Barb Abney Feature Archive

Brothers Chris and Curt Kirkwood formed Meat Puppets nearly 30 years ago. They were "grunge" before it was a genre and "alternative" before it was a format. They were a major influence on Kurt Cobain and Nirvana's music. They've been through the ringer with record labels, touring and drugs, yet somehow they're still around to release Lolipop, their 13th studio album. (05/23/2011)
Before we handed the airwaves over to Chuck, we spoke about his recent hiring at ESPN, his forthcoming book and former Guns 'n Roses axeman, Slash (with uproarious results). (04/21/2011)
The Knoxville, TN trio Royal Bangs have come a long way after playing an old soccer arena and coffee shops as teenagers. After starting their band in high school, growing to a five-member band that played SXSW in 2009, they decided to downsize their band to the current three piece. In recording their latest effort, "Flux Outside" the band enlisted the help of Scott Minor of Sparklehorse to engineer and help produce the record. They also had help from Dave Fridmann, who has worked with the Flaming Lips, Tapes 'n Tapes, MGMT, and Low, on the mixing. (04/18/2011)
The Worcester, Massachusettes quartet Dom signed to Astralwerks last fall. Since then they've released their debut EP "Sun Bronzed Greek Gods" and have been touring relentlessly. They dropped by for an in-studio while in town for a gig at The Entry. (04/11/2011)
The five-piece rock band Grouplove began in 2009 when they started playing together during their free time in Greece for an art recidency. When the world-travelers got back to the states they wanted to meet up again and keep working on the music they had been making abroad. (04/07/2011)
The Orchard is very apt title for the sophomore release from Ra Ra Riot, the six-piece indie band whose debut, 2008's The Rhumb Line, was a sleeper indie hit that year. (03/28/2011)
Middle Brother is a trio that features the lead vocalists of Deer Tick, Dawes and Delta Spirit. (03/16/2011)
Singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins has gone through a lot of life changes in the last couple of years, and they're all laid bare on her new album, "Mondo Amore." (03/02/2011)
Most notable for his work as the drummer of Wisconsin-hailed Bon Iver, Sean Carey -- who goes by S. Carey -- unintentionally started a solo side project while on tour. (01/14/2011)
Upon the expiration of their agreement with XL Records, Tapes 'N Tapes were free to self-release <em>Outside</em>, their third full-length record, on their own independent label, Ibid Records. (01/11/2011)
After a seven-year hiatus, the two women behind Azure Ray are back with their dream-pop sensibilities with new album "Drawing Down the Moon." (11/05/2010)
Matt Costa, like many California boys, dreamed of becoming a professional skateboarder. After a seriousd leg injury and over a year of rehab, however, he decided to focus on songwriting and playing the guitar. (10/26/2010)
Now on their fifth album entitled "Lisbon," The Walkmen have established themselves over the last ten years as a staple in the indie rock scene. (10/15/2010)
Michael Franti was the very first artist to host a Theft Of The Dial session back in winter 2009. Last week, he was in town for a show with his band Spearhead, and he dropped by The Current to become the first artist to do a repeat Theft Of The Dial performance. (10/14/2010)
Back in August, Dominic Howard called in to record a Theft Of The Dial session. We discussed touring, Twilight, Dr. Who and more. Then Dom chose a handful of tunes that he's pretty passionate about and went into detail why he chose them. (10/04/2010)