Don't be confused by Afie Jurvanen going by the stage name Bahamas - he isn't from a tropical location, even if his music does have some tropical influences. The Canadian musician has been making music in his hometown for years as a backing musician for the likes of Feist, Jason Collett and Zeus.
Shabazz Palaces have rapidly gained fame and adoration for making some of the most inventive and alien-sounding hip-hop in recent memory, but the Seattle rap outfit didn't come out of nowhere. In fact, the group's MC and central figure Ishmael Butler has been in the game for nearly two decades, first catching listeners' attention as a member of celebrated alt-hip-hop pioneers Digable Planets in the '90s.
Growing up in London, Ben Howard had two loves: surfing and music. Very rarely are people able to make their hobbies into a fulfilling career, but it looks like Ben Howard is on his way to making it a reality.
In the past decade, Cass McCombs has recorded six full-length albums, toured pretty much constantly and even got a nod from John Peel who called him, "unobtrusively brilliant." He's an artist that has been able to hover on the verge while staying mysterious and entirely indie and has created a growing base of fans across the world in the process.
Sounding sober, tight and focused on their tenth studio release, the band offers up a little something for everyone.
British rapper turned crooner is crossing seas with success. Ben Drew also known as Plan B emerged onto the London scene back in 2006 with his debut album "Who Needs Actions When You Got Words" that offered raps and rhymes that were comparable to his mate Mike Skinner of The Streets. Greatly influenced by his love for Motown and an avid appreciation for rap, it is no surprise his U.K released 2010 concept album "The Defamation of Strickland Banks" went straight to number one on the U.K. album charts.
Hip-hop artist, skilled freestyler, and producer Blueprint first received attention when he appeared on a track off of producer RJD2's Deadringer. After that, he and RJD2 formed the hip-hop duo Soul Position and came out with several albums before Blueprint struck out on his own.
From Duluth to the Twin Cities to Portland and back, local singer-songwriter Haley Bonar, has used her change of scenery as inspiration on her fourth album, Golder.
If you're a TV On The Radio fan, you'll enjoy this and if you've been kept away by just the idea of an "art rock" band, this is the album to try.
I'm all for not judging a book by its cover, but Eels front man Mark Oliver Everett is known for lyrically wearing his heart on his sleeve.
Gregg Gillis is one of the nicest tissue engineers you could ever meet. He also knows how to make 30 songs blend together in a way that not only takes the originals to a whole new place, but also makes you want to dance all night long.
Being a host at The Current, we often have to tackle many tasks at once. Listen to all the new music, scope out the local music scene, check out the facebooks and twitter world, edit and produce. But the Theft of the Dial with Chris Funk and John Moen of The Decemberists allowed me to add something else to my resume, barista.
Wild Nothing is the band from Virginia-born Jack Tatum. Produced entirely in his bedroom, Tatum started with the music before writing lyrics to his Smiths-inspired shoe-gaze songs. While on tour, Tatum brings a long band members to recreate the sounds live.
When you start listening to "Sidewalks," the third full album from Brooklyn duo Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino, it feels like you're listening to a much larger band.
Beginning as a solo act under the name "E" in 1992, Mark Everett formed Eels shortly thereafter, in 1996, with the relase of the band's debut album, "Beautiful Freak." Their songs "Novocaine for the Soul" and "Susan's House" quickly became popular and launched a career that has spanned fourteen years and nine records.