M. Ward

M. Ward performs in our studio


M. Ward joined Mark Wheat in the Current studios to perform songs from his latest album, Transistor Radio. It's a concept album of sorts that addresses the conglomerization of commercial radio.

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Phoenix perform in studio


Thomas and Christian from French group Phoenix drop by the Current Studios to chat with Mary Lucia and perform acoustic versions of their songs.

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Jeff Hanson

Jeff Hanson performs in studio


Milwaukee, Wisconsin-native Jeff Hanson has been playing in a band since the age of 13, but it is only recently that he has gone the solo route. He joined Mark Wheat in the Current studios to talk about his decision to go solo and perform songs from his latest self-titled album.

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Joseph Arthur performs in studio


Hailing from the same city as the likes of the Black Keys, Akron, Ohio-based singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to perform songs from his latest release, "Come to Where I'm From."

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The Hold Steady

Hold Steady performs in studio


They may call New York City their home now, but their the sights and sounds of their hometown of Minneapolis. The group joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to perform and discuss life in the big city.

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Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings perform in studio


Having been born in Augusta, Georgia, the same town as the legendary James Brown, it should be no suprise that she's known to many as the "Queen of Funk." Sharon Jones brought the Daptones Record house band, the Dap Kings, into the Current studios to perform two songs.

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Pink to sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl in Minneapolis


For obvious reasons, purple is the color most closely associated with music in Minneapolis — but an artist associated with another bright hue is coming to U.S. Bank Stadium to sing the National Anthem at this year’s Super Bowl. This morning, the NFL announced that pop star Pink will do the pre-kickoff honors. The game…

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The Current Sessions®

Preservation Hall Jazz band perform a spirited #MicroShow at the Dakota Jazz Club

Preservation Hall Jazz Band MicroShow at the Dakota

Performing a MicroShow in Minneapolis carried with it a bit of history for the legendary New Orleans jazz outfit. 'The first time that the Preservation Hall Jazz Band ever played a show outside of New Orleans was here in Minneapolis in 1963,' bandleader and bassist Ben Jaffe told the audience before the group launched into a grooving, journeying three-number set.

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The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio

The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio

After a 24-year hiatus, the Dream Syndicate reunited in 2012 and realized they sounded like a new band. 'We were enjoying it and we figured, well, rather than keep playing the oldies circuit, let's make a new record,' says front man Steve Wynn. The resulting record is 'How Did I Find Myself Here?', and the Dream Syndicate recently found themselves in The Current studio for a session hosted by Jim McGuinn.

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The Rural Alberta Advantage wrap up their U.S. tour on Oake & Riley in the Morning

The Rural Alberta Advantage perform in The Current studio

The Rural Alberta Advantage wrapped up a massive tour with a show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, followed by a visit to Oake and Riley in the Morning before jetting back to Toronto. 'We always enjoy coming back to Minneapolis,' says front man Nils Edenloff. 'It was really good. It was probably the best way to kind of end our U.S. tour.' Hear more from the band as they look back on their tour and play songs from their latest album, 'The Wild.'

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Grizzly Bear perform in The Current studio

Grizzly Bear perform in The Current studio

Grizzly Bear's new album, 'Painted Ruins,' is their first in five years, and they've been busy touring in support of it. In town for a show at the Palace Theatre, Grizzly Bear stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mark Wheat.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Irish musicians

Singer Dolores O'Riordan of the Cranberries.

Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries passed away suddenly yesterday at the age of 46. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from Irish musicians?

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