Playing the piano has always been a part of Russian-born Regina Spektor's life. She grew up in a family of musicians with her father, a violinist, and her mother, a music professor. She took piano lessons in Russia until 1989 when her family moved via Austria and Italy to the Bronx, where she continued studying classical piano.
Following the August release of, "Invincible Criminal," Mark Mallman graced our broadcast booth at the Minnesota State Fair to play us some songs and shoot some thoughts around with Mary Lucia.
Chris Koza has been keeping busy with his band since his 2008 release, "The Dark, Delirious Morning," and we're excited to invite him to the Current State Fair stage! Check out this live interview and music session featuring Koza's passionate pop-folk style.
The first Monday of our State Fair comes fully equipped with friend foods on sticks and local (and national) music favorites, Halloween, Alaska. Drummer Dave King talks about their failed gigs and what has been thrown at them while on tour.
Local singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith began recording his own work after auditing a songwriting course at North Central University in Minneapolis. He soon started playing shows locally and handing out demos of his work. Princess Records quickly signed him for his first full length album released in 2006 titled "The Alcatraz Kid."
Making her second appearance at The Current booth at the Minnesota State Fair, singer-songwriter Haley Bonar debuted three new songs at her performance on the opening day of the fair.
"Humbug," the band's third album, was recorded at Rancho De Luna in Joshua Tree and was produced by Queens of the Stone Age /Eagles of Death Metal's Josh Homme.
Though first finding his footing in writing music for movies, Pete Yorn's folky songwriting has grown far from the silver screen.
Silversun Pickups' first hit "Lazy Eye" didn't follow any of the conventions of songwriting - including a bridge or any sort of chorus - but they still create complete and compelling songs.
Craig Finn is never at a loss for words, he has a lot to say in his own music so we knew he would make a perfect Theft of The Dial guest host to talk about other people's music.
After 30+ years of being at the forefront of the alternative rock vanguard, Sonic Youth show no signs of slowing down. With this year's release of their 16th studio album - "The Eternal", on Matador Records" - the band has once again earned critical and mass acclaim for their genre-bending sound that defies categorization.
Free Energy is a new band based in Philadelphia, PA and created by Red Wing, MN native Paul Sprangers. The band used to be known throughout the Twin Cities music scene as Hockey Night.
Frank Black, Black Francis, Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV. Call him what you will because he doesn't mind. He's the iconic lead singer of the cult favorites The Pixies with a successful solo career and an album with his side project, Grand Duchy.
The core members of the English indie-rock band The Heavy are Kelvin Swaby and Dan Taylor. Their sound combines guitar and funky horns and has been described as hip-hop soul music.
The futuristic-electro-rock French four-piece Phoenix grew out of the same music scene that sprouted bands like Air and Daft Punk.