Jim McGuinn Feature Archive

It's weird to say, but <em>That's It!</em>, the new album from Preservation Hall Jazz Band, is about 100 years in the making. Not that the songs are 100 years old, or the musicians, but the spirit and roots of this music harkens back to the earliest days of 20th Century New Orleans jazz, while at the same time taking a cherished institution and pointing it to the future. (07/08/2013)
June 22 is the 65th birthday of iconoclastic rocker Todd Rundgren. Besides a solo career that spans decades and sounds, Todd has also produced some of the biggest albums in rock history. It's also the anniversary of some notable Kicks-era releases. Let's (06/21/2013)
With <em>Modern Vampires of the City</em>, Vampire Weekend have created a cohesive record that someone feels more polished and mature and serious than anything they've done, while at the same time loose, raw, and more fun than <em>Contra</em> or their debut. (05/13/2013)
As we've seen from earlier songs like "A Little Bit Of Everything," Dawes are not afraid to lay it on thick to find the emotions that resonate, and with "Stories Don't End" seem to have made a conscious decision to put Goldsmith's words front and center. (04/08/2013)
Earlier this morning, Steve and Jill included Aerosmith's supercharged version of "Train Kept A-Rollin'" in their "Rolling" themed Coffee Break. Hearing the '70s proto-metal high energy performance made me think back on how songs morph and change while being passed along like a hot potato from musician to musician. (02/19/2013)
Like previous editions, <em>Minnesota Beatle Project Volume 4</em> is another collection of inspired versions of the Fab Four's material, applied by musicians from all over the sonic spectrum. (12/03/2012)
With a mix of frantic covers and embryonic originals, this found video is a great glimpse into the very beginnings of one of our favorite bands. (11/30/2012)
Program Director Jim McGuinn dives into The Velvet Underground's legendary debut timed with the 45th anniversary deluxe edition reissue. (11/13/2012)
Michael Kiwanuka is not a household name... yet. If you haven't heard of him, consider this your final warning: ignore him at your own risk. (09/28/2012)
The worldwide touring behind "Sigh No More" informs songs on the new record that approach the epic scope of the Arcade Fire while still remaining striking in their intimacy. (09/21/2012)
In 2012, the artist that is reminding us of what made early rock and roll great is JD McPherson. A former school teacher and punk rocker from Oklahoma, McPherson found his voice when he abandoned punk for the sound of 1958, recording "Signs and Signifiers" in glorious analog. (06/24/2012)
On Wednesday, October 10, 2012, Jack White premiered the video for 'I'm Shakin'.' Learn about the history of the song -- and the original artist behind it from The Current's program director Jim McGuinn. (05/03/2012)
Now back with Volume 3 of the series, it's amazing to hear the stylistic diversity and quality of the artists of our community who covered songs of The Beatles this time, as well as the selections from the Beatles' seemingly never-ending well of great songs. (12/05/2011)
Listening to The Wombats makes one wistful for a little courage or the foolish ambition to tour the world with your mates and think you could actually get away with it, which The Wombats do throughout "This Modern Glitch." (08/14/2011)
Not only is it a better album than what Young put out at the time, it's mix of rock and country with killer tunes and musicianship stands proud with the other great live albums of his career. (07/03/2011)