St. Vincent returns to the top this week to end her stay on the Chart with her second induction to the Chart Show Hall of Fame ("Cruel" off <em>Strange Mercy</em> was inducted in 2012) along with another debutante Haley Bonar. After two inductions last week and the Strypes and Lana Del Rey falling off the Chart, we had room for four new entries.
First Aid Kit hit the top this week ahead of their <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/events/2014/06/03/532/first-aid-kit/">sold out show at the Varsity Theater June 3</a>, a week before their new album <em>Stay Gold</em> drops.
On tour supporting her new album, 'Make My Head Sing', Jessica Lea Mayfield stopped in to The Current's studio before playing a show at the Turf Club in St. Paul. While at The Current, Mayfield played a few songs and chatted with Mark Wheat.
In town to play a sold-out show at First Avenue, HAIM stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs off their album, 'Days Are Gone', and to talk with Mark Wheat.
Just when you thought she's done it all: soccer tricks, impersonating Kurt Cobain and <a href="http://blog.thecurrent.org/2014/05/bring-me-your-mugs-heres-the-st-vincent-coffee-youve-been-waiting-for-2/">her own custom coffee</a>, St. Vincent goes and gets the #1 spot on this week's Chart! Delighted to see St. Vincent delightfully twisted pop at the top.
Was this the best Premiership season in the league's history? Mark Wheat wraps up the Premier League season, shares ways to follow Minnesota United and MLS, and gives a quick preview of the World Cup. Plus a wrap-up music pick!
The Haim sisters soar to the top this week on the surge of fans trying to win tickets to their <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/events/2014/05/19/443/haim/">sold out First Avenue gig on May 19</a>. They're also featured wearing Karen Walker, Fendi and Givenchy in this month's Vogue UK. I wonder which they're more proud of?!
As we enter the final week of the Premier League season, Mark looks at the top and bottom of the table, and he discusses his all-star squad picks in light of the comments from On The Ball readers. Plus, a music pick that might have you singing like a Canary (hint, hint).
roken Bells are back at the top for the second week. After starting their tour here at First Avenue back in Feb., they've just announced additional dates including the <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/events/2014/08/03/614/broken-bells/">State Theatre on Aug. 3</a> and Austin City Limits Festival which we'd love to send you to see because when you <a href="https://contribute.publicradio.org/contribute.php?refId=current&WT.mc_id=current_web_nav_button&WT.mc_ev=click&utm_campaign=membership_contribution&utm_medium=web_nav_button&utm_source=current&utm_content=&utm_term">make a contribution to Minnesota Public Radio</a> before May 7, you'll be entered for a chance to attend ACL this fall!
Mark Wheat has no more adjectives to describe this unprecedented season in the Barclays Premier League. With two weeks left in the season, let's build our first XI BPL all-star team together. Make your player pick as Mark spins this week's track, a tune by HAIM.
Damon Albarn's first solo release may be slightly bewildering on first listen, but it eventually beguiles. Huge hooks that seem initially buried in the grayish torpor lift themselves out and stay aloft and with you wherever you go.
In town to play a gig at First Avenue in support of their debut album, 'Sun Structures', Temples stopped in to The Current's studio to play a few songs and to chat with Mark Wheat.
Jeremy Messersmith is inducted into the Chart Hall of Fame this week, ending his run back at the top!
He's one of the acts that we announced for Rock The Garden this year — <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2014/04/15/rock-the-garden">tickets are now available</a>. De La Soul are also on the bill and they're one of three new entries this week.
As this week's On The Ball goes to press, Liverpool are five points clear at the top, Chelsea suffered a defeat that kept one drain-circling club's hopes afloat, and rumors are swirling about the future of Manchester United manager David Moyes.
Bouyed by their successful headlining gig at Coachella this weekend Arcade Fire are the highest new entry this week. Their set got rave reviews including a cameo by Blondie's Debbie Harry, but the band didn't give the VIP section a good review. Several other media reports suggest that it got over crowded and a tad too "inauthentic."