Born Elisabeth Maurus, singer-songwriter Lissie started performing songs as the age of nine, while playing the title part in the musical "Annie." She started opening for touring bands that came through Fort Collins, Colo. when she was in college before producing her debut EP, "Why You Runnin'?," in 2007. Her powerful voice launched her career, and her debut album "Catching a Tiger" came out in the summer of 2010.
Alan Sparhawk is now a member of two bands from MN. Most recently, he's been known for his work in Retribution Gospel Choir, who played Rock The Garden this summer. But he's perhaps still best known for Low, the quintessential slowcore band from Duluth that he forned in '93 with his wife Mimi. They've put out a dozen releases, and they recorded a new one over this summer that will be out in the spring of 2011.
Mason Jennings stopped by The Current studios for a live performance and chat with Current DJ Mark Wheat.
This Twin Cities staple has been making emotionally-fused experimental rock for years, packing venues with capacity crowds entranced by live painting, dozens of instruments and encouragement to sit on the venue floor and become fully absorbed with the sound surrounding them.
IF someone asked me; "What would be your perfect way to spend a grey October Saturday afternoon, right now?" I'd say... "Having James Murphy of LCD come over, hang out and spin some of his fave tunes". Bingo! It happened!!
Host Mark Wheat sat down and chatted with Damon Albarn and Paul Simonon of Gorillaz before their show a couple of weekends ago. They talked about everything from how they were able to take the concept of Gorillaz on tour to their fashion statements.
Friends since their junior high school days, Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel officially formed Phantogram in 2007. With their electronic rock vibes and dance-ready indie-pop sounds, this duo has opened for well established acts ranging from Minus the Bear to Metric.
If during the holiday season one of your relatives, trying to meaningfully connect with you, quickly says,"So what does this 'indie rock' that you like so much sound like?" -- just hand them Deerhunter's "Halcyon Digest."
Most of us have grown up with Hot Hot Heat to an extent. Formed in 1999, the band had their breakthrough a little while later, with the release of their 2002 album "Make Up The Breakdown." That year, you were hard pressed to not hear "Bandages" when flipping the radio dial, and it was a welcome song to hit any ear.
The Twilight Hours stopped by the Current booth at the Minnesota State Fair on Labor Day for a live performance.
With his acoustic guitar, Josh Ritter has let loose folk sounds that have often been compared to the likes of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan.
The messages that stick with me are that she wants her story to be told, she was born free, she's not going to be something that she isn't and it is possible to make a killing without forgetting the feeling.
As friends growing up in Lincolnshire, England, singer and guitarists Martin Trimble and bassist Glen Bartup began their music careers playing the blues. In 2002, at the age of 19, they began playing rock and roll as the 22-20's (named after the Skip James song, "22-20 Blues").
Sometimes, fate places a bunch of musically inclined children together. Occasionally, those kids grow up to become bands, and sometimes one of those bands turn out like Shout Out Louds.
Zach Rogue probably has a perfect name for driving electro-pop music.