I have to be honest about something. I have a bit of a crush on The Current. I mean, come on… hilarious antics and stellar music, what could be better during your commute? It’s hard to believe that the station that has brought so much to this community has only been around for 14 years. But what a glorious 14 years it has been. With hosts such as Brian Oake, Mary Lucia, Sean McPherson or Mark Wheat, The Current has been a staple of the music scene and with that, they deserve a killer birthday bash, and that is exactly what they got this past Friday and Saturday at First Avenue. The place was packed, showing the love and appreciation for our beloved radio broadcast.
Opening the evening on Friday night was Scrunchies, a punk rock and grunge band based in Minneapolis. Their debut album, Stunner, released this past summer and is definitely worthy of checking out. These girls know how to rock and they have serious skill. Be sure to keep an eye out for them as they are sure to do more and more awesome things.“Casanova”, was a hit of the evening and set the perfect mood for a birthday bash! “Midway”, which was released on their album, Psychic Reader. Bad Bad Hats have to be one of my favorite Minneapolis-based bands, partly due to their relatability, but also because the music is so damn good. Please, please, please check their music out and support them. It’s bands like this that keep music going in the right direction. “Hey Muse”, “Turn The Radio On” and “When We Were Young”. These guys are so versatile in their playing, which can be a rare thing these days. It is clear that they have been around the block as their crowd-interaction was awesome and boy, does Minneapolis love them.