Mark Wheat Feature Archive

The Current's Chart Show started mid-September of 2009. We decided to give every song a 12-week run on the Chart and then induct it into our Chart Show Hall of Fame. Over the past five years, the Hall of Fame has become a good gauge of what artists that you, our listeners, know and love. (12/24/2014)
This is the <em>final</em> Chart Show of the year as the last two Wednesdays of the year are big holiday eves. Fittingly, it is First Aid Kit who jump back to the top, alt-J are inducted into the Chart Show Hall of Fame and Weezer bounce back with "Lonely Girl" in at #20. (12/17/2014)
Sleater-Kinney make their Chart Show debut, the War on Drugs hold steady as they top year-end list after year-end list and the Decemberists see a big bump as they nearly sell out their upcoming March 24 Minneapolis gig at Northrop. (12/10/2014)
McLagan had been making and releasing music under his own name for 35 years, and he stopped by the Current's studios as he released his tenth solo album, 'United States'. (12/03/2014)
Instead of trying to rank my list by merit -- which is always impossible for me -- I sequence them as if it's a mix tape, on vinyl; Album of the Year 2014. (12/01/2014)
Lizzo and Caroline Smith, the local dynamic duo are at #1 for the third time and are set to be inducted to the Chart Show Hall of Fame next week. Robert Plant is inducted to the Hall of Fame for the first time ever. Hozier's "Jackie and Wilson" is the highest new entry at #6. (11/26/2014)
Ahead of their sold out show in the First Avenue mainroom with Fitz and the Tantrums, Big Data stopped by The Current to chat with host Mark Wheat and to record tracks off their latest record live in our studio. (11/21/2014)
The New Pornographers have ended their 12-week run on the Chart Show by going out at #1 and being inducted into the Hall of Fame! (11/19/2014)
"Men seem to only notice when a woman is talking once she starts yelling," Nikki Lane tells Mark Wheat, but she never has to yell at Mark; instead, the two share some great stories and good laughs as Nikki Lane and her band stop by The Current's studio ahead of a show tonight (with Jamestown Revival and Hollow Wood) at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. (11/18/2014)
The dynamic duo that is Lizzo and Caroline Smith are back on top this week and Caroline is celebrating with a new video for the title track off her last year's <em>Half About Being a Woman</em>. She shows some admirable acting chops in the video &#151; when are this pair going to get their own TV show?! (11/12/2014)
The New Pornographers make it to the top of The Current's chart this week; Robert Plant and Chastity Brown climb five spots; Weezer and Doomtree are inducted to the Chart Show Hall of Fame. (11/05/2014)
In April 2015, Mark Wheat is hosting a trip to London, so he's been thinking a lot about British bands. As a result, he's put together a playlist of songs by some artists most associated with London. (10/27/2014)
alt-J jump to the top this week on a flood of excitement for a chance to win tickets to their show at Myth Nightclub on Halloween. What will their fans dress up as, I wonder? (10/22/2014)
On tour in support of their second full-length, 'Harlequin Dream', Sydney-based Boy & Bear stopped in to The Current's studio ahead of their show at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis. (10/22/2014)
The Rural Alberta Advantage are in town for a show at the First Avenue Mainroom, touring in support of their new album, 'Mended with Gold'. The group stopped by The Current studio to play some tunes and to chat with Mark Wheat. (10/17/2014)