Host Mary Lucia welcomed Public Enemy founder, writer and activist Chuck D to the Current Fakebook at the Fitzgerald Theater on Saturday, April 19, 2008.
In 2008, Eels released two CD/DVD sets -
"Meet the Eels": Essential Eels 1996-2006, Volume I and Useless Trinkets: B Sides, Soundtracks, Rarities and Unreleased 1996-2007.
The Chambersburg, Pennsylvania five-piece known as the Shackletons brought their gritty, garage rock (and some fancy dance moves) to The Current.
Unfortunately, we cannot recreate the dance steps, but lead vocalist Mark Redding described the moves as best he could. He also described a near death experience. Neither of the two are related, but he discussed them with Mary Lucia before their show at the Triple Rock.
"High/Low" was a major breakthrough for Nada Surf, mainly because of their infectious hit song "Popular." After their initial breakthrough the band toured in both the USA and most of Europe continuing to expand their fan base.
Bell X1 was formed from the remnants of Juniper in 1999. Their most successful year to date was documented with the CD/DVD set "Tour de Flock" in June of 2007, the first release on the band's newly established Bellyup Records label.
In March of 2008, former Pavement front man Stephen Malkmus released his fourth studio album with The Jicks entitled, "Real Emotional Trash."
No, Carbon/Silicon isn't a chemistry lesson about the periodic table of elements. It's a collaboration between The Clash's Mick Jones and Tony James of the Billy Idol-fronted Generation X, which sounds more like dance rock rather than their punk roots.
Here's the short story: being compared to Al Green, he recorded three soul singles in the early 1970s, disappeared for 25 years until BBC Radio 1 host Gilles Peterson brought Darondo, also known as Double D or Dynamite D, out of hiding in 2005 on his "Gilles Peterson Digs America" compilation. That's also the long story.
With a music career spanning over two decades, the sometimes folk and sometimes punk singer/songwriter Billy Bragg has teamed up with legendary artists like Wilco and Johnny Marr (The Smiths) as well as new artists like Kate Nash in addition to his abundant solo work.
Most people who turn 21 are excited about their new legal ability to consume alcohol. The three 21 year olds from Liverpool, Miles Kane (guitar), Joe Edwards (bass), and Greg Mighall (drums), who make up The Rascals are thinking bigger. As former members of The Little Flames, they opened for bands like The Coral, The Zutons, and their new best friends, The Arctic Monkeys.
Armed with a multitude of instruments, laptops, video, paint and canvases, the environmentally-friendly local band Cloud Cult are making their second trip to SXSW this year.
Were you one of many people with the "Eanie Meany" earworm? With a repetitious chorus of "eeeeennnneeeee meeeeaaannniieee," maybe you were watching the 2006 World Cup where encountering Jim Noir's catchy soccer anthem "Eanie Meany" was next to impossible.
He's a founding member of the Minneapolis-based band The Jayhawks and a member of the Midwest musical collective/side-project Golden Smog. His latest solo project is entitled "Vagabonds," with a scheduled release date of February 19, 2008.
Former members of Luna Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips released "L'Avventura," an album of covers and duets produced by Tony Visconti. This was followed by Back Numbers, again with Visconti producing, in February 2007.
Bob Mould has written the song of his career! However it won't be on his new album, "District Line," but the former Husker Du guitarist/singer/songwriter Bob Mould played a snippet of it when he stopped by The Current.