Today’s Music News: Bob Dylan played a show for an audience of one person


On Sunday at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, Bob Dylan played a four-song show for an audience of just one person: Fredrik Wikingsson, a 41-year-old Swedish man described as a Dylan “superfan.” Wikingsson will just have a couple of weeks to savor his solo experience, though: the show, which apparently consisted entirely of covers, was filmed for […]

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Death from Above 1979

INTERVIEW: Death From Above 1979


Why did Death from Above 1979 call it quits in 2006? "Being in a band is not a natural state for a human person," is how Sebastien Grainger puts it. He and Jesse F. Keeler stopped by The Current to talk to Mary Lucia before their show tonight at First Avenue, a very big deal for a couple of Prince fans.

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St. Paul officially dedicates Dave Ray Avenue


A few dozen dedicated music lovers, most grey-haired, most smiling despite the 22-degree weather, huddled at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Berry Street—off University Avenue, near the Minneapolis border—just before 1:00 this afternoon. City Councilmember Russ Stark checked the time. “Someone from Public Works is supposed to be here to help us,” he said, “but […]

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9:30 Coffee Break: Easy


If you're lucky to be working only a three-day week this week, then admit it, you might not be planning to put in a whole lot of effort at your job over the next three days. So how about an 'easy' coffee break?

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Today’s Music News: Sting to join the cast of his struggling Broadway musical


Sting‘s Broadway musical The Last Ship cost $15 million to produce, and it’s been struggling to sell tickets—losing $75,000 a week since it opened on Sept. 29. In a big to attract audiences and attention to the foundering Ship, Sting himself will join the musical’s cast on Dec. 9. “I’ve been working on this show for five years […]

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The Current Sessions®

Charles Bradley performs in The Current studio

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Soul singer Charles Bradley sings not only from his heart, but from his entire being. Bradley, together with his band the Extraordinaires, bring their soulful tunes into The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson. 'Music is what's keeping the world together today,' Bradley says. 'We've got to make it right all over the land.'

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Spoon share tunes and thoughts from 'Hot Thoughts'

Spoon in The Current studio

In town for back-to-back sold-out shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel of Spoon wandered over to The Current for a session hosted by Brian Oake and Jill Riley. Daniel and Fischel played stripped-down versions of songs from 'Hot Thoughts' and from 2014's 'They Want My Soul,' and Daniel talked about what has made Spoon such an enduring band.

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J. Roddy Walston & the Business play songs from their forthcoming album

J. Roddy Walston & The Business in studio

It's been four years since J. Roddy Walston and the Business released their last album, but on Sept. 29, they'll release their fourth studio album, 'Destroyers Of The Soft Life.' In town to play a show at First Avenue, J. Roddy Walston and the Business stopped at The Current to play songs from the forthcoming record, in a session hosted by Mark Wheat.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Soul singers gone too soon

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Over the weekend, funk, soul and R&B singer Charles Bradley died of liver cancer at age 68. Issuing his debut album only at age 62, he was taken all too soon. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what soul singers do you want to hear who were gone too soon?

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John Doe and Exene Cervenka

Theft of the Dial: Exene Cervenka and John Doe


Currently enjoying a 40th anniversary tour with their groundbreaking and iconic punk-rock band, X, Exene Cervenka and John Doe stopped at The Current to take control of the airwaves on a Theft of the Dial. Cervenka and Doe spin tracks by some of their favorite artists and share a few stories along the way.

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