OMD versus Pet Shop Boys

New Synth Song Select with DJ Jake Rudh: Pet Shop Boys or OMD?


Transmission is not only a defender of synth, but a preserver. That is why I come before you today wearing a DEVO energy dome and a TRON jumpsuit asking for your assistance to make a stand for the synth. You're first act of allegiance? Deciding which of these new tracks by classic alternative artists (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark or the Pet Shop Boys) you feel deserves more airtime on Transmission.

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Split personality

9:30 Coffee Break: Split Personality


Thanks for the suggestion Kevin. How about putting together a list of songs with split personalities? Give us your suggestions for songs that switch at some point to sound like a completely different song.

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The National

The National perform an intimate show live in the UBS Forum

Matt Berninger

Ahead of last Tuesday's generous 23-song set at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, The National stopped by to play songs off their latest record Trouble Will Find Me in Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum. Between songs, frontman Matt Berninger talked to The Current's Mary Lucia about songwriting, skinny jeans, fatherhood and his brother's suddenly skyrocketing film career.

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Interview: Scott Devendorf of The National

Scott Devendorf

Ahead of headlining Rock the Garden on June 29, Scott Devendorf, bass-player for The National, sat down with The Current's music director David Safar to talk about the band's latest release, I Am Easy to Find.

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Music on TV this week: Mavis Staples; The National; Hozier; Anderson .Paak

Mavis Staples performs with Ben Harper on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

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 to plan your TV viewing around music.

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The Current Sessions®

The Current Rewind

Playlist: Aar Maanta Youtube hits

Still from Aar Maanta's music video

YouTube has become an indispensable tool for Somali artists to share their music and create an online community. To give you a sense of the music and stories that exist on London-based Somali musician Aar Maanta's channel, we put together a list of some of the singer-songwriter's videos.

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The Current Rewind

The Current Rewind: Aan WadaMidnimayno Minnesota


Ask most casual Minnesota music fans about the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis, and they'll probably tell you about the folk and blues hippie scene of the '60s and '70s. These days, the West Bank is home to a thriving Somali population, and several Somali-Minnesotans are famous throughout the diaspora for their own music and poetry. In this episode, we learn about music and community from our Somali neighbors.

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Businesses on Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis.

Photos: A tour of Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood


With venues like the Cedar Cultural Center, Palmer's Bar, and Mixed Blood Theatre, Minneapolis' West Bank has become a hub for Somali music and culture. Cedar-Riverside resident and KFAI radio host Abdirizak Bihi takes us for a tour of his neighborhood, which he calls "Little Mogadishu."

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Productivity

Jack White performs at the Armory in Minneapolis

June 20 is World Productivity Day, so for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from artists that get a LOT done? Whether we're talking about making music, helping out with production on other projects, running companies or clothing lines or nonprofits, we're looking for artists that spread themselves wide with productivity.

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