Thanks to Kickstarter and a creative surge on the part of the band members, The Suburbs have just released a new album, <i>Si Sauvage</i>, their first in 27 years. The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley sat down with the Suburbs to talk about the band's past, present and future, and to hear some songs off the new record.
Actor and Twin Cities native Josh Hartnett stopped by the MPR booth during The Current's Morning Show live broadcast from the Minnesota State Fair. Hartnett picks some songs for summer, talks about his upcoming projects and describes what he loves about Minnesota.
Ahead of her first US tour date in support of <em>Once I Was an Eagle</em> at the Women's Club in Minneapolis, Laura Marling stopped by to play songs off her latest album in Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum. Between songs, Marling talked to Steve Seel of The Current's Morning Show about Patty Smith, Greek mythology, and playing with an orchestra at the BBC Proms.
If you're a reader of comments sections on websites, you know they can be places where all kinds of speech flies freely: balanced comments, nasty comments, and -- some would say -- irresponsible comments. We tout the Web as the great democratizer, but are comments sections curated op-ed spaces or totally open free-for-alls?
Chris Walla is a (here we go) musician-producer-studio owner-songwriter-label founder-music mogul. He plays guitar in Death Cab for Cutie, produces records for artists like Nada Surf and Tegan & Sara, and recently created his own label, Trans Records. He recently stopped by The Current studios for a Theft of the Dial with The Morning Show's Steve Seel.
John Grant came to The Current studios to record a few tracks and chatted with The Morning Show's Steve Seel about living in Iceland, getting sober, and a life-changing love lost.
Just a few years ago, James Blake was a precocious and talented young electronic producer dabbling in the UK's vast, eclectic, fast-moving and amorphous "post-dubstep" scene. Shortly thereafter, he began recording vocals over his own productions, swerving out of the dance music scene and into the vanguard of indie electro-pop with a wounded cyber-soul sound.
When last we checked in on Iron and Wine, Sam Beam was demonstrating just how far he'd come from his early lo-fi days with 'Kiss Each Other Clean,' a record that I described at the time as Beam's grown-up answer to Brian Wilson's desire to sculpt "teenage symphonies to God." Beam's follow-up brings that process full circle and turn the tricks back around in the service of "the song" -- and I'm pretty much ready to proclaim 'Ghost On Ghost' one of the best records of the year
You may know Kristen Schaal from her role on <em>Flight of the Conchords</em>, her stint as a <em>Daily Show</em> contributor, or her recurring appearances on <em>30 Rock</em>, <em>Bob's Burgers</em> and <em>Gravity Falls</em>. It turns out she's something of a musichead, too—while in town for Wits recently, Schaal stopped by The Current studio to chat with the Morning Show and take over airwaves to play a handful of her favorite songs.
Vampire Weekend are due to return with a third album in just a couple of weeks, and just in time, we've unearthed a long-lost and never-aired in-studio performance that the quartet recorded for us back in the spring of 2010!
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, due to wrap up his third and final term at the end of this year, has become a widely beloved figure. When he stopped by The Current studio to take over our airwaves, it wasn't the first time he's shown love to the station, but it was perhaps the most fun and in-depth opportunity we've had to get him involved in what we do here at The Current
While she was in town for Wits™, The Current Morning Show was happy to welcome Paula Poundstone into our studio to chat with the hosts and take over our airwaves for a little bit, playing some of her favorite tunes for another edition of Theft of the Dial.
Canadian twin-sister duo Tegan and Sara are one of indie-pop's most celebrated acts, having released seven full-length albums over nearly two decades as musical collaborators. They've also been longtime Current favorites, and returned to The Current for the third time for a chat with The Morning Show's Steve Seel and Jill Riley and a performance.
Any conversation about the giants of 20th century music is incomplete without acknowledging Miles Davis' massive innovations and huge impact on the art form.
Nada Surf has performed in The Current studio several times, but the alt-rock band brought their record collections instead of their instruments as they hijack the airwaves to share their hand-picked playlist.