Peter Valelly Feature Archive

Frightened Rabbit's fourth full-length (and first to be released on a major label, Atlantic Records), <em>Pedestrian Verse</em>, has earned both critical accolades and chart success in the UK (and in the band's native country, where it debuted atop the charts). (03/21/2013)
With today marking the 25th anniversary of the band's debut full-length <em>Surfer Rosa</em>, I'm tempted to imagine how unsettling and off-kilter the band's music must have sounded at the time. (03/21/2013)
The two women behind the band Boy have only released one full album to date, 2011's <em>Mutual Friends</em>, but it's made a pretty big splash. In town for sold-out gigs at Bryant Lake Bowl and the Cedar Cultural Center, the band stopped by The Current studios to chat with Mark Wheat and play a few of their songs. (03/18/2013)
Just days after debuting new material at South by Southwest, celebrated indie rockers Vampire Weekend have come out with a double A-side single featuring two new tracks from their forthcoming third full-length album <em>Modern Vampires in the City</em>. (03/18/2013)
British rockers Django Django have forged a stunningly inventive sound in their short existence, splitting the difference between vintage rock riffs 'n' rhythms and a contemporary, arty strain of electronic psychedelia. (03/16/2013)
Brother-and-sister duo Wild Belle fuse rhythms and textures from across the globe with smart pop songwriting and enchanting melodies to create a uniquely alluring sound. The Current had the opportunity to talk to the band's singer Natalie Bergman about everything from her influences to her brother Elliot's handmade instruments. (03/10/2013)
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. (03/09/2013)
Adelaide, Australia's Atlas Genius got signed to Warner Brothers in the wake of the success of their sleek, melodic indie-rock tune "Trojans," released as a single back in 2011. The quartet gave us a taste of their evolving sound on last summer's <em>Through the Glass</em> EP, and just a couple of weeks ago they released their debut LP <em>When It Was Now</em>. (03/08/2013)
Minnesota's own Parker Quartet are one of the most celebrated classical ensembles of their generation. Today, they returned to Minnesota Public Radio's studios for a performance and interview with Emily Reese. (03/07/2013)
Don't get your hopes up just yet&mdash;this track isn't the first sign of an impending Rilo Kiley reunion. However, we are going to hear some new material from the band this year, in the form of a rarities compilation called <em>RKives</em>. (03/07/2013)
Canadian twin-sister duo Tegan and Sara are one of indie-pop's most celebrated acts, having released seven full-length albums over nearly two decades as musical collaborators. They've also been longtime Current favorites, and returned to The Current for the third time for a chat with The Morning Show's Steve Seel and Jill Riley and a performance. (03/07/2013)
At only 22, British singer-songwriter Dan Croll has already kicked up a storm of buzz in his native country with his unique cocktail of charming, melodic indie rock and sleek, subtle electronic pop stylings. (03/05/2013)
Philly rocker Kurt Vile has been a psych-rock and folk-influenced racket for the better part of a decade now, both as a founding member of the indie-rock band The War on Drugs (which he left in 2008) and also as a solo artist. (03/04/2013)
1970's iconic album <em>Bitches Brew</em> is both a standalone masterpiece and the pivot point between two of the most fascinating periods of Miles Davis' career: his late-'60s swerve into jazz fusion and the truly out-there territory explored by his early-'70s output. (03/01/2013)
Jimmy Cliff is one of reggae's hugest icons, a living legend whose 1972 film <em>The Harder They Come</em> and accompanying soundtrack gave the genre its big break in the American market. Dozens of albums later, he's one of music's most respected figures worldwide. (03/01/2013)