Super Furry Animals: An unconventional pop paradigm


Gimmicks - even good ones - rarely have their desired effect on music fans. You wear a single sparkly glove, change your name to an unpronounceable symbol, study the Kabala, or travel with an entourage of Harajuku girls … and inevitably, your outlandish antics just end up as late-night monologue fodder. Musical purists know better: No self-respecting band would dress up in yeti costumes to perform, gatecrash British music festivals in a bright blue tank, or tether giant balloons shaped like diabolical bears outside their venues. No band with any hope of ongoing success would release a single with 52 repetitions of the "f" word, or record Paul McCartney chomping on some roughage for a "carrot and celery rhythm track." Except, of course, for Super Furry Animals.

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Trish Keenan

Broadcast perform in studio


Trish Keenan of the British duo Broadcast passed away Jan. 14 of complications from pneumonia. She battled the illness for two weeks in intensive care.

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Slug of Atmosphere

Atmosphere performs in studio


Slug of Atmosphere joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to perform songs from his latest album, You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having, that is once again putting Atmosphere and local hip hop label Rhymesayers at the forefront of the hip hop scene.

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M.I.A.

M.I.A. performs in studio


Maya Arulpragasam stopped by the Current studios to chat with Mark Wheat and perform her politically-inclined songs that blend elements of baile funk, dancehall, grime, and hip-hop.

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The National

The National perform in studio


It wasn't until they moved to New York City from Cincinatti that the members started playing together. The group joined Danny Sigelmann in the Current studios to perform and discuss life in a band with your brother.

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Whisper in the Noise perform in studio


Frontman West Thordson formed the group in 2002 and in that short time they've gone on to play the prestigious All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in England that was curated by Tortoise and Mogwai. They joined Steve Seel in the Current studios to perform their signature dark atmospheric songs from their latest release, "As the Bluebird Sings."

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Skeletons and the Girl-Faced Boys perform in studio


Skeletons is the monikor for NYC native Matt Mehlan and his various friends make up the Girl-Faced Boy. They're one of the few 'rock' bands on the electronic label Ghostly International, and that's using the term lightly.

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Prince Essentials

23 Prince albums from 1995-2010 now available on streaming services

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As the result of a distribution deal with Sony, 23 Prince albums originally released from 1995 to 2010 are now available on major streaming services. Some were previously available on Tidal, but the widespread availability of these albums — some of which were originally released only to members of Prince’s NPG Music Club — will…

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The Current: Music News

Music News: 'Tis the season for Christmas album announcements

William Shatner's album 'Shatner Claus.'

The Monkees, Eric Clapton, and William Shatner (!) are among several artists who have announced new Christmas albums for this holiday season. Also, Spotify is letting artists directly upload music; KISS are calling it quits (again); Noah Cyrus is literally selling her tears; and Dickey Betts is in critical condition. For today's viral clip, we enjoy Topaz Jones's throwback 'Toothache' video.

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In about ten minutes a day, hosts Jay Gabler and Jade put music industry headlines in context, share breaking news about upcoming releases, and surprise listeners with strange-but-true stories. Entertaining, conversational, and informative, The Current Music News is an essential daily listen for fans of all genres of music to catch up on the news that matters about today’s most essential artists.

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The Current Sessions®

Leon Bridges plays solo acoustic songs at The Current

Leon Bridges: portraits at The Current

In town for two nights of shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Leon Bridges walked over to The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Jade. Performing solo and with an acoustic guitar, Bridges played a couple songs off his latest album, 'Good Thing.' Bridges also pulled back the curtain on his songwriting process.

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Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats perform a #MicroShow at the Turf Club

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats' MicroShow at the Turf Club

On Monday, Aug. 6, a select group of The Current's listeners were treated to a #MicroShow with Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, who performed at the Turf Club (capacity 350) in St. Paul. The band's generous set includes seven songs from their latest release, 'Tearing at the Seams,' plus a favorite from their breakout self-titled album from 2015.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Rain

Gustave Caillebotte - Paris Street; Rainy Day

It's been raining all week and the rain doesn't look like it's going to let up for another day or two, so for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what rain songs do you want to hear?

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