Super Furry Animals: An unconventional pop paradigm


Gimmicks - even good ones - rarely have their desired effect on music fans. You wear a single sparkly glove, change your name to an unpronounceable symbol, study the Kabala, or travel with an entourage of Harajuku girls … and inevitably, your outlandish antics just end up as late-night monologue fodder. Musical purists know better: No self-respecting band would dress up in yeti costumes to perform, gatecrash British music festivals in a bright blue tank, or tether giant balloons shaped like diabolical bears outside their venues. No band with any hope of ongoing success would release a single with 52 repetitions of the "f" word, or record Paul McCartney chomping on some roughage for a "carrot and celery rhythm track." Except, of course, for Super Furry Animals.

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Trish Keenan

Broadcast perform in studio


Trish Keenan of the British duo Broadcast passed away Jan. 14 of complications from pneumonia. She battled the illness for two weeks in intensive care.

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Slug of Atmosphere

Atmosphere performs in studio


Slug of Atmosphere joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to perform songs from his latest album, You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having, that is once again putting Atmosphere and local hip hop label Rhymesayers at the forefront of the hip hop scene.

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M.I.A.

M.I.A. performs in studio


Maya Arulpragasam stopped by the Current studios to chat with Mark Wheat and perform her politically-inclined songs that blend elements of baile funk, dancehall, grime, and hip-hop.

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The National

The National perform in studio


It wasn't until they moved to New York City from Cincinatti that the members started playing together. The group joined Danny Sigelmann in the Current studios to perform and discuss life in a band with your brother.

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Whisper in the Noise perform in studio


Frontman West Thordson formed the group in 2002 and in that short time they've gone on to play the prestigious All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in England that was curated by Tortoise and Mogwai. They joined Steve Seel in the Current studios to perform their signature dark atmospheric songs from their latest release, "As the Bluebird Sings."

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Skeletons and the Girl-Faced Boys perform in studio


Skeletons is the monikor for NYC native Matt Mehlan and his various friends make up the Girl-Faced Boy. They're one of the few 'rock' bands on the electronic label Ghostly International, and that's using the term lightly.

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Giveaways

The Current Sessions®

Angelica Garcia performs in The Current studio

Angelica Garcia performs in The Current studio

When it comes to making music, Angelica Garcia describes herself as a bit of a recluse. Now touring in support of her album 'Medicine for Birds,' Garcia embraces the new experience of studio recording and of performing in front of people. 'It's been great, and it's really helped me grow as a person,' Garcia says. Listen to Angelica Garcia's recent in-studio session at The Current, hosted by Sean McPherson.

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The Suburbs follow their muse in The Current's studio

The Suburbs perform in The Current studio

Having released their latest album, 'Hey Muse,' the Suburbs just completed what frontman Chan Poling describes as 'a whirlwind tour of middle America,' playing shows in Milwaukee, Chicago, Kansas City and Des Moines. Now back on home turf and gearing up for their big album-release show at First Avenue on Friday, Aug. 4, the Suburbs stopped in The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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Chicano Batman embrace their inner superheroes

Chicano Batman perform in The Current studio

The word 'Chicano' has become a source of pride for many Latinos in the United States, including the members of Chicano Batman. 'Chicano Batman just means it's something that empowers yourself,' says frontman Bardo Martinez. 'It allows us to put on our uniform and get out there and be ourselves.' After playing a sold-out show at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Chicano Batman stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Rock the Garden 2017

Rock the Garden 2015

We're so excited for tomorrow that we can hardly focus on anything else. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from 2017 Rock the Garden artists?

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Rock the Garden