Jade

A Minnesota native, Jade, dove into the local music scene early on. Her first love was dance, which she brought to her middle school and Central High School’s Blackbox concerts. While studying journalism at the University of Kansas, she kept her Minnesota ties close as an intern for 2024 Records, while booking bands like Spoon and Sharon Jones to play at her university. Minnesota pulled her back after graduation and she worked promoting independent musicians to radio stations across the nation with Tinderbox Music. Starting at The Current as an overnight host in 2008, Jade continued her work to promote Minnesota artists by curating musical events around the cities, most notably the Summit Backyard Bash and Wing Young Huie’s University Avenue Project (where she dug into the Frogtown music scene and created a soundtrack to the art show and live event series). She organized and booked The Current’s Road Trip, a Legacy-funded project that showcased Minnesota artists around the state. That led her to work as the principal at Minnesota Music Coalition, taking it from an idea to a stable and functioning non-profit. She recently won a Knight Foundation grant to put together art-filled pop-up events in St. Paul.

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Music News: An interview with Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig

Backstage at the Armory in Minneapolis, Jade had the chance to catch up with Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig. In the news today: White Sox take heat for celebrating 'disco demolition,' Spice Girls animated movie planned, rapper Bushwick Bill has died at 52, Radiohead dropped 18 hours of rare audio, and a 2008 fire is revealed to have destroyed priceless master recordings. Plus, this week in music history and a dive into new tunes from Iron & Wine and Calexico; Bruce Springsteen; Mattiel; and Madonna. Plus, Adele raps!

Music News: Rolling Stones give 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' songwriting credit back to the Verve

Two decades after suing the Verve for songwriting credit on 'Bitter Sweet Symphony,' the Rolling Stones have given it back. Also in the news today: the Netherlands win Eurovision, a synth repairman accidentally trips on vintage LSD, 'Bongo Rock' drummer Preston Epps dies, Natalie Portman criticizes Moby's portrayal of their relationship, and Aretha Franklin's three maybe-wills. Plus, music history highlights and new LPs from Cate Le Bon, Justin Townes Earle, Sebadoh, and Sting, as well as a 'Runaway Train' remake.

Music News: Musicians slam industry for poor support of mental health needs

A new study finds four-fifths of young musicians report mental health challenges, and the vast majority say the industry isn't doing enough to support artists in that respect. Also in the news today: Common describes childhood abuse, Rolling Stone rolls out charts to challenge Billboard, and Tinder is targeting festival-goers seeking connections. Plus, music history highlights involving Prince, Buffalo Springfield, and Tom Waits; new music from Jamila Woods, Charly Bliss, Mac DeMarco, and Mavis Staples; and Lizzo goes viral by wearing her Met Gala look to the airport. Bonus: In honor of Mother's Day, Virginia Grohl talks about being a rock star mom!

Mammut perform in The Current studio

Kata Mogensen, Asa Dyradottir, Alexandra Baldursdottir, and Arnar Petursson began playing music together as teenagers in Reykjavik. The band have already released four albums together as Mammut, reaching audiences from their home country of Iceland and abroad. The band visited The Current studio to perform songs from their latest album, 'Kinder Versions,' and to talk with Jade about connecting to U.S. audiences and finding inspiration for their songs.