Barb Abney

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Review: Pizza Luce Block Party 2014

    Pizza Luce Block Party Saturday, August 9, 2014 It's telling that more than one artist at the Pizza Luce Block Party shared jokes about stumbling in for a slice in the midst of a late-night bender. Pizza is the fuel that keeps America partying, and Luce is an oasis for wayward revelers in a town th ... More >>

  • Music

    January 22, 2014

    89.3 the Current: An oral history

    DJs, local artists, and the music community muse about what makes the radio station so revolutionary

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Sean Anonymous: Rapping for people is my favorite thing to do in life

    Minneapolis rapper Sean Anonymous is living proof that getting older is akin with getting better. Now in its seventh year, Sean's annual birthday show is getting a massive upgrade to the First Avenue mainroom. Also part of Saturday's festivities will be the release of a new 7-inch, "Cold Shoulder" w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Caravan du Nord announces 2013 music lineup and locations

    The Caravan du Nord tour plays such a wonderful, vital role in spreading the musical talents of Minnesota artists to all corners of our state. The music lineup and locations for the Minnesota Music Coalition's 3rd annual tour have just been announced, and once again a litany of gifted local acts wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    MN Music on-a-Stick at the Minnesota State Fair, 8/30/13

    MN Music-on-a-Stick With Trampled by Turtles, The Suburbs, Mason Jennings, P.O.S, and The Chalice Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, St. Paul Friday, August 30, 2013 At their second annual State Fair Grandstand showcase, MN Music on-a-Stick, 89.3 the Current brought a six-hour slate of acts that cov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Pizza Lucé Block Party with Motion City Soundtrack, 8/10/13

    Motion City Soundtrack w/After the Burial, Bloodnstuff, Haphduzn, Frankie Lee, and Sean Anonymous Pizza Lucé Downtown, Minneapolis Saturday, August 10, 2013 After going on hiatus last year, the 10th annual Pizza Lucé Block Party returned last night with to celebrate 20 years of Pizza Lucé. The d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Who's the Nate Silver of Picked to Click 2012?

    Many among us have heard the name Nate Silver a lot in recent weeks leading up to the U.S. Presidential Election. He's the number-cruncher who very closely predicted which state's Electoral College votes would go for Barack Obama and which would end up in Mitt Romney's paws. Googling "Nate Silver ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Celebrate Women in Music comes together at the Amsterdam

    ​Where would we be without women in music?  Specifically, where would we be without the women in the Twin Cities music scene?  On Wednesday, the Amsterdam Bar and Hall will be hosting Celebrate Women in Music, an event that aims to shed light on the hard work and talent of some of the mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Picked to Click 2011: The ballots

    ​​As is the yearly tradition, we're publishing the ballots of all 115 of our Picked to Click voters for your perusal. Check out all of this year's contributors below, and thanks to all the writers, photographers, label owners, club bookers, DJs, and local music experts for weighing in on th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    The Current's 6th Birthday Party at First Avenue, 01/21/11

    Photos by Stacy SchwartzThe Current's Jim McGuinn with Mayor RT Rybak​The Current's 6th Birthday Party (Featuring Free Energy, Brother Ali, Jeremy Messersmith, Roma di Luna, and Trampled By Turtles)January 21, 2011First AvenueThe Current has had such an impact on the local music scene in its six s ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 22, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    MPR Listener Appreciation Party with Peter Wolf Crier, S. Carey, Midwest Standard Time at the Varsity, 12/7/10

    Photos by Cindal Lee Heart​In true Minnesota fashion, the temperature was in the single digits and no one seemed to care. The MPR Listener Appreciation Party was exceptionally appreciative last night at the Varsity, giving out goodie bags full of CDs, coupons, passes, and other surprises to every ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 19, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    The Current prepping all-local playlist for Saturday

    ​The Current is preparing for a 24-block of all-local music this Saturday, May 15 from midnight to midnight, which they are dubbing "Minnesota Music Day." The station will present three separate specialty shows with all-local programming in addition to inviting hosts Bill DeVille, Mac Wilson, Stev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Phoenix announce local date

    ​Barb Abney of the Current just announced a new local date for French pop band Phoenix. The quartet will bring their dance jams to a seated theater this time around, performing at the State Theatre in Minneapolis on Thursday, August 12. Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon, and will cost $37.50. Th ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 20, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    The Current's Barb Abney shares her Solid Gold stories

    The daytime DJ shares her thoughts on our cover subjects.

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    Gimme News Weekly Wrap-Up: March 20-26

    New Kristoff Krane and Black Blondie on the way, P.O.S. covers Pearl Jam, Metallica to play Target Center & next week's best new releases.

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    Kristoff Krane announces two forthcoming digital EPs

    The critically-acclaimed MC will release a solo EP and another with his full group, Abzorbr, in late April.

  • Calendar

    January 21, 2009