Mark Mallman talks about ‘The Happiness Playlist’ in unhappy times


On The Current’s Morning Show, Jill Riley got in touch with Minnesota rock auteur and musical wellness advocate Mark Mallman to talk about the psychological and physiological benefits of listening to happy music. Jill Riley: We thought since we’re going to get into the Coffee Break and try to kick off a week with some…

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Dessa on staying connected to fans, the music community, and herself


As Minnesota prepared to shelter in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Morning Show host Jill Riley caught up with Dessa. Jill Riley: Calling in from, well, her apartment in Minneapolis, I’ve got Dessa on the line. Dessa, how are you doing? How are you feeling? Dessa: Hey, good morning Jill. I’m…

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Colin Meloy of The Decemberists: ‘Music is a balm’


Morning Show host, Jill Riley, has been spending a lot of time chatting on the phone with various musicians to see how they are holding up in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Riley had a chance to talk with Colin Meloy of the Decemberists about how he is coping, performing virtually via social media,…

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Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs on meditation and music: ‘Any perfectionists out there, you’re gonna need to get over that quick’


Throughout the last few weeks, the spread of the coronavirus has disrupted many lives, and has caused anxiety in just about everyone. Morning Show host Jill Riley checked in with Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs over the phone. Garbus discussed how she’s been processing her emotions through staying on a routine, practicing meditation, and being present…

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Friday Five: Dave Simonett, Vial, and more new Minnesota music videos


If you have a music video you’d like to be considered for an upcoming feature, send it my way at fridayfive@mpr.org! Dave Simonett: “By the Light of the Moon” Trampled by Turtles frontman Dave Simonett released his debut album under his own name, Red Tail, earlier this month. The serene tenderness of his song “By…

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Musicheads Essential Artist: Ani DiFranco


March is Women's History Month. To celebrate, each weekday this month we'll be spotlighting a different artist with special coverage on air and online. For Friday, March 27, we're shining a light on Ani DiFranco.

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The Current Sessions®

Live Virtual Session: Lissie

Lissie - Live Virtual Session

Singer-songwriter Lissie connects with Jill Riley to perform a live virtual session, and also to talk about the ways she's staying creative and connecting with her fans during this time of quarantine.

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Best Coast play songs from 'Always Tomorrow' live in The Current studio

Best Coast perform in The Current studio

After a three-year gap since their last release, Best Coast are back with a new album 'Always Tomorrow.' Frontperson Bethany Cosentino expounds on that hopeful title. ' I think the overall theme of the album is very much the idea that at times we can be our own worst enemies, and learning to get out of our way and let life happen,' she says. Listen to Best Coast's full session, recorded live in The Current studio.

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Wolf Parade perform a Microshow at Icehouse in Minneapolis

Wolf Parade Microshow at Icehouse

On Saturday, Feb. 15, Wolf Parade recorded what may have been the loudest Microshow to date as they played a live set at Icehouse in Minneapolis. The audience consisted of lucky winners who had entered for a chance to attend this intimate performance.

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Coffee Break: National Recording Registry additions

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Every year, 25 recordings are picked to be added to the National Recording Registry, founded in 2000 by the Library of Congress to showcase the breadth and depth of American sound. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that were added to the National Recording Registry this year?

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Today in Music History: Remembering Marvin Gaye


Marvin Gaye was born; The Beach Boys recorded a single that got around; Fleetwood Mac had a No. 1 album; Nirvana recorded in Wisconsin; Gnarls Barkley charted with downloads; and Edwin Starr passed away, Today in Music History.

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