The Current and Call to Mind

Call to Mind is Minnesota Public Radio's initiative to foster new conversations about mental health. Check out this page for the latest ways your favorite musicians and the music industry are addressing the importance of mental well-being for everyone. For more wellness and mental health resources, go to CallToMindNow.org.

We're sharing tips for well-being, stories of artists who have experienced mental health conditions, and playing songs to empower and support you in caring for your own mental health. The Current is also highlighting the importance in taking time to talk about your mental well-being.

  • Mental and substance use disorders can affect anyone, from any background. Statistically, half of us will deal with a mental health condition at some point in our lives. One in five of us are coping with something every year.
  • If you or someone you know is living with a mental health condition, support is available. Up to 90 percent of people treated for a mental health condition experience a significant reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life.
  • Americans believe treatment works; more than two-thirds agree that treatment and support can help people with mental health issues lead quality lives. Fewer than one-in-five Americans say they would think less of a friend or relative in recovery.

More information about Mental Health Month and resources for your well-being can be found at CallToMindNow.org. Join the conversation on social with the hashtag #TimeToTalk.

Phone a friend: Musicians share how they're doing during coronavirus crisis


Jill Riley, host of The Current's Morning Show.

For the last couple of weeks on The Current's Morning Show we've been having our musician friends call in from their homes all across the country and beyond. It's been so nice to hear their voices and get some insight into what is happening in towns across the nation and what the lives of musicians look like right now.

How to support Minnesota musicians during the coronavirus crisis


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Album of the Week: Soccer Mommy, 'Color Theory'


Soccer Mommy, 'Color Theory'

'Color Theory' is a wide, uncanny valley of sound: an array of riffs, beats, melodies, and vibes that are deeply reminiscent of something you feel like you've heard before, but can't quite place.

Nashville's music community bands together for benefit concert


Nashville benefit concert artist collage

In the wake of the devastating tornado that ripped through Middle Tennessee, Nashville musicians and artists are rallying to provide relief to survivors. A benefit concert featuring Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Dan Auerbach, Yola and other luminaries will be held Monday, March 9 in Nashville.

Friday Five: Early Eyes, Poliça, and more new Minnesota music videos


To submit music videos for consideration — whether they’re your own, or just new Minnesota music videos you think are awesome — e-mail fridayfive@mpr.org. Early Eyes – “I’m Enough” Early Eyes started making waves in the Minneapolis music scene a few years ago, and they’ve carried that momentum all the way to signing with Epitaph…

Rex Orange County interview with Mac Wilson


Rex Orange County interview with Mac Wilson

Watch video of an interview Mac Wilson had with Alex O'Connor, aka Rex Orange County. O'Connor talks about being on tour, about mental health in the music industry, and about his latest album, 'Pony.'

15 years, 15 unforgettable Minnesota concerts


This month, The Current is celebrating 15 years on the air. Inspired by Corbin Reiff’s book Lighters in the Sky, Andrea Swensson and I challenged ourselves to think back on every year from 2005 to 2019 and name one essential concert you’d absolutely have to hit if you could go skipping back in a time machine.…