In town for a show at the Fine Line Music Cafe, the Black Angels stopped by The Current studios to play a few songs and talk to host Bill DeVille about some very special audience members spotted at their Minneapolis show, their work running and curating the Austin Psych Fest, the affinity between their sound and artists like Ty Segall, and how the ensured the hard-rocking sound of their new record.
Singer and songwriter Bryan Ferry is a musical icon whose career spans from the several classic albums released by his band Roxy Music in the '70s and early '80s into a long, eclectic and accomplished solo career.
Pickwick, whose style is a fusion of raw, garage-y indie blues-rock and retro-licious R&B/soul, just released the full-length album <em>Can't Talk Medicine</em> and continue to build buzz with national touring.
We finally got a concrete glimpse at one of the year's most anticipated and tightly guarded releases at midnight last night, when Daft Punk finally released a full-length radio edit of "Get Lucky," the new single they'd teased in a series of short ads on Saturday Night Live (and on giant screens at Coachella last weekend).
Phosphorescent is the stage name of singer-songwriter Matthew Houck. An Alabama native who cut his teeth on the famed Athens, Ga. music scene, Houck plays melancholy and beautiful indie-folk in the same vein as Bonnie Prince Billie and others.
While in town for a show at the First Ave mainroom, Long Beach, Calif.'s Cold War Kids stopped by The Current studio to chat with Barb and take over our airwaves to play some of their favorite tunes, featuring an eclectic mix of tunes old and new.
Shirley Manson of Garbage stopped by The Current studio ahead of their Mill City Nights gig last Friday, stopping for a quick chat with Barb Abney live on the air and recording a more in-depth interview with The Morning Show's Jill Riley.
Vampire Weekend are due to return with a third album in just a couple of weeks, and just in time, we've unearthed a long-lost and never-aired in-studio performance that the quartet recorded for us back in the spring of 2010!
Glasgow's CHVRCHES (which, yes, is pronounced "churches") are one of the acts that emerged from this year's South by Southwest with an aura of buzz, and it's not hard to see why: their yearning, epic electro-pop anthems pack an awesome emotional and melodic wallop, thanks in no small part to singer Lauren Mayberry's captivating voice.
Warmly received by the crowd, Dawes broke to talk to Mark Wheat a couple times during their five-song set, covering topics ranging from frontman Taylor Goldsmith's hesitance to try the Minnesota State Fair's trademark junk food and the mystery of how the band were chosen to open for Bob Dylan this summer.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, due to wrap up his third and final term at the end of this year, has become a widely beloved figure. When he stopped by The Current studio to take over our airwaves, it wasn't the first time he's shown love to the station, but it was perhaps the most fun and in-depth opportunity we've had to get him involved in what we do here at The Current
Indie supergroup Divine Fits brings together members of Spoon, Wolf Parade, and more, so it's no wonder their debut full-length <em>A Thing Called Divine Fits</em> became an airplay staple at The Current and catapulted its way on to many of our staff's year-end lists. In town for a gig at Minneapolis' Varsity Theater, the band swung through our studios to play a session.
The yearning harmonies and darkly allusive lyrics of singles like "Harper Lee" suggest that Little Green Cars possess a precocious wisdom that will serve them well as the attention and hype around their debut continues to build.
San Francisco's Thao & the Get Down Stay Down is the vehicle for the thoughtful indie folk-rock lyricism of singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen. Over the course of five albums and multiple singles (plus celebrated collaborations like her 2011 LP with indie-pop artist Mirah), she's developed a stripped-down, cerebral but deeply relatable voice that's earned her a sizable and devoted following.
<em>Afraid of Heights</em>, Wavves' recently-released fourth album, is the band's most lyrically mature and sonically eclectic release to date.