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.
After finding musical success together and apart over the last 20 years, Matt Wilson and John Munson have rejoined forces as The Twilight Hours.
After playing together for over 20 years, the three members of the Doves have figured out a method to their music making madness, most recently working on an album for over three years in an English countryside farmhouse.
Handing the controls over to P.O.S (Steph) was a blast. We're lucky we got P.O.S. before he takes off to tour Europe for a month, join the Warped tour, and then go out west for shows with (GASP!) The Bad Brains!
Although their breakout success came with "Writer's Block" in 2006, Peter Bjorn and John had been flexing their Swedish musical muscles for years before, and in their latest release they prove they'll be flexing for many years to come.