Minnesota Public Radio features by Andrea Swensson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31198 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 20 Jun 2018 21:40:35 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Andrea Swensson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Dwynell Roland performs in The Current's studio Dwynell Roland stopped by the Local Show to perform music from <em>Young Roland</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/06/11/dwynell-roland-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0500 John Maus performs in The Current's studio He grew up in Austin, Minnesota, and he's been back for about seven years. Recently, synthesizer icon John Maus stopped by The Current to perform "Episode," "Touchdown," "Pure Rockets," and "Quantum Leap." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/05/12/john-maus-screen-memories-episode-live-performance-the-current-studio?refid=0 Sat, 12 May 2018 12:00:00 -0500 In-studio: Roma di Luna believe 'We Were Made To Forgive' Riding the release of their 2018 album 'We Were Made to Forgive,' Roma di Luna visited The Current to talk with Andrea Swensson and perform "Estate Fair," "Made To Forgive," and "Envisioning." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/05/08/roma-di-luna-believe-we-were-made-to-forgive?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Black-Eyed Snakes perform in The Current's studio Black-Eyed Snakes have been one of Alan Sparhawk's most elusive projects for the 18 years they've been around. We finally got them in The Current's studio to record a session and talk about the band's past, present, and future. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/04/30/black-eyed-snakes-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2018 12:00:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Trampled by Turtles, 'Life is Good on the Open Road' Duluth-based Trampled by Turtles are back with their latest release, 'Life is Good on the Open Road' and it's our Album of the Week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/04/27/album-of-the-week-trampled-by-turtles-life-is-good-on-the-open-road?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2018 07:30:00 -0500 Al Church performs in The Current's studio Al Church, of solo musicianship and many Twin Cities bands, releases his album <em>Night Games</em> on April 27. Ahead of the drop, he visited the Local Show to play some music and talk with Andrea Swensson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/04/25/al-church-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 jeremy messersmith performs in The Current's studio jeremy messersmith is hosting his <em>Late Stage Capitalism</em> release show at First Avenue on Friday, March 30. The week beforehand, he visited the Local Show to talk with Andrea Swensson and perform four songs from the album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/27/jeremy-messersmith-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0500 Dusty Heart perform chilling, resplendent Americana on The Local Show Americana duo Dusty Heart release their self-titled debut album at the Southern on March 16. Ahead of the show, they stopped into The Current to perform new music and talk with Andrea Swensson on the Local Show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/13/dusty-heart-perform-chilling-resplendent-americana-on-the-local-show?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:30:00 -0500 Annie Mack performs in The Current studio Minneapolis singer-songwriter Annie Mack visited The Current studio to record a session for The Local Show in preparation for her EP release show on March 9th. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/02/23/annie-mack-session?refid=0 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 11:45:00 -0600 Album of the Week: Dessa, 'Chime' 'Chime' is a huge leap forward for Dessa. It's her most musically adventurous collection to date, combining the experimental pop approach of her solo work with the more aggressive, hard-edged delivery of her verses with the rap collective Doomtree to create a playing field where both string sections and trap beats can roam freely. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/02/23/album-of-the-week-dessa-chime?refid=0 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:01 -0600 S. Carey performs in The Current's studio S. Carey, aka Bon Iver drummer/keyboardist Sean Carey, stopped into The Current's studio the week of his 'Hundred Acres' album release. Hear music from the record and an interview with Andrea Swensson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/02/20/s-carey-hundred-acres-current-studio?refid=0 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0600 Meet Dave Rusan, builder of Prince's iconic Cloud Guitar Watch video of Dave Rusan talking about he got the assignment to design and build a very special guitar for Prince, seen in the 'Purple Rain' film and onstage at Prince's live shows. Rusan also describes how the guitar is made, and what having built this special guitar means to him today. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/02/15/meet-dave-rusan-builder-of-princes-iconic-cloud-guitar?refid=0 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:20:00 -0600 Album of the Week: Thomas Abban, 'A Sheik's Legacy' 'A Sheik's Legacy' takes the listener on a journey through the dark and twisting corners of Abban's mind, flickering torches lighting the way. It will take years for all of his potential paths to be fully illuminated -- making him one of the most promising new artists to emerge in 2017. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/29/album-of-the-week-thomas-abban-a-sheiks-legacy?refid=0 Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:00:01 -0600 Living legend Cornbread Harris shares stories and songs from his seven-decade career Cornbread Harris is a living legend. At 90 years old, the rock 'n' roll pioneer (also known as Jimmy Jam's dad) visited The Current's studios to record an in-studio session with Local Show host Andrea Swensson and MPR News host Tom Weber. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/07/cornbread-harris-performs-in-studio?refid=0 Wed, 27 Dec 2017 11:00:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Andrea Swensson, Local Show host Local Show host Andrea Swensson shares her top national and local albums of 2017. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/05/top89-staff-andrea-swensson?refid=0 Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Audio: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound at the Fitzgerald Theater Join host Andrea Swensson and Twin Cities funk and soul legends Wee Willie Walker, Wanda Davis, the Valdons, the Family, and Andre Cymone for an unforgettable night of music and history. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/30/rise-of-the-minneapolis-sound-fitzgerald-theater?refid=0 Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:00:00 -0600 Charlie Parr performs songs from 'Dog' on the Local Show Duluth's own Charlie Parr, a songwriter and guitar/banjo player extraordinaire, visited The Current's studio to perform a few songs off his new album, <em>Dog</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/07/charlie-parr-performs-songs-from-dog-on-the-local-show?refid=0 Tue, 07 Nov 2017 17:00:00 -0600 Thomas Abban shares 'A Sheik's Legacy' in The Current's studio Thomas Abban is a mysterious man and gifted guitarist. Recently, he visited the Local Show to unveil a bit of his story and set off more than a few fireworks on guitar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/28/thomas-abban-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:45:00 -0500 Mary Lucia: remembering Tom Petty together This week, Mary Lucia is joined by Andrea Swensson, and they talk about remembering and celebrating the life and music of Tom Petty with you. 'I just wanted you guys to know that we, on the other side of the radio, are music fans,' Mary says, 'and we feel this loss just like you do.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/03/mary-lucia-remembering-tom-petty-together?refid=0 Tue, 03 Oct 2017 14:50:00 -0500 Lady Lark gets the Minnesota State Fair dancing during her Local Show session Pop/soul talent Lady Lark brought her full band to the Minnesota State Fair, recording a Local Show session at Dan Patch Park and inciting a dance party in the process. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/09/05/lady-lark-get-dan-patch-park-dancing-at-the-minnesota-state-fair?refid=0 Tue, 05 Sep 2017 15:00:00 -0500 Jeremy Messersmith performs live at the Minnesota State Fair Messersmith joined MPR's Tom Weber and the Current's Andrea Swensson at Dan Patch Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/01/jeremy-messersmith-state-fair?refid=0 Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Indie-folk group Fathom Lane lets listeners slow down The expansive indie-folk group Fathom Lane, accompanied by the Laurels String Quartet, visited the studio for the Summer Music Series hosted by the Local Show's Andrea Swensson and MPR's Tom Weber. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/25/summer-music-series-fathom-lane-laurels-string-quartet?refid=0 Fri, 25 Aug 2017 11:27:31 -0500 Fathom Lane perform at The Current with the Laurels String Quartet The expansive indie-folk group Fathom Lane, accompanied by the Laurels String Quartet, visited the studio for the Summer Music Series hosted by the Local Show's Andrea Swensson and MPR's Tom Weber. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/08/24/fathom-lane-2017?refid=0 Fri, 25 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0500 Summer Music Series: Tufawon shares his experiences as an artist and activist Tufawon visited The Current's studio to record a session and share with hosts Andrea Swensson and Tom Weber his experiences as a globetrotting hip-hop artist and activist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/22/tufawon-shares-his-experiences-as-an-artist-and-activist-with-mpr?refid=0 Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0500 Tufawon shares his experiences as an artist and activist Tufawon visited The Current's studio to record a session and share with hosts Andrea Swensson and Tom Weber his experiences as a globetrotting hip-hop artist and activist. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/08/15/tufawoncurrentstudio?refid=0 Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:34:00 -0500 Gretchen Seichrist's thelonesomekid performs in The Current studio Painter and punk poet Gretchen Seichrist brings her new project, thelonesomekid, into the studio for the Summer Music Series co-hosted by MPR News' Tom Weber and the Current's Andrea Swensson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/08/11/thelonesomekid-2017?refid=0 Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:10:41 -0500 Summer Music Series: Thelonesomekid performs in The Current studio Painter and punk poet Gretchen Seichrist brings her new project, Thelonesomekid, into the studio for the Summer Music Series co-hosted by MPR News' Tom Weber and the Current's Andrea Swensson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/11/mpr-thelonesomekid-2017?refid=0 Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Rapper Allan Kingdom on what it means to be an artist from St. Paul Ahead of his hometown appearance at the Pizza Luce Block Party, rapper Allan Kingdom reflects on his journey from coming up in the St. Paul scene to collaborating with Kanye. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/04/summer-music-allan-kingdom-performs-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 04 Aug 2017 11:27:27 -0500 Allan Kingdom performs in The Current studio Ahead of his hometown appearance at the Pizza Luce Block Party, rapper Allan Kingdom reflects on his journey from coming up in the St. Paul scene to collaborating with Kanye. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/08/03/allan-kingdom-2017?refid=0 Fri, 04 Aug 2017 09:00:00 -0500 PaviElle performs in The Current Studio In the midst of writing her next album, PaviElle visited The Current studio to perform one of her new songs and talk with hosts Andrea Swensson and Tom Weber. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/25/pavielle-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jul 2017 12:53:06 -0500 Soul singer PaviElle talks musical heritage, what being an artist means to her In the midst of writing her next album, PaviElle visited The Current studio to perform one of her new songs and talk with hosts Andrea Swensson and Tom Weber. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/28/pavielle-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:13:03 -0500 Manchita performs emotional new solo EP in The Current studio Fresh off the release of her solo EP 'One,' Manchita visited The Current studio to perform the entire EP and talk with hosts Andrea Swensson and Tom Weber. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/18/manchita-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:21:11 -0500 Manchita performs emotional new solo EP in The Current studio Fresh off the release of her solo EP 'One,' Manchita visited The Current studio to perform the entire EP and talk with hosts Andrea Swensson and Tom Weber. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/21/manchita-current-studio-with-weber?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Now, Now perform new song, "SGL," in The Current's studios After releasing their first new music in five years, Now, Now visit The Current's studios to do an interview and live performance on the Local Show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/17/now-now-perform-in-the-current-studios?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:33:37 -0500 Reina Del Cid talks about her musical evolution Reina Del Cid visited The Current's studio and played a warm set of music in conversation with Andrea Swensson and Tom Weber. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/14/reina-del-cid-current-studio-with-weber?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0500 Reina Del Cid talks about her musical evolution Reina Del Cid visited The Current's studio and played a warm set of music in conversation with Andrea Swensson and Tom Weber. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/12/reina-del-cid-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:45:00 -0500 Living legend Cornbread Harris shares stories and songs from his seven-decade career Cornbread Harris is a living legend. At 90 years old, the rock 'n' roll pioneer (also known as Jimmy Jam's dad) visited The Current's studios to record an in-studio session with Local Show host Andrea Swensson and MPR News host Tom Weber. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/06/cornbread-harris-performs-in-the-currents-studios?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0500 The life and legacy of Sonny Knight The Current's Andrea Swensson pays tribute to the legendary Sonny Knight, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 69. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/30/the-life-and-legacy-of-sonny-knight?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:49:00 -0500 Nooky Jones perform in The Current's studios Ahead of their debut album release parties on June 30 and July 1 at Icehouse, Nooky Jones play "Hello," "How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore," and "Bad Girl" from their forthcoming 'Nooky Jones.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/26/nooky-jones-perform-in-the-currents-studios?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:39:13 -0500 Album of the Week: Chastity Brown, 'Silhouette of Sirens' 'To listen to Chastity Brown,' writes Andrea Swensson, 'is to lose yourself completely in the sorrow, joy, yearning and wonderment of a hopeful voice that never stops searching; a voice so enormous and evocative that it seeps down past your skin and bones and settles right down into your soul.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/05/album-of-the-week-chastity-brown-silhouette-of-sirens?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Rock and Roll Book Club: James McBride's 'Kill 'Em and Leave' Saxophonist and best-selling memoirist James McBride offers an anti-music biography with "Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/09/james-mcbride-kill-em-and-leave?refid=0 Wed, 10 May 2017 08:00:00 -0500 Dwynell Roland performs in The Current's studios Local rapper Dwynell Roland stopped by Studio M with Travis Gorman to perform "Whirlwind" and "Eva Change" from his recent project 'The Popular Nobody' -- plus a new song called "Real Love." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/26/dwynell-roland-performs-in-the-currents-studios?refid=0 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:35:21 -0500 3RDEYEGIRL guitarist Donna Grantis calls the Twin Cities home 3RDEYEGIRL guitarist Donna Grantis does an interview with Jim McGuinn, Andrea Swensson and Tom Weber on Minnesota Public Radio. 'There is a whole mix of emotions I am feeling,' Grantis says. 'Just hearing that music really does give me so much joy, and it makes me feel so good. I think it makes so many people all around the world feel good and comforted to hear that amazing music.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/21/3rdeyegirl-guitarist-donna-grantis-calls-the-twin-cities-home?refid=0 Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:00:00 -0500 Interview: Andr&eacute; Cymone's dad was in a band with Prince's dad Andr&eacute; Cymone does an interview with Jim McGuinn, Andrea Swensson and Tom Weber on Minnesota Public Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/21/andre-cymones-dad-was-in-a-band-with-princes-dad?refid=0 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:11:09 -0500 Theft of the Dial: The Revolution The Revolution are in town to perform this weekend at Celebration 2017, the four-day long event taking place at Paisley Park to honor the life of Prince on the anniversary of his passing. Ahead of their highly anticipated weekend performance and ensuing tour, the Revolution stopped by The Current to flood our airwaves with their favorite Prince songs and to share the stories of how theses songs became so dear to them. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/21/theft-of-the-dial-the-revolution?refid=0 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:55:00 -0500 A guide to Prince's musical inspiration As part of our celebration of Prince's life and legacy, we've assembled an annotated playlist featuring the musical heroes depicted on his wall of influences and inspirations at Paisley Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/20/a-guide-to-princes-musical-inspiration?refid=0 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:14:35 -0500 Tabah perform in The Current's studios Minnesota rockers Tabah play "Curtain Call," "Villain," and "Noble" from their new album 'Symmetry Somewhere.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/03/tabah-perform-in-the-currents-studios?refid=0 Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:08:35 -0500 4th Curtis perform in The Current's studios 4th Curtis perform "Ur The Right 1," "Chicken," and "Everything's Gone Wrong" in The Current's studios. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/13/4th-curtis-perform-in-the-currents-studios?refid=0 Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:24:31 -0500 P.O.S performs in The Current studio With the recent release of his new album 'Chill, dummy,' Minneapolis rapper P.O.S performs live in The Current studio for 'The Local Show.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/06/pos-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2017 11:37:56 -0600 Dead Man Winter performs in The Current studio Celebrating the release of his new solo album, Dave Simonnett brought his band Dead Man Winter to The Current studio to perform live and to chat with Andrea Swensson of 'The Local Show.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/30/dead-man-winter-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:12:04 -0600 Monica LaPlante performs in The Current studio Local garage rock artist Monica LaPlante talks with Andrea Swensson and performs three songs from 'Noir.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/12/monica-laplante-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2016 15:20:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Andrea Swensson, host and writer The Current's Andrea Swensson picks her favorite albums and songs of 2016. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/06/top89-staff-picks-andrea-swensson?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600 Communist Daughter perform in The Current studio Communist Daughter talk headphone music, introspection, and duets with Andrea Swensson and play "Hold Back," "Roll A Stone," "Balboa Bridge." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/21/communist-daughter-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:20:02 -0600 Atmosphere perform in The Current studios The duo of Slug and Ant, along with their touring DJ Plain Ole Bill, came by the Current's studios to perform songs off their new album, Fishing Blues, and talk about their long and prolific career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/01/atmosphere-live-studio-session?refid=0 Tue, 01 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0500 Jay Smart performs in The Current studio Jay Smart turned heads with his cover of Haley Bonar's "Kismet Kill," but he proved himself a solid singer/songwriter when he performed all original material in-studio for 'The Local Show.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/24/jay-smart-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:17:13 -0500 Holidae perform in The Current studio With the recent release of their debut album, Minneapolis' Holidae stopped by The Current to perform in-studio and to chat with host Andrea Swensson of 'The Local Show.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/18/holidae-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:50:00 -0500 Sonny Knight and the Lakers perform in The Current studio In support of their new album 'Sooner or Later,' Sonny Knight and the Lakers stopped by The Current to perform live in-studio and to chat with host Andrea Swensson of 'The Local Show.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/14/sonny-knight-and-the-lakers-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:19:41 -0500 Album of the Week: Bon Iver, '22, A Million' While it's fair to say that '22, A Million' is experimental in nature, it is still, at its core, a Bon Iver record. There are quiet, heart-rending moments, there are epic moments, and one of the album's defining characteristics is that it rewards repeat listens. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/26/album-of-the-week-bon-iver-22-a-million?refid=0 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 -0500 After Hours with JT Bates' organ trio Grain JT Bates brings his new organ trio into the studio to perform unreleased material and chat with Andrea Swensson for the series After Hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/19/afterhours-graintrio?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:48:07 -0500 After Hours with Solomon Parham Jazz trumpeter and educator Solomon Parham visits the Current studios for After Hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/24/after-hours-solomon-parham?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:19:39 -0500 Hippo Campus perform in The Current studio Ahead of their performance at Rock the Garden, Minnesota's Hippo Campus stopped by The Current to perform live in-studio and to chat with Andrea Swensson on <em>The Local Show</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/13/hippo-campus-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:32:22 -0500 The Jayhawks perform in The Current studio Following the release of <em>Paging Mr. Proust</em>, the Jayhawks stopped by The Current to perform live in-studio and to chat with Andrea Swensson, host of <em>The Local Show</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/31/the-jayhawks-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2016 13:50:00 -0500 Bryan Nichols performs in The Current studio Bryan Nichols has many years of experience in the Twin Cities music scene. If you've been to a jazz-leaning show at Icehouse or the Dakota, you may have even seen him live. If you don't know his name, though, now is the perfect time to learn it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/23/bryan-nichols-performs-in-studio?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2016 16:00:42 -0500 The Honeydogs perform in The Current studio Ahead of their album release show, the Honeydogs stopped by The Current to perform live in-studio and to chat with <em>Local Show</em> host Andrea Swensson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/16/the-honeydogs-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2016 10:54:47 -0500 Astronautalis performs in The Current studio Astronautalis came by our studio to perform new songs from his album 'Cut the Body Loose.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/09/astronautalis-performs-in-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2016 14:01:00 -0500 Then and Now: Scenes from 'Purple Rain' As we continue our remembrances and celebrations of the life and work of Prince, take a then-and-now tour of Minneapolis locations used in the film, 'Purple Rain,' guided by Andrea Swensson and photographer Steve Cohen. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2014/07/then-and-now-scenes-from-purple-rain/?refid=0 Sun, 24 Apr 2016 19:50:00 -0500 Apollonia shares her near-death experience on the set of Purple Rain Following the death of iconic musician Prince, his 1984 film, 'Purple Rain,' is back in theaters as fans remember and celebrate Prince's life and work. On the 30th anniversary of the film's release, The Current's Andrea Swensson spoke to Prince's co-star in the film, Apollonia Kotero, about her experiences making 'Purple Rain.' http://blog.thecurrent.org/2014/07/apollonia-shares-her-near-death-experience-on-the-set-of-purple-rain/?refid=0 Sun, 24 Apr 2016 11:05:00 -0500 Davina and the Vagabonds perform in The Current studio Ahead of six release shows of their new live album, Davina and the Vagabonds stopped by The Current to perform live in-studio and to chat with <em>The Local Show</em>'s Andrea Swensson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/18/davina-and-the-vagabonds-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 11:00:00 -0500 Har Mar Superstar performs in The Current studio Anticipating the release of <em>Best Summer Ever</em>, Sean Tillman &#151; aka Har Mar Superstar &#151; stopped by The Current to perform live in-studio and to chat with <em>The Local Show</em>'s Andrea Swensson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/11/har-mar-superstar-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2016 11:00:00 -0500 First Listen: Har Mar Superstar, 'Best Summer Ever' <em>Best Summer Ever</em>, continues this exploration of Sean Tillman's Har Mar Superstar identity as a melodic and lyrical craftsmen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/11/first-listen-har-mar-superstar-best-summer-ever?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:50:00 -0500 Dizzy Fae performs in The Current studio 17-year-old St. Paul artist Dizzy Fae makes her radio debut, performing three songs and chatting with <i>The Local Show's</i> Andrea Swensson about her blossoming career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/05/dizzy-fae-performs-in-the-current-studios?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2016 09:18:57 -0500 Kitten Forever perform in The Current studio Following the release of their new album <em>7 HEARTS</em>, Minneapolis' Kitten Forever stopped by The Current to perform live in-studio and to chat with Andrea Swensson of <em>The Local Show</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/28/kitten-forever-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2016 01:50:00 -0500 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: Bob Mehr's 'Trouble Boys' Andrea Swensson talks with Bob Mehr, author of the new Replacements biography 'Trouble Boys.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/23/bob-mehr-trouble-boys?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:44:00 -0500 After Hours with Cory Healey's Beautiful Sunshine Band Jazz drummer Cory Healey brought his Beautiful Sunshine Band into the studio to perform songs from their self-titled debut. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/21/after-hours-cory-healeys-beautiful-sunshine-band?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: Michelle Leon's 'I Live Inside' Michelle Leon, a founding member of Babes in Toyland, has shared her story in a unique new memoir. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/15/michelle-leon-i-live-inside?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2016 11:50:00 -0500 Molly Dean performs in The Current studio In light of the release of her new album <em>The Natural Minor</em>, Molly Dean stopped by The Current to perform live in-studio and to chat with host Andrea Swensson of <em>The Local Show</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/07/molly-dean-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2016 13:20:00 -0600 Album of the Week: Polica, 'United Crushers' From the opening strains of the first track, Polica make it clear that this album is taking us in a new direction. With songs that are political and personal, singer Channy Leaneagh shows off the full range of her elastic and emotive voice. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/07/album-of-the-week-polica-united-crushers?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2016 00:01:00 -0600 The Pines perform in The Current studio Anticipating the release of their new album <em>Above the Prairie</em>, the Pines stopped by The Current to perform live in-studio and to chat with host Andrea Swensson of <em>The Local Show</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/22/the-pines-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2016 12:00:00 -0600 Polica perform three new songs in The Current studio Anticipating the release of their third album <em>United Crushers</em> on March 4, Polica stopped by The Current to perform live in-studio and to chat with host Andrea Swensson of <em>The Local Show</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/01/polica-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2016 12:00:00 -0600 After Hours: A 2015 playlist of jazz performances in the Current studio Andrea Swensson and Evan Clark look back on a year of recording jazz and jazz-influenced artists for their After Hours series. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/07/after-hours-best-of-2015?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jan 2016 16:06:56 -0600 Album of the Week: Lizzo, 'Big GRRRL Small World' Lizzo's new album, 'Big GRRRL Small World,' features club bangers, soul-baring ballads and a vocoder breakdown about halfway through that'll have you in tears. And throughout the album, Lizzo dives deep on social issues ranging from body politics, self-acceptance, and empowerment to race relations and feminism. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/14/album-of-the-week-lizzo-big-grrrl-small-world?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2015 00:01:00 -0600 Strange Names perform in The Current studio Following the release of their debut full-length <em>Use Your Time Wisely</em>, Strange Names stopped by The Current to perform live in-studio and to chat with host Andrea Swensson of <em>The Local Show</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/08/strange-names-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2015 13:50:00 -0600 Mixed Blood Majority perform in The Current studio Following the release of their album <em>Insane World</em>, Mixed Blood Majority's Crescent Moon, Lazerbeak and Joe Horton stopped by The Current to perform live in-studio and to chat with host Andrea Swensson of <em>The Local Show</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/07/mixed-blood-majority-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2015 12:20:00 -0600 After Hours with the Thomson Quartet Renowned tenor sax player Chris Thomson brought his quartet into the studio to perform two songs and talk about his new EP, Empathy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/03/after-hours-thomson-quartet?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2015 15:35:32 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Andrea Swensson, host and blogger The Current's blogger and host of <em>The Local Show</em> Andrea Swensson shares her top songs (local and national) of 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/01/top-89-staff-picks-andrea-swensson?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:50:00 -0600 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: Carrie Brownstein's 'Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl' A new memoir by Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein is a must-read, says Andrea Swensson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/19/carrie-brownstein-hunger-makes-me-a-modern-girl-book-review?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:52:00 -0600 After Hours with St. Paul soul singer PaviElle and her eight-piece band PaviElle talks about her history in the Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul and brings her eight-piece band into the studio for a powerful performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/05/after-hours-with-pavielle?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2015 13:30:13 -0600 After Hours with Peruvian saxophonist Lucia Sarmiento and her Quintet McNally Smith Saxophone Performance major Lucia Sarmiento talks about coming to St. Paul from her native city of Lima, Peru, and forming her excellent jazz quintet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/08/after-hours-lucia-sarmiento-quintet?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:00:00 -0500 Bruise Violet perform in The Current studio This raw and rebellious punk trio have been blazing their own path through the Twin Cities scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/14/bruise-violet-perform-in-studio?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:42:09 -0500 Album of the Week: Low, 'Ones and Sixes' The Current's Andrea Swensson has no qualms about declaring Low's 11th album one of the finest in the band's 22-year career. 'This is an album that cracks and sizzles, bursting with an electric energy,' Swensson writes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/14/album-of-the-week-low-ones-and-sixes?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0500 First Listen: Thunderbitch, 'Thunderbitch' For this debut release as Thunderbitch, Howard called on friends from Fly Golden Eagle and Clear Plastic Masks to help tap into the early rockabilly, swing, and juke-jiving roots of the rock genre. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/01/first-listen-thunderbitch-thunderbitch?refid=0 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:11:53 -0500 High school bands: Submit your music for the Local Show's Back to School episode Calling all high-school-age bands: Be part of the Local Show's Back to School special by telling us about yourselves and submitting your music for possible inclusion in our annual episode that celebrates Minnesota's all-ages scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/12/the-local-show-goes-back-to-school-on-sept-13?refid=0 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:20:00 -0500 First Listen: Peter Wolf Crier, 'Plum Slump' Listening to Peter Wolf Crier is like watching sunlight stream through a smudged prism; you think you know where these beautiful melodies are going to end up, but before you know it there are rainbows on the floor and shadows covering your face. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/24/first-listen-peter-wolf-crier-plum-slump?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:48:47 -0500 After Hours with Afrobeat lovers Black Market Brass The 11-piece Afrobeat band Black Market Brass perform in the Current studios and talk about the Twin Cities' expanding brass band scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/04/after-hours-black-market-brass?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2015 10:45:00 -0500 After Hours with the mind-blowing 18-member jazz band Adam Meckler Orchestra The sprawling 18-piece big band Adam Meckler Orchestra perform in the Current's studio for the third installment of Andrea Swensson's new jazz series, After Hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/08/after-hours-adam-meckler-orchestra?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2015 09:38:07 -0500 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: Jessica Hopper's 'First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic' Between its bold title, its stark black and white cover, and its gilded pages (!), Jessica Hopper's new collection is presented to readers as a Very Important Book. And you know what? It absolutely is. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/22/rock-and-roll-book-club-jessica-hopper?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 After Hours with jazz-inspired soul group Nooky Jones Nooky Jones mix jazz-influenced grooves with smooth soul vocals in this second installment of Andrea Swensson's new jazz series, After Hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/02/after-hours-nooky-jones?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 12:00:00 -0500 After Hours with Minneapolis jazz quintet Endeavors Minneapolis jazz quintet Endeavors visit the Current Studio to perform on the first-ever episode of Andrea Swensson's new jazz series, After Hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/05/after-hours-endeavors?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2015 12:50:00 -0500 First Listen: Aero Flynn, 'Aero Flynn' First Listen: Aero Flynn http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/03/first-listen-aero-flynn-aero-flynn?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Sleater-Kinney, 'No Cities to Love' Much like the 'Die Hard' quadrilogy, you don't have to be well-versed in Sleater-Kinney's previous work to be able to understand and adore their latest offering, 'No Cities to Love'. In fact, the new record might be one of the best entry points for new fans that the band has ever recorded. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/23/album-review-sleaterkinney-no-cities-to-love?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:01:00 -0600 Album Review: Doomtree, 'All Hands' Working the independent, underground rap game as tirelessly as Doomtree does requires constant effort and constant output, and you can hardly knock the crew for stepping up to the plate to smack another album into the outfield. <i>All Hands</i> is a fine album, and plenty of these songs are sure to endure in the live setting. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/25/album-review-doomtree-all-hands?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:01:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Andrea Swensson, blogger Blogger Andrea Swensson shares her top 10 songs of 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/01/top-89-staff-picks-andrea-swensson?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600 First Listen: Hippo Campus, 'Bashful Creatures' Stream Hippo Campus' debut EP <em>Bashful Creatures</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/13/hippo-campus-bashful-creatures-ep-first-listen?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:00:00 -0600 First Listen: We Are The Willows, 'Picture (Portrait)' Although his grandparents' love story is a story we've heard told thousands of times before, We are the Willows frontman Peter Miller has succeeded in turning their tale into an album that can only be described as epic. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/03/first-listen-we-are-the-willows-picture-portrait?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600 The Replacements stage a crowd-pleasing Midway Stadium homecoming Their performance spanned nearly every song they've pulled out for their reunion gigs so far and a few that haven't. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2014/09/the-replacements-finally-bring-it-back-home-for-crowd-pleasing-midway-stadium-show/?refid=0 Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:52:34 -0500 The Replacements (finally) bring it back home for crowd-pleasing Midway Stadium show For a band who hasn't necessarily been vocal about their reunion or their relationship with their hometown (ok, they haven't given a single interview or said a peep about either), it was hardly a surprise that the Replacements were light on sentimental banter and heavy on hits throughout their hour-and-40-minute set at Midway Stadium. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2014/09/the-replacements-finally-bring-it-back-home-for-crowd-pleasing-midway-stadium-show/?refid=0 Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:31:21 -0500 Album Review: Lana Del Rey, 'Ultraviolence' Let's stop thinking so hard about Lana Del Rey's image for a minute and listen to her music, because it doesn't get much more honest or soul-baring than on her new record, 'Ultraviolence'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/07/album-review-lana-del-rey-ultraviolence?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0500 'Purple Rain' turns 30, Bobby Z shares his memories It was 30 years ago today that Prince and his band the Revolution released Purple Rain, still the best-selling album to come out of Minnesota. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2014/06/bobby-z-shares-his-purple-rain-memories-on-the-albums-30th-anniversary/?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:15:11 -0500 Album Review: Atmosphere, 'Southsiders' As the album title suggests, Slug and Ant are using this new Atmosphere record to rep the south side of Minneapolis, where they have lived and worked for the majority of their career. You can practically picture Slug wandering down Lake Street deep in thought as he raps about his place in this broken world. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/05/album-review-atmosphere-southsiders?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Album Review: Courtney Barnett, 'A Sea of Split Peas' wry sense of humor runs through all 12 tracks on Barnett's recently reissued album, which is actually a compilation of her first two EPs slapped together to satiate her growing fanbase. Witty and evocative, Barnett sings over lo-fi, psych-influenced washes of guitar. But there is also something deceptively poppy about her music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/21/album-review-courtney-barnett-a-sea-of-split-peas?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:01:00 -0500 GRRRL PRTY Perform in The Current Studios People tend to think of GRRRL PRTY as a party band--which is understandable, they acknowledge, given that they do have "PRTY" in their name--but there are dark dimensions beneath the group's bouncy beats. They don't have much music available to hear on your headphones, but this week they helped to bridge that gap with a fiery performance in the Current's studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/09/grrrl-prty-live?refid=0 Sun, 09 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0600 6 surprisingly normal moments from Prince's Arsenio Hall takeover Last night, when Prince declared a "takeover" of the Arsenio Hall Show and appeared on most of the one-hour late-night program, his aura was perforated even more cleanly than in his recent tongue-in-cheek appearance on New Girl. The show began with a sit-down interview between Prince and Arsenio, and it was an especially straight-faced talk between the shy pop star and the giddy late-night host. By the time they moved into an audience Q&A it seemed that Prince was game for pretty much any question people could throw at him. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2014/03/6-surprisingly-normal-moments-from-princes-arsenio-hall-takeover/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:36:15 -0600 The 400 Bar plans to reopen at the Mall of America In addition to providing a 1,000-capacity space for concerts (which puts it in the same ballpark as the Varsity Theater and Cabooze), the new space will include a restaurant and the new Midwest Music Museum. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2014/02/the-400-bar-plans-to-reopen-at-the-mall-of-america/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:26:45 -0600 The top 23 shared, most commented on stories of 2013 Before we put 2013 to bed once and for all, we wanted to pause for a moment and reflect on some of the biggest music stories of the year. And there were quite a few stories that resounded deeply with readers and listeners, both in terms of how many comments and discussions they generated and how much you shared them with your own network of friends. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/30/most-shared-features-2013?refid=0 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 16:02:54 -0600 The New Standards Holiday Show Listen to the seventh annual New Standards Holiday Show in its entirety (and watch St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman play the bagpipes). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/24/new-standards-holiday-show-2013?refid=0 Tue, 24 Dec 2013 10:00:00 -0600 Grammy winner Miguel stops by The Current studios Few people expected Miguel's song "Adorn" would be such a sleeper hit. But in 2012, it surpassed the one million mark in sales, as well as receiving a Grammy. That unexpected rise to the spotlight allowed Miguel to snag loads of year-end honors, including one of the best reviewed records of last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/16/miguel-live?refid=0 Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Mason Jennings, 'Always Been' For his 10th studio album, Mason Jennings enlisted the help of producer and guitarist Bo Ramsey to record a lush and nuanced roots record. The fuller sound is proof that Jennings' songwriting talents only continue to grow. Few would argue that this is his most mature-sounding record to date. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/09/album-review-mason-jennings-always-been?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2013 00:01:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Andrea Swensson, Blogger Blogger Andrea Swensson shares her top songs and albums of 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/05/top-89-andrea-swensson?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:41:40 -0600 Bob Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone' video will waste your entire afternoon Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" is getting its first official music video, nearly 50 years after the song was released. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2013/11/bob-dylans-like-a-rolling-stone-video-will-waste-your-entire-afternoon/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Dessa on her recent burglary, branding, and playing big stages Dessa has spent much of this year on the road in support of her new album, Parts of Speech. And along the way, she's also picked up some dramatic stories, some of which sound more like the lyrics in her songs than things that typically happen to touring indie artists. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2013/10/dessa-on-her-recent-burglary-branding-and-playing-big-stages/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:09:59 -0500 First Listen: Polica, 'Shulamith' Polica's slinky, otherworldly style of electro-pop mixes Channy Leaneagh's angelic voice with distorted, occasionally disturbing sound manipulations and harrowing dual drums. The band's second album pushes its sound forward in exciting, provocative ways. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/13/first-listen-polica-shulamith?refid=0 Sun, 13 Oct 2013 20:57:48 -0500 Prince throws an unforgettable Paisley party, hints at more next weekend Prince proved once again Saturday night that the best purple parties are the last-minute purple parties. He united his power trio 3rdEyeGirl and his sprawling NPG for a punchy, potent set that kept Paisley Park packed until 2:00 in the morning. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2013/10/princes-throws-an-unforgettable-paisley-party-hints-at-more-next-weekend/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Oct 2013 13:45:26 -0500 First Listen: Ginkgo - Manopause Fun, freeing and a little strange, Ginkgo's debut 'Manopause' is seriously good. Listen to the new project from Tapes 'n Tapes frontman Josh Grier in its entirety before its release September 3, 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/26/ginkgo-manopause-first-listen?refid=0 Mon, 26 Aug 2013 08:00:00 -0500 Downtown Mpls' Fine Line Music Cafe sold News broke this morning that the Fine Line Music Cafe has been sold to the newly branded Minneapolis Event Centers arm of entertainment company Entourage Events Group. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2013/07/fine-line-music-cafe-sold-what-does-it-mean-for-the-clubs-future/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jul 2013 11:49:22 -0500 Savages storm The Current studio Between their much-buzzed-about set at the Pitchfork Music Festival on Saturday and their sold-out show at the Triple Rock Social Club last night, excitement over Savages is at an all time high. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/22/savages-live-in-studio?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:00:20 -0500 Dylan,nostalgic at Midway, hails Bobby Vee With a train rolling behind the stage every 15 minutes and the pungent smell of oil and hot gravel clinging to the air, it was easy to see why Bob Dylan chose to return to St. Paul's Midway Stadium for his AmericanaramA tour. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2013/07/bob-dylan-pays-homage-to-bobby-vee-at-memorable-midway-stadium-show/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 08:37:24 -0500 The Suburbs' new album ends 27-year drought When they officially broke up in 1987, no one could have guessed that the Suburbs would be back together and making music almost three decades later. The band's members have been through a lot in that time; founding guitarist Bruce C. Allen passed away in 2009, and just two years later frontman Chan Poling lost his wife, Eleanor Mondale, to cancer. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2013/06/the-suburbs-announce-first-new-album-in-27-years-si-sauvage/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:46:48 -0500 Album Review: Dessa - Parts of Speech At this point in her career, Dessa has little left to prove. In Minnesota, she's achieved total media saturation. Nationally, her profile has steadily risen with vocal support from flagship critics like Robert Christgau and media outlets like <em>Elle Magazine</em> and <em>MTV</em>. And all signs point to <em>Parts of Speech</em> serving as her biggest push toward a mainstream audience yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/24/dessa-parts-of-speech-review?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0500 The Replacements will play first shows in 22 years this summer and fall It's official: After years of near-misses, teases, and tantalizing hints, the Replacements have just announced that they will, in fact, reunite to play at least three shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/12/the-replacements-will-play-first-shows-in-22-years-this-summer-and-fall?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0500 The Walker's Music & Movies series returns The Walker Art Center unveiled its Music & Movies 2013 lineup this afternoon, which will once again feature a handful of Minnesota acts warming up for free movie screenings Monday evenings in July and August. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2013/05/the-walkers-music-movies-series-returns-to-loring-park-july-29/?refid=0 Tue, 21 May 2013 14:49:13 -0500 Prominent Twin Cities concert promoter Sue McLean dies Sue McLean, a high-profile concert promoter in the Twin Cities and the largest independent female promoter in the world, died Friday today from cancer. She was 63. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2013/05/sue-mclean-passes-away/?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 20:59:16 -0500 First Listen: Har Mar Superstar - Bye Bye 17 Har Mar, who we know off stage as Owatonna, Minn. native Sean Tillmann, has long been regarded as a shrewd composer with an ear for pop melodies. Yet throughout his career, he has made a point of separating out his "serious" songwriting and publishing it under aliases like Sean Na Na, while devoting his Har Mar stage name to a much baudier, more flamboyant performance style. For the first time, <em>Bye Bye 17</em> finds Har Mar merging all sides of his persona into one unified front. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/17/har-mar-superstar-first-listen?refid=0 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:30:00 -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 The Current Sessions&reg;: Duluth indie veterans Low perform at the Fitzgerald Theater Low are minimalists in every sense of the word. Every note, every rise and fall in dynamic, every snippet of between-song banter is intentional, and measured. The Fitzgerald Theater was an ideal setting for the band's poignant show on Saturday, March 23. Enjoy audio from the event. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/03/low-at-the-fitz?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 14:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Low - The Invisible Way Low are celebrating a few landmarks with their latest album, <em>The Invisible Way</em>: It's the Duluth trio's 10th studio recording, and it marks their 20th anniversary as a band. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/18/album-review-low--the-invisible-way?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Anonymous Choir performs in The Current studios Dark Dark Dark's Nona Marie started her Anonymous Choir back in 2011, featuring a rotating cast of female musicians and close friends, some of which had never performed in a band before. The result is a gorgeous, stirring and stripped-down project focused solely on covers of their favorite musicians. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/08/anonymous-choir?refid=0 Sun, 10 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0600 MN at SXSW: An overview of the local presence at this year's festival One of the coolest things about attending SXSW as a Minnesotan is observing just how far and wide our hometown artists manage to spread out during the week. The music festival is an overwhelming sensory experience, with every last bar, restaurant, and street corner overflowing with artists hoping to be seen and heard, and each artists and promoters from our state attempt to break through the din with an array of Minnesota-centric showcases and a healthy roster of acts accepted into the festival as official showcasing acts. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2013/03/mn-at-sxsw-an-overview-of-the-local-presence-at-this-years-festival/#current?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 15:01:31 -0600 Prince playing six last-minute shows at the Dakota Jazz Club So that's why the Dakota Jazz Club's calendar has been conspicuously blank for the remainder of this week and weekend. The space has been rented out by none other than Prince. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2013/01/prince-playing-six-last-minute-shows-at-the-dakota-jazz-club/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 09:42:06 -0600 The 400 Bar may be gone, but its stories live on It's the bar where Golden Smog, Zuzu's Petals, and Semisonic all began, and where Dan Wilson first debuted his big hit "Closing Time." It's the bar where Bonnie Raitt hung out while in the Twin Cities to record her debut album. It's where First Ave stage manager Conrad Sverkerson kicked out his first rowdy patron. And it's where Peter Ostroushko was playing pool when he got the call to go play on Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2013/01/the-400-bar-oral-history/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2013 16:55:45 -0600 The 400 Bar may be gone, but its stories live on After decades of hosting live music, the West Bank institution has closed its doors and vacated its ancient two-story building on the corner of Cedar and Riverside Avenues. http://blog.thecurrent.org/2013/01/the-400-bar-oral-history/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:43:36 -0600 Photographer Adam DeGross captures the local underground scene in vivid, gritty detail This Saturday, photographer Adam DeGross will display his work in northeast Minneapolis at a party that will also celebrate the release of his first photo book, PAY ATTENTION. http://blog.thecurrent.org/post/2013/01/photographer-adam-degross-captures-local-underground-scene-vivid-gritty-detail?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jan 2013 12:36:59 -0600 Bob Dylan brings it back home for first Twin Cities show since 2008 For those who saw Bob Dylan perform in Rochester this past August, there were few surprises last night at the Xcel Energy Center as he played to a similarly sized crowd. http://blog.thecurrent.org/post/2012/11/bob-dylan-brings-it-back-home-first-twin-cities-show-2008?refid=0 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 11:40:00 -0600 Album Review: P.O.S. - We Don't Even Live Here "We Don't Even Live Here" is P.O.S.'s boldest release to date, and it's set to make an impact on a national scale with or without a tour to support it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/22/pos-we-dont-even-live-here-review?refid=0 Mon, 22 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Pissed Off Stef and the Street Preacher: Rhymesayers heavyweights dissect the politics on their new albums On a surface level, these two artists couldn't be more different. P.O.S. identifies as an atheist, while Ali is a practicing Muslim and a prominent figure at his mosque. P.O.S. makes unapologetically aggressive music that blends punk, rap, noise, and dance, while Ali draws from classic soul and gospel influences. And P.O.S. encourages destruction and hostility, while Ali preaches the importance of community and togetherness. http://blog.thecurrent.org/post/2012/10/pissed-stef-and-street-preacher-rhymesayers-heavyweights-dissect-politics-their-new?refid=0 Sun, 14 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Brother Ali - Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color Politically charged albums can sound preachy if handled clumsily, but Brother Ali's relaxed and conversational cadence showcases his personal approach to sociopolitics and his skill for presenting intellectual ideas in a universal language. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/17/review-brother-ali-mourning-in-america?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 The Cactus Blossoms perform at the Minnesota State Fair The Cactus Blossoms sat down with Mary Lucia for a chat and performed for the fans at the Minnesota Public Radio booth. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/30/cactus-blossoms-state-fair?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Bob Dylan returns to Minnesota for a night heavy on the hits Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour has taken four years to steer its way back into his home state, and Minnesota's most famous expat seemed pleased to be back last night as he played for 7,000 fans in Rochester. http://blog.thecurrent.org/post/2012/08/bob-dylan-returns-minnesota-night-heavy-hits?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:35:16 -0500 On Debussy's 150th birthday, the spirit of his 'Clair de Lune' lives on Local Current blogger Andrea Swensson ruminates on Claude Debussy's impact in popular culture. http://blog.thecurrent.org/post/2012/08/debussys-150th-birthday-spirit-his-clair-de-lune-lives?refid=0 Mon, 20 Aug 2012 12:00:00 -0500 SoundTown pulls the plug on 2012 installment We have just learned that SoundTown, which was slated to take place July 26-28 at Somerset Amphitheater, has been cancelled. http://blog.thecurrent.org/post/2012/07/soundtown-pulls-plug-2012-installment?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:04:16 -0500 Album Review: Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel... It's been seven years since Fiona Apple's last album, but a long pause between releases is business as usual for Apple, whose methodical approach to writing music has resulted in a stunning catalog of songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/29/cd-of-the-week-fiona-apple?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0500 The Murder of Crows' Gaelynn Lea reflects on working with Alan Sparhawk In a new project Low's Alan Sparhawk takes sidecar and gives violinist Gaelynn Lea center stage, laying down sparse electric guitar ambiance under her harrowing, sorrowful violin. http://blog.thecurrent.org/post/2012/06/murder-crows-gaelynn-lea-reflects-working-alan-sparhawk?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2012 16:30:12 -0500 Duluth's Homegrown showcases a talented, tight-knit music community Given the pool of talent in Duluth's music scene and Trampled by Turtles' recent upswing on the national scene, it seems like the time to pay attention to artists from Duluth is now. http://blog.thecurrent.org/post/2012/05/happy-homegrown-duluths-annual-music-festival-showcases-talented-tight-knit-community?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2012 10:24:16 -0500 L'Assassins performs in The Current studios L'Assassins have been playing together for over two years, but they may seem new to local music fans since L'Assassins wasn't always their name. In fact, the quartet performed without a title for months before settling on something that fit their aesthetic and style. They've found their identity and are rising fast: L'Assassins will be playing the inaugural Girls Got Rhythm Fest in early May. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/20/lassassins-live?refid=0 Sun, 29 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500