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.
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.
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.
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.
"<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."
We've been hearing Jack Campbell's name for more than two years. Whether it be disbelief of his age and the caliber of music he has been making, or whether it be about how central he is to the growing visibility of the Duluth music community, Jack seems like a hot topic.
Sombear may be a relatively new act in the music community here in Minnesota, but we can guarantee that a lot of you probably know the man behind the project. Brad Hale -- drummer for Now, Now -- is stepping into the spotlight to release a debut that's been stewing in his head for years.
One of most impressive local bands to spring into the spotlight this year has been Fury Things, a power trio taking a cue from some of the best alt-rock bands that came to fruition in the '90s like Dinosaur Jr. and Superchunk.
Long regarded as favorites for The Current's Local Show, The Goondas came back to our studios in support of their sophomore album "Dog Show."
The Brian Just Band is back in The Current studios in support of their new album "Enlightenment." And in true BJB fashion, the whole crew has come along for one of the most orchestrated Local Show sessions since last year's John Mark Nelson in-studio.
Grant Hart may be most well-known for his time spent in Husker Du as the band's drummer, but his solo career has been keeping time for far longer than the lifespan of Husker Du. Hart stopped by our studios to play new songs from his ambitious double album 'The Argument.'
Sean Tillmann's Har Mar Superstar has long retained a rabid fanbase eager to see his on-stage schtick: stripping down to his undies accompanied by retro beats from his MiniDisc player. In the past several years, Har Mar's profile has continued to rise, especially with the support of well-regarded musicians and actors. Now he's pulling a 180 and going the funk and soul direction for his best album yet.
Taj Raj are changing their tune. Formed out of a hardcore punk background, their debut "Your Thief" was a rocking affair. But now they're going the alt-country route for new EP "Fine Hearts Alive." Their first release since 2011 sees added instrumentation, lush arrangements and an affinity for soundscapes.
When Enemy Planes comes up in conversation, the same thing is always said: "What happened to Pictures Of Then?" That band essentially disappeared as Enemy Planes came into existence, leading many to think that they had split up. In reality, they're still together, but Enemy Planes explores a new direction, one that's heavily atmospheric, moody and laden with their most complex instrumentation yet.
South Minneapolis rapper Greg Grease knew he had to get his debut album "Cornbread, Pearl and G" out to the masses before the end of 2012. If anything, it would be a good holiday gift to family and friends. What he didn't know was that the record would end up making just about every best album list from local critics.