Alice Merton, 'Mint'

Album of the Week: Alice Merton, 'Mint'


'Mint' is an album of great songs and songwriting without trying to be anything more than what you already expect. Alice Merton is the indie pop trendsetter of 2019 and sets the tone for those to follow.

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Friday Five: Maria Isa, Genital Panic, and more new Minnesota music videos


We made it through the holidays, and I’m a little worried I didn’t savor them while they lasted. But that could be withdrawal speaking. I enjoyed Hanukkah parties early on; survived a Christmas intensive; and delighted in the turn of the new year. Now I’m stuck on the dream to travel somewhere, back to Spain…

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Remember when Prince ruled Coachella (and controversially covered Radiohead) in 2008?


Earlier today, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival announced its lineup for 2019. The bill includes headliners Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, and Ariana Grande, as well as acts like Janelle Monáe, Weezer, Maggie Rogers, and former Minnesota resident Lizzo. While the internet is in a frenzy over this year’s Coachella performers, we thought we’d…

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Aaron Aye

Aaron Aye is poised to make waves nationally


Although hip-hop artist Aaron Aye is barely legal to drink, he has already lived a lot of life. Originally from Minneapolis, Aye is now working in Los Angeles, where he looks poised on the brink of making a splash on a national scale. Aaron Aye spoke to The Message hosts Sean McPherson and Sanni Brown about his life and his career so far.

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Coffee Break: Married duos


'Captain' Daryl Dragon of Captain & Tennille fame has passed away at the age of 76. This morning we played "Muskrat Love" for Vinyl Tap, but we'd like to get more into this topic today at 9:30. So for today's Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from married duos?

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The Current Sessions®

Larkin Poe perform in The Current studio

Larkin Poe perform in The Current studio

Sisters Megan and Rebecca Lovell are the nucleus of Larkin Poe. They perform powerful songs with a rootsy Southern underpinning. Their latest album, 'Venom & Faith,' was released on Nov. 9, 2018, and was self-produced. Larkin Poe stopped at The Current to talk about their songwriting process and to perform a couple tracks from the album, as well as one of their favorite Lead Belly tunes.

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Kurt Vile performs a solo acoustic set at The Current

Kurt Vile performs in The Current studio

Ahead of a show with his band the Violators in the First Avenue Mainroom, Kurt Vile stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mary Lucia. Vile played solo acoustic versions of a couple songs from his latest album, 'Bottle It In,' and one from his 2011 release, 'Smoke Ring for My Halo.'

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John Grant performs in The Current studio

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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Coffee Break: Songs your dad hates

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In 1987, Jill Riley's childhood home was filled with the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, and her dad thus retreated to the garage for about a year. Whether it's punk rock, novelty soundtracks, kiddie bop, or screamo, surely we all played something that irked our dads. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that your dad hated?

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