The Chart Show

The Chart Show Ballot


Vote every week for your top five tracks (and enter our weekly ticket giveaway while you're at it), then tune in Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. CT to see if your favorites make the Chart Show, hosted by Mark Wheat!

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Aaron Espe

Aaron Espe performs in the Radio Heartland studio


Aaron Espe was born and raised in Roseau, Minn., but for the past six years, he's been making a living as a singer-songwriter in Nashville. Espe's latest album is 'Passages,' and after a recent Twin Cities gig, he stopped by to chat and play a few tunes in the Radio Heartland studio.

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Watch an elaborate ‘Purple Rain’ holiday lights tribute


In Minnesota, we honor and celebrate the life of Prince all year long — December included. This holiday season, Illinois’s Park Ridge Lights is also shining a purple light (actually, thousands of them) to raise money for a good cause. Each year for the past four years, homeowners Tom and Tina Grusecki have decked the outside…

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The Rural Alberta Advantage perform in The Current studio

The Rural Alberta Advantage wrap up their U.S. tour on Oake & Riley in the Morning


The Rural Alberta Advantage wrapped up a massive tour with a show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, followed by a visit to Oake and Riley in the Morning before jetting back to Toronto. 'We always enjoy coming back to Minneapolis,' says front man Nils Edenloff. 'It was really good. It was probably the best way to kind of end our U.S. tour.' Hear more from the band as they look back on their tour and play songs from their latest album, 'The Wild.'

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Top 89

Top 89 of 2017: Local Songs

Top 89 of 2017

Join us to celebrate 2017 in local music! As part of The Current's Top 89 polls, we invite you to help us determine the best local songs of the year.

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The Current Sessions®

The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio

The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio

After a 24-year hiatus, the Dream Syndicate reunited in 2012 and realized they sounded like a new band. 'We were enjoying it and we figured, well, rather than keep playing the oldies circuit, let's make a new record,' says front man Steve Wynn. The resulting record is 'How Did I Find Myself Here?', and the Dream Syndicate recently found themselves in The Current studio for a session hosted by Jim McGuinn.

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The Rural Alberta Advantage wrap up their U.S. tour on Oake & Riley in the Morning

The Rural Alberta Advantage perform in The Current studio

The Rural Alberta Advantage wrapped up a massive tour with a show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, followed by a visit to Oake and Riley in the Morning before jetting back to Toronto. 'We always enjoy coming back to Minneapolis,' says front man Nils Edenloff. 'It was really good. It was probably the best way to kind of end our U.S. tour.' Hear more from the band as they look back on their tour and play songs from their latest album, 'The Wild.'

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Grizzly Bear perform in The Current studio

Grizzly Bear perform in The Current studio

Grizzly Bear's new album, 'Painted Ruins,' is their first in five years, and they've been busy touring in support of it. In town for a show at the Palace Theatre, Grizzly Bear stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mark Wheat.

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Alex Lahey turns in a rocking set in The Current studio

Alex Lahey performs in The Current studio

Fresh off a lively show the night before at the 7th Street Entry, Alex Lahey came in early Sunday morning to The Current, where she and her bandmates turned out a rocking performance of tracks from her debut full-length album, 'I Love You Like a Brother.' Of the title track, Lahey says, 'I decided to pick three chords and pretend I was in the Ramones and give it a go!'

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Please Mr. Postman

Winter mailbox

Today in 1961, The Marvelettes went to No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Please Mr. Postman". And it's that time of year for mailboxes to fill up with holiday cards from friends and family. So for the Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention letters and mail?

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Today in Music History: The Jam played their last gig


The Jam played their last gig; Aretha Franklin made her New York stage debut; Elvis Presley started a 20-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. album chart with Blue Hawaii; R&B/pop singer Sam Cooke died; The Marvelettes went to No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Please Mr. Postman".

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