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.
According to music aggregator Metacritic, Spoon are the best band of the 2000s, which is nothing to sneeze at. Their excellent new record, "Transference," keeps the Austin four-piece's rock revival tone while channeling lyrical inspiration from frontman Britt Daniel's personal life.
With their sweet melodies and distinctive vocals, the Australian quartet The Temper Trap has been heard all over the place since 2009 - radio, movies, television shows, and commercials.
Brothers Dan and Matt Wilson have been playing together since they were kids. They've both had successful careers in bands like Semisonic, Trip Shakespeare, and Twilight Hours as well as solo work. But they've never shared the stage for a solo show before. They will later this month, when they play a show at the Pantages Theater in Minneapolis.
"2" is the straightforwardly-titled second outing from Duluth's Retribution Gospel Choir.
Few people in the indie-rock world have had three separate successful careers. Lou Barlow is known as much for his solo work as his tenure as the bassist in Dinosaur Jr. and as the founder of the alt-country/folk supergroup Sebadoh.
Growing up in an Appleton, Wis., household separated from pop music, Cory Chisel had to turn to other musical sources for inspiration. Gospel, blues, and Americana all played an important part in shaping his musical voice.
After nearly 15 years as a band member and side-project collaborator, David Bazan has finally released his debut solo album, "Curse Your Branches", on Barsuk Records. Bazan began his songwriting career as a member of Pedro the Lion in 1995, and has since collaborated with Vic Chesnutt, Micah P. Hinson, and many others.
"Strict Joy" is, without a doubt, as grippingly gorgeous a record as anything we've come to expect Glen Hansard to be associated with over the years.
Brian Eno's career as producer, musician, sonic innovator and experimental artist spans four decades. He spoke with The Current's Steve Seel.
Sondre Lerche recorded his debut album "Faces Down" in 2000, which received praise in both Europe and America.
After 50 years in music, Byrd's founder and guitarist Roger McGuinn continues to tour, perform and record a folk song every week to pay homage to his roots.
With the release of his eighth album "Blood of Man," Mason Jennings is exploring a world that is remarkably foreign from the one he has called home for seven previous albums. While the electric guitar is in no way a new piece of futuristic equipment, Mason has used it to create a sound that is a bit darker and edgier than anything he has done before.
What happens when one of the leading lights of Christian-crossover indie rock loses his faith?
With the release of her tenth studio album, "Abnormally Attracted to Sin," Tori Amos continues to challenge ideas and stereotypes. In her latest record, she peers into concept of attraction.