Mark Wheat Feature Archive

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. (04/09/2014)
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. (04/07/2014)
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! (04/02/2014)
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. (04/01/2014)
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. (03/27/2014)
Mark Wheat climbs the table in his fantasy league, thanks to the weekend's goal fest. Liverpool fans start singing, "We're going to win the league" on the weekend's results. And a loyal Arsenal fan shares how he became a supporter as he gets ready to travel to a game at the Emirates this coming Saturday. Plus, a music pick. (03/24/2014)
Jeremy remains on top making it 3 weeks in total for "Ghost." He was anything but a ghost for SXSW, getting good reviews and joining us for Public Radio Rocks! (03/19/2014)
A bit of karmic comeuppance for Mark Wheat's schadenfreude as Manchester United lose 3 - 0 to Liverpool in a match that included a remarkable three penalties. Meanwhile, Minnesota United have been on tour in England, and their win versus Matlock Town F.C. last week is the inspiration for today's song pick. (03/17/2014)
Jeremy is back on top for the second week with "Ghost" just ahead of his big shows down in Austin TX for SXSW. A ton of local musicians will be heading down there this week, including highest new entry Haley Bonar who's set to play at least 6 shows! She was part of last weeks big send off party 'Are You Local' with her band Gramma's Boyfriend. (03/12/2014)
The hubris of certain Premiership managers stirs some schadenfreude in Mark Wheat this week; plus, exciting results from the FA Cup shift Mark's attention to Wigan and the musical subgenre known as Northern Soul. (03/10/2014)
Formed in Melbourne, Australia, and now based in Brighton, England, four-piece dream-pop band Kins stopped by The Current's studios to play some songs off their self-titled album and to chat with Mark Wheat. (03/07/2014)
Phantogram's <em>Voices</em> album was released just last month, they made their TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel last week and this week &#151; for the first time in Chart Show history &#151; they're at #1! (03/05/2014)
A busy weekend for Mark Wheat meant not as much soccer-watching as usual, but it certainly didn't cut down on the soccer-related conversations and news, plus a surprising music pick. (03/03/2014)
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?! (02/26/2014)
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. (02/24/2014)