Barb Abney Feature Archive

Last time Black Joe Lewis performed in the Twin Cities, he was opening for Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Before his headline show at First Avenue, he and his band (formerly known as the Honeybears) stopped by to play a few songs off the new record and chatted with Barb Abney about aliens, his connection to Minnesota and what touring with Spoon was like. (10/03/2013)
Before playing in First Avenue's mainroom, Cold War Kids stopped by to play a few songs off their fourth studio record, <em>Dear Miss Lonelyhearts</em>, released earlier this year. They chatted with host Barb Abney about Billy Bragg, about touring non-stop for the past year, and about a missed connection with Brian Eno. (10/02/2013)
Typhoon, based in Portland, Ore., are currently touring in support of their third full-length album, <i>White Lighter</i>. They stopped in to talk to Barb Abney and to play a few songs in The Current's studio before performing at the Cedar Cultural Center on Thursday night. (09/20/2013)
Listen to Volcano Choir's sophomore release, <i>Repave</i>, and you'll find yourself enveloped in a swarm of lush, structured soundscapes, strings, percussion, vocal harmonies and mystery. (09/16/2013)
The new NIN album feels like a familiar friend. There are synthetic sounds that only Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross know how to make; this album is chock-full of those moments, as well as the sounds that give <i>Hesitation Marks</i> a career retrospective vibe. (09/09/2013)
Glasgow's Franz Ferdinand are basking in the glow of their new release, <i>Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action</i>, and band members Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy recently visited with The Current's Barb Abney to talk about the new record. (08/27/2013)
Before playing a show at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, Smith Westerns stopped in the studios of The Current to talk to Barb Abney about touring, songwriting, their influences and what it's like to be a band out of Chicago. (08/21/2013)
It was a gift from an uncle that launched singer-songwriter Jake Bugg's career. Until he was 12 years old, Bugg was only interested in playing soccer. But when an uncle presented the preteen Bugg with a guitar, Bugg "knew it was what [he] wanted to do." (08/06/2013)
Sean Tillmann, aka Har Mar Superstar, has always had a penchant for soulful and funkier sounds. On <i>Bye Bye 17</i>, he seems to delve even deeper into the soul pantheon of his influences. (08/05/2013)
After some recent discussion on Twitter, it seems that it is high time for another soundtrack episode of Tonal Recall! This time, let's put the focus on movies from the 90s. A bad movie doesn't necessarily mean a bad soundtrack! We've already received requests from the movies pictured above, but we want to play your request, as well. (07/25/2013)
Mayer Hawthorne stopped by The Current studios for a Theft of the Dial with Barb Abney. They talked about his new record <em>Where Does This Door Go</em>, including what one rule he set for himself during the recording process and what artists collaborated with him for the album. (07/16/2013)
On June 22, The Current hosted Dessa's <em>Parts Of Speech</em> release show at The Fitzgerald Theater. With another Current Sessions at The Fitz, Barb Abney highlights the performance. (07/11/2013)
Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros stopped by The Current studios to chat with Barb Abney and shared some of their favorite tracks including a band that started the distorted guitar sound, a soul singer of the past who spills heart and guts into his vocals, and a band that isn't afraid to do song scene changes. (06/28/2013)
Julia Sweeney is a comedian and writer best-known for her stint on Saturday Night Live in the early '90s and for her hilarious, thoughtful and moving monologues. While she was in town for Wits last fall, she stopped by The Current to chat with Barb Abney and take over our airwaves. (05/03/2013)
British garage-rockers the Palma Violets have been kicking up a noisy, youthful rock storm for a couple of years now, with a raw sound daubed with rich, vintage organ sounds and shaded with hints of '60s psychedelia. (05/01/2013)