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.
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.
'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.
Now that the year-end lists have finally settled, it's time to build up anticipation for what's to come, so The Current's Music Director and New Hot host, David Safar, has put together a list of the most anticipated albums of 2014. Some records come from familiar artists with definite release dates, some have only have European or Australian releases and some may have been released in late 2013 but are just about to make their big splash in the new year.
The unlikely pairing of Green Day's front man Billie Joe Armstrong and singer songwriter Norah Jones resulted in a tribute to the timeless voices of the duo who shaped the sound of country and rock 'n' roll.
Darkside makes dance music. That's their motto, even if their string of usually sub-100bpm tracks might make for a more intimate affair, rather than club bangers. But the duo of Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington have a high-profile history of reimagining the way dance music sounds, and we imagine that the genre in 2014 will follow suit with the band's ideas.
Couple Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin were discovered by Columbia Records after posting a series of demos of their band Cults to Bandcamp. The ensuing hype machine created one of the more successful debut records of 2011. The two have since broken up, and as with all good musical relationships that come to an end, the ensuing creative energy has spawned a darker collection of pop songs for their sophomore album "Static."
Music Director and host David Safar shares his top albums and songs of 2013.
Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 5 is no different from the past four installments in that it includes inspiring musicians from the '60s to today. The project brings together some of the most timeless songs in rock history with local musicians. Beatles fans and local show-goers alike should find it hard to resist.
Saintseneca is the newest signing to Anti- Records, the home of venerable bands like Wilco, Neko Case and Calexico. In the indie music world, the label is considered one of the most advantageous for a young band's career. The Columbus quartet is banking off of this newfound press with a rigorous tour and recording schedule.
Seattle four-piece La Luz sound like they're straight out of the '60s. They've managed to capture the jangly cross-section of that era's garage rock scene, the surf rock sounds of the west coast, as well as the punk movement which followed it. The influences are obvious, yet the band manages to defy easy categorization by combining them all at once -- that's why new record "It's Alive" feels fresh and uninhibited.
Add Dresses to the long list of recent bands who are impossible to search for on the internet. But their name has some significance -- Dresses' music is seriously a no-frills affair. It's light, cheery pop with surfy hooks that don't require a complicated band name.
Local tracks from Jeremy Messersmith and Poliça climb to the top of The Chart as The Arcade Fire take #1. Meanwhile, Alt-J plummet to #15 and NONONO hold onto #13.
Alt-J retake the top of the chart this week as NONONO continue to slide. Jake Bugg enters the Chart Show Hall of Fame, and it's a big week for local debuts from Jeremy Messersmith, Mason Jennings, and Caroline Smith.
Willy Mason has had several strings of mini-successes since beginning his career, but as soon as he would begin to build a public profile, awareness of his music would dwindle. Chalk that up to Mason's mysterious demeanor or lack of self-promotion — either way, the guy might now be poised for the breakout he's been waiting for since teaming up with Communion Records.