Local Current Blog

Al Church signs off as Local Current DJ in Residence

I’ve been to The Current several times in the past few years, whether for an in-studio session or to drop off a new project at the front desk in the hope that it gets to the right people and, if I’m lucky, on the air. This time, it was different. The studio doors were open […]

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Review: RONiiA join TV On The Radio at First Avenue

An opener’s task is not easy. To impress a crowd with unfamiliar material, trusting a crowd of strangers to open their ears your hard work—it seems like a formidable task. Therefore, it’s understandable when a night’s first set doesn’t catch fire. Last night found electronic/experimental trio RONiiA playing a pleasant but uninspiring set ahead of TV […]

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Today’s Music News: Taylor Goldsmith leads all-star Dylan tribute at Newport Folk Festival

Video has emerged of Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith leading an all-star group of musicians in a Bob Dylan tribute jam this past Sunday at the Newport Folk Festival on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Dylan famously “going electric” at the festival. Among those joining Goldsmith were Robyn Hitchcock, Hozier, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, and members of First Aid Kit and the Preservation […]

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Carroll share psychedelic gem ‘Alligator’ from upcoming debut album

Local indie-rockers Carroll premiered “Alligator,” the latest single from their self-titled debut album, last week on their label’s SoundCloud page. The moody party reflection “Alligator” comes more than a year after “Bad Water,” which the band released in May 2014. Both singles, as well as “Boxing Day,” will be on the self-titled debut, out Sept. 18 on Entertainment One Music—a […]

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Today’s Music News: Musicians around the world lash out at Minnesota dentist

You don’t often find Cher, Ariana Grande, MC Hammer, Ricky Martin, and Stryker all expressing similar views, but one man has united them: Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, who’s sparked cries of outrage from musicians among many others for his killing of an African lion named Cecil. (Billboard) can’t believe this man counted it as valor to lure #CecilTheLion out of his […]

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Suicide Commandos adopt a highway

You should never throw trash out your car window—but be especially careful along Hennepin County Road 16, where you might be creating extra work for some civic-minded punk rockers. Legendary local band the Suicide Commandos have adopted a 1.5-mile section of McGinty Road, which runs through Wayzata. On Facebook, frontman Chris Osgood has posted photos of […]

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