Scottish trio CHVRCHES stopped by The Current studios before their second stop in the Twin Cities in just over three months. They spoke with Mark Wheat about the year they've had: playing at European festivals, touring in Australia and Japan, getting their music in FIFA 2014 and opening for Depeche Mode.
Lordy lordy, looks like Lorde is established as our #1 for three straight weeks! She's playing a few shows in the UK right now and will come to the coasts of the States again late in September and early October — still no dates close to us here, though.
It's appropriate that Lorde stays at the top this week; she's been a hooj fave at The Fair! Jake Bugg and Vampire Weekend round out the top three, while CHVRCHES and Lissie continue to climb, and NONONO and Superchunk get a look in.
Another Chart Show first: The Number One artist is still in high school! Lorde, also known as Ella Yelich-O'Connor, took some time off recently though — remember it's NOT summer in New Zealand where she's from! Her first trip to the states garnered good reviews of her live performance.
Although there's no change in the top three, there's a ton of surprises below them; The National obviously enriched their reputation while <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2013/08/13/the-national-live">visiting The Current last week</a> with a very high new entry.
"Lose Yourself to Dance" puts the French duo at the top of this week's chart, as Lorde and Vampire Weekend remain comfortably near the top of the table. We also induct a new Hall of Famer (hint: They'd likely thank us by saying, "Takk fyrir").
Gypsy-punk rockers Gogol Bordello live up to their name. Not only do the internationally influenced eight-member band come from all over the world (Ukraine, Russia, Ecuador), but they also tour across the globe eight months of the year. We were lucky enough for their itinerary to include a stop in The Current studios.
Just in time for their sold out Orpheum Theater show next week Vampire Weekend return to the top. "Diane Young" spent four weeks in the #1 spot, so we'll see if "Ya Hey" will be the bigger hit.
The Royals are coming...the royals...?!
Is it just a coincidence that on the week of the birth of George, the royal newborn, that
ALL the new entries seem to have a reference to him?!?
Between their much-buzzed-about set at the Pitchfork Music Festival on Saturday and their sold-out show at the Triple Rock Social Club last night, excitement over Savages is at an all time high.
Daft Punk gets UN-lucky...again! As Alt-J vacated the top spot last week, #1 was there for the taking, but The National stole it, spurred by fans eyeing tickets to their big show at Roy Wilkins Auditorium August 6.
Alt-J are inducted into the Chart Hall of Fame this week after spending 6 weeks total at the top, the first band ever to recover the top position TWICE! If Daft Punk recover the top spot for their final week they'll EQUAL that new record!
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!
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.
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.