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.
Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has had a long, varied and celebrated career that has garnered him an avid and devoted fanbase. From his intricate, lovely lyricism to his iconoclastic, proud gay persona to his gifts as a pianist and composer, Wainwright has carved out a path as a uniquely vital artist.
In 2011, Charles Bradley proved that it's never too late for a musical talent to enter the ring, issuing his debut album at age 62 and winning plaudits from critics and the adoration of soul fans nationwide. Now, he's back with a sophomore effort called <em>Victim of Love</em>.
Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter is one of indie Americana's most seasoned and talented figures. His spring tour brought him through the Twin Cities for a First Avenue date with Sea Wolf opening, and he stopped by The Current studio ahead of the show with his Royal City Band in tow to play a few songs.
Indie supergroup Divine Fits brings together members of Spoon, Wolf Parade, and more, so it's no wonder their debut full-length <em>A Thing Called Divine Fits</em> became an airplay staple at The Current and catapulted its way on to many of our staff's year-end lists. In town for a gig at Minneapolis' Varsity Theater, the band swung through our studios to play a session.
The yearning harmonies and darkly allusive lyrics of singles like "Harper Lee" suggest that Little Green Cars possess a precocious wisdom that will serve them well as the attention and hype around their debut continues to build.
Frightened Rabbit's fourth full-length (and first to be released on a major label, Atlantic Records), <em>Pedestrian Verse</em>, has earned both critical accolades and chart success in the UK (and in the band's native country, where it debuted atop the charts).