Mark Wheat Feature Archive

It was a record-breaking weekend in the EPL: One massive record was continued, and an almost mind-boggling record was broken. Meanwhile, some referees' decisions sparked news and debate — as well as today's music pick. (11/11/2013)
On their important sophomore release, <i>Shulamith</i>, Poli&#231;a double down on all that is good about their distinctive sound. Sometimes tribal, tinged with a meditative delicacy, they produce a universally attractive organic texture, explaining the positive reaction they've garnered all over the world. (11/11/2013)
Arcade Fire's <em>Reflektor</em> is our CD of the Week and the lead single remains at the top of the chart. Others were probably scared to take it from them after seeing Win Butler of the band pull "a Kanye" at the YouTube Awards Show last weekend. (11/07/2013)
Before her incredible live show at the new Skyway Theater, Janelle Monae stopped by The Current studios to chat with Mark Wheat about living in the Twin Cities, her collaboration with Prince and the story behind her live show. (10/23/2013)
An equalizer goal by Southampton FC four minutes before full time reminds Mark Wheat of that club's storied history and about a very popular fan song. (10/21/2013)
Brand new #1!! Arctic Monkeys, for the first week ever in the last week of their run as they're inducted to the Chart Show Hall of Fame. (10/17/2013)
At long last: Here's the story of how I came to be a supporter of Manchester United. And among my fellow Red Devils fans is none other than David Gedge of The Wedding Present. (10/14/2013)
New #1 this week! NONONO &#151; two producers, Tobias "Astma" Jimson and Michel Rocwell and a psychiatric nurse, Stina W&#228;ppling &#151; are the latest in a long line of Swedish pop hit-makers. (10/10/2013)
What team do you support? Maybe you don't have a fave yet. If not, here are some reasons why you may want to throw your support behind The Black Cats of Sunderland AFC. Plus, goals of the week and a music selection. (10/07/2013)
Lorde returns to the top for the fifth week total; her album release was met by good reviews for her shows in NYC. NONONO, Alt-J, Arcade Fire and Franz Ferdinand round out the top five. Check out the complete top 20 in this week's chart. (10/03/2013)
On the Ball with Mark Wheat is a new Monday feature on The Current that celebrates the connections between music and soccer, with an eye to the past weekend's results. This week, Mark looks at West Brom's 2 - 1 defeat of Manchester United in the Premier League. (09/30/2013)
In the last 10 years, few British rock bands have managed to translate their success into American sales. But this week, Arctic Monkeys' latest, <i>AM</i>, sits at the top in the Alternative Billboard charts and at #28 in the Top 200. Arctic Monkeys have definitely earned their place in the rock 'n' roll canon &#151; on both sides of the Atlantic.. (09/30/2013)
As the seasons turn, so does the chart! No change at the top but Alt-J might be a threat to Franz Ferdinand next week along with Arcade Fire. (09/26/2013)
Rock is back on top, Vampire Weekend and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros get inducted into the Hall of Fame, and capital-lettered bands start to take over the Chart Show. (09/19/2013)
The big music news from across the pond this week are the Mercury Prize nominations. The artists who made the cut are interestingly reflected on our chart this week. (09/12/2013)