Mac Wilson Feature Archive

Conor Oberst's newest solo effort is a continuation of many of his trademark tropes, with all the connotations that come with them. Overall, Oberst's melodies possess a familiarity, making all the songs seem both comfortable and easygoing. (06/16/2014)
Tune-Yards' new album <i>Nikki Nack</i> consistently blurs the line between silliness and seriousness. These serious nursery rhymes address weighty issues. And even though Merrill Garbus's music sounds simple, even a cursory listen immediately reveals new patterns en route to a world that's distinctly her own. (05/19/2014)
'Are We There' is a record of undeniable brilliance, a tough yet bracing listen that shows Van Etten reaching new heights as a songwriter, producer, and vocalist. Hear the entire album before its release on May 27, 2014. (05/18/2014)
Lo-Fang, whose given name is Matthew Hemerlein, is touring in support of his debut album, 'Blue Film'. After playing a sold-out show at the 7th Street Entry, Lo-Fang stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs and to chat with Mac Wilson. (05/05/2014)
Tinariwen, a band composed of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali, stopped in to The Current's studio ahead of their show Sunday night at The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. (04/07/2014)
With her new, self-titled record, St. Vincent erects new barriers of aloofness while also managing to make her most accessible and exciting record yet. (04/07/2014)
Foster the People have made an admirable effort to inject an even more adventurous spirit into their second album, resulting in a mixed bag of new sounds that range from catchy to unfortunate. (03/31/2014)
Phantogram's new release 'Voices' is such a series of knockouts, it can give the record the feel of a singles collection, or even a greatest hits album. (03/10/2014)
Host Mac Wilson shares his top songs and albums of 2013. (12/02/2013)
On the way to their show tonight at First Avenue, Okkervil River stopped by The Current's studios to talk about and to play some songs off their new album, <i>The Silver Gymnasium</i>. (11/01/2013)
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. (10/28/2013)
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>. (10/27/2013)
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. (09/28/2013)
The Tennessee singer-songwriter feels a deep connection &#151; if not responsibility &#151; to the great musical traditions of Memphis. She describes this and more during her in-studio chat with The Current's Mac Wilson. (08/11/2013)
On 'Desire Lines,' Camera Obscura have delivered a well-produced, well-sequenced blend of pop songs intertwined with subtle heartstring-pullers. (07/01/2013)