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

Father John Misty
Tame Impala and Wolf Alice fall off the Chart; the Staves and Beck make significant moves; Django Django and the Chemical Brothers make debuts; and Father John Misty steals the No.1 spot away from Courtney Barnett. (07/29/2015)
Courtney Barnett
Beck and Florence and the Machine reenter the Chart; St. Vincent jumps up 10 spots; and Courtney Barnett remains on top for the second consecutive week. (07/22/2015)
The Bonnaroo arch
Bonnaroo is more than a lineup of bands on stages. It's a commitment to adopt a lifestyle and be part of a community for one long weekend. (06/14/2015)
From the Bonnaroo Music and Art Festival in Manchester, Tenn., The Current's music director, David Safar, provides an update of the bands performing on the stages there. 'Hardcore Bonnaroo goers claim that everything sounds better here, and the massive crowd inspires artists to bring out some of the best performances of the summer,' he writes. Check out David's full report. (06/13/2015)
There's nothing new in rock music, but it can always be done better. Django Django do it better on 'Born Under Saturn', creating a collection of songs that are catchy, inventive, danceable and psychedelic. (06/08/2015)
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 and Sons third studio album reveals the band's ambitions to be more than the alt-folk sound they helped define. (05/04/2015)
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)