Newscastle's Maximo Park, touring the U.S. in support of the new album, "Our Earthly Pleasures," aimed to craft a warmer sound than that on the Mercury Prize-nominated debut. Mary Lucia talked with Paul Smith about karaoke and having an original sound.
At the 2007 Minnesota Music Awards, The Alarmists were declared the best new band. They're now releasing "The Ghost and the Hired Gun" and hope to solidify their reputation.
Mary interviews Andy Samberg from SNL and the movie "Hot Rod."
Prince fans told stories of waiting outside overnight to get tickets. Bloggers endlessly critiqued the show. But what was the Purple One's impromptu concert like from the club's point of view?
Douglas Wolk is the author of "Reading Comics." Mary Lucia chatted with him at The Current's live broadcast from Gluek's about super-heroes and why Harvey Pekar - the subject of American Splendor - is a bad influence.
Author Dennis Cass spends years writing his book "Head Case: How I Almost Lost My Mind Trying to Understand My Brain." Now he's a freelance writer, journalist, and sometimes teacher. He told Mary Lucia that he's got some time on his hands.
Minneapolis quartet White Light Riot secluded themselves in Cannon Falls to record their new album "Atomism." They weren't going for a stripped down, indie-sound. They say they put a lot of work into the album and that they hope it sounds like it.
The Current Fakebook returned with its final show of the series' first season as The Current's Mary Lucia welcomed Minneapolis-based musician and author Laurie Lindeen, along with a cast of rock worthies to help tell Lindeen's story.
Fountains of Wayne tells stories with their songs. They can make the Tappan Zee Bridge seem romantic and the Department of Motor Vehicles worth chronicling. They regale us with more tales of ordinary slobs like you and me set to a perfect pop melodies.
Madeleine Peyroux has been recording for over a decade, but most people only got to know her when she released her second album "Careless Love" in 2004.
Albert Hammond Jr. was born in Los Angeles California. As a member of the indie-rock band The Strokes, he plays lead and rhythm guitar. He released his solo record, "Yours To Keep" in the UK in 2006 and in North America in 2007.
The Heavenly States consist of Ted Nesseth, Jeremy Gagon, Genevieve Gagon, and Mark Christianson. They've recorded two full length albums, as well as the 3 song single King Epiphany I, II and Monument.
The songs performed by Romantica frontman and Belfast-native Ben Kyle retain a certain gravity, but yet they span multiple genres and influences. Their sound has been compared to Wilco, Ryan Adams, and Damien Rice among others.
Electrelane have been together for a decade, but Verity Susman says the quartet hasn't settled into a comfortable pattern. They still find making music challenging.
Brandi Carlile grew up in a musical family in a small town outside of Seattle. Her naturally wonderful singing voice must have made it easy to choose a career in music. She could have slid by using just those pipes, but she worked hard to teach herself piano, guitar, how to layer harmonies with other singers and to write songs.