Not long ago, Jillian Banks was cutting her teeth at Los Angeles open-mics, but just last week, she played a sold-out show at First Avenue in Minneapolis. Singer-songwriter BANKS stopped in to The Current studio to perform some songs and to chat with Mark Wheat.
In town opening for Pixies, the UK's Royal Blood stopped by The Current's studio to record a session and to chat with host Mark Wheat about their sudden success around their self-titled debut that released Aug. 25, 2014 in the States.
Big week for Hozier! He holds on to the top spot for a second week and will be the musical guest on <em>Saturday Night Live</em> this weekend! He has already sold out his first Minnesota show at First Avenue on Feb. 20.
Our new #1 this week, Hozier, is seemingly set to be the biggest breakout star of the year. Like
Lorde last year, he's "crossing over," meaning he's won over fans across a multiple range of platforms and tastes.
Ryan Adams tops the Chart on the back of being our Album of the Week. Jim McGuinn suggests in his review of the self-titled album that Ryan has a deep connection with another recently re-energized rocker, Tom Petty.
After a couple of weeks hiatus, First Aid Kit return to the top for the second week holding off a strong surge by the New Pornographers, who just <a href="http://pitchfork.com/news/56709-new-pornographers-drummer-kurt-dahle-leaves-band/">lost founding drummer Kurt Dahle</a>, and a very high new entry by Interpol, who seem to have overcome the <a href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/review/6244100/interpol-el-pintor-track-by-track-album-review-2014">loss of their iconic bassist Carlos Dengler</a>!
Fresh from their gig at Riot Fest in Chicago on Saturday and gearing up for a show tonight in the Nether Bar at Mill City Nights, Los Angeles duo the Bots stopped into The Current's studio to play some songs and to talk with Mark Wheat.
Massive response this week — more votes than any other week of the year! Trampled By Turtles fans hoping to win VIP Festival Palomino tickets helped the Duluthians stay at the top by a comfortable margin, and thereby get inducted to our <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2013/03/28/chart-show-hall-of-fame">Chart Show Hall of Fame</a>, along with Spoon.
In town for a gig at the Cedar Cultural Center, Oxford-based band Glass Animals stopped in to The Current's studio on the fourth day of their U.S. tour to play some tunes and to talk to Mark Wheat.
With a dearth of strong, mid-career, guitar-based bands around right now, it is good to have Interpol back -- refreshed and focused, making an album that more than adequately adds to their canon.
On the last day of the Great Minnesota Get-Together, Haley Bonar played a few songs off her latest album, <em>Last War</em>, and chatted with Mark Wheat during a live broadcast from the MPR booth.
Wholesale changes in the Chart this week. We lost Lykke Li after eight weeks, tUnE-yArDs after seven, PHOX after five, Sylvan Esso after four and Glass Animals after only one week. That also affected the gender balance and sound of the chart overall — it's become more male and ... roots-ier!?
First Aid Kit take the top spot for the first time in Chart Show history, Jenny Lewis shot back up to #2 and Doomtree solidify their spot in the top 5 the week that their <a href="http://blog.thecurrent.org/2014/07/doomtree-releasing-500-page-career-spanning-photo-book/">mammoth 500-page photo book</a> releases!
Strong showing for the locals this week. Can we still call Bon Iver local? Justin's song for the movie <em>Wish I Was Here</em> jumps up to #3 and Trampled By Turtles maintain control of the top for the fourth week in a row.
Just before playing a show at the 7th Street Entry, Strand of Oaks stopped by The Current studio to play some songs and to talk to Mark Wheat about songs that simply "needed to be written."