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

stars no one is lost
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)
FKA twigs
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)
Cultfever
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)
New Hot is conducting an experiment. What songs would The Current listeners put into rotation if they had the opportunity? This is where you come in: rate the songs on this week's playlist and let us know what you think of The Current mix. (07/29/2014)
Believe the hype. Shrouded in mystery, Jungle is emerging from behind the scenes to make danceable electronic music for rock fans. (07/21/2014)
Anticipating the release of Rural Alberta Advantage's 3rd studio album, <em>Mended with Gold</em>, frontman Nils Edenloff chatted with New Hot host David Safar this week to debut "Terrified," the first single off the new record. (07/08/2014)
On tour supporting his highly anticipated debut album release, Benjamin Booker stopped in to The Current studios to talk to New Hot host David Safar about how he was discovered and signed to ATO records. Booker also plays a few songs off the forthcoming album, scheduled for Aug. 19. (06/30/2014)
Sam Smith's debut release is an ambitious album that shows Smith is both a talented singer and writer, and his songs bring out the raw, unaffected voice that might be the best of the year. (06/30/2014)
Jack White's sophomore solo album builds on his already impressive musical talent. 'Lazaretto' channels the voices, music and instruments White has mastered as a professor of the rock tradition. (06/09/2014)
London singer-songwriter Lyla Foy stopped by New Hot to chat with host David Safar and to play a few tracks off her new record, <em>Mirrors the Sky</em>, out now on Sub Pop. (04/29/2014)
The Hold Steady's sixth studio album exemplifies what Craig Finn and friends have done better than their contemporaries: They play guitar-driven rock music with smart lyrics. (03/24/2014)
Adam Roth left the south to pursue music in Los Angeles. It was there he met up with two producers from Stockholm who inspired him to meld his Americana roots with electronic production. Thus, Grizfolk was born, and it's been a quick ascent to the spotlight since then. (01/21/2014)
'Wig Out at Jagbags' is a refreshing reminder of an indie-rock era when lyrics mattered, and is everything you'd expect from the man often called the smart guy of indie rock. (01/20/2014)