Between a heavy workload manning the boards at Flowers Studio, Ed Ackerson steers the punk and alt-rock group BNLX. The band has just put up its ninth EP, Flextime, and is geared for a live collaboration with Transmission DJ Jake Rudh later this month. Streaming below, Flextime features a 20-m ... More >>
Art-A-Whirl Marijuana Deathsquads, the Cactus Blossoms, BNLX, Dosh, Sun Gods to Gamma Rays, Hollow Boys, Crossing Guards, and From the Midwest Grumpy's NE, 331 Club, and Anchor Fish & Chips, MInneapolis Saturday, May 17, 2014 After spending much of the last few months trapped indoors, music and ... More >>
A coalition of members of the Minnesota hip-hop community have spoken out against a proposed event intended to be a celebration of the local scene. On Monday, an open letter to Minnesota Public Radio and Twin Cities Public Television was distributed requesting that the May 10 event be postponed. Upd ... More >>
The day's early hours can be make-or-break for radio. When sleepy commuters roll out of their beds and into their cars, many stations try to connect via a bawdy, prank phone-calling, zoo-style show. But at 89.3 the Current, The Morning Show co-hosts Steve Seel and Jill Riley have created a subtler m ... More >>
As we assembled this week's cover story, 89.3 the Current: An oral history, we quickly realized that one key piece of the radio station had a life of its own: Rock the Garden. The annual summer music festival started out in 1998 as a membership driver for the Walker Art Center, a kind of musical in ... More >>
DJs, local artists, and the music community muse about what makes the radio station so revolutionary
BNLXFest II With BNLX, Gloss, Blue Sky Blackout, Wiping Out Thousands, Fury Things, Frankie Teardrop, Two Harbors, Pink Mink, Flavor Crystals, and DJs Jake Rudh and Ricky Maymi Cause Spirits & Soundbar, Minneapolis November 15-16, 2013 Throughout the two fast-paced nights of BNLXFest II at Caus ... More >>
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 >>
Photos by Erik HessYoko Ono at SXSW 2011Today marks the 31st anniversary of the day the music world was devastated by the loss of John Lennon, and its a moment in history that has been honored very powerfully here in the Twin Cities thanks to Curtiss A's annual Lennon tribute night at First Avenu ... More >>
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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 >>
Photo by Jayme Halbritter for City PagesThe Current's program manager Jim McGuinnThough this won't come as a surprise to anyone who's seen a Current-sponsored show sell out in a heartflutter or watched them dominate the "indie" music scene in the Twin Cities, a recent report has shown that the st ... More >>
Less than a month after the Current launched its 24-hour stream Local Current, the station has announced that they will be broadcasting the new station on HD radio, making it more widely accessible than the initial web-only stream.
Photos by Stacy SchwartzThe Current's Jim McGuinn with Mayor RT RybakThe 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 >>
We had 108 local music scene peeps participate in this year's Picked to Click poll. Below, you can judge -- er, "peruse" the ballots of each and every one of our voters, along with descriptions of their contributions to the local scene. For more on Picked to Click, check out this year's issue, al ... More >>
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 >>
Mary Lucia, Mark Wheat, and Jim McGuinn sit down to reflect on how far the station has come in five short years.
How many local music fans will tune in to this year's Grammys?
A recap of Day Two at South by Southwest.
Prince signs on for Tonight Show residency, interview with Invincible, Mayda profiled & next week's best new releases.
Folks at 89.3 now bursting with enthusiasm
Crack open our Twin Cities Local Music Yearbook and reminisce on an effed-up year