Mark Wheat Feature Archive

Led Zeppelin's influence on modern music is undeniable but... which of their LPs is essential? 1970's "III" was the last breath taken by a band who were still mere mortals, mates from the Midlands trying hard to make a career out of this fledgling rock industry. (09/25/2012)
To get you in the mood for what will surely be a special evening, Conor Oberst stopped by The Current studios on the afternoon before his Fitzgerald Theater performance squeeze in a few bonus songs omitted from his set tonight. (09/20/2012)
The sprawling Brooklyn-based group Antibalas has a core of eleven members but frequently incorporates other musicians, with each collaboration adding unique wrinkles to the band's funk and jazz-inflected Afrobeat sound. (09/11/2012)
On Thursday, Sept. 6, The Current's Mark Wheat became a naturalized U.S. citizen. He recently sat down to share his thoughts about his decision and about his experience of becoming an American. (09/06/2012)
Many of you saw them open the magical evening that was Minnesota Music On-A-Stick, but for any unlucky fans who may have missed their Grandstand-worthy performance, the band decided to stop by the MPR booth again and play ANOTHER set of music for State Fair fans. (09/03/2012)
Perhaps after witnessing the rise of EDM here in the States, and the way Skrillex and others use metal rifts as punctuation, Bloc Party thought they could be the rock band equivalent to ride this new wave to further success. (08/20/2012)
On the day of their sold-out show at the 7th St. Entry, Family of the Year stopped by The Current studio to play a few songs. (08/08/2012)
Twin Shadow takes the sounds of New Wave and post-punk and weaves them into a sleek and somber take on contemporary indie-pop. (08/07/2012)
Forget the dragon, 2012 is the Year of the Alabama Shakes. The band has launched into national prominence and is in town for a sold-out show at First Avenue. (08/02/2012)
British band Hot Chip has made a career out of exploring the collision point between heart-rending indie rock, cleverly self-aware pop and spastic, dancefloor-ready electronica. (07/13/2012)
It's been three years since Brendan Benson last stopped by The Current studios for a live set. Mark Wheat catches up with the versatile songwriter to find out what he's been up to. (06/29/2012)
For me, their talent jumps out of the radio no matter which song off this album that we play. But the true pleasure of this band is found in sitting with the whole album and giving it a deep listen. It rewards your presence -- it is real and authentic. (05/27/2012)
It's been two years since Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros put out their last album "Up From Below" and had the hit song of the year with "Home." Since that time, the collective has gained several new members, toured all over the world and now have a new album, "Here." (05/25/2012)
Father John Misty may be a relatively new project, but the man behind it has been around for a few years now, playing in one of indie music's greatest break-out bands. J. Tillman used to drum for the mighty Pacific-Northwest act Fleet Foxes, but left the group this year to pursue his own endeavors, trading in the rootsy, experimental folk for more of a vintage rock sound. (05/11/2012)
Born out of two bands -- The Secret Machines and On!Air!Library! -- New York City's synth-dreampop act School of Seven Bells have been together for six years, but have grown with their line up changes. Originally, the project consisted of identical twin sisters Alejandra (On!Air!Library!) and Claudia Deheza and guitarist Benjamin Curtis (Secret Machines). However, Claudia left the band in 2010 before the latest record "Ghostory." (04/27/2012)