Andrea Swensson

Andrea Swensson is a music reporter at Minnesota Public Radio's 89.3 The Current and the voice of the Local Current Blog. She has been covering Minnesota music actively since 2005. Prior to joining MPR she was the music editor of City Pages, where she founded the AAN AltWeekly Award-winning Gimme Noise music blog, and edited and contributed to online music sites Reveille Magazine and

You can hear Andrea on The Current every Friday at 11 a.m., when she checks in with Jade to talk about the Local Gig List, as well as on Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m., when Andrea joins David Campbell on The Local Show.

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Stories by Andrea Swensson

With just a piano and a microphone, Prince embraces a new kind of freedom

It wasn’t the wrenching version “Nothing Compares 2 U.” It wasn’t the gleeful sing-along to “Raspberry Beret,” or the Joni Mitchell cover, or the sheer thrill of hearing “Black Sweat” sung over swirling piano. No, the most surprising part of Prince’s “Piano and a Microphone” performance at Paisley Park wasn’t even a song at all — it was…