The P.O.S Position

Rapper P.O.S talks about existing in multiple realities at once, recovering from a major illness, and what it takes to write a nine-minute song that sums up three years’ worth of emotions without overdoing it What happens when your health issues take center stage, forcing you to reschedule tours, delay plans, rearrange your artistic desires? … [ Read more]

Music lineup for 2016 Rock the Garden revealed

The anticipation for fans of Rock the Garden, the annual summer concert presented by 89.3 The Current and Walker Art Center, is over. This year’s music lineup was announced Tuesday morning and it’s as stacked as ever. Due to construction at Walker Art Center, Rock the Garden 2016 will be a one-day affair on June 18 at … [ Read more]

So much energy in us: How Cloud Cult stays committed to the environment

Imagine you are a musician fronting a band, performing before thousands of fans, literally in the spotlight. It’s easy to imagine that performing on stage feels like being at the center of the universe. For Craig Minowa of Cloud Cult, though, it’s different. “In our backyard when I was growing up, there were a couple … [ Read more]

Disco in diapers: These Twin Cities kids Rock the Cradle

You might not know them personally, but you’ve seen them around town. Always front row at concerts like they own the place, dancing like nobody’s watching. Being waited on hand and foot by their entourage. Never paying for their own drinks. So over the whole scene that they’ll leave a concert before the band plays their hit … [ Read more]

It is officially the Year of Music in St. Paul

“Music is more than a series of notes—music is a pathway to a stronger, more vital community.” -St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman This morning, Mayor Coleman announced 2016 as the Year of Music in St. Paul. Tune into @TheCurrent this morning at 9 A.M. – I’ll be on talking about the Year of Music in … [ Read more]

Classical renegades: The genre-bending experimentation of Liquid Music

When you imagine a concert presented by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, you probably picture the classical pros playing Beethoven in their new concert hall at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Think again. Picture indie siren Zola Jesus and pianist Stephen Prutsman at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall. Picture rapper Serengeti collaborating with … [ Read more]

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Weekly Set List: Must-see concerts Jan. 21-23

Hopefully everyone survived the recent cold spell and braved the chill to get out to see a show. If you didn’t, this weekend has plenty of hot shows to entice you. The Current’s 11th Anniversary Party | First Avenue | Friday, January 22 and Saturday, January 23, 7pm both nights The Current is nearly a … [ Read more]

MPR’s The Current is launching in Duluth

The Current, Minnesota Public Radio’s station dedicated to the best new music and the music that inspired it, announced today that it will begin broadcasting in Duluth starting February 1, 2016. “Our listeners have told us for years they wanted The Current in Duluth,” said Patty Mester, MPR’s Duluth regional manager. “We are thrilled that … [ Read more]

Big changes in store for Rock the Garden 2016

Due to construction at the Walker Art Center (the Sculpture Garden is undergoing renovations and won’t reopen until summer 2017), The Current announced that this year’s Rock the Garden will be held Saturday, June 18, at Boom Island in Northeast Minneapolis. Another change, aside from going back to the one-day format, is that the 2016 Rock … [ Read more]

The Current’s Andrea Swensson on being a gatekeeper

It’s taken me a long time to get here, so I’ll do my best to keep my voice from shaking as I say this: My name is Andrea, and I’m a gatekeeper. That’s right. I keep the gates. I make the tastes. Sometimes I lord over people, shoving my opinions down their unsuspecting gullets. Sometimes … [ Read more]

The Current is throwing a birthday bash, and you’re invited

The Current is celebrating turning the corner of a new decade with a weekend filled with some of Minnesota’s hottest music on January 22 and 23 at First Avenue. Friday night’s lineup includes: Bones & Beeker Bad Bad Hats Mixed Blood Majority John Mark Nelson Low Saturday night’s lineup: Bruise Violet Gospel Machine Cactus Blossoms Gramma’s … [ Read more]

David Campbell leaves The Current

Jim McGuinn announced today that Local Show and Radio Free Current host David Campbell has resigned from 89.3 The Current. His resignation is effective immediately. Campbell has worked for the radio station since 2007. H/T The Current

Alan Sparhawk’s creative process and Low’s new album, ‘Ones and Sixes’

The line starts to crackle as soon as Alan Sparhawk picks up the phone. As he greets me from his home in Duluth, Minnesota, the Low frontman’s voice booms and sizzles, as if it’s bristling against the wires in the phone line and wrestling to break free. Although I could easily adjust the volume, I … [ Read more]

The sensational world of band riders (and the not so glamorous reality)

Last winter, student journalists at the University of Oklahoma couldn’t have guessed they were breaking a story that media around the world would find absolutely delicious—even though it was a story about guacamole. Specifically, the story was about the detailed (“we want it chunky”) guacamole recipe that Jack White and his crew required backstage for … [ Read more]

Jazz & Funk & Soul, Oh My!

After years of simmering on the backburner of the Twin Cities music scene, jazz-inspired funk bands are back—and they’re bigger, louder, and groovier than ever On a snowy day in late 1978, just a week before Thanksgiving, jazz saxophonist Morris Wilson staged a rally for working musicians on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. Fed up with … [ Read more]