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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Aimee Mann in-studio appearance


Aimee Mann, lead singer of the influential band Til Tuesday, is currently touring in support of her newest solo album "The Forgotten Arm." Aimee took some time before heading to her next tour stop to speak with The Current's Steve Seel.

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Night Moves perform in The Current studio

Night Moves perform in The Current studio

'Can You Really Find Me' is Night Moves' third album on the Domino Recording Company label. 'We've kind of figured out the rhythm of working on a label and with a team of people,' says Night Moves frontman John Pelant. Night Moves visited The Current studio for a session hosted by Andrea Swensson ahead of their show Saturday night in the First Avenue Mainroom.

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The Current Rewind

Playlist: Aar Maanta Youtube hits


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: Artists that have curated festivals

Lollapalooza 2015

Today in 1991, the very first Lollapalooza debuted. Originally dreamed up by Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell as a farewell tour, the touring festival ran annually until 1997, and was revived in 2003. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what artists and bands do you want to hear that have curated their own festivals?

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