The Hold Steady's last release, Separation Sunday, was a concept album. Singer Craig Finn's inspiration for their new critically acclaimed album Boys and Girls in America was a line from Kerouac's On the Road: "boys and girls in America have such a sad time together."
Minneapolis multi-instrumentalist Martin Dosh is taking some time for himself. He's an in-demand musician most notably as a member of Andrew Bird's band and Fog.
One Self is one of many projects for DJ Vadim, Yarah Bravo, and BluRum 13. Although 1/3 of the group is American, they've had some problems getting their work released here. DJ Vadim says that is just the nature of the business.
Secret Machines sound like prog rock to a lot of people. However, they refer to their sound as "space rock."
The 88 are not just great at writing and performing great, old-fashioned pop songs. They're also really nice guys.
What started out as a limited run EP from a couple tea-boys turned engineers turned songwriters has become one of the most well-respected all-star collaborations in the electronica scene.
Haley Bonar's beautiful melancholy tunes seem to be written by someone older than a woman in her early twenties. But that could be because Bonar has a lot of experience; she was playing gigs in bars well before she could legally drink in them.
Remember Bowser and Sha-Na-Na? Well, there's a Twin Cities group that thinks it is high time for another revival. The [Gosh Darn] Doo Wop Band features three female singers who sing about heartbroken girls and the bad boys they love.
With a scheduled release date of August 28 for his new CD, Between The Devil And Middle C, Mark Mallman stopped by The Current's broadcast stage at the Minnesota State Fair (in the pouring rain) to perform three new songs from his new CD.
Wayne Coyne, the most dapper man in rock n' roll, joined Mary Lucia in front of a soaking wet crowd of fans at the Minnesota State Fair to discuss animal costumes, Jimmy Page's otherworldly presence, and why he considers the Midwest to be the best place to live.
The cult band The Monks would wear robes and tonsured their hair. But that was just a gimmick, what was great about the band was their sound. They sounded like a punk band before Iggy Pop, before the MC-5, before the New York Dolls. The band's singer, Gary Burger, lives in Bemidji.
Jay Heikes moved to Minneapolis from Ann Arbor in the late '90s. He played in some rock bands, worked at a local print shop and tried to make it as an artist. He then did what a lot of artists do -- he went to grad school and scraped by financially. But then something happened to him that doesn't happen to a lot of other artists. He got into the Whitney Biennial.
Can you be a one-man band with a girl lead singer? Supposedly, Husky Rescue is a one-man band comprised of Marko Nyberg. However, it took 20 or so musician friends to record the group's first album, "Country Falls."
Pete Hofmann spends his days teaching music to children, inventing objects that would make his life easier and coming up with new ideas for reality shows. Despite those talents and interests, we invited him to our live Gluek's broadcast for something else: his singing and songwriting.
Comedian and writer Lizz Winstead is most famous for co-creating The Daily Show, but she got her start doing stand up here in the Twin Cities.