Jill Riley Feature Archive

The television show Mad Men premiered in 2007 and almost immediately developed a cult following. Five years later, its characters' '60s lifestyle is just as engaging and entrancing. Minnesota native Vincent Kartheiser plays Pete Campbell, the love-to-hate-him — or maybe hate-to-love-him -- ladder-climbing accounts man on the show. (05/04/2012)
18 years after formation, Snow Patrol is still barreling onward with record releases, their most recent being Fallen Empires. (04/23/2012)
Jack White is no stranger to making records. From The White Stripes to The Raconteurs, to The Dead Weather and producing records for Loretta Lynn and Wanda Jackson, he's become a music icon and an admired guitar player. Until now, we've experienced Jack White's trademark sound and vocal style through his various projects and bands. After all this time, he's finally made a record under his own name. It's his debut, solo full-length album "Blunderbuss." (04/23/2012)
Gotye is new to a lot of people, so it may come as a surprise that the Australian by-way of Belgium has actually been in the making music game since 2001. (04/17/2012)
This week Cube Critics discuss the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, plus a cabin getaway replete with blood, horror and humor. (04/13/2012)
Drew Goddard has written some of Hollywood's most critically acclaimed films and television episodes. (04/12/2012)
Icelandic indie-pop six-piece Of Monsters and Men have found themselves a runaway indie hit in the wake of their EP, "Into the Woods," and full-length album, "My Head Is an Animal," which will be released in the United States on April 3. (03/30/2012)
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. (02/21/2012)
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. (01/27/2012)
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. (01/22/2012)
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. (01/19/2012)
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. (12/12/2011)
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. (12/07/2011)
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. (11/21/2011)
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." (11/07/2011)