The Current’s tenth birthday party featured a mix local and national bands, all favorites of the Current’s listeners. Catering to a wide crowd demographic, there was a mix of hip hop, country twang, modern rock, and touch of pop.

Allan Kingdom, City Pages’ best new artist, warmed up the crowd with triplet based rhymes into dynamic hooks.


He pulled in the crowd, never losing energy, with throwback ‘cellphones in the air’ engaging interactions. It’s hard not to bounce, especially throughout Kingdom’s final song, Evergreens.

After Allan was Hippo Campus. If you haven’t heard of these guys yet, you’re living under a rock. Their “kinda pop” sound had everyone jumping. These four kids are all smiles.


They played a completely different set than last weekend. There were a few brand new songs played, and also a very fun oldie, South.

With Dead Man Winter on the set, it really showed how The Current created a diverse lineup for tonight for everyone to enjoy. By the looks on some of the fan’s faces, you could tell that they were surely a favorite of the night.

Cold War Kids were really “Louder Than Ever” as the headliner. Their onstage energy filled the soldout Mainroom. They played songs from their 2014 album, Hold My Home, alongside some old favorites.


Cold War Kids also recently celebrated a decade of music together, very fitting for the evening.

Review by Clara Linihan
Photos by Connor Siedow

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