David Campbell

David Campbell

Host, The Current
Minnesota Public Radio
dcampbell@mpr.org


David Campbell is host of Radio Free Current, Saturdays 7 to 11 p.m. and The Local Show, Sundays 6 to 8 p.m. You can also hear him on The Current on Thursdays, 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Campbell is a long-time veteran of the Twin Cities scene. A fan, musician, record store clerk, record label staffer, and a 10-year staffer of KQRS and Drive 105's Homegrown, Campbell's love for Minnesota music makes him a perfect fit for The Current.

David Campbell Feature Archive

Sylvan Esso
Fresh off their gig at 10 Thousand Sounds Festival this past weekend, Sylvan Esso — comprising Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn — stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs and to chat with David Campbell. (07/28/2014)
Alpha Consumer
With the recent release of <em>Meat</em>, Alpha Consumer stopped by The Current to perform tracks off the new record live in our studio. Between songs, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Mike Lewis and JT Bates of Alpha Consumer chatted with Local Show host David Campbell about the record's title, Louie C.K. and their upcoming gig at the Red Stag Block Party. (07/15/2014)
John Mark Nelson
With the recent release of his third album <em>Sings the Moon</em>, John Mark Nelson stopped by The Current before heading off to Paris to chat with Local Show host David Campbell and to perform tracks off the new record live in our studio. (07/14/2014)
In the run-up to the April 22 release of their forthcoming album, 'Night Falls,' St. Paul's own Heiruspecs join David Campbell in The Current studio for a performance and interview on The Local Show. (04/09/2014)
Web of Sunsets brought their smoothed out, psychedelic country sound to The Local Show for a few songs from Room of Monsters and a conversation with David Campbell. (03/17/2014)
Frankie Teardrop is the mystery man of local rock 'n' roll -- not least because the Minneapolis musician's biggest single is called "Chicago" -- and his interview with the Current's Dave Campbell didn't do much to lift the veil that hides a man who says he wasn't born from any mother, he just &quot;crawled out of a sewer pipe.&quot; (03/02/2014)
Sean Anonymous knows his way around the Twin Cities music community. At this point, his name is ubiquitous due to nonstop gigging and collaborations. Over the past year, you've likely caught him performing with the likes of Wide Eyes, Dimitry Killstorm, Phillip Morris, Lizzo and Rapper Hooks. But the main stage set-up you've probably witnessed him in is with improvisational rock band Dreamcrusher. (01/05/2014)
Caroline Smith has had a monumental year. She's been a Twin Cities mainstay for the past few years ever since beginning a routine solo gig at the 400 Bar. Many Minnesota musicians got their start at that venue before it shut the doors, and Caroline met her band through connections she made at those performances. (12/08/2013)
Dosh is always busy. Inbetween constant touring with Andrew Bird, his work with The Cloak Ox and his solo recordings, the prolific drummer also managed to contribute a cover to this year's installment of the "Minnesota Beatle Project." (11/24/2013)
Gloss had played 43 shows at the time of their recording for The Local Show. That's a lot of live performances for a band that's only been around for one year. And that consistent exposure correlates with the amount of press the young quintet has received since forming. (11/17/2013)
It's been two years since No Bird Sing stopped by The Current studios, and a lot has changed in that time. The trio is releasing new record "Definition Sickness" on their new label home Strange Famous Records, Joe Horton started hip-hop collective FIX with Kill The Vultures and Kristoff Krane and drummer Graham O'Brien built Bellows studio in downtown St. Paul. (11/10/2013)
There is perhaps no greater local success story over the past year than that of Lizzo's. A transplant from Houston and Detroit, she made a splash in the Twin Cities first with her band Lizzo and The Larva Ink, and then as a member of The Chalice and GRRRL PRTY. All of these bands have grown her profile substantially, and a slew of guest spots on other local records from the likes of Caroline Smith, as well as her connection with the Totally Gross National Product and Doomtree crews has only helped in that growth. (10/27/2013)
Sun Gods To Gamma Rays have made quiet strides over the past year, first as a vehicle for frontwoman Brianna Kocka's solo project Caetani, and now as a fleshed out quintet. (10/27/2013)
On their way to a show at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, ska legends The Selecter stopped into The Current's studios to perform a live set and to chat with David Campbell. (09/13/2013)
"<i>Pleased to Meet Me</i> is the finest record The Replacements ever made," writes The Current's David Campbell. "It lands in that sweet spot where technology, team, craft, chops, guts, attitude, ideas, creativity and some major label money all intersected at the right time for those songs to become what they became." (09/04/2013)