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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The Current: Music News

Music News: Grammy nominations make strides in representation

Brandi Carlile in concert at the State Theatre in Minneapolis.

After years of withering criticism over their lack of diversity, this year's Grammy nominations have gone some distance to close the gap. Kendrick Lamar leads nominees with eight nods, followed closely by Drake. Further, female nominees predominate in all four top categories. Also today, we pay tribute to the late Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks.

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John Grant performs in The Current studio


Michigan-born, Reykjavik-based musician John Grant is a fascinating individual even before he starts performing songs. Ahead of a show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis, Grant stopped at The Current studio to play songs and to engage in lively and thoughtful conversation with host Mac Wilson.

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Haley performs instrumentals from 'Pleasureland' in The Current studio

HALEY performs in The Current studio

Although Haley has composed instrumental music before, her 2018 release 'Pleasureland' is her first all-instrumental full-length. 'This was so much more satisfying when I wasn't trying to say something with words,' Haley says. 'It was how I felt and what I connected to.' Haley, along with Jeremy Ylvisaker, visited The Current studio to play music from 'Pleasureland.'

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JD McPherson and band pull up their 'Socks' in The Current studio

JD McPherson performs in The Current studio

Even though JD McPherson told himself he'd never do a Christmas album, a little holiday spirit changed his mind. McPherson and his band recently released 'Socks,' an album of 11 holiday originals. 'It still just hits me as the most ridiculous album title of all time!' McPherson laughs as he and his band stopped into The Current studio for a session hosted by Brian Oake and Jill Riley.

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William Prince performs in The Current studio

William Prince performs in The Current studio

Winnipeg-based singer-songwriter William Prince wants to write songs that stand the test of time. 'I'm in the business of writing hopefully good songs, [and] getting better,' he says. 'I think my best ones are to come yet.' William Prince recently visited The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: U.K. punk rock

The Buzzcocks

Pete Shelley, lead singer of the Buzzcocks, passed away yesterday. On Twitter, the band said he was "one of the U.K.'s most influential and prolific songwriters". So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what U.K. punk rock do you want to hear?

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