Nomadic singer-songwriter Lissie stunned audiences with her debut full-length <em>Catching a Tiger</em>, which showcased her astonishingly raw and emotive voice and smart, soulful lyrical sensibility.
Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has had a long, varied and celebrated career that has garnered him an avid and devoted fanbase. From his intricate, lovely lyricism to his iconoclastic, proud gay persona to his gifts as a pianist and composer, Wainwright has carved out a path as a uniquely vital artist.
Oxford-based quintet Foals make willfully out-there and original indie-rock that varies from spastic dance-rock to angular post-punk sounds to intricate experimental passages.
Portland indie band the Thermals, now a trio, have spent over a decade on the scene crafting urgently catchy, punk-influenced anthems. Now, they've signed to Conor Oberst's Saddle Creek records for their new album <em>Desperate Ground</em>, which came out last month.
John Grant's sophomore solo effort <em>Pale Green Ghosts</em> finds the singer using his considerable lyrical prowess to map conventional indie singer-songwriter tropes—intricate retellings of heartbreak and existential struggle—onto a landscape of throbbing electro-pop.
Silverlake, Los Angeles-based quintet The Lonely Wild aim to conjure the mythic Old West, decorating their supple, beautifully textured indie folk-rock with flourishes straight out of Ennio Morricone's classic film scores for 1960s and '70s Westerns like <em>The Good, The Bad and the Ugly</em>.
In 2011, Charles Bradley proved that it's never too late for a musical talent to enter the ring, issuing his debut album at age 62 and winning plaudits from critics and the adoration of soul fans nationwide. Now, he's back with a sophomore effort called <em>Victim of Love</em>.
Julia Sweeney is a comedian and writer best-known for her stint on Saturday Night Live in the early '90s and for her hilarious, thoughtful and moving monologues. While she was in town for Wits last fall, she stopped by The Current to chat with Barb Abney and take over our airwaves.
Just a few years ago, James Blake was a precocious and talented young electronic producer dabbling in the UK's vast, eclectic, fast-moving and amorphous "post-dubstep" scene. Shortly thereafter, he began recording vocals over his own productions, swerving out of the dance music scene and into the vanguard of indie electro-pop with a wounded cyber-soul sound.
Saint Paul's Nicholas David Mrozinski has been a fixture of the local music scene for a decade, with several albums under his belt and frequent live shows in the area to bolster his Twin Cities rep. But last year he was catapulted to nationwide fame thanks to a stint on season three of NBC's <em>The Voice</em>.
British garage-rockers the Palma Violets have been kicking up a noisy, youthful rock storm for a couple of years now, with a raw sound daubed with rich, vintage organ sounds and shaded with hints of '60s psychedelia.
St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman maintains a somewhat lower profile than his across-the-river counterpart R.T. Rybak, but is no less beloved by his city's denizens. Coleman is a very busy guy, but he managed to squeeze in a stop by The Current studio to chat with the Morning Show's Jill Riley and take over our airwaves to play a few songs for a special and surprising edition of Theft of the Dial.
Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter is one of indie Americana's most seasoned and talented figures. His spring tour brought him through the Twin Cities for a First Avenue date with Sea Wolf opening, and he stopped by The Current studio ahead of the show with his Royal City Band in tow to play a few songs.
You may know Kristen Schaal from her role on <em>Flight of the Conchords</em>, her stint as a <em>Daily Show</em> contributor, or her recurring appearances on <em>30 Rock</em>, <em>Bob's Burgers</em> and <em>Gravity Falls</em>. It turns out she's something of a musichead, too—while in town for Wits recently, Schaal stopped by The Current studio to chat with the Morning Show and take over airwaves to play a handful of her favorite songs.
A handful of early tracks from Leagues' 2011 debut EP stirred up some blog attention, and in January of this year they returned with a debut full-length, <em>You Belong Here</em>. The band's solemn, moody indie sound has earned comparisons to the National and others.