Local hip-hop bon vivant, Slug, has become a regular visitor to The Current studios. On his most recent trip he's joined by the rest of the band to discuss their music videos, letting go of some artistic control and building a musical community in Minnesota.
Tapes 'n Tapes stopped by and visited the Current's Morning Show to bring us a couple of songs and talk about our 7th birthday party.
What's different in this situation than in that of The Hold Steady is that the musical arrangements are more subtle and sort of mellowed out, allowing the listener to concentrate on the words. His delivery and writing style are true to the "Craig Finn style," littered with themes of religion, character development and solitude.
Midday host and producer Gary Eichten has worn many hats during his 40-plus-year career at Minnesota Public Radio, including news director, special events producer and station manager. And now he can add another name to the list: 89.3 The Current DJ. Gary joins The Morning Show's Jill Riley to talk about his career in radio and play some of his favorite songs.
At just 21 years old, English folk singer Laura Marling has already released her third full-length album, "A Creature I Don't Know." With her first two albums nominated for the Mercury Prize, she's already accomplished a lot at a young age.
Nick Lowe is kind of an enigma. Probably more well-known for the hit songs he has composed rather than his name, it's still easy to discern that he has a reputation in the music world, and a big one at that.
When indie music first started gaining ground in the early 2000s, one of the most successful bands in receiving mainstream attention was Mates of State, the married duo of Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel. Now they are back with their seventh album in a career that spans 14 years.
Led by singer, guitarist, and main writer Matthew Murphy, The Wombats formed at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts back in 2003. While the debut saw limited success in the States, the band hit the Top 10 in the UK and found themselves at Glastonbury and other festivals, setting the stage for their second album, "This Modern Glitch."
'Occupants' pairs Henry Rollins' visceral full-color photographs with writings that not only provide context and magnify the impact of the images but also lift them to the level of political commentary.
Peter Wolf Crier have graced The Current studios and the MPR State Fair booth multiple times, and their popularity among Twin Cities music fans is widespread and enduring. We were excited to welcome them back to the studio.
On Friday June 17, Florence + the Machine played live at the Minnesota Zoo. Florence Welch was kind enough to record a Theft of Dial with us before the show. Believe it or not, we recorded live from a restroom facility because it was the quietest place we could find. Florence was a good sport and did a great job playing guest DJ for us.
I recommend listening to this record from beginning to end, with your eyes closed and your imagination ready to run wild.
It's been nearly 10 years since Sam Beam donned the Iron and Wine moniker and released his debut "The Creek Drank The Cradle" in 2002. Since then, he's expanded the arrangements from his voice and an acoustic guitar to including a variety of other instruments, and he continues the trend on his newest album "Kiss Each Other Clean."
Duluth-based indie-rock mainstays Low have returned with their ninth full-length album, "C'mon," which features guest turns by Wilco guitarist Nels Cline as well as members of Trampled by Turtles and the Trans Siberian Orchestra (yes, you read that correctly).
The band Superchunk stopped by The Current studios for a live performance and chat with the Morning Show team.