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.
Three records in and Silversun Pickups are already releasing a singles collection, though it's likely that the compilation is in celebration of ten years on the Dangerbird label, home to the releases of other Current favorites like Fitz and the Tantrums and Minus the Bear. <em>Singles Collections</em> will feature ten tracks off Silversun Pickups' 2004, 2009 and 2012 records, along with a new single, "Cannibal".
Leah Garaas shares her top albums and songs of 2013.
When Amos Lee stopped by our studios to perform a live session, we asked him about his Gibson J-100.
Before his show at the Varsity Theater, UK hardcore/punk turned folk singer-songwriter Frank Turner stopped by The Current studios to play a few songs and chatted with Mary Lucia about what band got him through boarding school with a certain royal prince, why a eucalyptus smelling Koala has to do with his single "The Way I Tend To Be" and what it was like performing with The Hold Steady at the Toronto Urban Roots Festival.
King Khan and the Shrines stopped by The Current after their show at the Turf Club to play songs off the new record, <em>Idle No More</em>, and to chat with Mary Lucia about what movie aesthetics influence their sound, how the album reflects on frontman Arish Ahmad Khan's recent losses, and to tell a few stories about moments he's shared with the Mighty Hannibal, Arthur Lee and Dickie Peterson.
For White Denim, standing out in a city that's easily become one of the most influential music metros in the world means more than just experimenting with classic arrangements; it means juxtaposing psychedelic rock with soul and blending blues with punk all while using aberrant song structures that still feel fluid. <em>Corsicana Lemonade</em> is their most successful execution to date.
They were only five shows in on their 24-date tour, so the bus still smelled fresh when the now four-piece came into The Current studios to play a few songs off their new self-titled EP and to chat with host Mary Lucia about the just-announced full-length. They also talked about why core members Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel think The Current is better than other radio stations.
Scarmen Hellectra and Citizen Pain of the Minnesota RollerGirls stopped by to chat with former RollerGirl Jill Riley of The Current's Morning Show about the opening night on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Roy Wilkins Auditorium.
Ellis Ludwig-Leone, the mastermind behind brass-heavy Brooklyn-based band San Fermin, stopped by The Current studios after shooting a music video in Minnesota to chat with New Hot host David Safar about the self-titled debut, the band's elaborate live show and what the name San Fermin means to him.
Before heading out on an extensive tour in support of their second record <em>Shulamith</em>, Polica stopped by The Current to perform before a small live audience in Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum. Between songs, frontwoman Channy Leaneagh talked to Jill Riley and Steve Seel from The Current's Morning Show about the new album, the story behind its album art and how it relates to the cycle of a woman.
Last time Black Joe Lewis performed in the Twin Cities, he was opening for Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Before his headline show at First Avenue, he and his band (formerly known as the Honeybears) stopped by to play a few songs off the new record and chatted with Barb Abney about aliens, his connection to Minnesota and what touring with Spoon was like.
Before playing in First Avenue's mainroom, Cold War Kids stopped by to play a few songs off their fourth studio record, <em>Dear Miss Lonelyhearts</em>, released earlier this year. They chatted with host Barb Abney about Billy Bragg, about touring non-stop for the past year, and about a missed connection with Brian Eno.
The Current's Guitar Collection is a look at some of the instruments that have been played in The Current's studios. Many times, there's a good story behind a guitar, often known only to the person who plays it. This week, Sam Beam tells us why he looks at guitars the same way he looks at colors.
Iron & Wine (Sam Beam) stopped in The Current studios to play a few songs off his latest, <em>Ghost on Ghost</em>, and chatted with The Morning Show's Steve Seel about having a soft spot for heavy metal, his difficulty memorizing a decade's worth of lyrics, and what made recording <em>Ghost on Ghost</em> so unique.