Each day during Minnesota Public Radio's Spring Member Drive, The Current will highlight a different artist who has made a significant contribution to the music world and a lasting impression on the music we listen to today. We call them Musicheads Essential Artists, and today we're highlighting Chuck Berry.
Dave Wakeling of the English Beat dropped by The Current's studio for a live chat with Bill DeVille. Wakeling described how he first discovered ska in the soccer stadiums of England, and he likens the changes in his band's lineup to putting together a good soccer team as he grows the sound of the English Beat as a global franchise. Wakeling also plays an impromptu acoustic version of 'Save it for Later'.
Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard stopped by The Current to record a stripped-down session before a sold out show at Northrop in support of their new album, <em>Kintsugi</em>, a nod to the Japanese technique of repairing broken ceramics with gold.
After decompressing in his home state of Michigan, Ben Schneider convinced his childhood bandmates to move to Los Angeles to record music. Together they are Lord Huron. The band stopped by The Current studio to perform live in-studio before a sold out show in First Avenue's mainroom.
Ahead of a gig at St. Paul's Fitzgerald Theater, Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield stopped by The Current studio to chat with host Bill DeVille and to perform tracks off their Elliott Smith covers album.
As we prepare to "spring ahead" into Daylight Saving Time, Bill DeVille and Mac Wilson are spinning tunes about time for Saturday's Honey Do. Taking a tip from the 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs about time do you want to hear? Make your request, and be sure to listen to Bill and Mac on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
On tour supporting their new album, 'The Phosphorescent Blues', Punch Brothers stopped in to The Current to play some songs and to chat with Bill DeVille. Somewhat inadvertently, the album turned out to have a lot to say about smartphone technology. 'It's just trying to recognize that [the smartphone] has changed everything, and we have to figure out a way to make it work for us and not the other way around,' says lead singer and mandolin player Chris Thile.
Brandi Carlile, along with her musical collaborators Tim and Phil Hanseroth, have released what might be Brandi's most rockin' album to date. Read Bill DeVille's review.
As part of our #Current10 celebrations, many of the staff at The Current are sharing their favorite memories. DJ Bill DeVille shares some of his favorite recollections, noting one of them "is just doing a live radio every weekend. I never take it for granted."
It was bright and early to come in to see Bill DeVille in The Current's studio, but Shakey Graves was happy to do it. On only his second time in the Twin Cities, Graves had sold out the Cedar Cultural Center the night before. "I had so much fun," Graves says. "It was a really wonderful crowd." Graves chatted with DeVille and even performed an on-the-fly, standup version of the song, "Call It Heaven."
Yesterday we were saddened to learn of the death of multitalented music great Ian McLagan at age 69. In memory and tribute, Bill DeVille presents ten songs featuring McLagan.
alt-J hits #1 on this week's Chart with "Left Hand Free"; locals Lizzo and Caroline Smith have reached the Chart Show Hall of Fame promise land; and Jenny Lewis climbs 11 spots to #8 with "She's Not Me."
T-Bone Burnett received a gift from Bob Dylan, out of the blue: a scrapbook of lyrics written forty-something years ago but never set to music. Burnett assembled a supergroup of artists and recorded the tunes at Capitol Records in Hollywood, and the resulting album largely succeeds. Even Bob Dylan's cast-off ideas make really good songs.
Host Bill DeVille shares his top singles, albums and Americana releases of 2014.
Mike Doughty is playing back-to-back shows at the Dakota in Minneapolis tonight, prompting The Current's Bill DeVille to ask him if such a gig is difficult. "Not really," Doughty says. "I prefer to be playing music than not playing music." Doughty stopped in to The Current's studio to chat with DeVille and to play a few tunes before the doubleheader.