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."
A look at the drama in the FA Cup semifinals, plus a lot of drama at Anfield as Liverpool secure a big win at the top of the table (and perhaps one player was doing a bit of acting, too). Meanwhile, Mark makes a music pick from local lads Heiruspecs.
Ahead of her fantastic performance at the State Theatre on April 3, St. Vincent came by The Current studios to record a Theft of the Dial with host Mark Wheat.
Jeremy Messersmith consolidates his position at the top for the 5th week in total. It was a very tight race with only a hand full of votes separating the top 4. A nice jump for St. Vincent this week, perhaps because of her stellar show at State Theatre.
Mark Wheat looks at the bright prospects for Liverpool after another big win by the Reds at the weekend, plus a celebration of Leicester City's promotion and an interview excerpt from Janelle Monae, courtesy The Guardian.
Massive change on the Chart, a spring cleaning!? After five inductees to the Hall of Fame last week and Gary Clark Jr. dropping off after a two-week stay we have a record six new entries <em>and</em> a new ...or should I say renewed #1!
Mark Wheat recaps a very exciting weekend in the Premiership, and MPR's Chief Operating Officer Dave Kansas shares a report from Saturday's Arsenal v Manchester City match, which he attended in person. Plus, a music pick that celebrates Crystal Palace's win over Chelsea.
In town to play a gig at the Fine Line in Minneapolis, five-piece Brooklyn, N.Y., indie rockers Real Estate stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs off their album, 'Atlas', and to chat with The Current's Mark Wheat.