Frankie Lee may not be a familiar name to casual local music lovers, but his face sure is. For years, he has played with countless artists in the Twin Cities, most notably supporting Molly Maher, Erik Koskinen and Tom O'Reagan as a guitarist and bassist. Now Lee has stepped into the spotlight with his debut EP "Middle West."
Peter Wolf Crier reignited the modern surge of Minnesota bands signing to indie labels. Back in 2010, their debut "Inter-Be" took the community by surprise, and Peter Pisano and Brian Moen were promptly scooped up by Jagjaguwar Records for a re-release.
It takes a long time for any band to leave a substantial mark on the music world, and for Minnesota, there's only a handful of artists for each decade that we can say measure up. It's safe to assume we can now add Low to that list as the band celebrates 20 years together, as well as the release of their most acclaimed album yet "The Invisible Way."
It's been three years since Gospel Gossip released their "Drift EP," but now the trio is back with a self-titled album that truly is a labor of love. A brief hiatus and a long recording process has given the Northfield-born band time to refocus and finesse their sound.
Kevin Parker and Jay "Gumby" Watson of Australian neo-psychedelic masters Tame Impala stopped by the studio to chat with David Campbell during Radio Free Current and take over our airwaves to play a handful of their favorite tunes on another edition of Theft of the Dial.
When it comes to loud bands, it's difficult to out-do STNNNG. For 10 years, this local quintet has released some of the most acclaimed Minnesota albums and consistently challenged the strength of venues' sound systems across town.
Sometimes Duluth feels very far away. Unless bands from the area are playing regularly in the Twin Cities, it's typical for some of the brightest acts from the North Shore to get overlooked. Last year, we got a ton of tips regarding musicians producing incredible work just a few hours from The Current's home-base. One of the bands we heard most often was Southwire, and we have a feeling that Minnesota is going to be talking a lot about them this year.
All Eyes' debut album "Shelf Life" has been in the recording phase for over a year. The quartet has had a mysterious public profile during that time, but the names of the members aren't newcomers to Minnesota. Notably, the band is led by Alicia Wiley, a singer whose previous five albums were done as a solo affair.
Four years after their wildly popular debut album, Solid Gold has returned with their follow-up full-length "Eat Your Young." Dark and brooding themes are abound on this effort, the product of a long hiatus and change in pace.
As part of McNally Smith's ongoing Soundbite Series, Local Show host David Campbell once again sits down with another musician to dissect their work for an interview and live performance -- this time from the rising Chastity Brown.
Prissy Clerks won Vita.mn's Are You Local? contest back at the beginning of 2012, and we've been waiting almost a full year for their debut album. Now the quartet is preparing to jump into the spotlight with the release of "Bruise Or Be Bruised."
The local music scene in Duluth has been gaining some well-deserved attention in the past couple of years, and the addition of a new record label in town definitely won't hurt the spotlight. Chaperone Records may be a baby still -- it was only launched in May of this year -- but its roster already includes some of the brightest talent on the North Shore.
As part of our ongoing collaboration with McNally Smith across the street from MPR headquarters, we're pleased to share another installment of their Soundbite Series hosted by David Campbell.
Chris Rose has been a go-to guitarist in town for years, playing with bands like Vampire Hands, Private Dancer and Heavy Deeds. For much of the last year though, he has embarked on a solo affair called Robust Worlds. The project is doused in characteristic reverb and provides dreamy imagery that cohesively pulls together all the work he's done in other acts through the years.
London's the xx established themselves with a stunning self-titled debut in 2009, welding sleekly contemporary indie dream-pop and hushed post-punk, with inflections of dance music and R&B.