You can keep Janelle Monae's cerebral, abstract inspiration for her art in the back of your head while enjoying <i>The Electric Lady</i>, but don't let the songs get lost in it.
Before playing a show with Joe Purdy at The Cedar, singer-songwriter Billy Bragg stopped by The Current studios to play a few of his favorite tracks and to chat with host Jill Riley of The Current's Morning Show about skiffle, Americana music and waving the flag for today's artists.
Paul McCartney has released a new single, the appropriately titled "New," and it's coming out ahead of his upcoming album, which is set to release in the U.S. on Oct. 15.
Thanks to Kickstarter and a creative surge on the part of the band members, The Suburbs have just released a new album, <i>Si Sauvage</i>, their first in 27 years. The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley sat down with the Suburbs to talk about the band's past, present and future, and to hear some songs off the new record.
Actor and Twin Cities native Josh Hartnett stopped by the MPR booth during The Current's Morning Show live broadcast from the Minnesota State Fair. Hartnett picks some songs for summer, talks about his upcoming projects and describes what he loves about Minnesota.
Ezra Koenig is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and lyricist of the New York City-based band Vampire Weekend. Between VW's applauded Lollapalooza performance in Chicago and a sold-out show at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Minneapolis, Ezra stopped by our studios to record a Theft of the Dial with The Current's Morning Show host Jill Riley.
Enjoy audio and video (including 2 unreleased tracks and a Dory Previn cover) from the exclusive Father John Misty performance in Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum. He chats with Jill Riley of The Current's Morning Show about his off-the-wall moniker, the move from Seattle to Los Angeles, and the Twin Cities gene pool.
Jill Riley of The Current's Morning Show chatted with Jim James when his band (including a drummer he's known since 4th grade!) stopped in Minneapolis last April to perform in the First Avenue mainroom. They talked about co-producing Preservation Hall Jazz Band's latest record, touring with Bob Dylan, and his attempt to play the clarinet.
Arts reporter Euan Kerr says moviegoers might want to ignore "After Earth" and embrace "Stories We Tell."
Portland indie band the Thermals, now a trio, have spent over a decade on the scene crafting urgently catchy, punk-influenced anthems. Now, they've signed to Conor Oberst's Saddle Creek records for their new album <em>Desperate Ground</em>, which came out last month.
St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman maintains a somewhat lower profile than his across-the-river counterpart R.T. Rybak, but is no less beloved by his city's denizens. Coleman is a very busy guy, but he managed to squeeze in a stop by The Current studio to chat with the Morning Show's Jill Riley and take over our airwaves to play a few songs for a special and surprising edition of Theft of the Dial.
You may know Kristen Schaal from her role on <em>Flight of the Conchords</em>, her stint as a <em>Daily Show</em> contributor, or her recurring appearances on <em>30 Rock</em>, <em>Bob's Burgers</em> and <em>Gravity Falls</em>. It turns out she's something of a musichead, too—while in town for Wits recently, Schaal stopped by The Current studio to chat with the Morning Show and take over airwaves to play a handful of her favorite songs.
Frontman of the wildly successful band Wilco, Jeff Tweedy has been with the group since their inception in 1994, helping to pen some of indie music's most iconic albums such as Summerteeth and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and their latest, The Whole Love. Tweedy dropped by the station to record another Theft of the Dial with Jill Riley.
Jim James spoke with The Current's Jill Riley about the inspiration behind 'Regions of Light and Sound of God,' working with Questlove and why he doesn't do demos any more.
I said this when I reviewed the last Yeah Yeah Yeahs record, <em>It's Blitz</em>: Karen O is one of the <em>best</em> frontwomen in today's music. Karen O and her equally important bandmates Brian Chase and Nick Zinner are back with a new record, <em>Mosquito</em>.