Mark Wheat Feature Archive

We're not the only ones who like Daft Punk. Apparently they went to #1 in 97 countries on the planet this week! Sold over 330,000 in the US to top Billboards chart (Vampire Weekend only sold 139K last week to be #1?!) And they became the biggest Spotify hit ever, outdoing Mumfords! (05/30/2013)
Oxford-based quintet Foals make willfully out-there and original indie-rock that varies from spastic dance-rock to angular post-punk sounds to intricate experimental passages. (05/20/2013)
The Robots are coming! The robots are coming!! Daft Punk, notorious for wearing helmets when they perform as if robotic, have a huge hit on their hands. (05/09/2013)
After the great reception our audience has given Vampire Weekend and the high profile gigs they have been getting with Steve Buscemi filming their show, it will be interesting to see where they chart when the album comes out. (05/02/2013)
Saint Paul's Nicholas David Mrozinski has been a fixture of the local music scene for a decade, with several albums under his belt and frequent live shows in the area to bolster his Twin Cities rep. But last year he was catapulted to nationwide fame thanks to a stint on season three of NBC's <em>The Voice</em>. (05/02/2013)
A handful of early tracks from Leagues' 2011 debut EP stirred up some blog attention, and in January of this year they returned with a debut full-length, <em>You Belong Here</em>. The band's solemn, moody indie sound has earned comparisons to the National and others. (04/23/2013)
Pickwick, whose style is a fusion of raw, garage-y indie blues-rock and retro-licious R&B/soul, just released the full-length album <em>Can't Talk Medicine</em> and continue to build buzz with national touring. (04/19/2013)
Who is Diane Young? She's the subject of the Number One! Or is she? Do you hear "dying young" too? Poetic license in the middle of National Poetry Month? (04/18/2013)
Yeah! The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have it!! By a nose, they climb to the top. Only a handful of votes separated the top 4. (04/11/2013)
Warmly received by the crowd, Dawes broke to talk to Mark Wheat a couple times during their five-song set, covering topics ranging from frontman Taylor Goldsmith's hesitance to try the Minnesota State Fair's trademark junk food and the mystery of how the band were chosen to open for Bob Dylan this summer. (04/08/2013)
The first local #1 of the year! Cloud Cult patiently waited, Alt-J were inducted, now they take their turn at the top. (04/04/2013)
Low are minimalists in every sense of the word. Every note, every rise and fall in dynamic, every snippet of between-song banter is intentional, and measured. The Fitzgerald Theater was an ideal setting for the band's poignant show on Saturday, March 23. Enjoy audio from the event. (04/03/2013)
San Francisco's Thao & the Get Down Stay Down is the vehicle for the thoughtful indie folk-rock lyricism of singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen. Over the course of five albums and multiple singles (plus celebrated collaborations like her 2011 LP with indie-pop artist Mirah), she's developed a stripped-down, cerebral but deeply relatable voice that's earned her a sizable and devoted following. (04/01/2013)
<em>Afraid of Heights</em>, Wavves' recently-released fourth album, is the band's most lyrically mature and sonically eclectic release to date. (04/01/2013)
Alt-J are inducted into our Chart Hall of Fame this week after setting a record of 8 weeks at #1. That will be very hard to beat and is maybe a little hard on our own Cloud Cult who've spent now 3 weeks at #2, with only one more chance to make it to the top! (03/28/2013)