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Host Mary Lucia shares her top songs of 2017.
Mary Lucia has earned a large fan base with her work as a broadcast personality, writer, actor and voice-over talent. Lucia began her media career doing evenings at REV 105, co-hosted mornings on Zone 105, and hosted a talk show, Somethin' Stupid, on 1500 KSTP.
From 1998 to 2001, she hosted the local music show Popular Creeps, a two-time Minnesota Music Award winner for "Best Locally Produced Show." For her work at The Current, Lucia has been voted best FM radio personality by City Pages seven times. In addition to her radio career, she has also appeared in commercials and in live theater productions.
Lucia likes cats and dogs more than people, wearing dead people's clothes and taking long walks off of short piers.
Host Mary Lucia shares her top songs of 2017.
Saxophonist Kamasi Washington grew up in a musical household, and his friends were also musicians' children. That environment shaped Washington's musical tastes - and he shares that on a Theft of the Dial, hosted by Mary Lucia.
On Oct. 28, 1977, the Sex Pistols released their one and only studio album, 'Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols.' Forty years after its release, Mary Lucia interviewed Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, now a longtime California resident and the host of his own long-running radio show. Jones reflects on his time in the Sex Pistols and their legacy, the longevity of their singular album, and about his more recent work as a radio host.
In the Twin Cities to play at the First Avenue Mainroom, Alvvays — Rankin, together with Kerri Jen MacLellan on keys, Alec O'Hanley on guitar, Sheridan Riley drums and Brian Murphy on bass stopped at The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Mary Lucia.
With 'Can't Go Back', Ted Leo has gifted us with choppy, galloping guitar riffs reminiscent of Cheap Trick, combined with a pop punk sensibility and darker political undertones.
The weather outside is a little frightful, so cozy up in the studio with Mary Lucia, Andrea Swensson, Derrick Stevens and Mary's pugs, Lefty and Crash, and Andrea's puppy, Columbo! Take a four-minute cuteness break with our pugs-and-puppy party video.
Gypsy punks Gogol Bordello just released their seventh album, 'Seekers and Finders,' and they're celebrating with a world tour. Before their show at First Avenue, they stopped by The Current to perform a few songs and chat with Looch.
It's not every day that you get to come into work and telephone a member of the Sex Pistols for a chat. But that's exactly what Mary Lucia and Production Manager Derrick Stevens did on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The results were, on one hand, totally punk rock; and on the other, an important lesson in perseverance. Fortunately, we captured the whole thing on video.
In town for a show at the Turf Club in St. Paul, This Is The Kit visited The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Mary Lucia. This Is The Kit's latest album is 'Moonshine Freeze,' their first release on the Rough Trade Records label, an arrangement that has helped the band enjoy a wider reach with its music.
This week, Mary Lucia is joined by Andrea Swensson, and they talk about remembering and celebrating the life and music of Tom Petty with you. 'I just wanted you guys to know that we, on the other side of the radio, are music fans,' Mary says, 'and we feel this loss just like you do.'
After releasing 'Hug of Thunder,' their first album in seven years, Broken Social Scene stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mary Lucia. 'It felt like a very good time to come back with our unity vibe and with our friendship vibe,' says the band's Kevin Drew.
Back from a week in New York City, Mary Lucia shares her thoughts on what makes autumn in New York so inviting. She also shares a few thoughts on where and where not to take a selfie, and how and how not to pose for it when you do.
Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples have announced a show on Oct. 25 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. In the wake of this announcement, Mary Lucia reflects on these iconic artists.
When Mary Lucia heard Brian Just's 'Staring Into The Sun' on the radio for the first time, she felt like a regular listener again, anxiously awaiting the DJ's identification of the track.
Yes, 'Searching for Sugar Man' came out in 2012, but Mary Lucia says if you haven't yet seen it, you need to put it on your must-see list. 'It's one of the best music documentaries -- one of the best documentaries, actually,' Mary says. 'So see 'Searching for Sugar Man' if you want to make your life better.'
Have you ever had to track down a parcel that's trying to reach your address? Mary Lucia had to do that this morning ... but the reaction she got from someone she asked for help was not what she expected. Watch video of Mary sharing her story.
Finding themselves temporarily missing drummer Richard Colburn, Belle & Sebastian creatively pivot and perform an acoustic set in The Current's studio, playing a selection of songs from three different albums.
Talking to The Current's Mary Lucia, Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch explains how the band's drummer, Richard Colburn, got left behind in North Dakota as the band were making their way to a gig in St. Paul, Minn.
'This is 12 of my favorite minutes I've ever had on the telephone,' Mary Lucia says about her recent interview with Nine Inch Nails frontman and film composer Trent Reznor. In their conversation, Lucia talks to Reznor about Johnny Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nails's 'Hurt,' Reznor's score for David Fincher's 'The Social Network,' and Reznor's thoughts on his friendship with David Bowie.
This week, Mary Lucia talks about how she is fascinated by the new HBO documentary, 'The Defiant Ones,' which looks at the lives and careers of music producers Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.