Mark Wheat Feature Archive

The XX have accomplished something few other groups have: critical raves, a sellout worldwide tour, and unexpectedly stellar album sales. The best part? They're all 20 years old. (11/30/2009)
A superstar in the Canadian music world, Sam Roberts' songwriting has garnered him multiple Juno Awards and plenty of critical acclaim in both the U.S. and Canada. (11/25/2009)
Illinois-born Lissie offers some of the best Americana music to come out of the Midwest in recent decades. Now living in California, the musician -- Lissie Maurus by birth -- examines life in small-town America and growing up in a rural area. (11/13/2009)
Owatonna, Minn. isn't nationally recognized for a lot of things, but it can be proud of its most famous native son - Sean Tillman, a.k.a. Har Mar Superstar. After stints in the noise band Calvin Krime and his own Sean Na Na project, Har Mar's exploration of R&B and raw sexuality has found him international fame. (11/05/2009)
Kyp Malone is a famously prolific musician, and for good reason. In addition to his side project, Iran, and his main band, TV on the Radio, the singer-guitarist has been making solo music since 2000. His current incarnation, Rain Machine, released its self-titled debut this summer on Anti-Records. (10/16/2009)
Beginning his career in music in the early '80s in a punk band, Moby eventually moved into electronic music in the early '90s and achieved wide-spread success in 1999 with the release of "Play," an album that eventually sold over ten million albums and won many awards. (10/02/2009)
The Arctic Monkeys won the Mercury Prize in 2006 for their album, "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" and have continued to rise in popularity ever since. (09/25/2009)
Johannesburg, South Africa's BLK JKS (pronounced Black Jacks) began five years ago as a group of friends jamming. Influenced by jazz and rock, they also pull from Zulu, Xhosa, and other traditional South African cultures. (09/24/2009)
Brandi Carlile made her stage debut at the age of performing Rosanne Cash's "Tennessee Flat-Top Box" at the Northwest's version of the Grand Ole Opry. (09/24/2009)
It was very special for me to get the chance to do this feature with Mason. He tells the story of how I was the first DJ that he heard play his song! (09/22/2009)
Never have three songwriters who sing come together for such a project in such a diplomatic way, even to the point of taking it on tour. (09/22/2009)
Zee Avi's music career began after she posted a video of her first song on YouTube for a friend, who had missed her first performance in Kuala Lumpur. After recognizing her online popularity, Brushfire Records signed Zee in 2008. (08/12/2009)
From Bowling Green, Kentucky and by way of the rough neighborhood of Leyton, England, Cage The Elephant have emerged onto the musical horizon with their grunge-tinged Southern punk. (08/10/2009)
A bluesy diva teams up with raucous, garage rock ruffians to form The Noisettes. (08/03/2009)
Listen to the stories that Francis tells and see if you can guess as the playlist unfolds, what is the theme that links it all together? (07/22/2009)