Andrea Swensson

Andrea Swensson is a host and writer at Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current, where she helms The Local Show, a weekly show dedicated to exploring the Minnesota music scene, and the O.K. Show podcast, which investigates the intersection between music and wellness.

Andrea 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 HowWasTheShow.com.

You can hear Andrea when she hosts The Current’s Local Show every Sunday night from 6 to 8 p.m.

Stories

Prince: The Story of 1999 bonus feature: Fred Armisen, 'I could talk about Prince endlessly'

Actor, comedian and musician Fred Armisen ('Saturday Night Live'; 'Portlandia'; 'Late Night with Seth Meyers') discovered Prince shortly after the release of '1999.' In a conversation with Andrea Swensson, Armisen talks about how he first heard Prince and became a fan for life. 'Prince really became my favorite artist,' Armisen says. 'I really soaked up every lyric, every little drumbeat, everything about him.' Listen to Andrea's full conversation with Fred Armisen.

Prince: The Story of 1999 bonus feature: Jellybean Johnson, 'Prince knew we had something special here in Minneapolis'

While making the documentary series 'Prince: The Story of 1999,' Andrea Swensson spoke to drummer and guitarist Jellybean Johnson, a legend of the Minneapolis Sound and a founding member of The Time. Andrea spoke to Johnson about what it was like coming up in music with Prince, and how Prince helped shape the sound and the look of The Time, the Revolution and more.

Prince: The Story of 1999 bonus feature: Bobby Z, 'Prince went from a caterpillar to a butterfly in that one purple trench coat'

Bobby Rivkin - better known as Bobby Z - first met Prince in the mid-1970s and went on to become drummer for the Revolution. While making 'Prince: The Story of 1999,' Andrea Swensson spoke to Bobby Z about his many memories working with Prince, including Bobby's theory about Prince's famous purple trench coat. Listen to Andrea's full conversation with Bobby Z.