Mark Wheat Feature Archive

Gypsy-punk rockers Gogol Bordello live up to their name. Not only do the internationally influenced eight-member band come from all over the world (Ukraine, Russia, Ecuador), but they also tour across the globe eight months of the year. We were lucky enough for their itinerary to include a stop in The Current studios. (08/05/2013)
Just in time for their sold out Orpheum Theater show next week Vampire Weekend return to the top. "Diane Young" spent four weeks in the #1 spot, so we'll see if "Ya Hey" will be the bigger hit. (08/01/2013)
The Royals are coming...the royals...?! Is it just a coincidence that on the week of the birth of George, the royal newborn, that ALL the new entries seem to have a reference to him?!? (07/25/2013)
Between their much-buzzed-about set at the Pitchfork Music Festival on Saturday and their sold-out show at the Triple Rock Social Club last night, excitement over Savages is at an all time high. (07/22/2013)
Daft Punk gets UN-lucky...again! As Alt-J vacated the top spot last week, #1 was there for the taking, but The National stole it, spurred by fans eyeing tickets to their big show at Roy Wilkins Auditorium August 6. (07/18/2013)
Alt-J are inducted into the Chart Hall of Fame this week after spending 6 weeks total at the top, the first band ever to recover the top position TWICE! If Daft Punk recover the top spot for their final week they'll EQUAL that new record! (07/11/2013)
Alt-J may never headline a huge festival like last weekend's Glastonbury in the UK, but they held off all-comers again to remain #1 on The Current's chart. Reports from the biggest festival of the year suggested their airy, intricate songs got lost in the field, but then apparently paled in comparison to The Rolling Stones! (07/02/2013)
Alt-J snags the top spot AGAIN this week! The biggest UK festival of the year started today in Glastonbury and this week's #1 will be performing there with tons of other favorites here at The Current, and Daft Punk, who have been butting heads with Alt-J, are rumored to be making a surprise appearance. (06/27/2013)
Femi Kuti and The Positive Force came to The Current studios to record a few tracks and chatted with Mark Wheat about Grand Theft Auto, American roads, and the recent Broadway production dedicated to his father Fela, the pioneer of Afrobeat. (06/27/2013)
North Carolina-based Mount Moriah blend multiple musical influences from their southern upbringing and impress with their sophomore effort Miracle Temple. (06/24/2013)
It's been a battle between the robots and triangles on The Chart Show as of late. Alt-J beat out last week's #1 track, "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk." This makes it Alt-J's third appearance on top in total with "Dissolve Me." (06/20/2013)
Daft finish on top again as we head towards the summer Solstice -- will "Get Lucky" by the unrivaled song of the summer?! (06/13/2013)
When Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys invites you to his Nashville studio Easy Eye Sound, you know you've got talent. The Grammy Award winner met with Niger-native Omar Moctar to speak the language of rock and roll, eventually producing Moctar's third studio album, which landed at #1 on the Billboard World Music chart in its debut week. (06/13/2013)
<em>Random Access Memories</em> is born out of the hope, it seems, that the romance brewing between human and machine for the last 30 years breeds something beautiful and sustainable, not brutal and cold. (06/03/2013)
We're not the only ones who like Daft Punk. Apparently they went to #1 in 97 countries on the planet this week! Sold over 330,000 in the US to top Billboards chart (Vampire Weekend only sold 139K last week to be #1?!) And they became the biggest Spotify hit ever, outdoing Mumfords! (05/30/2013)