For more than a decade, Eric Tretbar has been making movies filmed in and set in Minneapolis. His movies feature characters hanging out in the local music scene, which Tretbar knows pretty well from playing in bands like The Funseekers in the 1980s and The Spectors in the early '90s.
SSM are a trio from Detroit that have roots in garage rock, punk, and even a little bit of new wave and prog rock. It's a catchy, buzzy mix.
Mando Diao's plan when they formed was to save rock n' roll. The Swedish group claim to believe their recordings are better than anything by The Who, The Kinks, or The Small Faces.
On his new album The Third Hand, RJD2 completely reinvents his sound. He's no longer pure hip-hop. He's made a pop record. It was written, arranged, produced and performed entirely by RJD2, born Ramble John "RJ" Krohn. There's not a sample on an album from a man famed for his creative use of layered samples.
Bonde Do Role hail from Curitiba, Brazil. They play what is alternately known as baile funk, favela funk or funk carioca. Marina, the vocalist for the group, raps over a mish-mash of rapid beats and samples. It's basically dance music meant for blasting at parties and clubs. Their American debut is Gasolina.
You have to be a rapper comfortable with yourself to have guests such as Trent Reznor and Cat Power on your CD. El-P aka El-Producto obviously doesn't feel he needs to prove his credibility.
Sondre Lerche claims his latest album, Phantom Punch, is "an Orange Juice meets Fleetwood Mac & My Bloody Valentine meets Gilberto Gil & Os Mutantes meets early Elvis Costello & Prefab Sprout & XTC meets Thomas Dolby meets Steely Dan circa Katy Lied, kind of thing."
Brother Ali's second full album The Undisputed Truth will be released in April, 2007. The Minneapolis rapper has been through some hard times in the past few years. He and his wife split. They fought over their son. Ali was homeless for a spell.
Mark Ramos-Nishita performs under the moniker Money Mark. He has a career that any musician would envy. He tours with the Beastie Boys as a keyboardist, writes music for films, collaborates with the likes of Yoko One and Beck, and fronts his own projects.
The Ditty Bops are a band from Los Angeles with their hearts in the past. They play a blend of gypsy jazz, bluegrass, folk and a little bit of the great American musical.
Richard Buckner isn't afraid to take things into his own hands, whether it's songwriting or show security.
Writer and cultural critic Chuck Klosterman dropped by The Current studios to talk to Mary Lucia about Britney Spears and how Nickelback is the new Soundgarden.
The sound of Sparklehorse has been described as atmospheric, ballad-driven, and sometimes a little surreal. However, when it comes to writing a straight-forward pop song, Mark Linkous - the driving force behind Sparklehorse - feels he has to try a lot harder to make it sound interesting.
Twin Cities musician Venus offers insight on everything from pet cats to ruling the world.
Writer Diablo Cody joins DJ Mary Lucia for a chat about Chihuahuas, David Letterman and selling her screenplay - the first one she ever wrote.