Erik Brandt and the Urban Hillbilly Quartet perform in the Radio Heartland studio

Erik Brandt and the Urban Hillbilly Quartet at Radio Heartland

By day, Erik Brandt teaches high school English. But when he's not in front of the class, he's often performing music -- either as a solo act, or with his band, The Urban Hillbilly Quartet. Back with their first recording of original music in a decade, Erik Brandt and the Urban Hillbilly Quartet stopped in to our studio to play some of the new tunes.

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Rock the Garden tickets on sale!

Rock the Garden 2018

Get tickets to see Feist, Kamasi Washington, P.O.S, Chastity Brown, Shame, Low Cut Connie, Nikki Lane and headliner Father John Misty on June 16, 2018.

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How to celebrate Prince this weekend in the Twin Cities


This weekend marks two years since we lost Prince — and Minnesota is coming together to celebrate his life and the legacy that he left behind. Here is a list of some of the Prince-related events happening this weekend. While you’re cruising around town, listen to our new stream Purple Current, which will be all-Prince…

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Prince symposium explores identity, Paisley staff memories on day 2


Prince took us to Uptown. He took us to church. And yesterday, he took us to school, drawing several dozen fans and scholars to the University of Minnesota for the second day of their “Prince from Minneapolis” symposium. After a breakfast of starfish (cookies) and coffee, attendees watched a handful of panels, many of which featured…

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The Chart Show

The Chart Show Hall of Fame


When a song stays on The Chart Show's chart for more than 10 weeks, we retire it from the poll and it enters the very prestigious Chart Show Hall of Fame.

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Download The Current app


Download The Current's app to hear a crisp, high-fidelity stream of our station (and our additional streams) wherever you go!

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Giveaways

The Current Sessions®

Margaret Glaspy performs in The Current studio

Margaret Glaspy in The Current studio

'Born Yesterday,' the new EP from Margaret Glaspy, was largely written while Glaspy was on tour. 'That's why it's only three songs!' Glaspy laughs. In town for a show at First Avenue, Glaspy, along with guitarist Julian Lage, stopped in The Current studio for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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Gang of Youths spread hope and joy in The Current studio

Gang of Youths perform in The Current studio

'I think the whole point of our career was to bring a sense of hope and joy to the circumstances that are devoid of it,' says Gang of Youths frontman David Le'aupepe. 'I think every artist has their purpose, and I think in Gang of Youths, we've sort of found ours.' The Sydney-based band recently visited The Current, where they played their uplifting and empowering songs.

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L.A. Salami performs in The Current studio

L.A. Salami performs in The Current studio

Is the artist L.A. Salami (whose full name is Lookman Adekunle Salami) a storyteller, a philosopher, a poet, or just a dude in a band? 'When arrogance possesses me, I would like to think of myself as one of those,' he says. 'It's whatever people make of it.' L.A. Salami visited The Current today to play three songs that showcase this music-making wordsmith.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Drummer singers

Levon Helm

Levon Helm, the drummer and one of the vocalists for The Band, passed away today in 2012. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what drummer singers do you want to hear?

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