Dan Wilson on new album ‘Re-Covered,’ songwriting for Semisonic


Dan Wilson makes many things for many people. He fronts Semisonic, the Minnesota-based band that scored ’90s fandom with “Closing Time.” He has written songs with dozens of musicians, from edgy pop artists (Phantogram, K.Flay) to country greats (Dixie Chicks, Chris Stapleton) to mainstreamers whose albums your mom tracked down at Target (Adele, Taylor Swift). He’s a producer and a…

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3RDEYEGIRL guitarist Donna Grantis announces debut show with new band


Donna Grantis, well-known as a member of Prince’s band 3RDEYEGIRL, has announced a new project. The guitarist will be performing with her new local band for the first time with two shows on Aug. 4 at the Dakota Jazz Club. The group features JT Bates on drums, Bryan Nichols on keys, Cody McKinney on bass, and…

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Friday Five: The Cactus Blossoms, Nobody Kid, and more new Minnesota music videos


The Cactus Blossoms, “Mississippi” Fresh off their performance on Showtime’s new season of Twin Peaks, Minnesotan brothers the Cactus Blossoms float in the velvety, cold waters of the Mississippi. Directed by Sarah Jean Shervin. Nobody Kid, “First Transmission” Chris Koza’s new project Nobody Kid sees him exploring synthpop territory, prying bouncy hooks into truly clever songs. Kate Casanova, a…

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Joan Shelley performs at Radio Heartland

Joan Shelley performs in the Radio Heartland studio


If you're a fan of Joan Shelley, saying her new album is similar to her last one is a compliment. The main difference on the new one is Shelley got to work with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy as a producer. Joan Shelley stopped in the Radio Heartland studio to chat and to play a few songs from the new record.

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Roo Chute at Bonnaroo

Listen to Jade broadcasting live from Bonnaroo


From June 8 to 10, The Current's Jade will be broadcasting live from the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., about 60 miles southeast of Nashville. Artists in the lineup include Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Chance the Rapper, Car Seat Headrest, Margo Price, Future Islands and more. Check out Jade's broadcast schedule from Bonnaroo.

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H2: An End Of An Era (Part 2 of 3)


The Current's specialty hip-hop program, H2, will air its final program on Wednesday, June 21. H2 Co-Host Kevin Beacham shares the second of three posts, looking back on his life in music and in radio, as the program counts down to its sunset. We're also asking for your ideas about future hip-hop programming.

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Tyka Nelson releases song, video dedicated to her brother Prince


After teasing a “big surprise” and sharing many never-before-seen family photos on her social media accounts, Tyka Nelson is marking the 59th anniversary of the birth of her brother, Prince Rogers Nelson, today by releasing a new song and video in tribute to him. Titled “End of the Road,” the song takes the listener through…

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The Current Sessions®

Pokey LaFarge takes his St. Louis-made album on the road

Pokey LaFarge performs in The Current studio

After spending most of 2016 in or near his hometown of St. Louis, Mo., Pokey LaFarge is now touring in support of his new album, 'Manic Revelations.' Before his first-ever show in the First Avenue Mainroom, LaFarge visited The Current for a live in-studio session hosted by Jade.

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Coffee Break: What Pride means to you

The rainbow flag made its way down Hennepin Ave.

We're gearing up for a weekend of Pride activities including special programming from Mac Wilson and DJ Shannon Blowtorch, The Beer Dabbler, En Vogue in Loring Park, and the annual pride parade. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that exemplify what Pride means to you?

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