The announcement of Solid Gold's new album came less than a month before the record hits shelves, proving our hometown boys have heard our pleas and wanted to get the record into our hands as quickly as they could.
Silversun Pickups lead singer, Brian Aubert, hijacks our airwaves to share his musical picks in this edition of Theft of the Dial
Stockholm-based trio Niki and the Dove balances imaginative and playful songwriting sure to find favor among indie fans alongside beats and hooks so massive that it's not hard to imagine the band landing themselves on the pop charts.
Brother Ali is a local hip-hop icon who's been in the game for over a decade. He stopped by The Current studio to chat with Barb Abney about his new album and play a few songs.
On "Sun," Chan Marshall has become the rock star we've always needed: raw, evocative, outspoken and awe-inspiring.
Dirty Projectors, the shapeshifting herd of arty indie-rockers led by oddball mastermind Dave Longstreth, have crowned the strange and surprising first decade of their existince with their smart, accomplished fifth full-length Swing Lo Magellan.
While their sound is familiar, it's not sloppy or dated in any way. It has a grounded feel to it, with just as much passion as before, but with more of the kind of focus that only growing up and having a family can give you.
The story of Dan Wilson is by now a local legend. He helped create some of the biggest music hits in the '80s and '90s through his work in Semisonic and Trip Shakespeare.
Barb Abney got a chance to sit down with music superstar in advance of his appearance at Wits.
When people ask me what Afghan Whigs record they should listen to as an introduction to the band, without hesitation I say "Gentlemen" and here's why.
I love this quote from the band regarding the sound and texture of the record: "We wanted the louder stuff to sound cranky." Oh, it does. Even the tiniest moments of silence have a buzz and a darkness about them.
Lucy Michelle and The Velvet Lapelles have been together for a long time. A string of well-received albums, best band nods and consistently well-attended shows has made the act a local treasure. In the past year though, they've been a little off the radar. Now we know why - the band has traded in their traditional folk sound for a full sonic revamp and the results on their newest record "Heat" couldn't be more promising.
Rhett Miller still maintains a youthful charm which is why it's hard to believe he's been writing songs since 1989. As both a successful solo artist and the frontman of classic roots rock band Old 97's, Miller has become something of a prodigy in the Texas music scene where he hails from.
Folk-pop singer/songwriter Caroline Smith began her music career in a similar fashion to that of Mason Jennings and Elliot Smith - with a residency at the 400 Bar. This led to meeting the fine people that would later put "the good night sleeps" in Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps including Arlen Peiffer, Jesse Schuster and David Earl. Their debut "Backyard Tent Set" was released in 2008 with a live album to fill the gap between that release and their follow up "Little Wind," which came out in September of 2011.
Lucero probably won't be slowing down anytime soon. Live show enthusiasts since their beginnings in the late '90s, the band performs hundreds of times a year in support of the nine records they've already put out.