance-of-teachers-curiosity-and-hard-work-?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:50:00 -0500 On the Classical MPR Stage: Saana Ensemble Making their MPR booth debut at the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, Sept. 1, are the members of Saana Ensemble -- five Finnish women who now live in Minnesota and entertain audiences with the music of their native land. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/31/on-the-classical-mpr-stage-saana-ensemble?refid=0 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:50:00 -0500 A new frontier for the Copper Street Brass Quintet The Copper Street Brass Quintet have performed numerous times at the MPR booth during previous State Fairs. But this year, they'll perform in Carousel Park in a concert that will be broadcast live on Classical MPR. Trombonist Alex Wolff shares his thoughts ahead of the big performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/28/a-new-frontier-for-the-copper-street-brass-quintet?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:20:00 -0500 Talking about the State Fair with The Ericksons The Ericksons will perform on MPR Day -- Friday, Aug. 29 -- at the Minnesota State Fair in Carousel Park at 10 a.m., in a performance co-hosted by Barb Abney and Mike Pengra. Ahead of the show, Jenny Kapernick of The Ericksons shared her thoughts about the State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/28/live-in-carousel-park-the-ericksons?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:50:00 -0500 On the Classical MPR stage: Singers from the Minnesota Opera Singers from the Minnesota Opera will perform on the stage of the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 28. Here's some background on the organization and the people who will be performing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/27/on-the-classical-mpr-stage-singers-from-the-minnesota-opera?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Tim Showalter of Strand of Oaks, Fender Telecaster Strand of Oaks' frontman tells us about the Fender Telecaster he received as a gift -- and how he almost lost it in New York's Lower East Side. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/27/the-current-s-guitar-collection-tim-showalter-of-strand-of-oaks?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:20:00 -0500 On the Classical MPR stage: MPR Choir This volunteer choir made up of MPR employees is led by Classical MPR's Mindy Ratner, who will also host the group when it performs on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the MPR booth at the State Fair. Learn more about the group before its State Fair debut. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/26/on-the-classical-mpr-stage-mpr-choir?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500 On the Classical MPR stage: treVeld On Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m., treVeld will perform at the MPR booth; Classical MPR's Lynne Warfel hosts. Get to know this trio of musicians who blend classical and roots-music elements, and learn what State Fair food they can't resist. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/25/on-the-classical-mpr-stage-treveld?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:30:00 -0500 On the Classical MPR stage: Minnesota Boychoir Ahead of the performance at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, Aug. 25, we asked Minnesota Boychoir Artistic Director Mark Johnson about the boys' favorite fair foods and exhibits. Johnson also shares a few of his own Fair favorites and his thoughts about performing at the Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/24/on-the-classical-mpr-stage-minnesota-boychoir?refid=0 Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500 First Listen: 'Take the Last Train to Midway' Celebrating their final season at Midway Stadium, the Saint Paul Saints will give away this vinyl album to the first 1,000 fans in attendance at Saturday's game. Get a preview of the album by streaming these tracks by local artists. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/12/first-listen-take-the-last-train-to-midway?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:50:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Jeremy Ylvisaker, Squier Jazzmaster - J Mascis signature model In The Current's studio to do a session with the band Alpha Consumer, Jeremy Ylvisaker spoke to us about one of his guitars, a Squier Jazzmaster, that he bought in Minneapolis a couple years ago, just before heading out on tour with Andrew Bird. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/16/the-current-s-guitar-collection-jeremy-ylvisaker?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:20:00 -0500 Find a Summer Music Festival Summertime in the Upper Midwest brings a number of classical music festivals and other seasonal offerings to Classical MPR's listening region. Use our list and maps to find a festival near you -- or to find a musical reason to take a summer road trip. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/services/cms/summermusicfestivals/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:20:00 -0500 Bassist Francois Rabbath loves to share the "beautiful sound" In St. Paul to teach master classes at the Twin Cities Bass Camp and to perform a concert on Thursday, July 10, at the History Theatre, inspiring bassist Fran&#231;ois Rabbath stopped by Classical MPR to share his thoughts about teaching and performing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/08/bassist-francois-rabbath-loves-to-share-the-beautiful-sound?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:50:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Benjamin Booker, Epiphone Riviera When Benjamin Booker stopped in to The Current for an in-studio session, he took some time to tell us about the hollow-body guitar he purchased without even playing it. Fortunately, it's worked out very well for him. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/02/the-current-s-guitar-collection-benjamin-booker?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:20:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Bob Mould, Fender Stratocaster During the week his new album, 'Beauty & Ruin', released, Bob Mould visited The Current to do an in-studio session with Steve Seel, to visit with David Campbell on The Local Show, and to perform on 'Wits' alongside author and comedian Jen Kirkman. Despite his busy schedule, Mould took some time to tell us about his signature blue Stratocaster. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/18/the-current-s-guitar-collection-bob-mould?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:30:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Browan Lollar of St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Reverend Guitar - Gil Parris signature model St. Paul and the Broken Bones visited The Current's studio following their show at the Varsity Theater. At the end of the band's rollicking in-studio set, guitarist Browan Lollar took some time to talk about his Reverend Gil Parris signature guitar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/11/the-current-s-guitar-collection-browan-lollar-of-st-paul-and-the-broken-bones?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:30:00 -0500 Lyz Jaakola receives Sally Award in education Lyz Jaakola, one of Classical MPR's 2013-2014 Class Notes Artists, has received the Education Award for a her work in raising awareness and appreciation of Native music and culture throughout Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/09/lyz-jaakola-receives-sally-award-in-education?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:00:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, 1965 Gibson J-45 On tour with Conor Oberst as both his opening act and backing band, Dawes stopped by The Current's studio during a two-night stand at First Avenue in Minneapolis. Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes took some time to tell us about his trusty Gibson acoustic guitar -- and about an important life lesson he learned from a taxi trip in Chicago. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/04/the-current-s-guitar-collection-taylor-goldsmith-of-dawes?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2014 10:50:00 -0500 Music Teacher Feature: Brett Smith Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Brett Smith, who teaches music at O.H. Anderson Elementary School in Mahtomedi, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/03/music-teacher-feature-brett-smith?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Music Teacher Feature: Amanda Patton Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Amanda Patton, who teaches music at Little Mountain Elementary School in Monticello, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/20/music-teacher-feature-amanda-patton?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Meet the 2014-2015 Class Notes Artists Classical MPR's Class Notes Artists will be performing in schools throughout Minnesota during the 2014-2015 academic year. Join us at 9, 10 and 11 a.m., and at 3, 4, 5 and 6 p.m., as we introduce each Class Notes Artist. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/19/meet-the-20142015-class-notes-artists?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2014 08:50:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Valerie June, Martin dreadnought Valerie June visited The Current's studio on August 10, 2013, to play a few songs and to chat with Mac Wilson. After the session, the Memphis singer-songwriter took some time to talk about her then-new acoustic guitar and the mystical connection she felt with it. Valerie June plays Rock the Garden on Sunday, June 22, 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/28/the-currents-guitar-collection-valerie-june?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2014 10:00:00 -0500 'Pipedreams' fans explore the pipe organs of Switzerland Led by host Michael Barone, a group of 45 travelers are spending two weeks visiting more than 50 pipe organs throughout Switzerland. Get a taste of what they're experiencing amidst the Alps. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/13/pipedreams-fans-explore-the-pipe-organs-of-switzerland?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2014 16:45:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Angel Olsen, 1979 Gibson S-1 When Angel Olsen stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs the day after her gig at The Cedar Cultural Center, she took a few minutes to tell us about her Gibson guitar and about the cool shop in Nashville, Tenn., where she bought it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/07/the-currents-guitar-collection-angel-olsen?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2014 10:20:00 -0500 Music Teacher Feature: Eric Sayre Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Eric Sayre, who originally taught music in Minnesota and is now executive director of the Guyana Lutheran Music Academy in New Amsterdam, Guyana. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/06/music-teacher-feature-eric-sayre?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Kids in the Hall: youth ensembles take over Orchestra Hall this weekend Season-finale concerts by Angelica Cantanti youth choirs and by Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies bring more than 700 kids onto the Orchestra Hall stage the weekend of May 3 and 4. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/02/kids-in-the-hall-youth-ensembles-take-over-orchestra-hall-this-weekend?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2014 12:20:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Jamie MacColl of Bombay Bicycle Club, Farida custom When Bombay Bicycle Club were in The Current's studio ahead of their show at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, Jamie MacColl took a few moments to talk about the band's custom-built Farida guitars. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/30/the-currents-guitar-collection-jamie-maccoll-bombay-bicycle-club?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0500 Osmo Vanska back as Minnesota Orchestra music director MPR News has confirmed the Minnesota Orchestra board of directors approved a two-year contract for Osmo V&#228;nsk&#228; to return as music director. He will start May 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/24/osmo-vanska-back-as-minnesota-orchestra-music-director?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:26:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: G. Love, Gibson J-45 When G. Love stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs off his new album, 'Sugar', he had a few moments to tell us about his guitar before heading off to First Avenue. It turns out G. Love's guitar is more than an instrument; it's his autograph collection. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/23/the-current-s-guitar-collection-g-love?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Dan Rothman of London Grammar, 1980 Gretsch Beast London Grammar's Dan Rothman, after playing a session in The Current's studio, took some time to tell us about his guitar, a circa 1980 Gretsch BST he recently acquired in Los Angeles. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/16/the-current-s-guitar-collection-dan-rothman-of-london-grammar?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0500 Stephen Hough to perform on 'A Prairie Home Companion' The world-renowned pianist will bring his music to Lake Wobegon while he hopes to discover some new things himself. 'A Prairie Home Companion' airs on Saturdays at 5 p.m. on Classical MPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/11/stephen-hough-to-perform-on-a-prairie-home-companion?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:30:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Steve Harris of Gary Numan's band, Gibson Les Paul Steve Harris, the guitarist for Gary Numan, spoke to us about his Gibson Les Paul guitar, including how he found it and the bit-crush effects he uses when playing with Numan. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/09/the-current-s-guitar-collection-steve-harris-of-gary-numan-s-band?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0500 Music Teacher Feature: Terry Brau Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Terry Brau, band director at Willmar Senior High School in Willmar, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/08/music-teacher-feature-terry-brau?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:01:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Martin Courtney of Real Estate, Fender Stratocaster Real Estate front man Martin Courtney's sea-foam green Fender Stratocaster certainly catches the eye. Courtney tells us how it also caught his ear. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/02/the-current-s-guitar-collection-martin-courtney-of-real-estate?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Sam Roberts, Gibson J-45 When the Sam Roberts Band stopped in to The Current's studio to chat with Jill Riley and to play a few songs off their new album, <i>Lo-Fantasy</i>, we had some time at the end to ask Sam Roberts about his guitar. He was happy to tell us about two guitars that he likes so much, he calls them "a couple of good friends." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/27/the-currents-guitar-collection-sam-roberts?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:00:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Jeremy Messersmith, Martin DRS1 Jeremy Messersmith and his band stopped by The Current to play an in-studio set in MPR's Forum, hosted by Steve Seel. Just before they packed up the van for their trek to SXSW in Austin, Texas, Jeremy took some time to talk to us about his guitars. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/19/the-currents-guitar-collection-jeremy-messersmith?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:15:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Thomas Savage of Kins, Epiphone Sheraton When dream-pop four-piece Kins stopped in to The Current's studio for a session ahead of their gig at the Turf Club in St. Paul, front man Thomas Savage took some time to tell us about his guitar, including why he hasn't clipped the excess off his strings just yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/12/the-currents-guitar-collection-thomas-savage-of-kins?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:30:00 -0500 Music Teacher Feature: Woody Woodward Classical MPR's new Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. In this week's spotlight is Woody Woodward of The Blake School's Highcroft Campus in Wayzata, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/11/music-teacher-feature-woody-woodward?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:01:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Peter Lalish of Lucius, 1960s Silvertone Lucius guitarist Peter Lalish took some time to tell us about how he enjoys finding vintage gear to help him create a '60s garage sound with authenticity. He also explains why he loves Minnesota so much -- you just might come think of him as a local musician once removed. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/05/the-currents-guitar-collection-peter-lalish-of-lucius?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 10:00:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Stephen Malkmus, Guild S-100 When he was in the studio with his band The Jicks a couple weeks ago, indie rock paragon Stephen Malkmus took a few minutes to talk to us about his guitar (and how he bought it from a friend) and about his approaches to performing and songwriting. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/26/the-currents-guitar-collection-stephen-malkmus?refid=0 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:05:00 -0600 Music Teacher Feature: Rikka Dick Classical MPR's new Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we spotlight Rikka Dick of Pine Island Public School in Pine Island, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/25/music-teacher-feature-rikka-dick?refid=0 Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:01:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog, Silvertone 1446 When Dr. Dog came to town to play a couple shows at First Avenue, they also stopped by The Current for an in-studio session. We asked Dr. Dog's Scott McMicken if he had a few minutes to talk to us about his guitar. It turns out he had been on a bit of a quest to find it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/19/the-currents-guitar-collection-scott-mcmicken-of-dr-dog?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 10:30:00 -0600 Lucius check in from the road Brooklyn, N.Y.-based five-piece Lucius were last in The Current's studios in October 2013, and they have been touring aggressively since that time. They'll be back in town next week for a sold-out show at The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, and they recently checked in with us from the road. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/13/lucius-check-in-from-the-road?refid=0 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:00:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Jean-Philip Grobler of St. Lucia, Fender Jaguar When New York-based band St. Lucia visited The Current's studios, front man Jean-Philip Grobler took a few minutes to tell us about his Fender Jaguar guitar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/12/the-currents-guitar-collection-jeanphilip-grobler-of-st-lucia?refid=0 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:00:00 -0600 Music Teacher Feature: Julie Schramke Classical MPR's new Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we spotlight Julie Schramke of Achieve Language Academy in St. Paul, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/11/music-teacher-feature-julie-schramke?refid=0 Tue, 11 Feb 2014 00:01:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Kollin Johannsen of The Colourist, Fender Jazzmaster 1962 reissue Kollin Johannsen is a guitarist with of The Colourist, a pop-fuelled indie-rock band out of Orange County, Calif. When The Colourist played an in-studio session at The Current, Johannsen took a few minutes to tell us about his guitar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/05/the-currents-guitar-collection-kollin-johannsen-of-the-colourist?refid=0 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 10:00:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Ross Clark of St. Lucia, Fender Jazzmaster Ross Clark is a guitarist and bassist with New York-based band, St. Lucia, who recently visited The Current for an in-studio session. For Clark, it was a homecoming of sorts; he attended McNally-Smith College of Music from 2004 to 2006, and he lived off Wabasha Street just a few blocks from Minnesota Public Radio. He took a few minutes to tell us about his Fender Jazzmaster. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/29/the-currents-guitar-collection-ross-clark-of-st-lucia?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:45:00 -0600 Music Teacher Feature: Adrian Davis Classical MPR's new Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we spotlight Adrian Davis of Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/28/music-teacher-feature-adrian-davis?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jan 2014 05:00:00 -0600 How the Grammys Work This Sunday, Jan. 26, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (also known as The Recording Academy) will host its 56th annual Grammy Awards presentation. Awards will be given in 82 categories, but how does it all work? Here's an infographic and an article to explain it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/24/how-the-grammys-work-cmpr?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:00:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Adam Castilla of The Colourist, Gibson Midtown Custom Adam Castilla is the front man of The Colourist, a cheekily self-described "math pop" band out of Orange County, Calif. When The Colourist played an in-studio session at The Current, Castilla took a few minutes to tell us about his Gibson hollow-body guitar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/22/the-current-s-guitar-collection-adam-castilla-of-the-colourist?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:00:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Jason Loewenstein, Fender American Standard Telecaster Jason Loewenstein is a multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with Sebadoh and the Fiery Furnaces. When Jason visited The Current's studio with Sebadoh, we had a chance to talk to him about his red Telecaster guitar -- and he enjoyed telling us about it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/15/the-currents-guitar-collection-jason-loewenstein?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:15:00 -0600 'Strings Attached' celebrates music teacher Jerry Kupchynsky's 'benign dictatorship' A music teacher whose idiosyncratic approach inspired his students is now an inspiring story: 'Strings Attached' is a nonfiction account that reads like a novel. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/24/strings-attached-celebrates-music-teacher-jerry-kupchynsky-benign-dictatorship?refid=0 Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:00:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Luke Taylor, Digital Producer Luke Taylor shares his picks for top songs of 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/24/top-89-staff-picks-luke-taylor-digital-producer?refid=0 Tue, 24 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Juliana Hatfield, Martin D-25 Indie singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield stopped in to The Current's studios a few weeks ago with her friend Matthew Caws as part of their collaborative project, Minor Alps. We asked Hatfield about her guitar; she told us about it and she also shares some advice for women who want to go guitar shopping. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/18/the-currents-guitar-collection-juliana-hatfield?refid=0 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:15:00 -0600 Music Teacher Feature: Brad Lambrecht Classical MPR's new Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we spotlight Brad Lambrecht of Alexandria, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/17/music-teacher-feature-brad-lambrecht?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 05:00:00 -0600 Interview: Mick Cooke (formerly) of Belle & Sebastian Mick Cooke, the erstwhile trumpet player, bassist, guitarist and arranger for Belle & Sebastian, talks about why he left the band, about his blossoming composing career and about where we can hear his music next. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/11/interview-mick-cooke-formerly-of-belle-and-sebastian?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:00:00 -0600 The John Williams of Nickelodeon: Mick Cooke talks about composing for kids Mick Cooke is a busy composer for screen and stage, but he's best known as a longtime member of the Scottish indie band Belle & Sebastian. I spoke with Cooke about his past and present projects, including his music for the new Nickelodeon series Zack and Quack. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/11/mick-cooke-interview?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:00:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Mason Jennings, Martin D-28 When Mason Jennings stopped in to The Current's studio to chat with Jill Riley and perform a few songs, we asked him about his guitar. He told us how way he found it, who his influences are and which tuning he prefers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/04/the-currents-guitar-collection-mason-jennings?refid=0 Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:15:00 -0600 Music Teacher Feature: Brad Ollmann Classical MPR's new Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we spotlight Brad Ollmann of St. Anthony Park Elementary School in St. Paul, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/03/music-teacher-feature-brad-ollmann?refid=0 Tue, 03 Dec 2013 05:00:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Matthew Caws, Gibson J-200 Matthew Caws (Nada Surf, The Minor Alps) was in The Current's studios a couple weeks ago. We asked him about his guitar, and he remembered exactly where he got it and what he immediately loved about it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/27/the-currents-guitar-collection-matthew-caws?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:15:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Lou Barlow, Gretsch 12-string hollow-body Lou Barlow (Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr., Folk Implosion) was in The Current's studios with Sebadoh a couple weeks ago. We asked him about how he found his guitar, and he described how it was influenced by 80s band the Neats and by a dream. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/20/the-currents-guitar-collection-lou-barlow?refid=0 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 11:15:00 -0600 Music Teacher Feature: Christopher Fogderud Classical MPR's new Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we spotlight Christopher Fogderud of Brainerd High School in Brainerd, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/19/music-teacher-feature-christopher-fogderud?refid=0 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 05:00:00 -0600 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: Arsenal gain more ground at the top The weekend's game highlights: Minnesota United FC finish their season with a goal fest; MLS Cup playoffs; and lots of Premiership action including a goal by a goalkeeper, a south Wales derby and a clash of the titans in North London. And naturally, a music pick. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/04/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-arsenal-gain-more-ground-at-the-top?refid=0 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:45:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Jonathan Russell of The Head and the Heart, 1976 Guild Starfire When The Head and the Heart visited The Current for an in-studio session and an interview with Mac Wilson, the band's Jonathan Russell took some time to tell us about his guitar, including where he bought it and how he uses it in the band's songwriting process. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/30/the-currents-guitar-collection-jonathan-russell-of-the-head-and-the-heart?refid=0 Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:15:00 -0500 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: an action-packed weekend An exciting weekend that featured the Tyne and Wear derby, Portland clinch a vital spot in MLS, and Minnesota United FC mainstay Kevin Friedland plays in a glorious victory at home as he prepares to hang up his boots. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/28/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-an-actionpacked-weekend?refid=0 Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:30:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Till Timm of King Khan and the Shrines, 1960s Harmony When King Khan and The Shrines stopped in to The Current studios for an in-studio session and an interview with Mary Lucia, the band's lead guitarist Till Timm took a few minutes after the set to talk about his vintage guitar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/23/the-currents-guitar-collection-till-timm-of-king-khan-and-the-shrines?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:15:00 -0500 Music Teacher Feature: Jon Larson Classical MPR's new series, the Music Teacher Feature, highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, our featured teacher is Jon Larson, director of high school orchestras at Moorhead High School in Moorhead, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/22/music-teacher-spotlight-jon-larson?refid=0 Tue, 22 Oct 2013 06:00:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper, Gibson SG When Blitzen Trapper stopped in for an in-studio session at The Current, we asked front man Eric Earley about his vintage Gibson SG. Here's what he had to say. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/17/the-currents-guitar-collection-eric-earley-of-blitzen-trapper?refid=0 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:30:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Black Joe Lewis, custom Squier Telecaster The Current's Guitar Collection is a look at some of the instruments that have been played in The Current's studios. This week, Black Joe Lewis tells us about his custom-built, bright red guitar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/09/the-currents-guitar-collection-black-joe-lewis?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 10:00:00 -0500 A Distinguished Discography: Minnesota Orchestra recordings with Osmo V&#228;nsk&#228; As Osmo Vanska departs for the next chapter of his career, he leaves a powerful legacy of recordings with the Minnesota Orchestra. Here is a rundown of those works. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/04/minnesota-orchestra-recordings-with-osmo-vanska?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 10:00:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Anthony Harty of The Selecter, Fender Telecaster custom Anthony Harty is a Grammy-winning guitarist currently touring with The Selecter. When The Selecter were visiting The Current's studios, Harty spent some time to tell us about his specially designed guitars. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/25/the-currents-guitar-collection-anthony-harty-of-the-selecter?refid=0 Wed, 25 Sep 2013 10:00:00 -0500 Another city, another story: Chicago's take on The Replacements The Replacements' final gig happened in 1991 in Chicago's Grant Park. Now reunited for RiotFest, the Replacements' first U.S. date happens in the Windy City. Ahead of the Replacements' gig in Chicago this Sunday, we talked to some Chicagoans about their memories of and thoughts about the band. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/12/chicago-views-on-the-replacements?refid=0 Sun, 15 Sep 2013 12:30:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Max Kakacek of Smith Westerns, Fender Blacktop Jazzmaster HS The Current's Guitar Collection is a look at some of the instruments that have been played in The Current's studios. Many times, there's a good story behind a guitar, often known only to the person who plays it. This week's guitar belongs to Max Kakacek of Smith Westerns. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/11/the-currents-guitar-collection-max-kakacek-of-smith-westerns?refid=0 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 14:00:00 -0500 A Last Night First Marin Alsop 'honored to be the first woman' to conduct Last Night of the Proms. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/08/a-last-night-first?refid=0 Sun, 08 Sep 2013 00:01:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Bryce Dessner of The National, 1965 Gibson Firebird The Current's Guitar Collection is a look at some of the instruments that have been played in The Current's studios. Many times, there's a good story behind a guitar, often known only to the person who plays it. This week, we talk to Bryce Dessner of The National. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/04/the-currents-guitar-collection-bryce-dessner-of-the-national?refid=0 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 10:00:00 -0500 Cover Me Impressed: the story behind the 'Tim' album art Deborah DeStaffan of New York was the art director of the Replacements' <i>Tim</i> album. She shares insights about the artwork and about the creative community from which it emerged. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/23/cover-me-impressed-the-story-behind-the-tim-album-art?refid=0 Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:45:00 -0500 The Current's Guitar Collection: Jake Bugg, Patrick Eggle custom The Current's Guitar Collection is a look at some of the instruments that have been played in The Current's studios. Many times, there's a good story behind a guitar, often known only to the person who plays it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/09/the_currents_guitar_collection_jake_bugg?refid=0 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 10:00:00 -0500 Meet the Men's Chorale of Luxembourg The 45-member choir is making its first U.S. tour, which includes stops in Winona, Minn., and in Minneapolis before heading off to Los Angeles and New York. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/12/meet-the-mens-chorale-of-luxembourg?refid=0 Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'Elysium' MPR Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about a new sci-fi thriller starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Diego Luna. It's directed by Neill Blomkamp ('District 9'). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/09/movie_maven_elysium?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Fringe Festival continues; Walker "tears up the lawn" Marianne Combs joins Steve and Jill to talk about the Minnesota Fringe Festival and about a Walker Art Center artist-in-residence who is all about replacing front lawns with vegetable gardens. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/08/weekend_arts_roundup_fringe_haeg?refid=0 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 08:32:00 -0500 Jake Bugg performs an acoustic set live in The Current studios It was a gift from an uncle that launched singer-songwriter Jake Bugg's career. Until he was 12 years old, Bugg was only interested in playing soccer. But when an uncle presented the preteen Bugg with a guitar, Bugg "knew it was what [he] wanted to do." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/06/jake-bugg-live?refid=0 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:50:43 -0500 Writing thriller novels with Beethoven Best-selling author Jeffery Deaver &#151; whose latest book, <i>The Kill Room</i>, is the next in the series featuring forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme &#151; finds story structure in symphonic music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/05/jeffery_deaver_author_beethoven_connection_simon_mayo?refid=0 Mon, 05 Aug 2013 15:49:04 -0500 Cube Critics with Euan Kerr: 'Smurfs 2' MPR Arts Reporter and Cube Critic Euan Kerr joins Steve Seel and Jade to talk about 'Smurfs 2' -- and how adults won't feel deep regret if they have to see it with their kids. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/02/cube_critic_smurfs_2?refid=0 Fri, 02 Aug 2013 08:34:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Minnesota Fringe Festival Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jade to talk about the Minnesota Fringe Festival and how to get the most out of it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/01/weekend_arts_minnesota_fringe_festival_2013?refid=0 Thu, 01 Aug 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Pop-Up Art MPR News Arts Reporter Euan Kerr (filling in for Marianne Combs) joins The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about art that's popping up all over: puppets in Minneapolis, dancing in St. Paul, a play in Albert Lea and cat-video voting online. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/25/weekend_arts_barebones_dumpster_duel_ordway_dance_luverne_seifert_cat_video?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 08:31:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'RED 2' MPR Arts Reporter Euan Kerr reviews this action-comedy sequel starring Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Byung-hun Lee and Anthony Hopkins. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/19/movie_maven_red_2_bruce_willis?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Bikes, Comics and a Road Trip Recommendation MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about Bike Night (and cuttlefish) at the MIA, a comic-book retrospective at MCAD, and three reasons to consider a road trip to Winona, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/18/weekend_arts_bike_night_jaime_hernandez_winona?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jul 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'The Way, Way Back' MPR's Movie Maven, Stephanie Curtis, joins Jill Riley and Jade (filling in for Steve Seel) to review a new coming-of-age film that stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney and Liam James -- and features music by Duluth's Trampled by Turtles. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/12/movie_maven_the_way_way_back?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jul 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Happy Beautiful Summer MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about about the first in a series of three new plays and about two outdoor dance events that are perfect for summertime. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/11/weekend_arts_leslye_orr_fresh_ink_groundbreaker_battle_dances_at_the_lakes?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Pride and a Pair of Plays MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about Twin Cities Pride Festival and two plays: one dealing with race and class and the other taking a humorous look at post-apocalyptic potties. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/27/weekend_arts_twin_cities_pride_clybourne_park_urinetown?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'World War Z' Stephanie Curtis reviews the new zombie thriller starring Brad Pitt and featuring music by Muse. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/21/movie_maven_world_war_z_brad_pitt?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jun 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Conceptual and Cool Marianne Combs talks about Bertold Brecht, Galileo, Joseph Campbell, Evel Knievel, the power of happy Tweets -- and what they all have to do with the arts this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/20/weekend_arts_rehearsing_failure_brecht_herocycle_evel_knievel_secret_city_minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'Man of Steel' Stephanie Curtis reviews a summer blockbuster: the new Superman film, directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Michael Shannon. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/14/movie_maven_man_of_steel?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Veneer versus Veracity Marianne Combs talks about stage productions and a photography exhibit that explore the differences between what we project to the world and what's going on behind the scenes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/13/weekend_arts_gamma_rays_gremlin_red_eye_theater_mary_ellen_mark_weinstein?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Participatory Art Marianne Combs talks about Northern Spark in St. Paul and Arts on Chicago (Ave.) in Minneapolis -- two arts events where you can get involved in what's happening. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/06/weekend_arts_northern_spark_arts_on_chicago?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jun 2013 08:31:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'After Earth'; 'Stories We Tell' MPR Arts Reporter and Cube Critic Euan Kerr joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about the new Will Smith sci-fi film and about a new documentary by Canadian filmmaker Sarah Polley. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/31/movie_maven_after_earth_will_smith_stories_we_tell_sarah_polley?refid=0 Fri, 31 May 2013 08:31:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Dance Concert, Play Excerpts, T-Shirt Printing Marianne Combs talks about three distinct arts events happening in the Twin Cities this weekend, ranging from dance to short plays to silk-screening. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/30/weekend_arts_tu_dance_red_eye_theater_art_hounds_t-shirts?refid=0 Thu, 30 May 2013 08:31:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'The Hangover Part III' MPR's Movie Maven, Stephanie Curtis, joins Jill Riley and Steve Seel to review the final installment in 'The Hangover' trilogy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/24/movie_maven_the_hangover_part_iii_cooper_helms_galifianakis?refid=0 Fri, 24 May 2013 08:31:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: On the Green and On the Boards Marianne Combs talks about artist-designed mini-golf and about two new plays -- one set in Denmark, the other in a cul-de-sac. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/23/weekend_arts_mini_golf_hamlet_cul_de_sac?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Stephanie Curtis reviews the new Star Trek film, directed by JJ Abrams. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/17/movie_maven_star_trek_into_darkness?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 08:34:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Galleries Galore Marianne Combs talks about arts events happening at galleries all over Minneapolis this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/16/weekend_arts_art-a-whirl_hottea_bad_art?refid=0 Thu, 16 May 2013 08:34:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'The Great Gatsby' Stephanie Curtis reviews director Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's signature work. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/10/movie_maven_the_great_gatsby?refid=0 Fri, 10 May 2013 08:32:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Drama Club Marianne Combs talks about three new stage productions in Minneapolis -- including one at the Guthrie Theater, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/09/weekend_arts_drama_club_an_iliad_guthrie_james_beard_tesla_nimbus?refid=0 Thu, 09 May 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' Stephanie Curtis reviews a new film from director Mira Nair ('Monsoon Wedding', 'The Namesake') and also talks about 'Iron Man 3'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/03/movie_maven_reluctant_fundamentalist?refid=0 Fri, 03 May 2013 08:32:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Friday, Saturday, Sunday Marianne Combs talks about an arts event for each day of this upcoming weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/02/weekend_arts_moving_company_cinco_de_mayo_heart_of_beast_mayday?refid=0 Thu, 02 May 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'Blancanieves' Stephanie Curtis reviews a silent-film retelling of the Snow White fairy tale. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/26/movie_maven_blancanieves?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 08:31:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Bring on Spring Marianne Combs talks about three arts happenings that celebrate our long-awaited springtime. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/25/weekend_arts_art_in_bloom_art_crawl_interact_theater?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 08:34:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'Oblivion' Stephanie Curtis reviews a new sci-fi thriller starring Tom Cruise. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/19/move_maven_oblivion_tom_cruise?refid=0 Fri, 19 Apr 2013 08:32:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Fish and Fatherhood Marianne Combs talks about three innovative shows taking the stage this weekend -- with themes piscine or paternal. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/18/weekend_arts_roundup_nice_fish_niiccugni_word_becomes_flesh?refid=0 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 08:34:00 -0500 The cellist on the bestseller list Edward Kelsey Moore, author of 'The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat,' talks about music, writing and a story shaped by sonata. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/10/edward_kelsey_moore_supremes_author_profile?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:00:00 -0500 Movie Maven: Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival Stephanie Curtis talks about a number of films screening at MSPIFF, including the Italian film, 'Caesar Must Die'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/12/movie_maven_mspiff_caesar_must_die?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 08:35:00 -0500 Movie Maven: A film review and a tribute to Roger Ebert Stephanie Curtis, Steve Seel and Jill Riley reflect on the life and career of Roger Ebert, and Stephanie reviews Federico Alvarez's reboot of Sam Raimi's classic 1981 horror film. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/05/movie_maven_federico_alvarez_roger_ebert?refid=0 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 08:33:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Pedals, Posters, Pen Pals and Pondering Perdition Marianne Combs talks about Artcrank and two new plays opening this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/04/weekend_arts_artcrank_bowler_letters_duty_misterman?refid=0 Thu, 04 Apr 2013 08:34:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'From Up on Poppy Hill' Stephanie Curtis reviews this new Japanese anime film from director Goro Miyazaki. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/29/movie_maven_miyazaki_from_up_on_poppy_hill?refid=0 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 08:35:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Bain Boehlke; Shapiro and Smith; Pride and Prejudice Marianne Combs describes three very different types of stage performances happening this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/28/weekend_arts_death_trap_shapiro_and_smith_scrimshaw_obsessed?refid=0 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 08:40:00 -0500 The Current Presents: Blues Highway Revisited Blues Highway Revisited features music from such artists as Gary Clark Jr., Muddy Waters and Lightnin' Hopkins. Local musicians share their thoughts on the blues, and Southampton, England, band the Dodge Brothers talk about recording at Sun Studio and share two tracks off their forthcoming album -- a U.S. radio premiere. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/22/blues_highway_revisited_mcclenney_scheiber_dodge_brothers_sun_studio?refid=0 Sun, 24 Mar 2013 10:00:00 -0500 Movie Maven: 'On the Road' This week, MPR News Arts Reporter (and Cube Critic) Euan Kerr reviews the new film adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/22/movie_maven_on_the_road_salles_hedlund_stewart_kerouac?refid=0 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 08:40:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Blurring the Lines Marianne Combs talks about three arts happenings that blur the boundaries in various ways. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/21/weekend_arts_roundup_truthiness_jackie_and_me_ragmala?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 09:16:24 -0500 Movie Maven: 'Stoker' Park Chan-wook directs this Gothic horror film http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/15/movie_maven_stoker?refid=0 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 09:09:31 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Beating the Odds Three great stories about overcoming the odds are behind three new shows opening this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/14/weekend_arts_penumbra_pao_houa_her_hmong_bollywood?refid=0 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 09:19:54 -0500 Movie Maven: 'Dead Man Down' MPR's Movie Maven, Stephanie Curtis, reviews 'Dead Man Down', a new film set in the New York underworld that stars Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/08/movie_maven_dead_man_down?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 08:25:16 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: 'Yellow Fever', Women's Poetry Slam and an artistic exploration of the N-word 'Yellow Fever' opens at the Guthrie, Minneapolis hosts the Women of the World Poetry Slam and Sh&#225; Cage leads an artistic exploration of a provocative word http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/07/weekend_arts_yellow_fever_poetry_slam_n-word?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 09:26:12 -0600 Movie Maven: 'The Gatekeepers'; Kids Film Festival Oscar-nominated documentary 'The Gatekeepers' explores the Israeli secret service; a Kids Film Festival at Walker Art Center http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/01/movie_maven_gatekeepers_walker_kids_film_fest?refid=0 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 09:23:59 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Beyond Ballroom Dance Company, a play set in reality TV, and 'How to Swear Like a Minnesotan' Beyond Ballroom Dance Company celebrates its tenth anniversary; a reality-TV set is turned upside down by 'Six Characters in Search of an Author'; and Joseph Scrimshaw explores 'How to Swear Like a Minnesotan' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/28/beyond_ballroom_gremlin_thtr_swear_minnesotan?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 09:30:12 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: ice instruments and local poetry This weekend features a poetry reading from local poets Mike Finley and Danny Klecko, while Norwegian musician Terje Isungset searches the area's frozen lakes for the right ice to make his instruments. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/21/weekend_arts_ice_instruments_poetry_finley_klecko?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 09:47:03 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Walking and Singing, Hip Hop and Greek tragedy, 'The Honeymooners' revisited This weekend brings a dance and theater production that takes a fresh look at everyday life, a mash-up of hip hop and Greek tragedy, and an innovative re-imagining of a classic TV show http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/14/weekend_arts_stuart_pimsler_the_seven_to_the_moon?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 09:40:54 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Red Riding Hood, Headless Horseman and animated underpants This weekend brings a film festival of Minnesota-made animation, a staging of the Gothic 'Legend of Sleepy Hollow' and a re-imagining of 'Little Red Riding Hood.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/07/weekend_arts_sleepy_hollow_red_riding_hood_minnanimate?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 10:23:30 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: a theater-rich weekend Three new stage productions open this weekend in Minneapolis and St. Paul http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/31/weekend_arts_theater_walker_jungle_dreamland?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:41:05 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: Art sleds, play premiere, choir concert This week, MPR News Arts Editor Marianne Combs talks to The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley about an art sled rally, a world premiere of a play and a choir's silver anniversary. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/24/weekend-arts-powderhorn-sled?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Video-game music advances to next level Popularity of Top Score inspires Classical MPR's on-air playlist this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/14/videogame-music-advances-to-next-level?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 06:00:00 -0600 Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' turns 30 Thirty years after its release, Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' continues to fascinate. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/30/michael-jackson-thriller-turns-30?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Citizen Mark: DJ Mark Wheat reflects on becoming a U.S. citizen On Thursday, Sept. 6, The Current's Mark Wheat became a naturalized U.S. citizen. He recently sat down to share his thoughts about his decision and about his experience of becoming an American. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/06/citizen-mark?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Kicking it Copper-Street Style The Copper Street Brass Quintet bring a bold approach to their new album and to the State Fair http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/24/kicking-it-copperstreet-style?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Capturing the Castle Meet John Lunn, composer for TV's "Downton Abbey" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/09/capturing-the-castle?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 06:00:00 -0500 Forging a musical friendship Norway-based composer Andrew Smith enjoys a rewarding partnership with New York Polyphony. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/06/forging-a-musical-friendship?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2011 12:38:38 -0600 Gratitude Attitude John Birge's Thanksgiving program about fall, food and gratitude is touching more people than ever. Hear "Giving Thanks" on Thanksgiving Day at 9 a.m. and again at 8 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/15/gratitude-attitude?refid=0 Tue, 22 Nov 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Sung by a Choir New York Polyphony bring their distinct vocal sound to Minnesota for a Christmas concert on Dec. 9 http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/10/new-york-polyphony?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2011 06:00:00 -0600 Facing the Music Why John Birge is grateful for "falling into" being a host of classical music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/07/facing-the-music?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2011 06:00:00 -0600 Much More Than Dinner Music Classical MPR's Brian Newhouse first heard violinist Chad Hoopes as accompaniment to dessert. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/13/much-more-than-dinner-music?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2011 06:00:00 -0500 Game Show The new podcast from Classical MPR, Top Score, explores and celebrates the classical music composed for video games. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/01/game-show?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 10:33:42 -0500