King Khan and the Shrines stopped by The Current after their show at the Turf Club to play songs off the new record, <em>Idle No More</em>, and to chat with Mary Lucia about what movie aesthetics influence their sound, how the album reflects on frontman Arish Ahmad Khan's recent losses, and to tell a few stories about moments he's shared with the Mighty Hannibal, Arthur Lee and Dickie Peterson.
They were only five shows in on their 24-date tour, so the bus still smelled fresh when the now four-piece came into The Current studios to play a few songs off their new self-titled EP and to chat with host Mary Lucia about the just-announced full-length. They also talked about why core members Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel think The Current is better than other radio stations.
The Olms stopped by The Current studios after performing bright and early on Peavey Plaza to play a few songs off their self-titled debut. They chatted with host Mary Lucia about Andre Agassiz, the <em>Sound City</em> documentary and the experience Pete Yorn had during his first songwriting collaboration.
Wild Belle stopped by The Current studios to play a few songs off their debut record <em>Isles</em> and to chat with host Mary Lucia about the making of the <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/wild-belle-seek-isolation-in-another-girl-premiere-20130913">new music video for "Another Girl"</a>, about the band's massive new sound system and about the connection they have to Solid Gold bassist Adam Hurlburt.
Ernest Greene, the brain behind Washed Out, stopped by The Current studios to play a few songs off the recently released <em>Paracosm</em> and chatted with host Mary Lucia.
After opening for The Lumineers' extensive arena tour, including a date at the Target Center in Minneapolis last May, J Roddy Walston & The Business are looking forward to performing more intimate shows on a headlining tour. They stopped by The Current studios to play a few songs off the forthcoming <em>Essential Tremors</em> and chatted with host Mary Lucia.
Ahead of their big show at the Xcel Energy Center with the Vaccines and Bear's Den, Mumford and Sons came by the studios of 89.3 The Current to hang out with Mary Lucia and to do a special Theft of the Dial.
The heat index of 110 degrees didn't stop Alex "Crankshaft" Larson from performing before a live audience at the Minnesota State Fair. Mary Lucia hosted the toasty performance at the corner of Judson and Nelson for another edition of The Current's live broadcasts at the annual state celebration.
With <i>Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action</i>, Franz Ferdinand are back and — for late August — have made your perfect summer record, so soak it up.
Ahead of last Tuesday's generous 23-song set at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, The National stopped by to play songs off their latest record <em>Trouble Will Find Me</em> in Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum. Between songs, frontman Matt Berninger talked to The Current's Mary Lucia about songwriting, skinny jeans, fatherhood and his brother's suddenly skyrocketing film career.
Send your thoughts and best wishes to Mary and Smudge, who are making a very tough decision on Thursday after learning that Smudge requires another surgery from which she is not likely to bounce back.
Mayer Hawthorne knows one of the keys to show business is to always leave the audience wanting more.
Noelle and Michael of Fitz and The Tantrums stopped by The Current studios to chat with Mary Lucia and shared some of their favorite tracks including songs from old label mates, an up-and-coming sister trio, and their go-to track for dancing.
Like 2010's <em>You Are Not Alone</em>, Mavis Staples' latest album <em>One True Vine</em> was produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Recorded in his Chicago loft, Tweedy and his son Spencer back Staples' signature vocals by performing nearly every instrument heard on the album, but <em>One True Vine</em> has sparse instrumentation---her voice is the real showcase.
Nomadic singer-songwriter Lissie stunned audiences with her debut full-length <em>Catching a Tiger</em>, which showcased her astonishingly raw and emotive voice and smart, soulful lyrical sensibility.