Barb Abney Feature Archive

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)
It's apparent with the album artwork, the band name and the lyrics that Bethany Cosentino belts out that she has a particular affinity for the West Coast. (09/28/2010)
Cee-Lo Green, one half of Gnarls Barkley and a former member of Goodie Mob called us up shortly after the release of his Mixtape: Stray Bullets collection a few weeks ago. (09/15/2010)
As the Southern California ten-piece that has become known for their infectious and endearing whistling-based love song "Home," Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have had a whirl-wind of a year since they were last in our studios. (08/13/2010)
Despite growing up in the land of disco and death metal, Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson, who goes by the moniker The Tallest Man on Earth, fell naturally into folk music. (05/24/2010)
Mixing Americana templates with a sunny L.A. outlook, Local Natives' debut record, "Gorilla Manor," has given them the chance to go from Silver Lake to the clubs around the country. (05/18/2010)
At the tender age of 22, Kate Nash has accomplished more than most musicians twice her age. Her second album, "My Best Friend Is You," was just released, and she's been given the opportunity to tour the U.S. again.. (05/17/2010)
Despite being a brand-new band, Rogue Valley have some elements of familiarity to The Current listeners. From their orchestral-folk sound to their leader, local hero Chris Koza, Rogue Valley are primed for a round of success in the Twin Cities. (04/08/2010)
The four-piece that call themselves Field Music began in Sunderland, in northeast England in 2004 and has played with the likes of Maximo Park and the Futureheads. (03/15/2010)
With many of their songs about "trying to make it" in the music business, Hockey are slowly going to run out of material to write about. Often compared to The Strokes and LCD Soundsystem, the Portland, Oregon new wave pop band have making new fans since they began in 2007. (03/12/2010)