Barb Abney Feature Archive

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)
If you're expecting Gnarls Barkley meets The Shins, you wouldn't be completely off base... but you wouldn't be completely accurate either. (03/09/2010)
One of the most explosive forces in the indie rock community in the last few years, Wild Beasts have inspired everything from critical praise to interpretive dance troupe covers. The UK four-piece mix shoegaze traditions with glammy theatrics to tell their stories. (03/03/2010)
Joshua Carter and Sarah Barthel of Phantogram have known each other since junior high school but didn't become a band until 2007. After the duo honed their unique sound--slow-burning indie rock decorated with heavy, eerie electronics--they quickly earned the attention of independent labels. (03/01/2010)
Robert Del Naja and Grant Marshall - known respectively as "3D" and "Daddy G" - are the founding members and driving force behind Massive Attack. I've been a fan of this band since my first listen to their full length debut, Blue Lines, back in the very early 90's. Massive Attack have their own "sound." While many trip hop bands sound a bit similar, Massive Attack stands out, yet offers a kind of certainty. It's not like the samey-same sound of one of The Ramone's songs versus another. It's more like a flow and a similarity to even their most decidedly different downtempo beat. (02/08/2010)
Dessa stopped by The Current studio to promote her debut release "A Badly Broken Code." (01/20/2010)
Just in case this nugget of pop culture is not on your radar, Twilight: New Moon is about vampires. You'd expect dark, moody and sinister, right? Well, that's what you get. (10/16/2009)
Taking his moniker from his birth place, Langhorne, PA, folk singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim (nee Sean Scolnick) now calls many places home including Portland, OR, California, and Brooklyn, NY. (09/16/2009)
How do you master the balance between sugary melodies and challenging subjects? Just ask Brooklyn native Kevin Devine who has been building his career on doing just that for over a decade. (05/28/2009)