Local Current Blog

December 15, 2017

Watch J.S. Ondara perform ‘Mother Christmas’ in a former monastery in Appleton, Wisconsin

Although the artist formerly known as Jay Smart, J.S. Ondara, has self-released a handful of home recordings via Soundcloud — notably, covers of HALEY’s “Kismet Kill” and Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” both of which received steady airplay on the Current — it wasn’t until this winter that he released his first official single, […]

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Friday Five: Maple & Beech, Drone Not Drones and more new Minnesota music videos

Maple & Beech, “Sugar Bugs” Prolific video artists Maple & Beech go to Tyler Tholl’s house to record “Sugar Bugs” from RUNDAWDAW. This arrangement, led by bass clarinet and QChord, displays a softer side of the electronic/pop duo’s output; “Though my hair caught on fire during filming (votive candles are beautiful but dangerous),” Tholl writes, “it was a […]

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