One of Pearl Jam's defining characteristics is that they have wedged themselves into their own corner of American rock music. They can rest assured that their spot in the canon will remain unaltered.
Between Saturday and Sunday shows at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Seattle-based The Head and the Heart stopped in to The Current's studios to chat with Mac Wilson and to play some songs of their new album, <i>Let's Be Still</i>.
22-year old UK songwriter Tom Odell released his debut "Long Way Down" in June and instantly shot to number #1 on his home country's charts. He joins an acclaimed list of English newcomers in 2013 who have attained the same honor like Jake Bugg and Rudimental.
The Tennessee singer-songwriter feels a deep connection — if not responsibility — to the great musical traditions of Memphis. She describes this and more during her in-studio chat with The Current's Mac Wilson.
On 'Desire Lines,' Camera Obscura have delivered a well-produced, well-sequenced blend of pop songs intertwined with subtle heartstring-pullers.
Glasgow group CHVRCHES is making well-deserved waves amongst electro-pop music buffs. Last March they crossed the Atlantic for their first US performance at the massive South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX. They've been compared to Purity Ring, which isn't a surprise considering their synth-heavy sound and leading lady Lauren Mayberry's melodious, ethereal vocals.
<em>Trouble Will Find Me</em> ranges from moody ballads to driving rockers, but true to the band's subversive nature, the rockers are more mellow than they first appear, and the ballads drip with menace.
Over four albums prior and nearly fifteen years together, Phoenix have locked into what seems to be their signature sound: a fusing of synthpop and arena rock into one highly caffeinated hit after another, geared for maximum catchiness.
If one listens to any one album by the White Stripes, they will hear a different shade of the band. Yet for all their elusiveness and apparent shape-shifting, the entirety of the band is really only visible on one album and one album alone: <em>Elephant</em>.
British rockers Django Django have forged a stunningly inventive sound in their short existence, splitting the difference between vintage rock riffs 'n' rhythms and a contemporary, arty strain of electronic psychedelia.
Good things come in threes with indie rockers, Ra Ra Riot. Fresh of the release of their third album, the band stopped by our studio for the third time to play three songs.
This year's Grammy nominations have the greatest overlap with the Current's playlist than any other year in our history. The actual awards -- well, they overlapped a little.
Without the pressures of his "real band," you can hear the burdens melt off Gibbard's songwriting, much like Jeff Tweedy has done with his non-Wilco projects.
Dave Wakeling of the English Beat chatted with host Mac Wilson about Mac's mellifluous voice, the origins of Halloween, the band's life on tour, Minneapolis crowds and much more.
On the strength of their low-fi garage pop sound, the Australian four-piece has generated considerable buzz surrounding their upcoming debut album.