Beck, 'Colors'

Album of the Week: Beck, 'Colors'


If Beck's goal was a collection of danceable, accessible pop songs, it only really takes one listen of 'Colors' to hear that he succeeded. The songs are layered, complex, but have strong hooks and a polished production.

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Peek inside early-1990s Paisley Park in two rare videos


Two recently surfaced videos offer a rare look inside Paisley Park circa the early 1990s. Michael Williams, then a VJ on the Canadian TV channel MuchMusic, visited the studio in 1992 — wearing a very 1992 sweater — to shoot an episode of his show Soul in the City. He knew he was at Prince’s…

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Minneapolis post-punks Arcwelder on the 7th St Entry, Grant Hart


Music history is full of surprises. A couple of weeks ago, I was digging through the Minnesota Historical Society’s archive of First Avenue/7th St Entry shows. Along with well-known acts like the Replacements and the Jayhawks, one unfamiliar band name kept popping out at me: Arcwelder (née Tiltawhirl), who’ve played at least 29 shows at…

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Friday Five: Shredders, William Within, and more new Minnesota music videos


Shredders, “Flipping Cars” The boys are back with another mind-bending music video. Shredders‘ debut album, Dangerous Jumps, comes out Nov. 3. William Within, “Amuse Me” William Within‘s next and final show will take place on Sunday at the Triple Rock. If you need encouragement to go see this underrated local band, watch dance trio Kelvin Wailey…

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Iron & Wine perform in The Current's studio

Iron & Wine visit The Current's studios

Iron & Wine released their sixth album of new material, Beast Epic, on August 25, 2017. Here's songwriter/lead vocalist Sam Beam and a full band playing "Call It Dreaming," "About A Bruise," and "Thomas County Law" in The Current's studio.

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#MicroShow: Josh Ritter showcases songs from 'Gathering'

Josh Ritter MicroShow

On Sept. 23, 2017, a select group of The Current's listeners were treated to a #MicroShow with Josh Ritter, who performed at the Clown Lounge within the Turf Club in St. Paul. Ritter performed a number of songs from his latest album, 'Gathering,' which was released just one day before this MicroShow was recorded.

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Hear three new songs from Anderson East

Anderson East performs in The Current studio

Anderson East and his band are touring the country, road-testing some recent singles from a not-yet-announced album. Traveling up through the Twin Cities between gigs in Madison, Wis., and the Wisconsin Dells, Anderson East and his band spoke with Mac Wilson and played some of the songs they've been woodshedding.

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Broken Social Scene share big songs and a positive message


After releasing 'Hug of Thunder,' their first album in seven years, Broken Social Scene stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mary Lucia. 'It felt like a very good time to come back with our unity vibe and with our friendship vibe,' says the band's Kevin Drew.

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Coffee Break: Little blanks

Little Richard

Today in 1951, eighteen-year-old Richard Penniman, a.k.a. Little Richard, made his first recordings at a studio in Atlanta. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that have "Little" in the title or chorus?

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Today in Music History: CBGB closes its doors


The legendary CBGB closed its doors; Little Richard made his first recordings for RCA; Sam Cooke's greatest hit was released; Grace Slick joined the Jefferson Airplane; CCR called it quits; and Bob Mould was born in Malone, N.Y., 55 years ago Today in Music History.

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