Tales From The Tour: Three Minnesota musicians recount travels around the world

Travel can be enough of an adventure on personal vacations. But when you need to tour for a living, there’s even more at stake. Laughing while they remember language barriers and culture shock, three Minnesotan musicians share the ups and downs of life on the road. Sims In 2014, I played 10 shows in the […]

Dibs on Dylan: Can Minnesota claim credit for the success of Robert Zimmerman?

When Bob Dylan was announced as the winner of 2016’s Nobel Prize in Literature, Minnesotans rejoiced. The first rock star ever to win the Nobel, and he’s one of our own! Born and bred! Or…is he? Throwing cold water on the prairie party, many pointed out that Dylan was nowhere near the Gopher State when […]

Bon Iver to headline Rock the Garden in July 2017

Big news this morning for fans of the Walker Art Center and 89.3 The Current‘s annual outdoor concert, Rock the Garden. Not only does the concert return to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden as a one-day festival on July 22, 2017, but organizers announced Wednesday morning that they are bringing back an artist from the 2008 lineup […]

Trailblazers 2016

What’s the value of a brewery’s stance on mining? Why be concerned with obscure English apples? What’s so important about a chicken sandwich at a stadium? Why does it matter if a basketball team weighs in on current events? The answer to all those questions is the same: it makes a difference. There are people […]

Trailblazers 2016: Danielle Cusack

Rock ‘n’ roll has always been about youthful energy, but right now the Twin Cities music scene is having an especially youthful moment, with artists like Lexii Alijai blowing up on SoundCloud and an all-ages scene burgeoning at venues like the Garage. At the nexus of what’s next is 20-year-old Danielle Cusack: drummer, bassist, singer-songwriter, […]

Trailblazers 2016: 89.3 The Current

Minnesota Public Radio will celebrate 50 years on the airwaves in 2017. A lot has changed since the organization humbly began broadcasting a single classical music frequency out of Collegeville, Minnesota, in 1967. But one thing has remained constant: MPR’s forward-thinking focus on remaining an indispensable resource for Minnesotans of generations present and future. The […]

Remix Revolution: Talking reinvention & attention spans with Fraea and Paper Tiger

Remixes are everywhere these days. The attention a well-made remix might bring an artist is hard to overstate. Just ask Lilly Wood & The Prick, who saw their “Prayer In C” hit number one on dozens of 2014 charts after Robin Schulz remixed it, or Tove Lo, whose career arguably took off thanks to Hippie […]

Silver city sounds: Venues new and old are filling St. Paul with music

In the daytime, downtown St. Paul is a rush of suits and high heels, with coffee cups everywhere and fobs flapping in the breeze. The skyways fill up during lunchtime, as do street-level restaurants like Afro Deli and Black Dog. The professionals that populate St. Paul in the daytime have traditionally left the the city […]

Booked: How your favorite bands choose the venues they play

The process by which bands are booked into venues is, for the casual music fan, opaque. It may even be mystifying—especially if you just can’t understand why your favorite band is playing your least favorite venue. Booking, say local pros, is both a science and an art—and like the rest of the music industry, it’s […]

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Unlock your kid’s inner musician with summer music camps in the Twin Cities

When I was a teenager, I wanted to learn the drums. I would tap along to music on any surface available, read drumming blogs, and replay the breakdown of John Mellencamp’s “Jack & Diane” more times than I can remember. But my family couldn’t afford a kit and my grandparents wouldn’t pay for lessons the […]

The Current’s 893 Essential Albums

The Current realized a dream this year, which was to compile a definitive list of the 893 most essential albums of all time (according to nearly 8,000 listeners, readers, and members of The Current). The “893 Essential Albums” were broadcast during the spring member drive this past week, and are now available in full on their website. […]

The art of the mixtape

Even in the digital age, music fans cling to the retro joy of handmade mixtapes “It’s the exclusivity, the physical object, the artwork,” says Simon Brooks of Minneapolis record store Dead Media. “You can hold it. It degrades. It’s not like an MP3 that will last forever.” The rise of cassette tapes in the 1970s […]

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Win tickets to New Belgium & The Current’s Micro Show with Bob Mould

New Belgium Brewing Company and 89.3 The Current’s series of “Micro Shows” have seen the likes of Jack Garratt at the Weisman Art Museum, Frank Turner at the Turf Club, and more. The series returns to the Turf Club on April 21, this time with Bob Mould, who’s in the midst of promoting his most […]

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? […]

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 […]