Arcade Fire, retain the top spot but are apparently having trouble selling seats at Target Center for their show March 8. Another new way of doing business is offering special deals up to 50% off on Groupon?!
This week, Mark looks at a big result between Norwich City F.C. and Tottenham Hotspur. Mark also interviews John Schaefer of WNYC's music program 'Soundcheck' about Schaefer's love of the game (and Arsenal). Plus, news about a chance to see Man City in Minneapolis, and we finish with a music pick from Courtney Barnett.
Arcade Fire are back at the top ahead of their <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/events/2014/03/08/438/arcade-fire/">Target Center show on March 8</a>. Remember to dress fashionably formal or in character costume and don't be fashionably late because Dan Deacon is opening the show. He's the guy who started <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2013/07/01/dan-deacon-rtg-performance">Rock The Garden in the parking lot last June</a>.
Philadelphia-based band Dr. Dog stopped by The Current's studio while they were in town to play a couple of shows at First Avenue. Dr. Dog spoke to The Current's Mark Wheat about their most recent album, 'B-Room', about creating a rapport with the audience and about their favorite sports mascot.
In this week's On The Ball, Mark Wheat has a look at the FA Cup, the Champions League and at a tenuous connection to Barcelona that leads to a cool music pick from Sufjan Stevens.
Lots of love this Valentine's week for local hero Jeremy Messersmith who captures the top spot ahead of his <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/events/2014/02/21/376/jeremy-messersmith/">sold out show next Saturday at First Avenue</a>. He's added another night and there are still tickets available for Friday's show. Tomorrow Jeremy will be at the wonderfully named Belly Up Tavern in Solona, CA with The Hold Steady!?! What a magical double Minnesota bill that is!
It was another mind-boggling week in the Premier League, with Arsenal getting thumped by Liverpool and Norwich City shutting down the Manchester City scoring machine. Closer to home, Mark Wheat got to meet a coaching legend: Sweden's National Women's Team (and former U.S. Women's National Team) coach, Pia Sundhage. She shares her insights -- and her music!
This new compilation of covers by various artists has, like all love stories, a few bumpy rides along the way, but hopefully by the end, your heart has been won over and you'll have a positive outlook for Valentine's Day.
Arctic Monkeys stay at the top this week ahead of their <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/events/2014/02/14/423/arctic-monkeys/">sold out show at First Avenue next Friday</a>. They'll do a <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2014/01/30/arctic-monkeys-current-studio-giveaway">special in-studio</a> with Mary Lucia earlier that day, Valentine's Day! Don't just call your Valentine when you're high, get me your requests for that evenings broadcast, and I'd love to give you both a special shout out.
This week, Mark takes a look at which sides in the Premier League showed character -- and which did not; meanwhile, a vital Monday game pits Chelsea against Manchester City. Plus, a look ahead to a luncheon with 2012 FIFA Coach of the Year Pia Sundhage, and a Brazilian-style rainbow pass demonstration from none other than Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent.
Arctic Monkeys regain the top spot ahead of their sold out Valentines Day show at First Avenue. We've invited them in to do a special in-studio performance that afternoon, stay tuned for details on Thursday, Jan. 30 for a chance to get in on the action.
On tour promoting his second album in as many years, singer-songwriter Jake Bugg returned to The Current last week to perform an intimate show inside Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum. Between songs, The Current's Mark Wheat talks to Jake Bugg about Bugg's new album, 'Shangri La', and about his career trajectory thus far.
This week, Mark Wheat looks at the excitement and romance of the FA Cup, where the huge teams are sometimes surprised by the minnows. Plus, an exclusive interview with Jake Bugg about Bugg's support of Notts County F.C.
Jeremy Messersmith AND Jake Bugg are inducted into our Chart Hall of Fame this week. Jeremy has added an extra show at First Avenue now, Feb. 21 and 22. Jake played there last week and stopped by to do a great acoustic session that we'll air on Tuesday, Jan 28 at 6 p.m.
In this week's On The Ball, Mark Wheat examines some of soccer's great cliché's -- and why they're so often true. And on the week we commemorate Martin Luther King Jr., Mark pays tribute to John Barnes, a player who worked to kick racism out of football, with a music pick.