The Current has taken great strides in recent years to expand its coverage of Minnesota artists, especially since the launch of the 24-hour-a-day online station Local Current. And while the audio stream is a wonderful resource for those looking to dip their toes into our robust local scene, it’s a challenge to delve deeper into the individual acts and tell a larger story about what’s happening today in such a linear format.
Enter the Local Current Blog: Your new must-read Minnesota music resource.
Here, you’ll find a mix of in-depth features, concert reviews, and interviews with local artists, news pieces and essays about our community, and all the latest videos and tracks from emerging acts. It’s not just an extension of the existing services offered by the Current, it’s an entirely new venture — and I’m excited to see where we can go when we marry the powerful resources of the station with my own passion for boots-on-the-ground coverage of the scene.
As for me, I’ve been writing about Minnesota music ever since I was old enough to get into clubs. For the past four years I’ve worked as the music editor of City Pages, a job I departed just last week to start this new gig, and before that I edited and contributed to the review site HowWasTheShow.com and helped found Reveille Magazine. A child of the internet age, I’ve always been intrigued by the seemingly endless possibilities of online media and how to transition existing forms of music coverage — magazines, newspapers, radio stations — to a more interactive sphere. Part of what I find so thrilling about this new endeavor is that we’re not sure quite how it will end up, and it’s something we will continue to evolve in the coming months as we figure out what’s working best for you.