With a dearth of strong, mid-career, guitar-based bands around right now, it is good to have Interpol back -- refreshed and focused, making an album that more than adequately adds to their canon.
On the last day of the Great Minnesota Get-Together, Haley Bonar played a few songs off her latest album, <em>Last War</em>, and chatted with Mark Wheat during a live broadcast from the MPR booth.
Wholesale changes in the Chart this week. We lost Lykke Li after eight weeks, tUnE-yArDs after seven, PHOX after five, Sylvan Esso after four and Glass Animals after only one week. That also affected the gender balance and sound of the chart overall — it's become more male and ... roots-ier!?
First Aid Kit take the top spot for the first time in Chart Show history, Jenny Lewis shot back up to #2 and Doomtree solidify their spot in the top 5 the week that their <a href="http://blog.thecurrent.org/2014/07/doomtree-releasing-500-page-career-spanning-photo-book/">mammoth 500-page photo book</a> releases!
Strong showing for the locals this week. Can we still call Bon Iver local? Justin's song for the movie <em>Wish I Was Here</em> jumps up to #3 and Trampled By Turtles maintain control of the top for the fourth week in a row.
Just before playing a show at the 7th Street Entry, Strand of Oaks stopped by The Current studio to play some songs and to talk to Mark Wheat about songs that simply "needed to be written."
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.