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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While in town for a show at the First Ave mainroom, Long Beach, Calif.'s Cold War Kids stopped by The Current studio to chat with Barb and take over our airwaves to play some of their favorite tunes, featuring an eclectic mix of tunes old and new.
As recently as three years ago, fans were concerned whether we would ever see a new record from The Strokes, but the band rewarded our long wait with <em>Angles</em>. Fast-forward almost two years to the date and The Strokes have released their fifth studio record, <em>Comedown Machine</em>.
With Trent Reznor's announcement about a Nine Inch Nails tour, Barb Abney looks back at her first encounter with the band, and picks her top 5 songs from the NIN catalog.
Brothers Dan and Matt Wilson have been playing together since they were kids. Now they're taking over The Current to share their favorite songs with you.
This record could be called "Arena Rock Lullabies for grown ups." I know how crazy it sounds. But it fits. The Joy Formidable have artfully woven a symphonic patchwork made up of delicate and dreamy moments joined with screaming guitars and cacophonous percussion.
While in town to perform at Wits, singer-songwriter, author and self-described "Most Improved Camper, West Point Youth Camp, 1982," Mike Doughty stopped by The Current to hijack our airwaves and spin some yarns about his favorite tunes.