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A conversation with Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett is the rare performer who comes across almost exactly like she is in song when she gets off stage. She is witty, sensitive, self-aware, and self-deprecating, comfortable expressing even the most mundane thoughts and ideas right up next to her more profound epiphanies. On her debut full-length, Sometimes I Sit and Think and […]

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A California desert interview with Babes in Toyland

With a summer of big festival dates ahead of them—including a homecoming gig at Rock the Garden on June 21—the influential Minneapolis trio Babes in Toyland drove up into the hills of the California desert last month to play their first public show in 14 years. It was a small warm-up gig at an intimate and […]

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Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss on Lizzo and ‘A New Wave’ of empowerment

When Sleater-Kinney came through town to play a sold-out, searing Valentine’s Day show at First Avenue with their new tourmate, Lizzo, the band’s lead guitarist and co-vocalist Carrie Brownstein and drummer Janet Weiss were gracious enough to swing by the Current’s studios earlier in the day for an interview. The band’s ongoing tour and new album, No Cities to Love, […]

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Vocalist Molly Dean takes center stage with Moon and Pollution

“My goal as a human being is to live my life as an authentic person,” Molly Dean says, leaning back in her chair and contemplating her role in the electro-pop band Moon and Pollution. Dean has just spent the previous 45 minutes discussing her musical history, her approach to songwriting, and her appreciation of her […]

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Vaski: ‘The scene in the Twin Cities is magical’

At 24 years old, the electronic artist Vaski—born Alex Brouwer in Savage, Minn.—has already been around the world and back, touring on the strength of his accessible, frenetic, and bass-heavy dance music. Brouwer first caught the attention of the writhing masses when he was just 19, and quickly rose to the top of the heap of […]

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