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89.3 the Current turning 12 with Bonar, Messersmith, Lemon Twigs, Joseph

Haley Bonar glammed it up with Gramma's Boyfriend at last year's Current birthday parties and returns Jan. 28 to tout her new solo album, "Impossible Dream." / Bre McGee, Star Tribune file

Haley Bonar glammed it up with Gramma's Boyfriend at last year's Current birthday parties and returns Jan. 28 to tout her new solo album, "Impossible Dream." / Bre McGee, Star Tribune file

Working to maintain its reputation as a go-to place to discover new music, 89.3 the Current will celebrate its 12th anniversary Jan. 27-28 at First Avenue with a lineup heavy on Twin Cities newcomers and buzz bands from afar.

Two local mainstays of the public-radio rock station, Jeremy Messersmith and Haley Bonar, will top out the two-night birthday bash alongside rising out-of-towners Joseph, the Lemon Twigs, Strand of Oaks and Sam Roberts. For local newcomers, the Current will welcome 12-man Afrobeat/funk band Black Market Brass, folky Kenyan transplant Jay Smart, grungy young rocker Monica LaPlante and one more act to be announced later.

Tickets for each night cost $20 and go on sale to Minnesota Public Radio members starting Thursday at noon and the general public beginning Friday at noon via TheCurrent.org. The shows often sell out. Here’s a rundown of each night's lineup:

FRIDAY, JAN. 27

Jeremy Messersmith / Joseph / Strand of Oaks / Black Market Brass / Jay Smart

SATURDAY, JAN. 28

Haley Bonar / The Lemon Twigs / TBD / Sam Roberts / Monica LaPlante

Part of last year’s all-local 11th birthday lineup with her side band Gramma’s Boyfriend, Bonar returns to the party amid a busy tour schedule supporting her acclaimed sixth solo album, “Impossible Dream.” Messersmith and his band will be previewing songs off a new record due out next spring or summer on Glassnote Records.

As for the non-locals, the three harmonious Portland-area sisters in Joseph packed the Cedar Cultural Center and have been all over the Current with the single “White Flag.” The Lemon Twigs are a band of two young brothers from Long Island, N.Y., whose new debut for 4AD Records has generated a hipster buzz with its glammy, T. Rex flashblack flavor. Philadelphia rocker Timothy Showalter’s band Strand of Oaks played a well-received Turf Club gig last year behind their 2014 record “HEAL” and have a new LP coming Feb. 17. Canadian popster Sam Roberts just issued his sixth disc, “TerraForm.”

Here's a little sampler of the acts coming to town for the parties:

2 Twin Cities films premiere at next year's Sundance Film Festival

Two locally produced entries are among 68 short films screening at the Sundance Film Festival next month.

There’s a distinctly native focus in director/screenwriter Lyle Corbine’s “Shinaab,” the story of a young Anishinaabe man struggling with his place in the inner city of Minneapolis. His earlier short, “A Doctor and a Security Guard in Love,” dramatizing a day in the relationship between a physician and a private police agent, who live their lives on completely different schedules, was featured in the 2015 Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival.

In “New Neighbors,” director/screenwriter E.G. Bailey explores how far a mother will go to protect her children. A spoken word performer and directing alum of Penumbra and the Guthrie Theater, Bailey assembled an all-local cast for his film.

Each appears in the category of U.S. Narrative Short Films, along with 15 others.The 2017 Sundance Film Festival runs from Jan. 19-29 in Park City, Utah.

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