Minnesota Public Radio features by Mary Lucia http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=121 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:15:57 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Mary Lucia http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 tUnE-yArDs perform live in The Current studio Ahead of tUnE-yArDs' sold out show at First Avenue, frontwoman Merrill Garbus and the gang stopped by The Current studio to perform tracks off the new record, <em>Nikki Nack</em>. Between songs, Garbus chatted with host Mary Lucia about their recent stormy Glastonbury set, studying Haitian drumming and how the <em>Nikki Nack</em> writing process differed from past records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/17/tune-yards-perform-live-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:50:00 -0500 Video Premiere: Spoon - "Do You" Spoon debut &quot;Do You&quot;, the second single from their forthcoming album 'They Want My Soul.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/01/spoon-do-you?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:40:36 -0500 Atmosphere perform live in The Current studio Between yesterday's announcement of their big gig at TCF Bank Stadium opening for electronic rockers Imagine Dragons as a part of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game weekend and their late night performance on <em>Conan</em> this Thursday, June 19, Atmosphere (Slug, Ant and Plain Ole Bill) stopped by The Current studios to play a few songs off the new <em>Southsiders</em> record and chatted with Mary Lucia. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/17/atmopshere-live?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:20:00 -0500 Album Review: Bob Mould, 'Beauty & Ruin' Bob Mould's new album may very well be the most epic emotional rollercoaster ever pressed into 36 minutes - and for Bob Mould, that says a lot. Mould is as relevant, ferocious and poignant as he has ever been. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/02/album-review-bob-mould-beauty-and-ruin?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Haley Bonar performs in The Current studio With a new album, 'Last War', scheduled for release on May 20, and an album-release party tonight (May 16) at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, Haley Bonar came to The Current's studio to play some new songs and to talk with Mary Lucia. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/16/haley-bonar-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2014 15:30:00 -0500 Angel Olsen performs in The Current studio Fresh off playing a gig at The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis last night, Angel Olsen and her band stopped in to The Current's studio to play a few songs and to chat with Mary Lucia. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/02/angel-olsen-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2014 15:30:00 -0500 Dan Wilson performs in The Current studio On the day before the release of his new album, 'Love Without Fear', Dan Wilson visits The Current studio to play some songs and to chat with Mary Lucia. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/14/dan-wilson-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:00:00 -0500 Gary Numan performs in The Current studio Between gigs at Mill City Nights in Minneapolis last night and Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee on April 1, Gary Numan and his band stopped by The Current's studio to play some tunes and to chat with Mary Lucia. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/31/gary-numan-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:50:00 -0500 Howler perform in The Current's studio Howler, who celebrate the release of their second album, 'World of Joy', tonight with a release show at the Triple Rock Social Club, stopped by The Current's studios to play their new songs and to talk with Mary Lucia. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/20/howler-perform-in-the-currents-studio?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:20:00 -0500 Rock 'n' Roll Radio - let's go! Starting this Friday at 10 p.m., you can tune in to Mary Lucia's new specialty program, 'Rock 'n' Roll Radio'. How excited is Mary about this new weekly show? "Like a crazy person," she says. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/13/rock-n-roll-radio--lets-go?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:40:00 -0500 Album Review: Temples, 'Sun Structures' Temples, a four-piece band from England, did not set out to make a modern-sounding record; their album 'Sun Structures' is filled with reverb-soaked vocals and fuzzy guitars that whirl around you like a 1960s or '70s blizzard of sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/03/album-review-temples-sun-structures?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Lucius perform live in The Forum Continuing their extensive touring, Lucius played a sold-out show at The Cedar Cultural Center last Thursday, Feb. 20. That afternoon, they stopped at The Current to play an exclusive live show in the Forum at Minnesota Public Radio and to talk with Mary Lucia. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/28/lucius-perform-live-in-the-forum?refid=0 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:50:00 -0600 Arctic Monkeys perform live in The Current studio Ahead of their very sold out gig at First Avenue on Valentine's Day, Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner and Matt Helders came by The Current studios to record an intimate live in-studio session with host Mary Lucia. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/14/arctic-monkeys-live?refid=0 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:50:53 -0600 St. Lucia perform in The Current's studio Fresh from playing a gig at the Fine Line in Minneapolis last night, Brooklyn-based St. Lucia stopped into The Current's studios to talk to Mary Lucia and to play a few songs off their new album, 'When the Night.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/27/st-lucia-perform-in-the-currents-studio?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:30:00 -0600 Interview: Run Westy Run Ahead of their first show in over a decade at First Avenue on Friday night, Minneapolis punk quintet Run Westy Run stopped by The Current studios to chat with host Mary Lucia. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/23/run-westy-run-interview?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 16:20:00 -0600 Album Review: Cage The Elephant, 'Melophobia' The third album from the Kentucky-fried rockers Cage The Elephant is the sound of a band having fun, oblivious to anyone outside the room. The band's mix of punk, '60s garage rock and '80s alt rock creates a brew that sounds surprisingly unique. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/16/album-review-cage-the-elephant-melophobia?refid=0 Mon, 16 Dec 2013 00:01:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Mary Lucia, Host Afternoon host Mary Lucia's top music picks for 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/02/top-89-mary-lucia?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:33:32 -0600 Sebadoh perform live in The Current's studio Touring in support of their new album (their first since 1999), Sebadoh stopped by The Current's studio after playing the Turf Club last night to chat with Mary Lucia and to play a few songs before hitting the road for Indianapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/12/sebadoh-perform-live-in-the-currents-studio?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:00:00 -0600 Of Montreal perform live in The Current studios Before their show at The Cedar Cultural Center, of Montreal (who are from Athens, Ga.) stopped by The Current studios to play a few songs off the new record, <em>Lousy with Sylvianbriar</em>, and to chat with host Mary Lucia. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/01/of-montreal-live?refid=0 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 10:00:00 -0600 Frank Turner performs live in The Current studios 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/28/frank-turner-live?refid=0 Tue, 29 Oct 2013 09:20:00 -0500 Interview: Mike Doughty Before playing at First Avenue tonight as part of his Mike Doughty (Used To Be In Soul Coughing) tour, Mike Doughty stopped in to The Current's studio to do a live interview with Mary Lucia. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/25/interview-mike-doughty?refid=0 Fri, 25 Oct 2013 16:00:00 -0500 Lucius perform live in The Current's studios Ahead of their show tonight at the 7th Street Entry, the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based indie-pop band fronted by singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe stopped into The Current's studios to chat with Mary Lucia and to play a few songs off their album, <i>Wildewoman</i>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/24/lucius-perform-live-in-the-current-studios?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:30:00 -0500 King Khan and the Shrines perform live in The Current studios 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/22/king-khan-his-shrines-live?refid=0 Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:20:00 -0500 Phantogram perform live in The Current studios 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/18/phantogram-live?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:50:00 -0500 The Olms perform live in The Current studios The Olms stopped by The Current studios after performing bright and early on Peavey Plaza to play a few songs off their self-titled debut. They chatted with host Mary Lucia about Andre Agassiz, the <em>Sound City</em> documentary and the experience Pete Yorn had during his first songwriting collaboration. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/30/the-olms-live?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:20:00 -0500 Wild Belle perform live in The Current studios Wild Belle stopped by The Current studios to play a few songs off their debut record <em>Isles</em> and to chat with host Mary Lucia about the making of the <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/wild-belle-seek-isolation-in-another-girl-premiere-20130913">new music video for "Another Girl"</a>, about the band's massive new sound system and about the connection they have to Solid Gold bassist Adam Hurlburt. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/13/wild-belle-live?refid=0 Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:00:00 -0500 Washed Out perform live in The Current studios Ernest Greene, the brain behind Washed Out, stopped by The Current studios to play a few songs off the recently released <em>Paracosm</em> and chatted with host Mary Lucia. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/12/washed-out-live?refid=0 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:20:00 -0500 J Roddy Walston and the Business perform live in The Current studios After opening for The Lumineers' extensive arena tour, including a date at the Target Center in Minneapolis last May, J Roddy Walston & The Business are looking forward to performing more intimate shows on a headlining tour. They stopped by The Current studios to play a few songs off the forthcoming <em>Essential Tremors</em> and chatted with host Mary Lucia. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/09/j-roddy-walston-live?refid=0 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 17:10:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Mumford and Sons Ahead of their big show at the Xcel Energy Center with the Vaccines and Bear's Den, Mumford and Sons came by the studios of 89.3 The Current to hang out with Mary Lucia and to do a special Theft of the Dial. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/04/mumford-sons-live-totd?refid=0 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 17:00:00 -0500 Alex 'Crankshaft' Larson performs live at the MN State Fair The heat index of 110 degrees didn't stop Alex "Crankshaft" Larson from performing before a live audience at the Minnesota State Fair. Mary Lucia hosted the toasty performance at the corner of Judson and Nelson for another edition of The Current's live broadcasts at the annual state celebration. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/26/crankshaft-mn-state-fair?refid=0 Mon, 26 Aug 2013 18:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Franz Ferdinand, 'Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action' With <i>Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action</i>, Franz Ferdinand are back and &#151; for late August &#151; have made your perfect summer record, so soak it up. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/26/album-review-franz-ferdinand-right-thoughts-right-words-right-action?refid=0 Mon, 26 Aug 2013 00:01:00 -0500 The National perform an intimate show live in the UBS Forum Ahead of last Tuesday's generous 23-song set at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, The National stopped by to play songs off their latest record <em>Trouble Will Find Me</em> in Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum. Between songs, frontman Matt Berninger talked to The Current's Mary Lucia about songwriting, skinny jeans, fatherhood and his brother's suddenly skyrocketing film career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/13/the-national-live?refid=0 Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:20:00 -0500 A Tribute to Smudge Send your thoughts and best wishes to Mary and Smudge, who are making a very tough decision on Thursday after learning that Smudge requires another surgery from which she is not likely to bounce back. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/25/smudge-pug-mary-lucia?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 16:00:00 -0500 Mayer Hawthorne brings his revamped soul sound to The Current Mayer Hawthorne knows one of the keys to show business is to always leave the audience wanting more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/22/mayer-hawthorne-live?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:48:44 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Fitz and The Tantrums Noelle and Michael of Fitz and The Tantrums stopped by The Current studios to chat with Mary Lucia and shared some of their favorite tracks including songs from old label mates, an up-and-coming sister trio, and their go-to track for dancing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/28/fitz-tantrums-totd?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:50:00 -0500 Album Review: Mavis Staples - One True Vine Like 2010's <em>You Are Not Alone</em>, Mavis Staples' latest album <em>One True Vine</em> was produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Recorded in his Chicago loft, Tweedy and his son Spencer back Staples' signature vocals by performing nearly every instrument heard on the album, but <em>One True Vine</em> has sparse instrumentation---her voice is the real showcase. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/17/mavis-staples-one-true-vine-review?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jun 2013 23:59:00 -0500 Captivating rock singer-songwriter Lissie performs at The Current Nomadic singer-songwriter Lissie stunned audiences with her debut full-length <em>Catching a Tiger</em>, which showcased her astonishingly raw and emotive voice and smart, soulful lyrical sensibility. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/23/lissie?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 15:16:07 -0500 The Current Sessions&reg;: The incomparable Rufus Wainwright performs at the Fitz Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has had a long, varied and celebrated career that has garnered him an avid and devoted fanbase. From his intricate, lovely lyricism to his iconoclastic, proud gay persona to his gifts as a pianist and composer, Wainwright has carved out a path as a uniquely vital artist. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/20/rufus-wainwright-performs-for-the-current-sessions?refid=0 Wed, 22 May 2013 14:00:00 -0500 Soul man extraordinaire Charles Bradley performs at The Current In 2011, Charles Bradley proved that it's never too late for a musical talent to enter the ring, issuing his debut album at age 62 and winning plaudits from critics and the adoration of soul fans nationwide. Now, he's back with a sophomore effort called <em>Victim of Love</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/07/charles-bradley?refid=0 Tue, 07 May 2013 13:30:00 -0500 Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter brings his compelling folk sound to The Current studio Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter is one of indie Americana's most seasoned and talented figures. His spring tour brought him through the Twin Cities for a First Avenue date with Sea Wolf opening, and he stopped by The Current studio ahead of the show with his Royal City Band in tow to play a few songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/25/josh-ritter?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 17:00:00 -0500 Inventive indie supergroup Divine Fits perform at The Current Indie supergroup Divine Fits brings together members of Spoon, Wolf Parade, and more, so it's no wonder their debut full-length <em>A Thing Called Divine Fits</em> became an airplay staple at The Current and catapulted its way on to many of our staff's year-end lists. In town for a gig at Minneapolis' Varsity Theater, the band swung through our studios to play a session. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/04/divine-fits?refid=0 Thu, 04 Apr 2013 17:00:00 -0500 Precocious Irish folk-rockers Little Green Cars perform in The Current studio The yearning harmonies and darkly allusive lyrics of singles like "Harper Lee" suggest that Little Green Cars possess a precocious wisdom that will serve them well as the attention and hype around their debut continues to build. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/01/little-green-cars?refid=0 Tue, 02 Apr 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Frightened Rabbit performs in The Current studio Frightened Rabbit's fourth full-length (and first to be released on a major label, Atlantic Records), <em>Pedestrian Verse</em>, has earned both critical accolades and chart success in the UK (and in the band's native country, where it debuted atop the charts). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/21/frightened-rabbit?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:30:00 -0500 Album Review: David Bowie - The Next Day I hardly feel worthy of reviewing an album by possibly my favorite artist of all time, but it's my job to let the millions of Bowie fans know: you can rejoice! We've all been so hungry; it's time to be fed. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/11/david-bowie-the-next-day-review?refid=0 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Rising stars Atlas Genius perform in The Current studio Adelaide, Australia's Atlas Genius got signed to Warner Brothers in the wake of the success of their sleek, melodic indie-rock tune "Trojans," released as a single back in 2011. The quartet gave us a taste of their evolving sound on last summer's <em>Through the Glass</em> EP, and just a couple of weeks ago they released their debut LP <em>When It Was Now</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/08/atlas-genius?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 15:30:00 -0600 Dan Croll performs in The Current studio At only 22, British singer-songwriter Dan Croll has already kicked up a storm of buzz in his native country with his unique cocktail of charming, melodic indie rock and sleek, subtle electronic pop stylings. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/05/dan-croll?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 14:00:00 -0600 Eels performs in The Current studio Eels, the shape-shifting and long-running band that serves as a vehicle for the neuroses, quirks and fascinations of singer-songwriter Mark Oliver Everett, have entered the eighteenth year of their prolific and always-surprising career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/22/eels?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 16:00:00 -0600 Yo La Tengo performs in The Current studio Yo La Tengo are one of indie rock's longest-running and most prolific acts &mdash; active since 1984, they've humbly churned out over a dozen full-lengths and seemingly countless EPs and singles. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/04/yo-la-tengo?refid=0 Mon, 04 Feb 2013 15:30:00 -0600 Album Review: Eels - Wonderful Glorious Every new Eels record is like checking in on Mark Oliver Everett. How's he doing? Is he in love? Has someone close to him died? Has he gotten another cat? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/04/eels-wonderful-glorious-review?refid=0 Mon, 04 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Holidays Rule It's nice to have a few new attempts at well-worn Christmas tunes by current artists. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/17/holidays-rule-review?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Mary Lucia interivews Henry Rollins Mary Lucia talks to legendary Black Flag frontman, spoken word artist, writer and activist Henry Rollins about topics ranging from today's tragedy in Connecticut to this week's Hurricane Sandy benefit and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/14/henry-rollins-interview?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2012 17:26:09 -0600 Helio Sequence Perform in The Current studio Portland-based rock duo The Helio Sequence have been at it for over a decade, crafting densely sonically textured indie rock and pop and continually honing their nuanced songwriting. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/02/helio-sequence-live?refid=0 Sun, 02 Dec 2012 22:00:00 -0600 JD McPherson performs in The Current studio The third time proves to be the charm as JD McPherson returns to The Current for his third in-studio performance of the year! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/29/jd-mcpherson-live?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:28:54 -0600 Snow Patrol performs in The Current studio Snow Patrol's major label debut vaulted them to global alt-rock stardom in 2003. Currently on an extensive tour, they stopped by the studios for a session with Mary Lucia. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/31/snow-patrol?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:50:47 -0500 Public Image Ltd performs in The Current studio In the immediate wake of the Sex Pistols' dramatic 1978 breakup, John Lydon shed his "Rotten" persona and emerged with Public Image Ltd, a new outfit whose dark, strange sound defined the new direction the UK music scene would soon pursue. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/22/public-image-ltd-live?refid=0 Mon, 22 Oct 2012 17:00:00 -0500 Grizzly Bear in studio performance A decade ago, Grizzly Bear was the moniker for vocalist and keyboardist Ed Droste's bedroom recordings. Today, Grizzly Bear is a four-piece band four albums deep into a career as one of indie rock's defining voices. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/01/grizzly-bear?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 16:57:00 -0500 Conor Oberst performs in The Current studio To get you in the mood for what will surely be a special evening, Conor Oberst stopped by The Current studios on the afternoon before his Fitzgerald Theater performance squeeze in a few bonus songs omitted from his set tonight. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/20/conor-oberst-live?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 14:21:30 -0500 The Heavy perform in The Current studios "How Do You Like Me Now?" is the title of The Heavy's smash-hit single that has been featured in movies, television shows and commercials since 2009. And the world's answer to their question is increasingly: "A whole lot!" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/19/the-heavy-live?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:15:41 -0500 The Cactus Blossoms perform at the Minnesota State Fair The Cactus Blossoms sat down with Mary Lucia for a chat and performed for the fans at the Minnesota Public Radio booth. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/30/cactus-blossoms-state-fair?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Brother Ali performs at the Minnesota State Fair Brother Ali visited the MPR booth to chat with Mary Lucia and perform for the crowd. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/29/brother-ali-state-fair?refid=0 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 JD McPherson performs at the Minnesota State Fair Rockabilly artist JD McPherson stopped by the MPR booth to talk with Mary Lucia and play some tunes for the crowd. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/28/jd-mcpherson-state-fair?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 P.O.S. performs at the Minnesota State Fair Indie hip-hop collective Doomtree are among the most influential forces in the Twin Cities hip-hop community. Founding member, P.O.S., dropped by the MPR booth to kick it with Mary Lucia and perform for the crowd. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/27/pos-state-fair?refid=0 Mon, 27 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities Mayors interviewed by Mary Lucia Twin Cities mayors Chris Coleman and RT Rybak both stopped by the MPR booth at the State Fair for an interview with Mary Lucia. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/24/mayor-coleman-interview?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 14:10:09 -0500 Chastity Brown performs at the Minnesota State Fair Local singer-songwriter Chastity Brown's blending of folk, soul, roots and rock music has created a unique and new sound for the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/24/chastity-brown-state-fair?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Dawes performs at the Minnesota State Fair American folk rockers Dawes have been touring steadily since the release of their 2011 sophomore album, "Nothing is Wrong." The group visited the MPR booth to chat with Mary Lucia and play a few songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/23/dawes-state-fair?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten The guys in The Gaslight Anthem aren't here to save music. They're just a bunch of dudes playing straightforward rock 'n roll without a lot of fancy bells and whistles. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/03/cd-of-the-week-gaslight-anthem?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 The Gaslight Anthem performs in The Current studios New Jersey has a proud heritage of rock music, from punk legends the Misfits and the Bouncing Souls to the Boss himself. The sonic imprint of The Garden State is unmistakable in the music of The Gaslight Anthem, who have picked up the baton and are carrying it to new heights. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/11/gaslight-anthem-live-2012?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Metric performs in the UBS Forum When Metric made their debut on the United States music circuit with the single "Combat Baby" in 2004, the band probably didn't know how ravenously they'd be greeted. Now they've become one of the biggest musical exports out of Canada, and they're primed to become an international hit. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/07/metric-live?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2012 16:50:00 -0500 Deer Tick performs in The Current studios Providence, Rhode Island alt-country rockers Deer Tick depart from their signature folk sound on their latest album, Divine Providence. While in town for a show at First Ave, they stopped by The Current for a performance in our studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/07/deertick-live?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Slideshow: Metric performs in the UBS Forum Enjoy this slideshow of Metric performing in the UBS Forum. We'll air the full session Tuesday, June 12 at 5 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/04/metric-slideshow?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Musicheads Essentials: David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust To say this is one of the most important and essential records in my life is an obvious understatement. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/01/musicheads-essentials-david-bowie--ziggy-stardust?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 M. Ward performs in The Current studios M. Ward has been extremely busy the past few years: recording and touring with several side projects like She and Him and Monsters of Folk, producing bands and putting out two solo records. Somehow he's remained calm and thoughtful through it all and has been able to balance his life. This introspection and calm resonates in his latest album "A Wasteland Companion," with Ward's smoky voice covering topics of love and loss. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/24/mward-live?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2012 15:30:00 -0500 Album Review: Rufus Wainwright - Out of the Game He's been called his generation's Cole Porter, and that seems about right. After all, I've never felt there to be a sense of time in his compositions. To be able to make timeless music that's still as strong on melody as his is a wonderful (and uniquely Rufus) accomplishment. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/29/album-review-out-of-the-game--rufus-wainwright?refid=0 Sun, 29 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Cults performs in The Current studios The backstory of Manhattan band Cults is second-nature by now: originally a duo, Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin released a three-song EP on Bandcamp in 2010 that gradually gathered accolades over the next year. It eventually nabbed them a spot on famed major label Columbia Records, proof that no matter how small you start off, your impact can still be huge. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/16/cults-live?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:30:00 -0500 Trampled By Turtles performs in The Current studios The Duluth quintet has been steadily expanding its fan-base for the past decade, and the release of their fifth record "Palomino" undeniably helped propel them into greater mass appeal. It reached #1 on the US Bluegrass charts and stayed in the top 10 for over a year. It should come as no surprise then that the year which followed the release proved to be Trampled By Turtles' most important year yet, solidifying their role as one of the major players of Minnesota music making an impact nationally and abroad. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/09/trampledbyturtles-live?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 17:00:00 -0500 G. Love performs in The Current studios Philadelphia's G. Love has been steadily cranking out his unique style of ramshackle hip-hop blues for two decades now, both with his backing band Special Sauce and solo. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/19/g-love-live?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2012 16:07:39 -0500 Charles Bradley performs live in The Current studio Often known as "The Screaming Eagle of Soul," soul and R&B singer Charles Bradley has been playing music all his life, but it wasn't until he moved back to his hometown of Brooklyn, New York at the age of 51 after years working as a cook that he began aggressively pursuing his career in music and eventually landing on Daptone Records alongside Sharon Jones and the Budos Band. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/17/charles-bradley-live?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 14:30:00 -0600 Craig Finn Performs in the UBS Forum Craig Finn has been an integral part of Minnesota music since his work in Lifter Puller during the 90s, and his subsequent turn as the frontman of The Hold Steady in New York created some of indie music's most compelling and critically acclaimed records. Now Finn is taking a short breather from the full band approach to focus on a more personal and reflective style. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/08/craigfinn-live?refid=0 Wed, 08 Feb 2012 11:10:29 -0600 Vicious Vicious performs in The Current studio Vicious Vicious features the talent of three local music mainstays: Erik Appelwick, Martin Dosh, and James Buckley. When not playing in a multitude of other projects, they reunite to record material, and the past few years have seen them hard at work at their latest self-titled effort. Releasing a self-titled album well into a band's career usually indicates a sort of reinvention of sound, and Vicious Vicious has certainly illustrated how flexible their creative direction can be. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/02/viciousvicious-live?refid=0 Sun, 05 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Los Campesinos! perform live in The Current studio The Welsh indie-pop septet Los Campesinos! have been cranking out smart, charming and richly emotionally textured rock songs for nearly five years at this point. On the heels of their third and most recent record, "Hello Sadness," they stopped by The Current studios to chat with Mary Lucia and play a few songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/30/los-campesinos?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2012 15:42:35 -0600 CD Review: Howler - America Give Up All before their first full length was released, Howler has already received international acclaim, most notably from NME which named Howler their #3 Best New Band of 2011 and included Jordan Gatesmith in their list of the 50 Coolest People of 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/22/cd-review-howler--america-give-up?refid=0 Sun, 08 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Joseph Arthur performs live in The Current studio Brooklyn singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur has released "The Graduation Ceremony," his first solo album since 2006. While also working on new music, he's pursued an art career with gallery openings in Paris as well as an interests in politics -- particularly the Occupy Wall Street movement. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/21/joseph-arthur-live?refid=0 Mon, 21 Nov 2011 12:22:49 -0600 Black Box Revelation perform live in The Current studio Belgium's Black Box Revelation is a two-piece that sounds more like a ten-piece rock band. With layered guitars and booming drums, BBR's garage rock explodes with riffs and hooks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/14/black-box-revelation-live?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2011 11:38:59 -0600 Album Review: Noel Gallagher - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Oasis has always been taken to task for their generous lifting of hooks and sounds from some of rock's biggest groups. Interestingly enough, this has never bothered me. Maybe it's because I too love the Beatles, the  Rolling Stones and The Stone Roses. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/13/album-review-noel-gallagher--noel-gallaghers-high-flying-birds?refid=0 Sun, 13 Nov 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Mike Doughty performs in The Current studios Mike Doughty led the influential band Soul Coughing in the 1990s known for its idiosyncratic sound rooted in improvisation. At the turn of the last decade, he made his way into the solo scene, soon signing to Dave Matthews' label ATO Records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/11/mike-doughty?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2011 15:49:22 -0600 The Envy Corps perform live in The Current studio Forming in 2001 in Ames, Iowa, the Radiohead-esque four-piece that make up the Envy Corps, have been through several ups and downs in their ten years as a band. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/26/the-envy-corps-live?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Phantogram performs live in The Current studio With their debut record under their belts, the Saratoga Springs, New York duo Phantogram, are ready with a new EP entitled Nightlife. Joshua Carter and Sarah Barthel, who have been friend since junior high, continue to make infectious beats set against their ethereal indie pop sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/26/phantogram-live?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 13:36:59 -0500 Portugal. The Man perform in The Current studios. In the seven years they've been together the Portland, Ore. (by way of Wasilla, Ala.) psych-rock quintet Portugal. The Man have continued to crank out tranquil, lush indie rock inflected with hints of psychedelia, prog and folk. The band sat down with Mary Lucia to discuss growing up in Alaska, their songwriting process, Sesame Street and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/21/portugal-the-man?refid=0 Sun, 23 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Thurston Moore Live In-Studio Thurston Moore is an indie-rock icon who founded and continues to play in the legendary Sonic Youth, and has also dabbled in solo work, racked up an impressive list of collaborations in the experimental classical and noise scenes, founded a record label and still found time to raise a family with Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon. 89.3 The Current was thrilled to welcome Thurston Moore to MPR's UBS Forum for a special solo session. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/28/thurston_moore?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2011 14:47:06 -0500 Old 97's perform live in The Current studio This group of Texans wereat the forefront of the alt-country movement in the 90's. For the past 20 years, this innovative four-piece has showed us their genre defying skills. As they effortlessly combine reckless punk with catchy pop hooks that are sure to not exclude the down home twang their known and loved for. Some have described their music as a stylistic imagination of The Buzzcocks from Dallas, TX as opposed to England. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/15/old-97s-live?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Jolie Holland performs in The Current studios Jolie Holland may have once been a founding member of the Vancouver group the Be Good Tanyas, but she was born in Texas. It's those American roots, perhaps, that color her solo career, which is built upon a rich tapestry of different Americana styles, from bluegrass to blues to folk. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/15/jolie_holland?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 10:28:47 -0500 Bob Mould Live in the UBS Forum Bob Mould, co-founder of the seminal Minneapolis punk band Husker Du, as well as the hit-making alt rock group Sugar, has written an autobiography. It's called "See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody." He read from the new book, talked with Mary Lucia and played a few songs in the UBS Forum at Minnesota Public Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/15/bob-mould-live?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0500 The Head and the Heart perform live in The Current studio "Soaring vocals" seems to be how Seattle's The Head and the Heart tend to be characterized in many of its music reviews. Writers use those words to describe the multiple part harmonies anchored in solid songwriting that are all over their debut, self-titled release on Sub Pop Records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/08/head-and-the-heart-live?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2011 17:00:38 -0500 Interview with My Morning Jacket As most of you know by now, My Morning Jacket is one of the headlining bands for this year's Rock the Garden. Yesterday, the band joined us in The Current Studios for an interview. They talk about their appearance on the FOX television show <em>American Dad</em>, their latest album and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/07/interview-my-morning-jacket?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 15:44:27 -0500 Sam Roberts Band performs in The Current studio The Sam Roberts band, the five-person Canadian indie-rock band led by their namesake singer-songwriter, recently released their fourth full-length album, Collider. The album offers more of the band's trademark catchy, classic-rock-infused style, but features surprising and interesting guest contributions from members of Chicago rockers Califone and Afrobeat revivalists Antibalas. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/06/sam_roberts_band?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jun 2011 16:00:00 -0500 Glasvegas performs live in The Current studio The famously Scottish four-piece Glasvegas (you don't have to listen hard to hear those Glasgow accents) has been called the next step in UK rock evolution after the Libertines and the Arctic Monkeys. Short-listed for the 2009 Mercury Prize, Glasvegas frontmen and cousins James and Rab Allan hope their lush, emphatic arena rock and emotionally dramatic songwriting inspire fans at their live shows to "lose their inhibitions, get a little bit inebriated, have some romance with a stranger." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/01/glasvegas-live?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jun 2011 12:35:24 -0500 The Baseball Project perform live in The Current studio In 1992 Scott McCaughey and Steve Wynn were nothing but two buddies bonded over a love of baseball. Fast forward almost twenty years with the addition of drummer Linda Pitmon and R.E.M's Peter Buck and this supergroup is now known for their original songs about America's favorite pastime in an alternative rock and roots fashion. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/24/baseball-project-live?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 17:16:22 -0500 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart performs in The Current studio New York City indie quartet The Pains of Being Pure at Heart split the difference between two of '90s indie's most distinctive sounds -- twee-pop and shoegaze. The result is music that is often swathed in reverb and echo but that maintains the honesty, intimacy and innocence of the best indie-pop, all played with an infectious, propulsive energy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/26/the-pains-of-being-pure-at-heart?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2011 16:07:26 -0500 Atmosphere peforms live in The Current studio After over ten years making music together, local hip hop duo Atmosphere are are focusing their latest effort, "The Family Sign" on the people they care about the most - their family. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/15/atmosphere-live?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 14:47:34 -0500 Sharon Van Etten performs live in The Current studios Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten admits that she's still trying to find her voice, which she says is dependent upon what she's listening to -- anything from folk to hardcore. She plays April 6 at the Cedar Cultural Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/06/sharon-van-etten-live?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 12:30:44 -0500 British Sea Power perform live in The Current Studio Famed for their live performances- which often include fake foliage, birds, and a 10-foot-tall stuffed bear- British Sea Power started collecting fans with a series of nightly shows called "Club Sea Power" in their hometown of Brighton, UK. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/30/british_sea_power?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 13:10:37 -0500 The Rural Alberta Advantage performs live in The Current studio In a sea of internet sensations, The Rural Alberta Advantage definitely hold their own. With exhilarating guitar lines, intricate percussion, and sincere vocals these indie rockers are a talent to be reckoned with. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/18/rural-alberta-advantage-live?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 12:50:10 -0500 Chapel Club performs in The Current studios Although their debut album, "Palace," was released less than two months ago, the London quintet Chapel Club have already created quite a stir in the indie-rock world. Their shoegaze-influenced sound has captivated the British music press, and that buzz has started to bleed over into the US scene, aided by high-profile gigs like their performance at this year's South by Southwest festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/25/chapel-club?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 12:14:13 -0500 SXSW 2011: Minnesota presence felt at Austin music festival Today will be another busy day at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. This is the festival's 25th year and this one is the biggest yet. Over 1500 bands will perform over four days, including more than 50 local acts from around Minnesota. The Current's Mary Lucia talks about the bands, the music, and how the Minnesota music scene is representing in Austin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/18/lucia-sxsw?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2011 09:59:07 -0500 Interview: Jack White talks with Mary Lucia Jack White talks to Mary Lucia over the phone about his record label (and store) Third Man Records, collaborating with Wanda Jackson, "throwaway" records, and why comedians should record more albums. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/11/jack_white?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2011 14:27:55 -0600 Cold War Kids perform live in The Current studio Now three albums into their career, the Long Beach, CA foursome Cold War Kids finally have a chance to call music their job. With that, they've been able to write their latest album "Mine Is Yours" over three months in the studio with Jacquire King, who has also worked with musicians like Tom Waits. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/10/cold-war-kids-live?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2011 13:52:44 -0600 Jessica Lea Mayfield performs live in The Current studio At the age of 21, singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield has been in the music business nearly her entire life. She began touring with her family at the age of four and then began singing with them when she was eight. Then at only sixteen, she started working with fellow Ohioan Dan Auerbach - one half of The Black Keys - when she was just sixteen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/14/jessica-lea-mayfield-live?refid=0 Mon, 14 Feb 2011 15:55:18 -0600 Liz Phair performs live in The Current studios With a long career of ground-breaking music that began in the early '90s, singer-songwriter Liz Phair has moved from indie label goddess with the release of her debut "Exile in Guyville" in 1993 to selling over three million records across the globe including her latest, "Funstyle." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/20/liz-phair-live?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2011 18:51:10 -0600 Tapes n' Tapes performs in The Current studio Tapes n' Tapes formed out of Carleton College and quickly found success including positive reviews from Pitchfork and Gorillas vs. Bear as well as signing to a major label within a year of their debut record. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/12/tapes_n_tapes?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jan 2011 10:42:21 -0600 Dawes perform live in The Current studio This quartet of college-aged guys from California play nicely tinged Southern-style rock and have already made their television debut and played the First Ave mainroom on the strength of just one album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/11/dawes-live?refid=0 Thu, 11 Nov 2010 14:06:26 -0600 Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin performs live in The Current studio Three is the magic number. For their third stop at The Current for an in-studio performance, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltin played three songs from their third, and newest, album entitled "Let It Sway." The Springfield, Missouri pop-rock four-piece, worked with Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla on their latest effort full of trademark catchy pop gems. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/03/someone-still-loves-you-boris-yeltsin-live?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 11:38:18 -0500 The Dandy Warhols perform in The Current studio The Dandy Warhols formed in Portland, Ore., in 1994 and released their debut, "Dandy's Rule OK?" in 1995. Capitol Records signed the band but rejected a second album they submitted. After reconnecting with the producer of their first project, Tony Lash, the group released "Dandy Warhols Come Down" in 1997. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/29/the_dandy_warhols?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2010 13:15:07 -0500 Album Review: Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown "Come Around Sundown" contains glimpses of the same swagger and charm as the previous albums, and will reward both fans of their radio hits and of their down-home flourishes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/15/review-kings-of-leon-come-around-sundown?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Blitzen Trapper performs in The Current studios It's no surprise that Portland, Ore. sextet Blitzen Trapper's sound falls immediately in the realm of Pacific Northwest folk, evoking the likes of Fleet Foxes and Horse Feathers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/29/blitzen_trapper?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 2010 12:49:03 -0500 Mark Olson performs in The Current studios Mark Olson has been a staple of the Twin Cities for over 25 years, first as the founder of local legends The Jayhawks, and secondly as a solo musician, releasing only two albums to date under his own name. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/28/mark_olson?refid=0 Tue, 28 Sep 2010 15:16:48 -0500 Of Montreal performs live in The Current studio Of Montreal has been around for nearly 15 years, first creating material within the influential Elephant Six collective, which produced some of the brightest indie bands of the 90s, including The Apples in Stereo, Olivia Tremor Control and Neutral Milk Hotel. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/23/of-montreal-live?refid=0 Thu, 23 Sep 2010 15:56:24 -0500 Album Review: Michael Franti and Spearhead - The Sound of Sunshine Michael Franti and Spearhead delivers his new LP, "The Sound of Sunshine," flush off the success of the top 20 single "Say Hey (I Love You)." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/21/michael-franti-and-spearhead-the-sound-of-sunshine?refid=0 Tue, 21 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Billy Bragg performs in The Current studios "Billy Bragg without politics is like Kiss without make-up. It's ugly." That's how English alterna-rocker Billy Bragg describes himself. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/10/billy-bragg?refid=0 Fri, 10 Sep 2010 16:43:46 -0500 Dessa performs live at the Minnesota State Fair Dessa stopped by the Current booth at the Minnesota State Fair on MPR Day for a live performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/09/dessa-mn-state-fair?refid=0 Thu, 09 Sep 2010 13:01:46 -0500 Trampled by Turtles perform live at the Minnesota State Fair Trampled by Turtles stopped by the Current booth at the Minnesota State Fair for a live performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/07/trampled-by-turtles-mn-state-fair?refid=0 Tue, 07 Sep 2010 16:07:26 -0500 Jeremy Messersmith performs live at the Minnesota State Fair A staple of the Twin Cities music scene, Jeremy Messersmith returned to the Current to perform at the Minnesota State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/03/jeremy-messersmith-mn-state-fair?refid=0 Fri, 03 Sep 2010 15:40:16 -0500 Peter Wolf Crier performs live at the Minnesota State Fair Minneapolis indie folk-rock duo Peter Wolf Crier came together out of the ashes of a handful of prior local bands. The band stopped by the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair to play a few songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/01/peter-wolf-crier-mn-state-fair?refid=0 Wed, 01 Sep 2010 14:48:09 -0500 Charlie Parr performs live at the Minnesota State Fair After stopping by the Local Show earlier this August, Charlie Parr returns to the Twin Cities to perform live on The Current at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/31/charlie-parr-mn-state-fair?refid=0 Tue, 31 Aug 2010 14:43:43 -0500 Tokyo Police Club performs in The Current studios After non-stop touring due to the release of several EPs and their debut album, the Newmarket, Ontario quartet Tokyo Police Club took nine months off to work on the second full-length, "Champ," full of the infectious, emotional rock that their audience has grown to love. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/19/tokyo-police-club-live?refid=0 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 12:59:44 -0500 Rufus Wainwright performs in The Current studios Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright may have been born to folk music royalty, but over the last decade and a half of recording and performing, he's managed to carve out a musical niche all his own. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/11/rufus_wainwright?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 14:04:26 -0500 The National perform in The Current studios Brooklyn-via-Ohio quintet The National have been peddling their slow-burning, epically emotional brand of indie-rock to growing acclaim for the last decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/09/the_national?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 11:09:31 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Brother Ali Got to sit down with a dude who I will forever be connected to. When I hosted the Fakebook series Chuck D was my very special guest, Brother Ali and Slug were my musical guests, We were all nervous and in complete awe of Chuck and here we're doing our thing in front of someone we all were so honored to meet who had been so inspiring to us all. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/14/theft-of-the-dial-brother-ali?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Craig Finn of the Hold Steady talks with host Mary Lucia Host Mary Lucia spoke with Craig Finn of the Hold Steady and shared an exclusive performance of the band at at The Greene Space, WNYC's street-level performance venue in downtown Manhattan. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/20/craig-finn-hold-steady-mary-lucia?refid=0 Thu, 20 May 2010 15:29:00 -0500 Frightened Rabbit perform live in The Current studios In today's blog-centric music world, there's something incredibly satisfying about seeing a buzz band become an indie-rock mainstay. That's exactly what the UK group Frightened Rabbit have done over the last several years. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/11/frightened_rabbit?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2010 09:14:19 -0500 Album Review: The Hold Steady - Heaven is Whenever "Heaven is Whenever" is the 5th album from the Hold Steady, and is self-described by the band as a "less anthemic and more complex" CD. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/04/the-hold-steady-heaven-is-whenever?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2010 00:00:00 -0500 The xx perform live in The Current studios It's rare that a band today can make an album that gets better with each and every repeat, but The xx have done just that. They've gone from a group of brand-new English kids to one of the biggest bands in the independent music world in just under a year, but The xx deserve every mote of the attention that's been thrown their way. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/08/the-xx-live?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2010 17:05:00 -0500 Ted Leo and the Pharmacists perform in The Current studio With over a ten year career as lead singer for The Pharmacists, Ted Leo has become one of the most important and innovate musicians to spring from our nations capital. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/23/ted_leo_and_the_pharmacists?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 15:25:46 -0500 Retribution Gospel Choir performs live in The Current studios After two decades of success in Low and a fantastic debut album from side-project Retribution Gospel Choir, Alan Sparhawk has returned with RGC's second LP, appropriately titled "2," out on Sub Pop Records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/04/retribution-gospel-choir-sparhawk?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2010 17:00:00 -0600 Brother Ali performs live in The Current studios With lyrics that showcase his lyrical prowess and a personal story that's as interesting to hear as to read, local hip-hop virtuoso Brother Ali has made an unparalleled mark on the world of independent hip hop. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/20/brother_ali?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 16:00:00 -0600 Brendan Benson performs live in The Current studios Four albums into his solo career, Brendan Benson has made a name for himself as one of the music world's premier collaborators. As part of the Raconteurs, he's played an instrumental part in shaping the sound of garage-inspired indie rock. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/17/brendan_benson?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2009 12:25:38 -0600 Album Review: Them Crooked Vultures My half-witted and not-terribly-insightful observation of this CD is that it is EXACTLY what you think it will sound like, and that my friend is a really good thing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/16/them-crooked-vultures-review?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Fanfarlo performs in The Current studios After many independent labels and attempts to break into the international music scene, Fanfarlo took things into their own hands and released their album for $1 on their Web site. The result? A national tour of the United States and plenty of international dates as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/12/fanfarlo?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0600 White Denim perform live in The Current studios Melding their specific combination of punk, garage rock, and even pop and soul, the Austin, TX trio known as White Denim formed about three and a half years ago when members of two bands, Parque Touch and Peach Train, met and decided to start playing together in 2005. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/05/white_denim?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2009 12:20:39 -0600 They Might Be Giants perform in The Current Studios Nearly 30 years into their career together, the Johns of They Might Be Giants - Flansburgh and Linnell - have just released their 14th studio album, the entertaining and educational "Here Comes Science." Continuing in their recent vein of children's music, the album touches on plenty of scientific topics, like paleontology, astronomy and chemistry. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/03/they_might_be_giants-live-performance?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 11:03:11 -0600 Sea Wolf performs live in The Current studios Sea Wolf's debut album "Leaves in the River" was released in 2007, which included the well-received song, "You're A Wolf." The latest release "White Water, White Bloom" was released in the fall of 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/30/sea_wolf?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2009 10:38:56 -0500 The Rural Alberta Advantage perform live in The Current studios Drawing inspiration from their hometowns in central and northern Alberta, Canada, The Rural Alberta Advantage reflect their upbringing not only in their name and album title but in their music as well. The three-piece layer vocal haromies over intricate drumming and driving guitar to reflect the landscape and culture of Alberta and growing up in it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/25/the_rural_alberta_advantage?refid=0 Fri, 25 Sep 2009 13:02:50 -0500 Regina Spektor performs live in The Current studio Playing the piano has always been a part of Russian-born Regina Spektor's life. She grew up in a family of musicians with her father, a violinist, and her mother, a music professor. She took piano lessons in Russia until 1989 when her family moved via Austria and Italy to the Bronx, where she continued studying classical piano. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/11/regina_spektor?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2009 14:00:52 -0500 Mark Mallman performs live from the Minnesota State Fair Following the August release of, "Invincible Criminal," Mark Mallman graced our broadcast booth at the Minnesota State Fair to play us some songs and shoot some thoughts around with Mary Lucia. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/03/mark_mallman?refid=0 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 10:56:26 -0500 Chris Koza performs live at the Minnesota State Fair Chris Koza has been keeping busy with his band since his 2008 release, "The Dark, Delirious Morning," and we're excited to invite him to the Current State Fair stage! Check out this live interview and music session featuring Koza's passionate pop-folk style. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/02/chris_koza?refid=0 Wed, 02 Sep 2009 09:28:14 -0500 Halloween, Alaska performs live from the Minnesota State Fair The first Monday of our State Fair comes fully equipped with friend foods on sticks and local (and national) music favorites, Halloween, Alaska. Drummer Dave King talks about their failed gigs and what has been thrown at them while on tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/31/halloween_alaska?refid=0 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 17:34:42 -0500 Jeremy Messersmith performs live at the Minnesota State Fair Local singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith began recording his own work after auditing a songwriting course at North Central University in Minneapolis. He soon started playing shows locally and handing out demos of his work. Princess Records quickly signed him for his first full length album released in 2006 titled "The Alcatraz Kid." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/28/jeremy_messersmith?refid=0 Fri, 28 Aug 2009 13:10:00 -0500 Haley Bonar performs live at The Minnesota State Fair Making her second appearance at The Current booth at the Minnesota State Fair, singer-songwriter Haley Bonar debuted three new songs at her performance on the opening day of the fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/27/haley_bonar?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2009 11:18:26 -0500 Album Review: The Arctic Monkeys - Humbug "Humbug," the band's third album, was recorded at Rancho De Luna in Joshua Tree and was produced by Queens of the Stone Age /Eagles of Death Metal's Josh Homme. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/19/album-review-the-arctic-monkeys--humbug?refid=0 Wed, 19 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Pete Yorn performs in The Current studios Though first finding his footing in writing music for movies, Pete Yorn's folky songwriting has grown far from the silver screen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/03/peteyorn?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 15:52:59 -0500 Silversun Pickups perform live in The Current studios Silversun Pickups' first hit "Lazy Eye" didn't follow any of the conventions of songwriting - including a bridge or any sort of chorus - but they still create complete and compelling songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/10/silversun_pickups?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2009 11:43:18 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Craig Finn Craig Finn is never at a loss for words, he has a lot to say in his own music so we knew he would make a perfect Theft of The Dial guest host to talk about other people's music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/24/theft-of-the-dial?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Sonic Youth performs in The Current studios After 30+ years of being at the forefront of the alternative rock vanguard, Sonic Youth show no signs of slowing down. With this year's release of their 16th studio album - "The Eternal", on Matador Records" - the band has once again earned critical and mass acclaim for their genre-bending sound that defies categorization. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/22/sonic_youth?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2009 09:05:21 -0500 Free Energy performs in The Current studio Free Energy is a new band based in Philadelphia, PA and created by Red Wing, MN native Paul Sprangers. The band used to be known throughout the Twin Cities music scene as Hockey Night. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/16/free_energy?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 16:33:35 -0500 Black Francis performs live in The Current studio Frank Black, Black Francis, Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV. Call him what you will because he doesn't mind. He's the iconic lead singer of the cult favorites The Pixies with a successful solo career and an album with his side project, Grand Duchy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/10/black_francis?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2009 15:57:50 -0500 The Heavy performs in The Current studio The core members of the English indie-rock band The Heavy are Kelvin Swaby and Dan Taylor. Their sound combines guitar and funky horns and has been described as hip-hop soul music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/07/the_heavy?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2009 11:00:24 -0500 Phoenix performs live in The Current studios The futuristic-electro-rock French four-piece Phoenix grew out of the same music scene that sprouted bands like Air and Daft Punk. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/23/phoenix?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2009 12:08:04 -0500 The Twilight Hours perform in The Current studios After finding musical success together and apart over the last 20 years, Matt Wilson and John Munson have rejoined forces as The Twilight Hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/02/the_twilight_hours?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 13:10:57 -0500 Doves perform in The Current studios After playing together for over 20 years, the three members of the Doves have figured out a method to their music making madness, most recently working on an album for over three years in an English countryside farmhouse. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/05/28/doves?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2009 16:56:45 -0500 Theft of the Dial: P.O.S. Handing the controls over to P.O.S (Steph) was a blast. We're lucky we got P.O.S. before he takes off to tour Europe for a month, join the Warped tour, and then go out west for shows with (GASP!) The Bad Brains! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/05/21/theft-of-the-dial-pos?refid=0 Thu, 21 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Peter Bjorn & John perform in The Current studios Although their breakout success came with "Writer's Block" in 2006, Peter Bjorn and John had been flexing their Swedish musical muscles for years before, and in their latest release they prove they'll be flexing for many years to come. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/04/21/peter_bjorn_and_john?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2009 15:44:14 -0500 Robyn Hitchcock performs in The Current studios English singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock has traveled across musical genres - from his punk beginnings in the '70s to his current storytelling style. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/04/20/robyn_hitchcock?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2009 10:22:37 -0500 Glasvegas performs in The Current studios The indie-rock quartet uses influences from all over the UK and combines them with rockabilly and doo-wop sensibilities, creating a sound that has gained them wide ranging praise from around the globe. Their self-titled debut was released in January, 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/04/07/glasvegas?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2009 16:22:20 -0500 The Ting Tings perform in The Current studios The Ting Tings have gained fans from around the globe, flexing their versatile musical muscles by shining on both indie and top 40 charts in the last twelve months. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/04/06/the_ting_tings?refid=0 Mon, 06 Apr 2009 15:30:48 -0500 Bob Mould performs live in The Current studio Bob Mould, a musician famous as a solo artist and as a former member of bands Husker Du and Sugar, has started out his 2009 with the release of his ninth solo record, "Life and Times." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/03/31/bob_mould?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 16:30:35 -0500 Handsome Furs perform live in The Current studio Through mashing musical contradictions, the Handsome Furs have quickly stormed the music world since debuting in 2007. The husband-wife team of Dan Boeckner (also in Wolf Parade) and Alexei Perry tie together electronic sensibilities with jangly pop while telling stories that span the emotional grid. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/03/26/handsome_furs?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2009 10:38:08 -0500 The Broken West performs in The Current studio "I Can't Go On, I'll Go On," the 2008 CD release from The Broken West, is power pop at some of its strongest, straight from the powerfully poppy world of Southern California. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/03/24/the_broken_west?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2009 15:40:36 -0500 The Duke Spirit performs in The Current studios The Duke Spirit were founded on one of music's most time-honored traditions: singer Liela Moss and guitarist Luke Ford met in art school and dropped out to form a band. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/03/16/the_duke_spirit?refid=0 Tue, 17 Mar 2009 16:11:04 -0500 The Current Fakebook with Bob Gruen Over forty years of rock and roll history will come to life on the stage of the historic Fitzgerald Theater Wednesday, April 15 as Mary Lucia welcomes photographer Bob Gruen for a very special installment of The Current's Fakebook. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/03/17/fakebook?refid=0 Tue, 17 Mar 2009 09:52:13 -0500 The Submarines perform in The Current studio The Submarines, the indie pop duo of John Dragonetti and Blake Hazard, has gone through several incarnations since first meeting in Boston. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/02/24/the_submarines?refid=0 Wed, 04 Mar 2009 13:00:00 -0600 Gary Louris and Mark Olson perform in The UBS Forum at Minnesota Public Radio After releasing seven albums under several incarnations of their band, The Jayhawks, the duo reunited in 2008 to record the heavily acoustic album, "Ready For The Flood." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/02/05/louris_olson?refid=0 Thu, 05 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Longwave performs in The Current studios With their fourth album "Secret are Sinister" under their belts, Brooklyn indie-rockers Longwave are hoping the release of this album will go better than the last. Challenges like Hurricane Katrina, a record label merger, and a canceled tour plagued the release of their previous album "There's A Fire." After some encouragement, the band decided to record another record. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/12/16/longwave?refid=0 Tue, 16 Dec 2008 12:43:39 -0600 Tom Morello performs in The Current studios Tom Morello is probably best known for his work with the band Rage Against The Machine. However, he takes on the moniker "The Nightwatchman" when he performs his Pete Seeger/Woody Guthrie-inspired solo work. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/11/tom_morello?refid=0 Tue, 11 Nov 2008 10:23:41 -0600 Yeasayer performs in The Current studios The music of Brooklyn's Yeasayer is an eclectic mix of rock, pop, folk, dub, Middle Eastern, and African musics. They first garnered national recognition in 2007 at the SxSW music festival and soon after, released their debut CD, "All Hour Cymbals" in October of that same year. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/30/yeasayer?refid=0 Thu, 30 Oct 2008 10:51:42 -0500 The Rumble Strips perform in The Current studio The Rumble Strips are a London based band whose music has been described as a mix of rock, soul, indie, and pop. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/23/the_rumble_strips?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2008 10:30:16 -0500 Alejandro Escovedo performs in The Current studios Punk-pioneer Alejandro Escovedo has just released his ninth solo album earlier this year entitled "Real Animal." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/14/alejandro_escovedo?refid=0 Tue, 14 Oct 2008 13:06:21 -0500 Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields performs in the Current studios The Magnetic Fields are a band, but in many ways they are simply the extension of Stephin Merrit. As well as a multi-instrumentalist, Merritt writes, produces, and sings their material. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/10/magnetic_fields?refid=0 Fri, 10 Oct 2008 16:22:56 -0500 The Melismatics perform in The Current studios After winning "The Last Band Standing" competition at The Double Door in Chicago, The Melismatics got back to work and are currently touring to support their latest album "The Acid Test." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/09/the_melismatics?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 2008 10:46:47 -0500 Jamie Lidell performs in The Current studios Jamie Lidell's mother sang professionally with different orchestras, so it's no coincidence that this guy can hold his own as a singer. After playing in the bands Subhead and Super Collider, he's released a number of solo records including his most recent "Another Day." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/08/jamie_lidell?refid=0 Wed, 08 Oct 2008 11:25:30 -0500 The Fratellis perform in The Current studio Glasgow natives The Fratellis enjoyed a great deal of success on their home turf with their debut "Costello Music." In 2008 The Fratellis released "Here We Stand," their sophomore effort. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/09/11/the_fratellis?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2008 10:08:45 -0500 The Hold Steady performs in The Current studio The band The Hold Steady was formed in 2000 after vocalist/guitarist Craig Finn moved to New York City from Minneapolis. They released their debut CD "Almost Killed Me" in 2004 and it's been nonstop for the band ever since. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/07/22/the_hold_steady?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2008 13:16:24 -0500 Iron & Wine performs in The Current studios Sam Beam is Iron & Wine. That's the moniker for the singer/songwriter behind the delicate guitar picking and soft-spoken voice that has covered The Postal Service's "Such Great Heights" and has been featured on a psychedelic M&Ms commercial. Iron & Wine has also released three full-length albums and a whole slew of EPs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/06/11/iron_and_wine?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Old 97s perform in The Current studios The Dallas, Texas band Old 97's was formed by singer/guitarist Rhett Miller and bassist Murry Hammond in 1993. They released their debut "Hitchhike To Rhome" in 1994 on the indie label Big Iron and in 1995 released "Wreck Your Life" on Bloodshot Records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/06/04/old_97s?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2008 13:21:42 -0500 Death Cab for Cutie performs in The Current studios Death Cab For Cutie formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997 as a solo project of frontman Ben Gibbard. The band's latest project entitled, "Narrow Stairs" was released in May, 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/06/02/death_cab_for_cutie?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2008 12:48:32 -0500 Solid Gold performs in The Current studios Solid Gold's music has been described as an exploration into "unique instrumentation and composition, pairing circuit-bent organs with classical violin and opera singing, juxtaposing banjo with harsh electronic beats." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/05/30/solid_gold?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2008 11:10:45 -0500 Clinic performs in The Current studios Art punk four-piece Clinic formed in Liverpool in 1997 and released their first single on their own Aladdin's Cave of Golf label. In 2002, the band released their second album "Walking With Thee" which was nominated for a Grammy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/05/13/clinic?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2008 11:34:03 -0500 Dr. Dog performs live in The Current studios Dr. Dog has been described as a psychedelic rock band and have drawn comparisons to bands of the 1960's, including The Beatles, The Band, and The Beach Boys. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/05/09/dr_dog?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2008 11:13:09 -0500 Atmosphere performs in The Current studios Rapper Slug from Atmosphere thinks that he might be becoming better at promoting records than making records. The new full-length album, "When Life Gives You Lemons..." comes out April 22, 2008 after a plethora of EPs and an internet-only album have released within the past year. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/04/21/atmosphere?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2008 14:00:00 -0500 The Current Fakebook with Chuck D Host Mary Lucia welcomed Public Enemy founder, writer and activist Chuck D to the Current Fakebook at the Fitzgerald Theater on Saturday, April 19, 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/04/25/fakebook?refid=0 Sat, 19 Apr 2008 20:00:00 -0500 Mark Everett of Eels performs in the Current studio In 2008, Eels released two CD/DVD sets - "Meet the Eels": Essential Eels 1996-2006, Volume I and Useless Trinkets: B Sides, Soundtracks, Rarities and Unreleased 1996-2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/04/07/the_eels?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2008 14:28:39 -0500 The Shackeltons perform in the Current studio The Chambersburg, Pennsylvania five-piece known as the Shackletons brought their gritty, garage rock (and some fancy dance moves) to The Current. Unfortunately, we cannot recreate the dance steps, but lead vocalist Mark Redding described the moves as best he could. He also described a near death experience. Neither of the two are related, but he discussed them with Mary Lucia before their show at the Triple Rock. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/04/04/the_shackeltons?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2008 14:18:09 -0500 Nada Surf performs in The Current studios "High/Low" was a major breakthrough for Nada Surf, mainly because of their infectious hit song "Popular." After their initial breakthrough the band toured in both the USA and most of Europe continuing to expand their fan base. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/04/03/nada_surf?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2008 17:48:10 -0500 Bell X1 performs in The Current studio Bell X1 was formed from the remnants of Juniper in 1999. Their most successful year to date was documented with the CD/DVD set "Tour de Flock" in June of 2007, the first release on the band's newly established Bellyup Records label. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/20/_bell_x1?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2008 13:50:35 -0500 Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks performs in The Current studios In March of 2008, former Pavement front man Stephen Malkmus released his fourth studio album with The Jicks entitled, "Real Emotional Trash." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/20/stephen_malkmus_and_the_jicks?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2008 09:45:56 -0500 Carbon/Silicon performs live from SXSW No, Carbon/Silicon isn't a chemistry lesson about the periodic table of elements. It's a collaboration between The Clash's Mick Jones and Tony James of the Billy Idol-fronted Generation X, which sounds more like dance rock rather than their punk roots. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/14/carbon_silicon_performs_live_from_sxsw?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2008 17:30:00 -0500 Darondo and Nino Moschella perform live from SXSW Here's the short story: being compared to Al Green, he recorded three soul singles in the early 1970s, disappeared for 25 years until BBC Radio 1 host Gilles Peterson brought Darondo, also known as Double D or Dynamite D, out of hiding in 2005 on his "Gilles Peterson Digs America" compilation. That's also the long story. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/15/darondo_and_nino_moschella_perform_live_from_sxsw?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2008 16:15:00 -0500 Billy Bragg performs live from SXSW With a music career spanning over two decades, the sometimes folk and sometimes punk singer/songwriter Billy Bragg has teamed up with legendary artists like Wilco and Johnny Marr (The Smiths) as well as new artists like Kate Nash in addition to his abundant solo work. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/15/billy_bragg_performs_live_from_sxsw?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2008 15:00:00 -0500 The Rascals performs live from SXSW Most people who turn 21 are excited about their new legal ability to consume alcohol. The three 21 year olds from Liverpool, Miles Kane (guitar), Joe Edwards (bass), and Greg Mighall (drums), who make up The Rascals are thinking bigger. As former members of The Little Flames, they opened for bands like The Coral, The Zutons, and their new best friends, The Arctic Monkeys. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/02/29/the_rascals_performs_live_from_sxsw?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2008 17:45:00 -0500 Cloud Cult performs live from SXSW Armed with a multitude of instruments, laptops, video, paint and canvases, the environmentally-friendly local band Cloud Cult are making their second trip to SXSW this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/13/cloud_cult__performs_live_from_sxsw?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2008 16:30:00 -0500 Jim Noir performs live from SXSW Were you one of many people with the "Eanie Meany" earworm? With a repetitious chorus of "eeeeennnneeeee meeeeaaannniieee," maybe you were watching the 2006 World Cup where encountering Jim Noir's catchy soccer anthem "Eanie Meany" was next to impossible. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/13/jim_noir_performs_in_the_current_studio?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2008 15:30:00 -0500 Gary Louris performs in The Current studios He's a founding member of the Minneapolis-based band The Jayhawks and a member of the Midwest musical collective/side-project Golden Smog. His latest solo project is entitled "Vagabonds," with a scheduled release date of February 19, 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/02/12/gary_louris?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2008 15:56:44 -0600 Dean and Britta performs in The Current studios Former members of Luna Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips released "L'Avventura," an album of covers and duets produced by Tony Visconti. This was followed by Back Numbers, again with Visconti producing, in February 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/02/11/dean_and_britta?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2008 11:18:23 -0600 Bob Mould performs in The Current studios Bob Mould has written the song of his career! However it won't be on his new album, "District Line," but the former Husker Du guitarist/singer/songwriter Bob Mould played a snippet of it when he stopped by The Current. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/02/06/bob_mould?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2008 17:00:22 -0600 Documentary explores life in Warhol's shadow A filmmaker learns her long-lost uncle was once Andy Warhol's live-in boyfriend. Her documentary tries to piece together the identity of the relative she never knew. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/17/warhol?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2008 15:00:00 -0600 G. Love performs in The Current studios Garrett Dotton III - also known as G. Love - was born in Philadelphia, PA. He began playing guitar at the age of 8 and wrote his first song by the time he was a freshman in high school. With influences such as Bob Dylan, John Hammond Jr., The Beastie Boys, Run-DMC and Schooly D, you'd probably wonder what the music of G. Love would sound like. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/01/16/_g_love?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2008 12:02:11 -0600 Vicious Vicious performs in The Current studios Vicious Vicious began as lead man Erik Appelwick's moniker for his debut album "Blood and Clover." Now Vicious Vicious is a full-blown live band featuring Heath Henjum, Adrian Suarez, and J.G. Everest http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/12/14/vicious_vicious?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2007 16:03:53 -0600 Shooting a documentary in a sewer From an abandoned mental institution in Scotland to the sewer system of St. Paul, filmmaker Melody Gilbert explores the hobby of urban exploration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/05/melodygilbert?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2007 14:00:19 -0600 Tegan & Sara performs in The Current studios Canadian twins Tegan and Sara combine crafty song writing with pop sensibilities on their new CD "The Con," which was produced by Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/11/30/tegan_sara?refid=0 Mon, 03 Dec 2007 09:47:06 -0600 Drinking with Ian It's like The Tonight Show -- with fewer Hollywood celebrities and a lot more Jagermeister. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/29/ian?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2007 16:00:13 -0600 Dishing with chef-at-large Anthony Bourdain The Indiana Jones of the food world talks about his friendship with Marky Ramone and the time he spent in Cleveland with comic writer Harvey Pekar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/26/bourdain?refid=0 Mon, 26 Nov 2007 16:00:42 -0600 Good Ol' Charles Schulz A new biography examines the life of the man who created Charlie Brown and Snoopy and Pig Pen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/16/schulz?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2007 14:49:35 -0600 Tori Amos performs in The Current studios Tori Amos is an outspoken and creative pianist, singer/songwriter and has sold over 12 million records worldwide. Her latest CD, entitled "American Doll Posse" is her ninth studio album and some are calling this her most ambitious work. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/11/07/tori_amos?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2007 16:54:23 -0600 The oldest first-time novelist in history? Millard Kaufman's publicist demurs slightly when the 90-year-old's possible world record comes up. McSweeney's Books says Kaufman may be the oldest first-time novelist. Even if he isn't the first, publishing a book in your ninth decade is still quite an achievement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/23/millard_kaufman?refid=0 Tue, 23 Oct 2007 14:28:25 -0500 Dan Wilson performs in The Current studios In 2007 Dan Wilson received a Grammy Award for Song of the Year for writing the Dixie Chicks' "Not Ready to Make Nice". Maybe 2008 will bring Dan the same fortune for his debut solo CD "Free Life". http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/17/dan_wilson?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2007 17:44:38 -0500 The New Pornographers perform in The Current studio Vancouver indie-rock super group The New Pornographers formed in 1996, but didn't release their debut album, "Mass Romantic," until the fall of 2000. Not surprising, given everyone in the band was already involved with successful projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/17/the_new_pornographers?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2007 10:17:11 -0500 Raul Midon performs in The Current studio The New Mexico born, New York-based writer, vocalist, and guitarist Raul Midon released his debut album "State of Mind" in 2005. He combines his distinct voice, strumming beats, and a cappella sounds to create a one-man show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/15/raul_midon?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2007 16:43:46 -0500 Spoon performs in the Current studio Spoon formed in Austin Texas in 1994 and released their debut CD, Telephono in 1996. Their sound and style were immediately compared to Sonic Youth and Pixies. Spoon's latest project is Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, named after a melody from one of the album's songs "The Ghost of You Lingers." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/11/spoon?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2007 18:18:37 -0500 Author Steve Almond shares his obsessions From Kurt Vonnegut to candy to depression, Steve Almond talks about it all. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/11/almond?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2007 17:12:58 -0500 Sea Wolf performs in the Current studio Named after Jack London's 1904 novel, L.A.'s Sea Wolf is a moniker for singer/songwriter Alex Brown Church's dark, folk-rock project. Formerly the bassist in the pop band Irving,Church plays with a full band including cello and marxophone. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/10/sea_wolf?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2007 09:32:25 -0500 Of Montreal perform in the Current studio The band's founding member Kevin Barnes made headlines earlier this year when he performed several songs nude during a Las Vegas performance. Their latest CD is called "Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer" and the band has embarked on another US tour to help promote it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/05/of_montreal?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2007 16:03:51 -0500 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah perform in the Current studio Being one of the few rock bands with a name you can act out in charades, the indie rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are known for their growing success by doing it themselves. Even with band members in both Philadelphia and Brooklyn, CYHSY have managed to record, produce, and distribute their albums on their own. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/04/clap_your_hands_say_yeah?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2007 10:56:05 -0500 Hot Hot Heat performs in the Current studio While Hot Hot Heat's new CD retains the melodies and witty wordplay fans have come to expect, it's been called one of the band's most adventurous and experimental albums yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/03/hot_hot_heat?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2007 16:47:38 -0500 David Bazan performs in the Current studio The lead singer of Pedro the Lion is currently touring in support of his latest solo effort "Fewer Moving Parts." He talked about his other solo projects, touring with Vic Chestnut, and working while wearing pajamas. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/09/05/david_bazan?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2007 14:32:35 -0500 What makes Al weird? "Weird Al" Yankovic's career has outlasted the careers of many the artists he has been parodying since the early '80s. He even had a top 10 single last year with "White and Nerdy." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/27/weird_al?refid=0 Mon, 27 Aug 2007 14:55:46 -0500 Talib Kweli live at the Minnesota State Fair Brooklyn-born Talib Kweli first got attention as part of Black Star, which he formed with his high-school buddy Mos Def. He's now known for crossing over to work with and sample pop artists such as Justin Timberlake and Ben Kweller. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/24/talib_kweli?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2007 12:52:31 -0500 Chris Osgood at the Minnesota State Fair Chris Osgood's legendary local punk group The Suicide Commandos plays the Minnesota State Fair Grand Stand this weekend. In 1974, when Osgood formed the band with Dave Ahl and Steve Almaas, who would have thought that they would ever play that most mainstream of Minnesota events, the State Fair? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/23/chris_osgood?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2007 11:35:17 -0500 First Avenue's right-hand man Conrad Sverkerson, stage manager and long-standing icon of the First Avenue nightclub, received a Sound Unseen Festival Artist of Distinction at 2007's multimedia event. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/22/conrad_sverkerson?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2007 12:33:10 -0500 The Cribs perform in the Current studio The Cribs have a new album out entitled "Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever." While the trio of brothers, the older of which are twins, didn't elaborate on those needs, they did talk with Mary Lucia about recording their latest release with Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand at Bryan Adam's studios in Vancouver, Canada. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/08/01/the_cribs?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2007 00:52:28 -0500 A 'reveille' for the local music scene A band of local music writers have gathered together to start a new magazine called Reveille. Andrea Myers is one of those founders. She joined The Current's Mary Lucia at Gluek's to explain why they thought there was a need for a new place to read about music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/27/andrea_myers?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jul 2007 15:30:30 -0500 Jenny Dalton performs live at Gluek's Pianist and singer Jenny Dalton has been writing original piano songs since she was about eight years old. She has never had any formal training and cannot read music, but that doesn't stop her from writing soulful and intimate songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/07/27/jenny_dalton?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jul 2007 14:20:56 -0500 Rachel Raimist talks about Hip Hop Rachel Raimist makes films, writes books, teaches at colleges, and lectures around the country about Hip Hop and women. She joined Mary Lucia in the studio to talk about how she first became a lover of Hip Hop and what it means to be a Hip-Hop feminist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/20/rachel_raimist?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jul 2007 16:14:12 -0500 Maximo Park performs in the Current studio Newscastle's Maximo Park, touring the U.S. in support of the new album, "Our Earthly Pleasures," aimed to craft a warmer sound than that on the Mercury Prize-nominated debut. Mary Lucia talked with Paul Smith about karaoke and having an original sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/07/17/maximo_park?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2007 11:38:07 -0500 The Alarmists perform in the Current Studio At the 2007 Minnesota Music Awards, The Alarmists were declared the best new band. They're now releasing "The Ghost and the Hired Gun" and hope to solidify their reputation. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/07/16/the_alarmists?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jul 2007 09:50:04 -0500 Andy Samberg Mary interviews Andy Samberg from SNL and the movie "Hot Rod." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/10/andy_samberg?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jul 2007 17:22:54 -0500 Putting together a Prince show -- at the last minute Prince fans told stories of waiting outside overnight to get tickets. Bloggers endlessly critiqued the show. But what was the Purple One's impromptu concert like from the club's point of view? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/09/prince?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jul 2007 17:01:23 -0500 Douglas Wolk - live from Gluek's Douglas Wolk is the author of "Reading Comics." Mary Lucia chatted with him at The Current's live broadcast from Gluek's about super-heroes and why Harvey Pekar - the subject of American Splendor - is a bad influence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/28/douglas_wolk?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jun 2007 15:37:46 -0500 Dennis Cass has cats on the brain Author Dennis Cass spends years writing his book "Head Case: How I Almost Lost My Mind Trying to Understand My Brain." Now he's a freelance writer, journalist, and sometimes teacher. He told Mary Lucia that he's got some time on his hands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/25/dennis_cass?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jun 2007 15:20:55 -0500 White Light Riot performs in the Current studios Minneapolis quartet White Light Riot secluded themselves in Cannon Falls to record their new album "Atomism." They weren't going for a stripped down, indie-sound. They say they put a lot of work into the album and that they hope it sounds like it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/06/25/white_light_riot?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jun 2007 13:15:37 -0500 MPR Fakebook with Laurie Lindeen The Current Fakebook returned with its final show of the series' first season as The Current's Mary Lucia welcomed Minneapolis-based musician and author Laurie Lindeen, along with a cast of rock worthies to help tell Lindeen's story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/22/fakebook_laurie_lindeen?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2007 14:14:09 -0500 Fountains of Wayne perform in the Current studio Fountains of Wayne tells stories with their songs. They can make the Tappan Zee Bridge seem romantic and the Department of Motor Vehicles worth chronicling. They regale us with more tales of ordinary slobs like you and me set to a perfect pop melodies. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/06/13/fountains_of_wayne?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jun 2007 10:41:14 -0500 Madeleine Peyroux performs in the Current studio Madeleine Peyroux has been recording for over a decade, but most people only got to know her when she released her second album "Careless Love" in 2004. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/06/08/madeleine_peyroux?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2007 13:18:31 -0500 Albert Hammond Jr. performs live in the Current studio Albert Hammond Jr. was born in Los Angeles California. As a member of the indie-rock band The Strokes, he plays lead and rhythm guitar. He released his solo record, "Yours To Keep" in the UK in 2006 and in North America in 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/06/07/albert_hammond_jr?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2007 14:38:31 -0500 The Heavenly States perform in the Current studios The Heavenly States consist of Ted Nesseth, Jeremy Gagon, Genevieve Gagon, and Mark Christianson. They've recorded two full length albums, as well as the 3 song single King Epiphany I, II and Monument. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/06/05/heavenly_states?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2007 15:41:08 -0500 Romantica performs in the Current studios The songs performed by Romantica frontman and Belfast-native Ben Kyle retain a certain gravity, but yet they span multiple genres and influences. Their sound has been compared to Wilco, Ryan Adams, and Damien Rice among others. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/05/30/romantica?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2007 15:10:23 -0500 Electrelane perform Electrelane have been together for a decade, but Verity Susman says the quartet hasn't settled into a comfortable pattern. They still find making music challenging. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/05/23/electrelane?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2007 11:35:44 -0500 Brandi Carlile performs in The Current studio Brandi Carlile grew up in a musical family in a small town outside of Seattle. Her naturally wonderful singing voice must have made it easy to choose a career in music. She could have slid by using just those pipes, but she worked hard to teach herself piano, guitar, how to layer harmonies with other singers and to write songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/05/18/brandi_carlile?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2007 14:01:03 -0500 Arctic Monkeys perform in the Current studio After Alex Turner and Jamie Cook received guitars for Christmas, they made practicing a full time obsession. All of that practicing paid off when the band inked their first recording deal with the label Domino in the spring of 2004. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/05/07/arctic_monkeys?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2007 10:13:44 -0500 The Ponys in The Current studio When The Ponys started out in 2000 they - like many other bands at the time - were labeled "garage rock." The Chicago four-piece no longer fit under that simple description, as they've expanded their live and studio sound beyond that simple moniker. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/05/04/the_ponys?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2007 10:39:19 -0500 Joseph Arthur in the Current studio Joseph Arthur has released two albums in quick succession. In 2006, he released "Nuclear Daydream," and "Let's Just Be" hit stores in April 2007. After years as a solo artist, he's now recording and touring with his band, the Lonely Astronauts. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/04/27/joseph_arthur?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2007 15:23:17 -0500 The Current live at Gluek's Mary Lucia interviewed writer Martin Keller, author of Music Legends: A Rewind on the Minnesota Music Scene, and musician Dan Murphy, member of the bands Soul Asylum and Golden Smog. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/04/26/glueks?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2007 16:15:27 -0500 The Frames perform in The Current studios The lead singer of The Frames, Glen Hansard, started his career as a busker in Dublin. In 1990, he gathered together a bunch of musicians he knew from the streets and formed the band. After seventeen years of hard work, The Frames are one of the most popular bands in their native Ireland. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/04/17/theframes?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2007 13:42:25 -0500 Owen performs in studio Sometimes after playing in seven bands in a decade, a guy just wants to spend some time alone. At least, Mike Kinsella did. He's was in Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc, and American Football, but he spends his time performing as Owen now. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/04/05/owen?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2007 14:39:38 -0500 Jonathan Lethem and "You Don't Love Me Yet" Jonathan Lethem has a new novel about indie rockers and young performance artists living in Los Angeles. But he is also shopping a new idea -- that artists and businesses keep too tight a hold on copyrights, and that the artistic spirit would flourish if everyone agreed to loosen that grip. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/02/jonathan_lethem?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2007 14:52:37 -0500 Low performs in studio Low is now a teenager. The Duluth band formed in 1994. Drummer Mimi Parker and guitarist Alan Sparhawk go back even farther than that - the spouses met in elementary school. Matt Livingston - the third bassist in their history - rounds out the group. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/30/low?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2007 16:08:54 -0500 The man in the middle of it all To say that Joe Boyd was a man in the right place at the right time is a bit of an understatement. He oversaw Dylan going electric. He produced Pink Floyd before their first album. He worked with the doomed singer-songwriter Nick Drake. He brought Dueling Banjos to the radio. He set up the company that produces Saturday Night Live, the Conan O'Brien show and Mean Girls. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/28/joe_boyd?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2007 15:51:45 -0500 The Current live from Glueks Mary Lucia hosted a live broadcast from Gluek's in downtown Minneapolis where she talked with reporter Lisa Ling, local author Dennis Cass, and singer/songwriter Chris Koza. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/04/04/bluek?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2007 09:21:15 -0500 Cloud Cult performs in studio Cloud Cult, the Minnesota band with an extremely devoted national following, have a new album coming out. It's called The Meaning of 8. The band are famed for their live shows, which mix their music with videos, light shows and even have a couple of painters on stage who create during concerts. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/27/cloud_cult?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2007 17:05:29 -0500 Eric Tretbar raises The Horrible Flowers For more than a decade, Eric Tretbar has been making movies filmed in and set in Minneapolis. His movies feature characters hanging out in the local music scene, which Tretbar knows pretty well from playing in bands like The Funseekers in the 1980s and The Spectors in the early '90s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/22/eric_tretbar?refid=0 Thu, 22 Mar 2007 16:54:41 -0500 SSM performs live in studio SSM are a trio from Detroit that have roots in garage rock, punk, and even a little bit of new wave and prog rock. It's a catchy, buzzy mix. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/21/ssm?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2007 16:22:55 -0500 Mando Diao: Live from SXSW Mando Diao's plan when they formed was to save rock n' roll. The Swedish group claim to believe their recordings are better than anything by The Who, The Kinks, or The Small Faces. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/16/mando_diao?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2007 17:20:49 -0500 RJD2: Live from SXSW On his new album The Third Hand, RJD2 completely reinvents his sound. He's no longer pure hip-hop. He's made a pop record. It was written, arranged, produced and performed entirely by RJD2, born Ramble John "RJ" Krohn. There's not a sample on an album from a man famed for his creative use of layered samples. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/16/rjd2?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2007 16:05:39 -0500 Bonde Do Role: Live from SXSW Bonde Do Role hail from Curitiba, Brazil. They play what is alternately known as baile funk, favela funk or funk carioca. Marina, the vocalist for the group, raps over a mish-mash of rapid beats and samples. It's basically dance music meant for blasting at parties and clubs. Their American debut is Gasolina. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/16/bonde_do_role?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2007 15:00:23 -0500 EL-P: Live from SXSW You have to be a rapper comfortable with yourself to have guests such as Trent Reznor and Cat Power on your CD. El-P aka El-Producto obviously doesn't feel he needs to prove his credibility. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/15/el_p?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2007 17:53:34 -0500 Sondre Lerche: Live from SXSW Sondre Lerche claims his latest album, Phantom Punch, is "an Orange Juice meets Fleetwood Mac & My Bloody Valentine meets Gilberto Gil & Os Mutantes meets early Elvis Costello & Prefab Sprout & XTC meets Thomas Dolby meets Steely Dan circa Katy Lied, kind of thing." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/15/sondra_lerche?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2007 16:59:14 -0500 Brother Ali: Live from SXSW Brother Ali's second full album The Undisputed Truth will be released in April, 2007. The Minneapolis rapper has been through some hard times in the past few years. He and his wife split. They fought over their son. Ali was homeless for a spell. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/15/brother_ali?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2007 16:20:09 -0500 Money Mark: Live from SXSW Mark Ramos-Nishita performs under the moniker Money Mark. He has a career that any musician would envy. He tours with the Beastie Boys as a keyboardist, writes music for films, collaborates with the likes of Yoko One and Beck, and fronts his own projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/15/money_mark?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2007 14:20:15 -0500 The Ditty Bops perform in studio The Ditty Bops are a band from Los Angeles with their hearts in the past. They play a blend of gypsy jazz, bluegrass, folk and a little bit of the great American musical. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/14/ditty_bops?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2007 14:58:15 -0600 Richard Buckner is a hands-on kind of guy Richard Buckner isn't afraid to take things into his own hands, whether it's songwriting or show security. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/02/28/richard_buckner?refid=0 Wed, 28 Feb 2007 12:00:56 -0600 Chuck Klosterman speaks to love, hate, and relevancy Writer and cultural critic Chuck Klosterman dropped by The Current studios to talk to Mary Lucia about Britney Spears and how Nickelback is the new Soundgarden. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/23/chuck_klosterman_in_studio?refid=0 Fri, 23 Feb 2007 15:00:16 -0600 Sparklehorse performs in studio The sound of Sparklehorse has been described as atmospheric, ballad-driven, and sometimes a little surreal. However, when it comes to writing a straight-forward pop song, Mark Linkous - the driving force behind Sparklehorse - feels he has to try a lot harder to make it sound interesting. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/02/19/sparklehorse?refid=0 Tue, 20 Feb 2007 14:30:32 -0600 Venus - Live from Gluek's Twin Cities musician Venus offers insight on everything from pet cats to ruling the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/01/26/venus?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jan 2007 17:50:31 -0600 Diablo Cody - Live from Gluek's Writer Diablo Cody joins DJ Mary Lucia for a chat about Chihuahuas, David Letterman and selling her screenplay - the first one she ever wrote. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/01/26/diablo?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jan 2007 17:31:49 -0600 Vega4's McDaid puts his Diary to Music It's hard to peg Vega4's national identity. They formed in London, but actually have no current members from England. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/01/22/vega4?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jan 2007 16:46:56 -0600 Spencer Wells - DNA Hunter Spencer Wells could possibly have one of the coolest jobs in the world. Or at least the coolest job title: Explorer-in-Residence for National Geographic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/18/spencer_wells?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jan 2007 14:13:54 -0600 Jeremy Messersmith Creates Dark Lyrics and Sweet Melodies Minneapolis singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith claims to be a hermit. Indeed, he's probably not exaggerating; although he moved to Minnesota in 1999, he only made it to the 7th Street Entry for the first time in 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/01/05/jeremy_messersmith?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jan 2007 12:58:08 -0600 Ol' Yeller at home on the Iron Range Ol' Yeller plays the kind of music that sounds right at home in the dark confines of the 7th Street Entry or playing from a jukebox in Mattson's native Iron Range in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/12/09/ol_yeller?refid=0 Tue, 19 Dec 2006 16:44:48 -0600 The Bird and the Bee perform in studio Inara George (Bird) and Greg Kurstin (Bee) do just fine without each other. He's a well-respected and in-demand producer and keyboardist and she's got a solid solo career going. They formed The Bird and the Bee to collaborate on jazzy electropop. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/11/14/bird_and_bee?refid=0 Tue, 14 Nov 2006 16:08:52 -0600 IV Thieves performs in studio It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to get your start in the music business. Sometimes, all it takes is someone sending your tape without your permission to the right people. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/11/09/iv_thieves?refid=0 Thu, 09 Nov 2006 15:09:14 -0600 Citizen Cope performs in studio Citizen Cope is both a person (Clarence Greenwood) and a band. Born in Memphis, Greenwood is obviously the leader of the group, as he plays the keyboard, guitar, sings, and acts as a DJ, songwriter, and producer. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/11/01/citizen_cope?refid=0 Wed, 01 Nov 2006 15:30:10 -0600 The Hold Steady hold court The Hold Steady's last release, Separation Sunday, was a concept album. Singer Craig Finn's inspiration for their new critically acclaimed album Boys and Girls in America was a line from Kerouac's On the Road: "boys and girls in America have such a sad time together." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/10/24/hold_steady?refid=0 Tue, 24 Oct 2006 15:37:43 -0500 Martin Dosh brings high-demand talent Minneapolis multi-instrumentalist Martin Dosh is taking some time for himself. He's an in-demand musician most notably as a member of Andrew Bird's band and Fog. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/10/19/dosh?refid=0 Thu, 19 Oct 2006 14:56:46 -0500 One Self breaks into the American scene One Self is one of many projects for DJ Vadim, Yarah Bravo, and BluRum 13. Although 1/3 of the group is American, they've had some problems getting their work released here. DJ Vadim says that is just the nature of the business. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/10/18/one_self?refid=0 Wed, 18 Oct 2006 15:11:51 -0500 Secret Machines perform in studio Secret Machines sound like prog rock to a lot of people. However, they refer to their sound as "space rock." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/10/12/secret_machines?refid=0 Thu, 12 Oct 2006 16:45:42 -0500 The 88 perform in studio The 88 are not just great at writing and performing great, old-fashioned pop songs. They're also really nice guys. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/09/12/the_88?refid=0 Tue, 12 Sep 2006 16:56:59 -0500 Zero 7 - in studio What started out as a limited run EP from a couple tea-boys turned engineers turned songwriters has become one of the most well-respected all-star collaborations in the electronica scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/09/08/zero_7?refid=0 Fri, 08 Sep 2006 12:21:25 -0500 Haley Bonar - Live at the Minnesota State Fair Haley Bonar's beautiful melancholy tunes seem to be written by someone older than a woman in her early twenties. But that could be because Bonar has a lot of experience; she was playing gigs in bars well before she could legally drink in them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/01/haley_bonar?refid=0 Fri, 01 Sep 2006 08:49:07 -0500 The [Gosh Darn] Doo Wop Band - in studio Remember Bowser and Sha-Na-Na? Well, there's a Twin Cities group that thinks it is high time for another revival. The [Gosh Darn] Doo Wop Band features three female singers who sing about heartbroken girls and the bad boys they love. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/08/29/gddw_band?refid=0 Wed, 30 Aug 2006 09:32:32 -0500 Mark Mallman - live at the Minnesota State Fair With a scheduled release date of August 28 for his new CD, Between The Devil And Middle C, Mark Mallman stopped by The Current's broadcast stage at the Minnesota State Fair (in the pouring rain) to perform three new songs from his new CD. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/24/mark_mallman?refid=0 Fri, 25 Aug 2006 10:05:17 -0500 Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne, the most dapper man in rock n' roll, joined Mary Lucia in front of a soaking wet crowd of fans at the Minnesota State Fair to discuss animal costumes, Jimmy Page's otherworldly presence, and why he considers the Midwest to be the best place to live. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/08/24/wayne_coyne?refid=0 Thu, 24 Aug 2006 14:09:58 -0500 Gary Burger and the Monks The cult band The Monks would wear robes and tonsured their hair. But that was just a gimmick, what was great about the band was their sound. They sounded like a punk band before Iggy Pop, before the MC-5, before the New York Dolls. The band's singer, Gary Burger, lives in Bemidji. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/23/gary_burger?refid=0 Wed, 23 Aug 2006 13:00:00 -0500 Jay Heikes and Ordinary Culture Jay Heikes moved to Minneapolis from Ann Arbor in the late '90s. He played in some rock bands, worked at a local print shop and tried to make it as an artist. He then did what a lot of artists do -- he went to grad school and scraped by financially. But then something happened to him that doesn't happen to a lot of other artists. He got into the Whitney Biennial. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/08/jay_heikes?refid=0 Tue, 08 Aug 2006 14:27:27 -0500 Husky Rescue - in studio Can you be a one-man band with a girl lead singer? Supposedly, Husky Rescue is a one-man band comprised of Marko Nyberg. However, it took 20 or so musician friends to record the group's first album, "Country Falls." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/08/03/husky_rescue?refid=0 Wed, 02 Aug 2006 13:20:53 -0500 Pete Hofmann - live at Gluek's Pete Hofmann spends his days teaching music to children, inventing objects that would make his life easier and coming up with new ideas for reality shows. Despite those talents and interests, we invited him to our live Gluek's broadcast for something else: his singing and songwriting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/27/pete_hofmann?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jul 2006 15:16:02 -0500 A conversation with Lizz Winstead Comedian and writer Lizz Winstead is most famous for co-creating The Daily Show, but she got her start doing stand up here in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/21/lizz_winstead?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jul 2006 10:32:19 -0500 The Rakes - in studio The Rakes don't allow themselves to be influence by a single genre, but rather by all of them. To paraphrase the band: If they like it, they'll incorporate it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/07/11/rakes?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jul 2006 10:40:46 -0500 The Alarmists - in studio The Alarmists just released their debut CD, "A Detail of Soldiers" on their new independent label, Instrument Control Records. They stopped by The Current to chat with Mary Lucia. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/07/11/the_alarmists?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jul 2006 16:39:56 -0500 Midwest Marvels - Eric Dregni Regional travel expert and author Eric Dregni takes the reader on a slightly off-center tour of the bizarre and beautiful across the midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/07/midwest_marvles?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jul 2006 13:50:59 -0500 Rock Kills Kid - in studio Los Angeles-based alt rock group Rock Kills Kid released a well-received EP in 2001 and then disappeared. Lead singer and songwriter Jeff Tucker tucked himself away in a studio for a few years, wrote over a hundred songs and emerged to record the group's first album, "Are You Nervous?" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/07/05/rock_kills_kid?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jul 2006 11:19:45 -0500 Tim O'Reagan - in studio Tim O'Reagan is best known as the drummer for the Jayhawks, but he also writes songs, sings, and plays guitar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/06/30/tim_oreagan?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jun 2006 17:01:50 -0500 Jose Gonzalez - in studio Swedish singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez keeps his songs simple. He once was a hard-core punk who loved Black Flag but you can hear little of that in his modern folk style. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/06/23/jose_gonzalez?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jun 2006 13:59:08 -0500 K.T. Tunstall performs live Scotland native K.T. Tunstall didn't start playing with a band until she moved to the United States for one year in high school. She moved back to Scotland and immersed herself in the same scene that formed The Beta Band. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/06/06/kt_tunstall?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jun 2006 14:04:00 -0500 Gary Louris and "Wordplay" Gary Louris of The Jayhawks and Golden Smog loves a crossword puzzle, so it is perfect that he wrote music for the new documentary "Wordplay" about the people who make crossword puzzles and the folks obsessed with solving them. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/06/02/gary_louris?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jun 2006 14:32:25 -0500 Hey! Animals are people too! Scientist Jonathan Balcombe studies animal behavior and believes that if we open our eyes and really look at animals, we can see that they are individuals with a complex array of feelings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/25/jonathan_balcombe?refid=0 Thu, 25 May 2006 12:27:00 -0500 You'll never be as happy as you are now Imagine how happy you would be if you won $10 million. Now imagine how unhappy you would be if you lost your leg. Guess what? According to Daniel Gilbert, your level of happiness probably wouldn't change that much. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/23/happiness?refid=0 Tue, 23 May 2006 13:22:12 -0500 Drive-by Truckers - in studio With three singers and three guitarists, this Athens, Georgia-based band, the Drive-by Truckers are run as a democracy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/05/17/drive_by_truckers?refid=0 Thu, 18 May 2006 10:23:51 -0500 Ned Beatty and "Sweet Land" You're a lucky actor to have your film debut be memorable, but to have it include one of the most memorable scenes of all time? That's something Ned Beatty can claim. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/01/ned_beatty?refid=0 Mon, 01 May 2006 16:08:52 -0500 Chris Walla Chris Walla is more than just the guitarist and keyboardist for the band Death Cab for Cutie. He's also their un-official spokesman and producer. The Current's Mary Lucia spoke to Walla about his other projects and his current tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/20/chris_walla?refid=0 Thu, 20 Apr 2006 17:03:22 -0500 One man. Three epics. Sixty minutes. Actor Charles Ross began performing a solo interpretation of Star Wars at fringe festivals a couple of years ago. It has since expanded to include "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi." He now tours around the country, entertaining geeks everywhere. Ross spoke with The Current's Mary Lucia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/19/one_man_star_wars?refid=0 Thu, 20 Apr 2006 09:54:30 -0500 Elefant perform in studio Elefant perform "Uh-Oh, Hello" and "Lolita" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/02/07/elefant?refid=0 Tue, 07 Feb 2006 09:48:42 -0600 Trampled by Turtles perform in studio Trampled by Turtles perform "The One to Save," "Codeine," and "Last Page" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/01/31/trampled_by_turtles?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2006 16:34:05 -0600 Josh Ritter performs in studio Josh Ritter performs "Girl in the War," "Wolves," and "Snow is Gone" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/01/30/josh_ritter?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2006 16:23:17 -0600 Robert Skoro performs in studio Robert Skoro performs "Two-Part Harmony," "All the Angles," and "Hungry Ghost" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/01/27/robert_skoro?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2006 16:05:45 -0600 Daara J perform in studio Daara J perform "Exodus," "Boomerang," and "Esperanza" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/01/26/daara_j?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2006 15:51:43 -0600 Holmes Brothers perform in studio Holmes Brothers perform "You Won't be Livin' Here Anymore," "I'm so Lonely," and "Everything is Free" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/01/23/holmes_brothers?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2006 15:45:42 -0600 Vicious Vicious perform in studio Vicious Vicious perform "Castaways," "It's a Serious Thing," "Don't Let Me Down," and "Here Come the Police" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/12/16/vicious_vicious?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2005 09:50:33 -0600 The gospel according to Studs Few people can make falling down the stairs a poetic story the way Studs Terkel can. Terkel joined The Current's Mary Lucia to talk about his new book, &quot;And They All Sang.&quot; But since it was Studs Terkel, they talked about a lot more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/12/08_extra_studs?refid=0 Thu, 08 Dec 2005 16:30:00 -0600 Aqualung perform in studio Aqualung perform "Can't Get You Out of My Mind," "Left Behind," and "Don't Talk" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/12/01/aqualung?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2005 16:32:56 -0600 Rogue Wave perform in studio Rogue Wave perform "Publish My Love," "Bird on a Wire," and "10:1" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/11/23/rogue_wave?refid=0 Wed, 23 Nov 2005 16:05:15 -0600 The Clientele perform in studio The Clientele perform "Since K Got Over Me," "Graven Wood," and "Policeman Getting Lost" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/11/18/clientele?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2005 15:42:48 -0600 Tom Vek performs in studio Tom Vek performs "C-C (You Set the Fire in Me)," "A Little Word in Your Ear," and "I Ain't Saying My Goodbyes" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/11/11/tom_vek?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2005 15:11:56 -0600 Mugison performs in studio He may come from the same country as the ethereal Bjork and Sigur Ros, but many find Mugison's songs to be more bleak and sparsely arranged than his compatriots. He joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to perform songs from his debut album, Mugimama! Is This Monkey Music?, an album that received the "Best Album" award at the 2004 Icelandic Music Awards. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/11/09/mugison?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2005 14:38:33 -0600 Broadcast perform in studio Trish Keenan of the British duo Broadcast passed away Jan. 14 of complications from pneumonia. She battled the illness for two weeks in intensive care. Broadcast visited The Current studios in 2005 in support of third release "Tender Buttons." Here is the session and Mary Lucia's interview. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/11/03/broadcast?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2005 14:27:45 -0600 Hold Steady perform in studio Who knew that the self-professed bar band's songs would make perfect teaching material for high school kids? The group joined Mary Lucia to perform acoustic versions of their songs and discuss the educational benefits of rocking out to the Hold Steady. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/10/31/hold_steady?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2005 14:14:21 -0600 Dios Malos perform in studio Dios (Malos) perform "Feels Good Being Somebody," "I Want It All," and "Epk" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/10/27/dios_malos?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2005 14:03:43 -0500 Amos Lee performs in studio Amos Lee performs "Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight," "Jails and Bombs," and "Bottom of the Barrel" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/10/26/amos_lee?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2005 13:58:42 -0500 The Fray perform in studio The Fray perform "Over My Head (Cable Car)," "How to Save a Life," and "Look After You" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/10/25/fray?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2005 13:54:09 -0500 Mike Doughty performs in studio Making his second appearance in the Current studios, Mike Doughty brought a full band this time and revealed to Mary Lucia his recurring nightmares about fronting his former band, Soul Coughing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/10/13/mike_doughty?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2005 13:44:11 -0500 Atmosphere performs in studio Slug of Atmosphere joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to perform songs from his latest album, You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having, that is once again putting Atmosphere and local hip hop label Rhymesayers at the forefront of the hip hop scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/10/03/atmosphere?refid=0 Mon, 03 Oct 2005 12:18:16 -0500 Tin Horns perform in studio Local four piece Tin Horns dropped by the Current studios to chat with Mary Lucia about their interesting day jobs and to perform a few songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/09/08/tin_horns?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2005 10:31:02 -0500 Heavenly States perform in studio Although all the members reside in the Bay area now, two of the members grew up in Owatonna, MN up until their early 20s. The group joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to talk about the local music scene back in the mid-90s and to perform their SST records-inspired rock songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/09/07/heavenly_states?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2005 10:26:15 -0500 Kasey Chambers performs in studio Kasey Chambers performs "Not Pretty Enough" and "Lost and Found" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/08/19/kasey_chambers?refid=0 Fri, 19 Aug 2005 09:44:48 -0500 Citizen Cope performs in studio Citizen Cope performs "Bullet and a Target," "Sideways," and "Son's Gonna Rise" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/08/18/citizen_cope?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2005 09:38:39 -0500 Electrelane perform in studio The ladies from Brighton, England joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to talk about recording their new album with revered engineer Steve Albini and to perform some of their songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/08/09/electrelane?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2005 09:33:59 -0500 Brendan Benson performs in studio Detroit-based Brendan Benson who has recently been tied as of late to fellow Michigan Jack White (of the White Stripes) joined Mary Lucia to perform acoustic versions of his songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/08/01/brendan_benson?refid=0 Mon, 01 Aug 2005 09:15:37 -0500 Turin Brakes perform in studio The British duo of Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian have known each other since they were children, but they didn't collaborate musically until they were in their early 20's. In the few years they've been together they've received critical praise overseas for their three albums. They joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to perform some of their songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/07/25/turin_brakes?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2005 12:07:39 -0500 Sights perform in our studio The Sights perform "Waiting on a Friend," "Just Got Robbed," and "Circus" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/07/18/sights?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2005 15:57:38 -0500 Cloud Cult perform in studio Cloud Cult is the local group led by Craig Minowa. Along with a few members from the group, he joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to perform stripped down versions of songs from their latest release. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/07/13/cloud_cult?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2005 11:56:08 -0500 Feist performs in studio Leslie Feist's first foray into music a punk band she started in high school. More recently, however, she's been known for her work with the Toronto collective, Broken Social Scene. She joined Mary Lucia in the studio to perform songs from debut release, "Let It Die." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/07/08/feist?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jul 2005 15:38:22 -0500 Bob Mould - live in-studio Bob Mould came to prominence in the 1980s as the lead singer of the Minneapolis band Husker Du. His new album, Body of Song, brings him back to his guitar roots. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/06_newsroom_mould/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2005 15:47:00 -0500 Bob Mould performs in our studio Known for his work with influential rock bands such as Husker Du and Sugar, it should come as a surprise to know that electronic music has been an inspiration to him as of late. He joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to perform a few songs and talk the about the music scene back in the early days and how it contrasts to the scene today. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/07/05/bob_mould?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2005 15:30:58 -0500 Walt Mink perform in our studio Walt Mink perform "Act of Quiet Desperation" and "Settled" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/06/16/walt_mink?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2005 15:25:17 -0500 Ted Leo and the Pharmacists perform in studio Ted Leo joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios about life on the road and concert crowd etiquette and perform stripped down versions of his songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/06/14/ted_leo_and_the_pharmacists?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2005 15:14:17 -0500 Ivy perform in studio While they've been a band for over a decade, it's their side projects that make coming back to Ivy a delight. They joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to talk about their longevity and perform songs from their latest release. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/06/08/ivy?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2005 15:02:12 -0500 The Dears perform in studio Canadian group The Dears have spent many years on the road, but those road weary days don't reflect in their blend of orchestral pop. They joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to talk about life on the road and to perform songs from their past few releases. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/06/03/dears?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2005 14:37:08 -0500 Amusement Parks on Fire perform in studio Barely out of his teens, Michael Feerick, the brainchild of UK-based Amusement Parks on Fire wrote and played all the instruments on his new album. Backed by a band, he joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios during their first tour of the U.S. to perform songs from their self-titled debut album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/06/02/amusement_parks_on_fire?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2005 14:23:13 -0500 Rilo Kiley perform in studio Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett from Rilo Kiley joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to talk about their past few years as a band and the road ahead. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/05/16/rilo_kiley?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2005 14:18:49 -0500 Willie Wisely performs in studio Willie Wisely performs "Through Any Window" and "The National Council Of Jewish Women's Thrift Stores" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/05/13/willie_wisely?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2005 14:08:54 -0500 Monade performs in studio Monade performs "La Salle des Pas Perdus," "Becoming," and "The Swimm" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/05/13/monade?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2005 14:02:31 -0500 Mercury Rev perform in studio The Buffalo, NY-based group joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to talk about the ups and downs of being together in a band for over 15 years and perform their dreamy pop songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/05/12/mercury_rev?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2005 13:56:27 -0500 Raveonettes perform in studio Danish duo Raveonettes drop by the Current studios to chat with Mary Lucia and perform their signature garage-rock laden songs from their latest release. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/05/10/raveonettes?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2005 13:50:29 -0500 Mando Diao perform in studio Mando Diao perform "God Knows," "How We Walk," and "You Can't Steal My Love" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/05/02/mando_diao?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2005 13:36:50 -0500 Robbers on High Street perform in studio They've only been a band for a handful of years, but they've already built quite the buzz and have found themselves on a label owned by a major movie film studio. They joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to talk about how the group formed and perform their energetic indie-rock songs. Songs: "Dig The Lightning," "Montefiore," and "Price And Style" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/04/28/robbers_on_high_street?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2005 12:41:35 -0500 Mike Doughty performs in studio Doughty spent the majority of the '90s as the frontman of Soul Coughing until their demise in 2000. He has spent the past few years touring the country as a solo artist. He joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to talk about his connection to Minnesota and perform new songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/04/28/mike_doughty?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2005 12:36:34 -0500 Arthur Yoria performs in studio Arthur Yoria performs "Several Mistakes in a Row," "Call Me," and "I'll Pretend" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/04/15/arthur_yoria?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2005 12:13:32 -0500 Shins perform in studio What started out as a side project for James Mercer, frontman for the Albuquerque, New Mexico-based group has now turned into a full time project and one of the most popular indie-rock groups of recent years. The group joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to perform songs from their past two releases as well as a web-only version of Van Halen's "Hot For Teacher." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/04/12/shins?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2005 12:07:44 -0500 Phoenix perform in studio Thomas and Christian from French group Phoenix drop by the Current Studios to chat with Mary Lucia and perform acoustic versions of their songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/04/11/phoenix?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2005 12:01:08 -0500 Bob Dylan at the crossroads The idea of writing an entire book around a single song would be considered a daunting task by most authors. Greil Marcus just thought it was a bad idea. However, after first refusing the project, Griel began to realize the cultural impact of &quot;Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/08_wellsm_marcus/?refid=0 Sat, 09 Apr 2005 08:08:00 -0500 Crooked Fingers perform in studio Led by former Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann, the Seattle, Washington-based group joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to talk about his new group and perform songs from their latest release. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/04/08/crooked_fingers?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2005 11:48:00 -0500 Joseph Arthur performs in studio Hailing from the same city as the likes of the Black Keys, Akron, Ohio-based singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to perform songs from his latest release, "Come to Where I'm From." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/03/29/joseph_arthur?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2005 11:23:35 -0600 Mark Olson performs in studio Mark Olson performs in studio "End of the Highway, Rumsfeld," and "Climb Those Steps" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/03/18/mark_olson?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2005 11:04:06 -0600 Fog perform in studio The branchild of local musician Andrew Broder, Fog has turned into a musical project that has garnered him some raving reviews and some that are not as pleasing. With his band in tow, he joined Mary Lucia to talk about those reviews as well perform songs from his latest release. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/03/17/fog?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2005 10:58:26 -0600 Archiving Memory documents victims of Nazi persecution Archiving Memory, at the University of Minnesota's Elmer L. Andersen Library through June, is a collection of photographs of Holocaust survivors and Nazi resistors. The Current's Mary Lucia talked with photographer Nancy Coyne about the project. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/16_wellsm_coyne/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2005 14:23:00 -0600 Lou Barlow performs in studio Lou Barlow continues to write and play music long after having played an integral part in influential groups such as Dinosaur Jr and Sebadoh. He joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to perform songs from his latest album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/03/15/lou_barlow?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2005 10:46:40 -0600 Stars perform in studio While their members can call Broken Social Scene, Feist and Metric labelmates as well as friends, Stars have a sound all their own. The group joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to perform their lush orchestrated pop songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/03/14/stars?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2005 10:35:53 -0600 Hold Steady performs in studio They may call New York City their home now, but their the sights and sounds of their hometown of Minneapolis. The group joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to perform and discuss life in the big city. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/03/11/hold_steady?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2005 10:15:22 -0600 Halloween Alaska perform in studio Halloween Alaska perform "All the Arms Around You," "Des Moines," and "Drowned" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/03/10/halloween_alaska?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2005 12:23:35 -0600 Andrew Bird performs in studio Having spent his early years in the Squirrel Nut Zippers and playing frontman as the Bowl of Fire, Bird is now on his own and quickly making a name for himself. He joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to talk about those early years as well performs songs from his latest full length. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/03/10/andrew_bird?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2005 12:14:40 -0600 Radio 4 perform in studio Named after a Public Image Ltd song, it's not hip hop that the group is known for, but their signature New York 'dance-punk' sound. Radio 4 joined Mary Lucia in the Current studios to perform a song. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/03/04/radio_4?refid=0 Fri, 04 Mar 2005 12:34:45 -0600 Shivaree perform in studio While their name in French may mean "a noisy mock serenade for newlyweds," you wouldn't notice it in their blissful pop songs. Shivaree came into the Current studios to perform songs from their debut album, Who's Got Trouble? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/02/21/shivaree?refid=0 Mon, 21 Feb 2005 12:42:28 -0600 Bettie Serveert perform in studio Taking their name from a Dutch TV show hosted by once-Wimbledon ladies finalist Bettie Stove, the group came into the Current studios to serve up some of their quirky pop songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/02/14/bettie_serveert?refid=0 Mon, 14 Feb 2005 13:52:23 -0600