It's the third week in a row at the top for locals Trampled By Turtles, but otherwise we had a broad culling of Minnesota talent from the list this week, with Atmosphere, John Mark Nelson and Haley Bonar all falling off the Chart.
In his final On the Ball blog post, Mark Wheat gives a preview of the Premier League season that begins this weekend, along with tips on how to watch and even an invitation to join a fantasy league. He also describes the fun he's had writing this and explains why he's decided to draw a line under it.
Spoon get a big bump up the Chart as their new album <em>They Want My Soul</em> is released — we made it our <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2014/08/04/album-review-spoon-they-want-my-soul">Album of the Week</a>. In her review, Mary Lucia suggested that, as a long time fan of the band, she regards "Rent I Pay" to be their best song ever.
Baraboo, Wis., six-piece PHOX have enjoyed a meteoric rise since the release of their 2013 EP 'Confetti'. In town to play a sold-out show at the 7th Street Entry, PHOX visited The Current's studio for the first time, where they played some songs and chatted with Mark Wheat.
The Twin Cities got a taste of the Premier League when defending champs Manchester City visited the TCF Bank Stadium to take on Greek champions Olympiacos, just ahead of Minnesota United taking on Ottawa FC. Plus a music selection from someone who may support Liverpool (maybe?).
Our new #1, Trampled By Turtles, are a "remmidemmi" band apparently! That's a German phrase for, "arms in the air, let's party!"
Mark Wheat sums up his thoughts on the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, then sets the stage for the Guinness International Champions Cup match this weekend between Manchester City and Olympiacos, followed by another match between Minnesota United and Ottawa Fury. Plus: A music pick that connects a local band with the Premier League champs.
Broken Bells bounce back right to the top this week as many of you tried to win tickets to their <A href="http://www.thecurrent.org/events/2014/08/03/614/broken-bells/">Aug. 3 show at the State Theatre</a>. This is their second stop here this year in support of <em>After the Disco</em>; their tour kicked off back in Feb. with a sold out show at First Avenue.
tUnE-yArDs makes it back to the top this week as fans try to get tickets to her <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/events/2014/07/17/563/tune-yards/">sold out First Avenue show July 17</a>. If you were lucky enough to get tickets, don't be fashionably late as Minneapolis' own Dosh will open for Merrill and the gang. And if you snag tickets, she's just <a href="http://pitchfork.com/news/55760-tune-yards-extend-tour/">announced more gigs</a> including a show at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee Oct. 23.
As the World Cup enters the quarter-finals, Mark Wheat reflects on the tournament it's been so far, and what may lie ahead as the world watches the progression to the final. Plus, a music pick!
The Black Keys hold on to the top spot again this week, which might pale in comparison to another sign of their success: Umami restaurant chain in California has honored the band with its own burger! For every purchase, $1 will be donated to the Black Keys Alfred McMoore Memorial Endowment Fund.
Before making her Minnesota debut with a sold out show at the Varsity Theater, Aussie Courtney Barnett stopped by The Current studios to perform a few songs off <em>A Sea of Split Peas</em>. Between songs, Barnett and host Mark Wheat talked about her charming, quirky lyrics, what it was like touring with Billy Bragg and, of course, the World Cup.
Jack White lost again to his nemesis the Black Keys for this week's top spot, but he seems to be winning friends with his live show. <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jack-white-live-in-l-a-like-watching-led-zeppelin-play-the-opry-20140612"><em>Rolling Stone</em></a> described his Los Angeles performance, "like watching Led Zeppelin play the Grand Ole Opry: raw blues power, finesse and a generous helping of fiddle." That didn't stop <A href="http://www.mtv.com/news/1846688/jack-white-bonnaroo-recap/">Jack dissing the venerable rag on stage at the huge Bonnaroo Festival</a> last weekend. "Does a tabloid like <em>Rolling Stone</em> make music happen?" he asked the crowd. "You and I make it exist!"
As Group G begins its matches, Mark Wheat gives a preview of today's USA v Ghana match, which kicks off at 5 p.m. Mark will be at the Nomad World Pub in Minneapolis during the game, and he'll be checking in on-air with Mary Lucia and with Mac Wilson.
tUnE-yArDs takes the top spot for the very first time this week after another very tight race. She joined our friends at KEXP last week for an <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/317381217/kexp-presents-tune-yards">in-studio performance of "Real Thing"</a> off her new album <em>Nikki Nack</em>.