On the Ball with Mark Wheat is a new Monday feature on The Current that celebrates the connections between music and soccer, with an eye to the past weekend's results. This week, Mark looks at West Brom's 2 - 1 defeat of Manchester United in the Premier League.
In the last 10 years, few British rock bands have managed to translate their success into American sales. But this week, Arctic Monkeys' latest, <i>AM</i>, sits at the top in the Alternative Billboard charts and at #28 in the Top 200. Arctic Monkeys have definitely earned their place in the rock 'n' roll canon — on both sides of the Atlantic..
As the seasons turn, so does the chart! No change at the top but Alt-J might be a threat to Franz Ferdinand next week along with Arcade Fire.
Rock is back on top, Vampire Weekend and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros get inducted into the Hall of Fame, and capital-lettered bands start to take over the Chart Show.
The big music news from across the pond this week are the Mercury Prize nominations. The artists who made the cut are interestingly reflected on our chart this week.
Today, today was special, Current listeners. Punk-rock legend Patti Smith stopped by The Current studios to chat with host Mark Wheat about <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/events/2013/09/12/252/station-to-station-eleanor-friedberger-no-age-and-white-mystery/">Station to Station</a> where she'll play with her son Jackson along with Eleanor Friedberger, No Age, and White Mystery.
Scottish trio CHVRCHES stopped by The Current studios before their second stop in the Twin Cities in just over three months. They spoke with Mark Wheat about the year they've had: playing at European festivals, touring in Australia and Japan, getting their music in FIFA 2014 and opening for Depeche Mode.
Lordy lordy, looks like Lorde is established as our #1 for three straight weeks! She's playing a few shows in the UK right now and will come to the coasts of the States again late in September and early October — still no dates close to us here, though.
It's appropriate that Lorde stays at the top this week; she's been a hooj fave at The Fair! Jake Bugg and Vampire Weekend round out the top three, while CHVRCHES and Lissie continue to climb, and NONONO and Superchunk get a look in.
Another Chart Show first: The Number One artist is still in high school! Lorde, also known as Ella Yelich-O'Connor, took some time off recently though — remember it's NOT summer in New Zealand where she's from! Her first trip to the states garnered good reviews of her live performance.
Although there's no change in the top three, there's a ton of surprises below them; The National obviously enriched their reputation while <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2013/08/13/the-national-live">visiting The Current last week</a> with a very high new entry.
"Lose Yourself to Dance" puts the French duo at the top of this week's chart, as Lorde and Vampire Weekend remain comfortably near the top of the table. We also induct a new Hall of Famer (hint: They'd likely thank us by saying, "Takk fyrir").
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.
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.
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?!?