Rockabilly artist JD McPherson stopped by the MPR booth to talk with Mary Lucia and play some tunes for the crowd.
Indie hip-hop collective Doomtree are among the most influential forces in the Twin Cities hip-hop community. Founding member, P.O.S., dropped by the MPR booth to kick it with Mary Lucia and perform for the crowd.
Twin Cities mayors Chris Coleman and RT Rybak both stopped by the MPR booth at the State Fair for an interview with Mary Lucia.
Local singer-songwriter Chastity Brown's blending of folk, soul, roots and rock music has created a unique and new sound for the Twin Cities.
American folk rockers Dawes have been touring steadily since the release of their 2011 sophomore album, "Nothing is Wrong." The group visited the MPR booth to chat with Mary Lucia and play a few songs.
The guys in The Gaslight Anthem aren't here to save music. They're just a bunch of dudes playing straightforward rock 'n roll without a lot of fancy bells and whistles.
New Jersey has a proud heritage of rock music, from punk legends the Misfits and the Bouncing Souls to the Boss himself. The sonic imprint of The Garden State is unmistakable in the music of The Gaslight Anthem, who have picked up the baton and are carrying it to new heights.
When Metric made their debut on the United States music circuit with the single "Combat Baby" in 2004, the band probably didn't know how ravenously they'd be greeted. Now they've become one of the biggest musical exports out of Canada, and they're primed to become an international hit.
Providence, Rhode Island alt-country rockers Deer Tick depart from their signature folk sound on their latest album, Divine Providence.
While in town for a show at First Ave, they stopped by The Current for a performance in our studio.
Enjoy this slideshow of Metric performing in the UBS Forum. We'll air the full session Tuesday, June 12 at 5 p.m.
To say this is one of the most important and essential records in my life is an obvious understatement.
M. Ward has been extremely busy the past few years: recording and touring with several side projects like She and Him and Monsters of Folk, producing bands and putting out two solo records. Somehow he's remained calm and thoughtful through it all and has been able to balance his life. This introspection and calm resonates in his latest album "A Wasteland Companion," with Ward's smoky voice covering topics of love and loss.
He's been called his generation's Cole Porter, and that seems about right. After all, I've never felt there to be a sense of time in his compositions. To be able to make timeless music that's still as strong on melody as his is a wonderful (and uniquely Rufus) accomplishment.
The backstory of Manhattan band Cults is second-nature by now: originally a duo, Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin released a three-song EP on Bandcamp in 2010 that gradually gathered accolades over the next year. It eventually nabbed them a spot on famed major label Columbia Records, proof that no matter how small you start off, your impact can still be huge.
The Duluth quintet has been steadily expanding its fan-base for the past decade, and the release of their fifth record "Palomino" undeniably helped propel them into greater mass appeal. It reached #1 on the US Bluegrass charts and stayed in the top 10 for over a year. It should come as no surprise then that the year which followed the release proved to be Trampled By Turtles' most important year yet, solidifying their role as one of the major players of Minnesota music making an impact nationally and abroad.