Patton Oswalt might have missed his calling. Okay, he didn't really - if we had been denied his unbelievably hilarious, smart, biting comedy, it'd be a shame. But when he does his old-style "laid-back public radio announcer voice," you will bust a gut laughing at how on-the-money he is. Plus, he has a genuinely awesome taste in music - this despite his own "horrible tastes" he had growing up in suburban Virginia, "going to see Genesis play stadium shows."
With the fifth album from Vancouver's The New Pornographers, Together, can we still call a band that's probably now more defined as a primary vehicle for most of its members a "supergroup"?
The Los Angeles-based post-grunge Flogging Molly would best be described as a mix of traditional Irish music and spunky punk rock. Dave King formed the band and they got their start playing at the L.A. bar Molly Malones.
The Constitution: it's the framework for our government, and it formally established our founding laws and beliefs. But is the constitution "sacred document" or "malleable work-in-progress"? We'll dispel some of the myths, and try to turn down the rhetoric about our much misunderstood document.
If Brian Wilson wanted the Beach Boys' "Smile" to be a "teenage symphony to God," it may be that Sam Beam has managed to write such a symphony for grown-ups on the latest offering from Iron and Wine, "Kiss Each Other Clean."
Steve Seel will talk with MPR News' Chris Worthington and Bob Collins about Juan Williams, objectivity, opinion, Keith Olbermann and how different generations get and interpret their news. If Walter Cronkite felt he could venture into commentary, why can't today's anchors and journalists?
The band Superchunk stopped by The Current studios for a live performance and chat with the Morning Show team.
If you haven't heard of Canada's Hollerado yet, you will soon. Having already been hand-picked by Jack White to open for The Dead Weather as well as opening for esteemed acts like Andrew WK and Malajube, they also scored big with a viral internet video for their song "Americanarama" depicting 24 actors stacked in a grid dancing out specific patterns, done in all one take with just $4,000. It goes to show you that this Canadian outfit is a resourceful bunch, ready to expand their creativity to a wider audience.
Back in 2008, when Adele last joined us in our studio, she was a 20-year-old with a strong debut album and a number one hit in England. Two years later, she has accomplished wonders. Her soulful blues vocal style won her a Grammy in 2009 for Best New Artist as well as a number eleven slot on the Billboard 200.
Mixing every genre imaginable, from soul to full-fledged hip-hop and dream-pop to funk, Janelle Monae has become a modern day musical prodigy.
Villagers' debut album "Becoming A Jackal" has been named the greatest Irish album since U2's debut "Boy" back in 1980. That's a hefty title to live up to, but frontman Conor J. O'Brien does it admirably.
These guys are masters of texture and atmosphere, and furthermore, atmosphere in the service of beautifully dejected, I'm-the-last-guy-at-this-bar kind of heartache.
The Heavy's first single - "That Kind of Man" - from their 2007 debut album "Great Vengeance and Furious Fire" was an instant hit around The Current. So much so that we invited the band to play The Current's stage at the 2008 South By Southwest Musical Festival.
With a three-night stand at First Avenue and a re-issue of their debut self-titled album, also known as The Bunkhouse Record, alt-country rockers The Jayhawks know how to celebrate their 25th year as a band and Twin Cities legends.
Jeremy Messersmith's first album, "The Alcatraz Kid," earned him the title of the premier under-30 songwriter in the Twin Cities courtesy of City Pages. Since then, he's further honed his clever songwriting and indie-rock & pop chops.