Mark Wheat Feature Archive

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)
Oxford-based quintet Foals make willfully out-there and original indie-rock that varies from spastic dance-rock to angular post-punk sounds to intricate experimental passages. (05/20/2013)
The Robots are coming! The robots are coming!! Daft Punk, notorious for wearing helmets when they perform as if robotic, have a huge hit on their hands. (05/09/2013)
After the great reception our audience has given Vampire Weekend and the high profile gigs they have been getting with Steve Buscemi filming their show, it will be interesting to see where they chart when the album comes out. (05/02/2013)
Saint Paul's Nicholas David Mrozinski has been a fixture of the local music scene for a decade, with several albums under his belt and frequent live shows in the area to bolster his Twin Cities rep. But last year he was catapulted to nationwide fame thanks to a stint on season three of NBC's <em>The Voice</em>. (05/02/2013)
A handful of early tracks from Leagues' 2011 debut EP stirred up some blog attention, and in January of this year they returned with a debut full-length, <em>You Belong Here</em>. The band's solemn, moody indie sound has earned comparisons to the National and others. (04/23/2013)
Pickwick, whose style is a fusion of raw, garage-y indie blues-rock and retro-licious R&B/soul, just released the full-length album <em>Can't Talk Medicine</em> and continue to build buzz with national touring. (04/19/2013)