Mark Wheat Feature Archive

Arcade Fire retain their spot on top and are inducted to the Chart Hall of Fame for the 5th time. That puts them third all-time behind Mumford And Sons with 6 inductions and The Black Keys with 7. Phosphorescent are also inducted—for the very first time—reflecting how well they have done in year-end polls across the globe. (12/12/2013)
Mark Wheat talks to Minnesota United F.C. coach Manny Lagos (who earned three caps for the U.S. from 2001 to 2003) about what he thinks of the 2014 World Cup draw. Mark also looks at highlights from the MLS Cup and a big win in the Premier League. Plus -- an appropriate music pick from Manny Lagos. (12/09/2013)
Two of the biggest break out bands of the year have been inducted this week to our Chart Hall of Fame. They've both been touring relentlessly to take advantage of their success and sometimes this can take a toll on young performers. (12/05/2013)
Mason Jennings stopped by The Current studios to play some of his favorite tunes and chat with host Mark Wheat before playing two shows at First Avenue Dec. 6 and 7. (12/05/2013)
Mark Wheat admires the growing acceptance of yoga as part of players' training regimens; Hull City surprise Liverpool while Hull fans bemoan possible rebranding; and a music connection that ties it all together, with a local peg to boot. (12/02/2013)
Host Mark Wheat shares his top albums and songs of 2013. (12/02/2013)
A lot of stasis on the chart this week, thanks to everyone who voted early! Because of the big holiday tomorrow there were few new releases this week but one big one is reflected as the biggest jumper on the chart from Billie Joe (Armstrong of Green Day) and Norah (Jones)! (11/27/2013)
Brothers Bryce and Aaron Dessner made their Premier League predictions on BBC's <i>Football Focus</i> with Mark Lawrenson. Here's a look at how the Dessners' predictions stacked up against the weekend's results, including the big Merseyside derby. (11/25/2013)
CHVRCHES finally reach the top! Must be because they were on Jimmy Kimmel last night or the live reviews they've been getting, which suggest that they are living up to the hype &#151; they recently played a sold out show at a 2,800 capacity venue in Oakland, CA. (11/21/2013)
As the final places for next year's World Cup are sorted out, we take this opportunity to check in with one of local footie heroes who has a musical bent: Minnesota United FC forward Max Griffin. (11/18/2013)
Shortly after landing at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Minor Alps &#151; Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws &#151; stopped in to The Current's studio to chat with host Mark Wheat and to play some songs off their album, <i>Get There</i>. (11/18/2013)
When NONONO were asked what album they bought first, the answers give you an idea of where their sound comes from: The Cure, Martha Wainwright and Wu Tang! On Friday, Dec. 13, they play at The Rave Eagles Club in Milwaukee. It's one of their first U.S. dates, but I'm sure there will be more now they are inducted into the Chart Show Hall of Fame ending with a bang back at the top! (11/14/2013)
Legendary artist and musician Yoko Ono chatted with host Mark Wheat about the new Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band album, <em>Take Me to the Land of Hell</em>, about the origin of the title and how she keeps her energy up at age 80. (11/13/2013)
It was a record-breaking weekend in the EPL: One massive record was continued, and an almost mind-boggling record was broken. Meanwhile, some referees' decisions sparked news and debate &#151; as well as today's music pick. (11/11/2013)
On their important sophomore release, <i>Shulamith</i>, Poli&#231;a double down on all that is good about their distinctive sound. Sometimes tribal, tinged with a meditative delicacy, they produce a universally attractive organic texture, explaining the positive reaction they've garnered all over the world. (11/11/2013)