David Safar

David Safar

Music Director, 89.3 The Current
Minnesota Public Radio
dsafar@mpr.org

David Safar is music director and overnight on-air host for 89.3 The Current. He also hosts "The New Hot," a weekly music spot; and produces the Sunday night program, "The Local Show." While with The Current, David has launched features such as the Local Music Exchange, the Song of the Day podcast and the CD compilation, "Local Current Volume 1." Prior to joining The Current, David was music director and program director for Radio K (the University of Minnesota's college radio station). David is a music omnivore, with a soft spot for post punk and hardcore music.

David Safar Feature Archive

Hot Chip, 'Why Make Sense?'
Hot Chip's sixth studio album is a timeless body of work with heart and soul, cast in a language the musicians developed over several years of being a band. (05/18/2015)
Mumford & Sons, 'Wilder Mind'
Mumford and Sons third studio album reveals the band's ambitions to be more than the alt-folk sound they helped define. (05/04/2015)
Laura Marling, 'Short Movie'
On her fifth studio album, 'Short Movie', Laura Marling has begun a new chapter in her life and her songwriting. It's hard to label Marling a folk artist now that she's picked up an electric guitar and started a band, but David Safar says 'Short Movie' is "the best album of her young career." (04/13/2015)
Although alternative pop music is a breeding ground for bands aspiring to commercial success on the strength of a single track, Matt and Kim cast aside that formula to create a full-length album that shares the more honest side of their music. (04/06/2015)
In the run-up to the March 23 episode of New Hot, host David Safar welcomed members of the Calgary post-punk band Viet Cong into the studio to record some in-studio versions of tunes off their self-titled debut album. Stream those tracks, and watch a video of a performance of 'Silhouettes'. (03/23/2015)
The Current's Music Director, David Safar, checks in from the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. The days have been chock-a-block with music, and later this afternoon, The Current will air a series of peformances, live from Austin. (03/20/2015)
Gang of Four's Andy Gill has spoken in defense of the controversial name of Calgary post-punk band Viet Cong. Gill and Viet Cong met in person when all happened to be in The Current's studios yesterday. (03/13/2015)
When it comes to music making, Aaron Livingston has been in the background for a long time. He's ready to come forward. Performing under the moniker Son Little, Livingston stopped by The Current studio to record a session for New Hot with host David Safar. (02/03/2015)
Catfish and the Bottlemen are a quintessential guitar-driven, modern-rock band who make modern rock exciting again. Their debut album, 'The Balcony', reveals the same confidence heard in their live performances. (01/12/2015)
Music director David Safar shares his top 20 albums, 25 songs and 10 local releases of 2014. (12/01/2014)
Stars prove that measuring success on album sales and licensing deals is a poor indication of talent. On their eighth studio album, Stars bolster their brand of synth-based duets, proving they're the same band you know and love. (11/17/2014)
Before making her Twin Cities debut at the Fine Line Music Cafe tonight (and playing Prince's legendary Paisley Park tomorrow evening), FKA twigs stopped by The Current to perform songs off her new album <em>LP1</em> and to chat with Music Director David Safar. (11/14/2014)
Every Monday at 10 p.m. The Current's Music Director David Safar guides you through an hour of music discovery. David wants to know: what do you think of the latest singles from Cultfever, Niia and Wiley? Have a listen, then give them either a thumbs up or thumbs down! (11/10/2014)
'Sonic Highways' marks the twentieth anniversary since the band formed to record their hit heavy debut album. Over the past two decades the band that once existed in the halo of Nirvana has emerged as Grohl's true legacy. (11/10/2014)
Weezer's ninth studio full-length combines the classic production of their <em>Blue</em> and <em>Green</em> albums with a more introspective front-man, creating an album reminiscent of the relatable yet pretentious band from the last century. (10/27/2014)