Minnesota Public Radio features by Mark Wheat http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30128 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:14:57 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Mark Wheat http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 The Chart Show: tUnE-yArDs announces tour ahead of sold out First Avenue gig, snags #1 spot tUnE-yArDs makes it back to the top this week as fans try to get tickets to her <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/events/2014/07/17/563/tune-yards/">sold out First Avenue show July 17</a>. If you were lucky enough to get tickets, don't be fashionably late as Minneapolis' own Dosh will open for Merrill and the gang. And if you snag tickets, she's just <a href="http://pitchfork.com/news/55760-tune-yards-extend-tour/">announced more gigs</a> including a show at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee Oct. 23. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/02/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:50:00 -0500 On the Ball with Mark Wheat: The World is Watching As the World Cup enters the quarter-finals, Mark Wheat reflects on the tournament it's been so far, and what may lie ahead as the world watches the progression to the final. Plus, a music pick! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/30/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-the-world-is-watching?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:30:00 -0500 The Chart Show: Black Keys get their own burger, hold on to #1 The Black Keys hold on to the top spot again this week, which might pale in comparison to another sign of their success: Umami restaurant chain in California has honored the band with its own burger! For every purchase, $1 will be donated to the Black Keys Alfred McMoore Memorial Endowment Fund. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/25/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:50:00 -0500 Courtney Barnett performs live in The Current studio Before making her Minnesota debut with a sold out show at the Varsity Theater, Aussie Courtney Barnett stopped by The Current studios to perform a few songs off <em>A Sea of Split Peas</em>. Between songs, Barnett and host Mark Wheat talked about her charming, quirky lyrics, what it was like touring with Billy Bragg and, of course, the World Cup. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/24/courtney-barnett-live?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:50:00 -0500 The Chart Show: The Black Keys' 'Fever' rises Jack White lost again to his nemesis the Black Keys for this week's top spot, but he seems to be winning friends with his live show. <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jack-white-live-in-l-a-like-watching-led-zeppelin-play-the-opry-20140612"><em>Rolling Stone</em></a> described his Los Angeles performance, "like watching Led Zeppelin play the Grand Ole Opry: raw blues power, finesse and a generous helping of fiddle." That didn't stop <A href="http://www.mtv.com/news/1846688/jack-white-bonnaroo-recap/">Jack dissing the venerable rag on stage at the huge Bonnaroo Festival</a> last weekend. "Does a tabloid like <em>Rolling Stone</em> make music happen?" he asked the crowd. "You and I make it exist!" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/18/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:50:34 -0500 Ian McLagan performs in the Current's studios Ian McLagan is a living legend of popular music. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Small Faces and the Faces, McLagan has played with the Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and any number of other musical luminaries. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/17/ian-mclagen-current-studios?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:30:00 -0500 On the Ball with Mark Wheat: World Cup - USA v Ghana As Group G begins its matches, Mark Wheat gives a preview of today's USA v Ghana match, which kicks off at 5 p.m. Mark will be at the Nomad World Pub in Minneapolis during the game, and he'll be checking in on-air with Mary Lucia and with Mac Wilson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/16/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-world-cup--usa-v-ghana?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:15:00 -0500 The Chart Show: tUnE-yArDs is Down the Rabbit Hole, up the Chart tUnE-yArDs takes the top spot for the very first time this week after another very tight race. She joined our friends at KEXP last week for an <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/317381217/kexp-presents-tune-yards">in-studio performance of "Real Thing"</a> off her new album <em>Nikki Nack</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/11/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:50:00 -0500 Eagulls perform in The Current studio In town to play a gig at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, Eagulls stopped in to The Current's studio to chat with Mark Wheat and to play some tracks off their self-titled, debut release. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/09/eagulls-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:20:00 -0500 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: World Cup Special Edition On The Ball with Mark Wheat returns as the World Cup gets ready to kick off in Brazil. Mark shares his thoughts about the Group Stage of the tournament, and of course, features not only a music pick but a special playlist created by England's Wayne Rooney. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/09/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-world-cup-special-edition?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:50:00 -0500 The Chart Show: tUnE-yArDs at #2 makes Black Keys and Jack White beef sandwich The Black Keys are extending their online beef with Jack White to our Chart as they narrowly win the race to the top. Thank goodness Merrill of tUnE-yArDs is in there to keep them separated! The Black Keys have <a href="http://pitchfork.com/news/55396-the-black-keys-extend-tour/">released the video for "Fever" and extended their tour</a> which includes <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/events/2014/10/24/639/the-black-keys-with-jake-bugg/">Target Center on Oct. 24</a> with opening act Jake Bugg. Wherever you are on the planet, they're coming to a town near you soon. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/04/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:50:00 -0500 Conor Oberst and Dawes perform in The Current studio Between gigs at their two-night stand at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Conor Oberst and Dawes stopped in to The Current's studio to play an acoustic set and to chat with Mark Wheat. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/02/conor-oberst-and-dawes-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 18:50:00 -0500 The Chart Show: St. Vincent inducted to Hall of Fame, goes out on top St. Vincent returns to the top this week to end her stay on the Chart with her second induction to the Chart Show Hall of Fame ("Cruel" off <em>Strange Mercy</em> was inducted in 2012) along with another debutante Haley Bonar. After two inductions last week and the Strypes and Lana Del Rey falling off the Chart, we had room for four new entries. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/28/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2014 20:50:00 -0500 The Chart Show: First Aid Kit at #1 ahead of sold out Twin Cities gig First Aid Kit hit the top this week ahead of their <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/events/2014/06/03/532/first-aid-kit/">sold out show at the Varsity Theater June 3</a>, a week before their new album <em>Stay Gold</em> drops. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/21/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2014 20:50:00 -0500 Jessica Lea Mayfield performs in The Current studio On tour supporting her new album, 'Make My Head Sing', Jessica Lea Mayfield stopped in to The Current's studio before playing a show at the Turf Club in St. Paul. While at The Current, Mayfield played a few songs and chatted with Mark Wheat. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/20/jessica-lea-mayfield-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2014 18:50:00 -0500 HAIM perform in The Current's studio In town to play a sold-out show at First Avenue, HAIM stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs off their album, 'Days Are Gone', and to talk with Mark Wheat. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/19/haim-perform-in-the-current-s-studio?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2014 18:50:00 -0500 The Chart Show: St. Vincent announces new coffee blend, perks up the Chart Just when you thought she's done it all: soccer tricks, impersonating Kurt Cobain and <a href="http://blog.thecurrent.org/2014/05/bring-me-your-mugs-heres-the-st-vincent-coffee-youve-been-waiting-for-2/">her own custom coffee</a>, St. Vincent goes and gets the #1 spot on this week's Chart! Delighted to see St. Vincent delightfully twisted pop at the top. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/14/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2014 20:50:00 -0500 On the Ball with Mark Wheat: Best Premier League Season Ever? Was this the best Premiership season in the league's history? Mark Wheat wraps up the Premier League season, shares ways to follow Minnesota United and MLS, and gives a quick preview of the World Cup. Plus a wrap-up music pick! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/12/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-best-premier-league-season-ever?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2014 15:50:00 -0500 The Chart Show: Sister act HAIM top the Chart ahead of sold out First Avenue gig The Haim sisters soar to the top this week on the surge of fans trying to win tickets to their <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/events/2014/05/19/443/haim/">sold out First Avenue gig on May 19</a>. They're also featured wearing Karen Walker, Fendi and Givenchy in this month's Vogue UK. I wonder which they're more proud of?! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/07/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2014 20:50:00 -0500 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: Into the Final Week As we enter the final week of the Premier League season, Mark looks at the top and bottom of the table, and he discusses his all-star squad picks in light of the comments from On The Ball readers. Plus, a music pick that might have you singing like a Canary (hint, hint). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/05/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-into-the-final-week?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2014 15:50:00 -0500 The Chart Show: Broken Bells chime in at #1 roken Bells are back at the top for the second week. After starting their tour here at First Avenue back in Feb., they've just announced additional dates including the <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/events/2014/08/03/614/broken-bells/">State Theatre on Aug. 3</a> and Austin City Limits Festival which we'd love to send you to see because when you <a href="https://contribute.publicradio.org/contribute.php?refId=current&WT.mc_id=current_web_nav_button&WT.mc_ev=click&utm_campaign=membership_contribution&utm_medium=web_nav_button&utm_source=current&utm_content=&utm_term">make a contribution to Minnesota Public Radio</a> before May 7, you'll be entered for a chance to attend ACL this fall! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/30/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:50:00 -0500 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: Let's Build Our BPL All-Star Team Mark Wheat has no more adjectives to describe this unprecedented season in the Barclays Premier League. With two weeks left in the season, let's build our first XI BPL all-star team together. Make your player pick as Mark spins this week's track, a tune by HAIM. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/28/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-lets-build-our-allstar-team?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:50:00 -0500 Album Review: Damon Albarn, 'Everyday Robots' Damon Albarn's first solo release may be slightly bewildering on first listen, but it eventually beguiles. Huge hooks that seem initially buried in the grayish torpor lift themselves out and stay aloft and with you wherever you go. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/28/album-review-damon-albarn-everyday-robots?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Temples perform in The Current studio In town to play a gig at First Avenue in support of their debut album, 'Sun Structures', Temples stopped in to The Current's studio to play a few songs and to chat with Mark Wheat. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/24/temples-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:15:00 -0500 The Chart Show: Messersmith inducted to Hall of Fame, goes out on top Jeremy Messersmith is inducted into the Chart Hall of Fame this week, ending his run back at the top! He's one of the acts that we announced for Rock The Garden this year &#151; <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2014/04/15/rock-the-garden">tickets are now available</a>. De La Soul are also on the bill and they're one of three new entries this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/23/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:50:00 -0500 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: Down to the Crunch As this week's On The Ball goes to press, Liverpool are five points clear at the top, Chelsea suffered a defeat that kept one drain-circling club's hopes afloat, and rumors are swirling about the future of Manchester United manager David Moyes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/21/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-down-to-the-crunch?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:00:00 -0500 The Chart Show: Broken Bells ring in at #1 Bouyed by their successful headlining gig at Coachella this weekend Arcade Fire are the highest new entry this week. Their set got rave reviews including a cameo by Blondie's Debbie Harry, but the band didn't give the VIP section a good review. Several other media reports suggest that it got over crowded and a tad too "inauthentic." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/16/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:50:00 -0500 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: Lots of Drama A look at the drama in the FA Cup semifinals, plus a lot of drama at Anfield as Liverpool secure a big win at the top of the table (and perhaps one player was doing a bit of acting, too). Meanwhile, Mark makes a music pick from local lads Heiruspecs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/14/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-lots-of-drama?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:00:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: St. Vincent Ahead of her fantastic performance at the State Theatre on April 3, St. Vincent came by The Current studios to record a Theft of the Dial with host Mark Wheat. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/10/thef-tof-the-dial-st-vincent?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:50:00 -0500 The Chart Show: Messersmith clinches top seed Jeremy Messersmith consolidates his position at the top for the 5th week in total. It was a very tight race with only a hand full of votes separating the top 4. A nice jump for St. Vincent this week, perhaps because of her stellar show at State Theatre. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/09/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:50:00 -0500 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: Much Merriment on Merseyside! Mark Wheat looks at the bright prospects for Liverpool after another big win by the Reds at the weekend, plus a celebration of Leicester City's promotion and an interview excerpt from Janelle Monae, courtesy The Guardian. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/07/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-much-merriment-on-merseyside?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:00:00 -0500 The Chart Show: Messersmith returns to #1 Massive change on the Chart, a spring cleaning!? After five inductees to the Hall of Fame last week and Gary Clark Jr. dropping off after a two-week stay we have a record six new entries <em>and</em> a new ...or should I say renewed #1! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/02/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:50:00 -0500 On the Ball with Mark Wheat: Emirates Emissary Mark Wheat recaps a very exciting weekend in the Premiership, and MPR's Chief Operating Officer Dave Kansas shares a report from Saturday's Arsenal v Manchester City match, which he attended in person. Plus, a music pick that celebrates Crystal Palace's win over Chelsea. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/01/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-emirates-emissary?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:00:00 -0500 Real Estate perform in The Current's studio In town to play a gig at the Fine Line in Minneapolis, five-piece Brooklyn, N.Y., indie rockers Real Estate stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs off their album, 'Atlas', and to chat with The Current's Mark Wheat. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/27/real-estate-perform-in-the-current-s-studio?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:30:00 -0500 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: Three-Horse Race Mark Wheat climbs the table in his fantasy league, thanks to the weekend's goal fest. Liverpool fans start singing, "We're going to win the league" on the weekend's results. And a loyal Arsenal fan shares how he became a supporter as he gets ready to travel to a game at the Emirates this coming Saturday. Plus, a music pick. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/24/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-threehorse-race?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:00:00 -0500 Chart Show: Don't Say Goodbye to SXSW, Just "Ghost" Jeremy remains on top making it 3 weeks in total for "Ghost." He was anything but a ghost for SXSW, getting good reviews and joining us for Public Radio Rocks! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/19/chart-show-jeremy-ghost?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:50:00 -0500 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: Song for the Non-League Sides A bit of karmic comeuppance for Mark Wheat's schadenfreude as Manchester United lose 3 - 0 to Liverpool in a match that included a remarkable three penalties. Meanwhile, Minnesota United have been on tour in England, and their win versus Matlock Town F.C. last week is the inspiration for today's song pick. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/17/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-song-for-the-nonleague-sides?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:00:00 -0500 The Chart Show: Messersmith at #1 ahead of big SXSW appearance Jeremy is back on top for the second week with "Ghost" just ahead of his big shows down in Austin TX for SXSW. A ton of local musicians will be heading down there this week, including highest new entry Haley Bonar who's set to play at least 6 shows! She was part of last weeks big send off party 'Are You Local' with her band Gramma's Boyfriend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/12/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:50:00 -0500 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: Northern Soul The hubris of certain Premiership managers stirs some schadenfreude in Mark Wheat this week; plus, exciting results from the FA Cup shift Mark's attention to Wigan and the musical subgenre known as Northern Soul. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/10/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-northern-soul?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:00:00 -0500 Kins perform live in The Current's studio Formed in Melbourne, Australia, and now based in Brighton, England, four-piece dream-pop band Kins stopped by The Current's studios to play some songs off their self-titled album and to chat with Mark Wheat. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/07/kins-perform-live-in-the-currents-studio?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:00:00 -0600 The Chart Show: Phantogram fans 'Fall in Love' Phantogram's <em>Voices</em> album was released just last month, they made their TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel last week and this week &#151; for the first time in Chart Show history &#151; they're at #1! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/05/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:50:00 -0600 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: A Roundup of Soccer Talk & Tunes A busy weekend for Mark Wheat meant not as much soccer-watching as usual, but it certainly didn't cut down on the soccer-related conversations and news, plus a surprising music pick. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/03/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-a-roundup-of-soccer-talk?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:00:00 -0600 The Chart Show: If you give a fan a coupon Arcade Fire, retain the top spot but are apparently having trouble selling seats at Target Center for their show March 8. Another new way of doing business is offering special deals up to 50% off on Groupon?! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/26/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:50:00 -0600 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: From Norwich to New York This week, Mark looks at a big result between Norwich City F.C. and Tottenham Hotspur. Mark also interviews John Schaefer of WNYC's music program 'Soundcheck' about Schaefer's love of the game (and Arsenal). Plus, news about a chance to see Man City in Minneapolis, and we finish with a music pick from Courtney Barnett. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/24/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-from-norwich-to-new-york?refid=0 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:00:00 -0600 The Chart Show: Arcade Fire back on top ahead of Target Center gig Arcade Fire are back at the top ahead of their <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/events/2014/03/08/438/arcade-fire/">Target Center show on March 8</a>. Remember to dress fashionably formal or in character costume and don't be fashionably late because Dan Deacon is opening the show. He's the guy who started <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2013/07/01/dan-deacon-rtg-performance">Rock The Garden in the parking lot last June</a>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/19/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:50:00 -0600 Dr. Dog perform in The Current's studio Philadelphia-based band Dr. Dog stopped by The Current's studio while they were in town to play a couple of shows at First Avenue. Dr. Dog spoke to The Current's Mark Wheat about their most recent album, 'B-Room', about creating a rapport with the audience and about their favorite sports mascot. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/18/dr-dog-perform-in-the-currents-studio?refid=0 Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:50:00 -0600 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: FA Cup, Champions League, Walker Art Center In this week's On The Ball, Mark Wheat has a look at the FA Cup, the Champions League and at a tenuous connection to Barcelona that leads to a cool music pick from Sufjan Stevens. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/18/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-fa-cup-champions-league-walker-art-center?refid=0 Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:00:00 -0600 The Chart Show: Hometown hero is back on top Lots of love this Valentine's week for local hero Jeremy Messersmith who captures the top spot ahead of his <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/events/2014/02/21/376/jeremy-messersmith/">sold out show next Saturday at First Avenue</a>. He's added another night and there are still tickets available for Friday's show. Tomorrow Jeremy will be at the wonderfully named Belly Up Tavern in Solona, CA with The Hold Steady!?! What a magical double Minnesota bill that is! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/12/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:50:00 -0600 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: Meeting a Coaching Legend It was another mind-boggling week in the Premier League, with Arsenal getting thumped by Liverpool and Norwich City shutting down the Manchester City scoring machine. Closer to home, Mark Wheat got to meet a coaching legend: Sweden's National Women's Team (and former U.S. Women's National Team) coach, Pia Sundhage. She shares her insights -- and her music! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/10/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-meeting-a-coaching-legend?refid=0 Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Various Artists, 'Sweetheart 2014' This new compilation of covers by various artists has, like all love stories, a few bumpy rides along the way, but hopefully by the end, your heart has been won over and you'll have a positive outlook for Valentine's Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/10/album-review-various-artists-sweetheart-2014?refid=0 Mon, 10 Feb 2014 00:01:00 -0600 The Chart Show: Arctic Monkeys fly high ahead of sold out First Ave. gig Arctic Monkeys stay at the top this week ahead of their <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/events/2014/02/14/423/arctic-monkeys/">sold out show at First Avenue next Friday</a>. They'll do a <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2014/01/30/arctic-monkeys-current-studio-giveaway">special in-studio</a> with Mary Lucia earlier that day, Valentine's Day! Don't just call your Valentine when you're high, get me your requests for that evenings broadcast, and I'd love to give you both a special shout out. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/05/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:50:00 -0600 On the Ball with Mark Wheat: Like a Pass in Reverse This week, Mark takes a look at which sides in the Premier League showed character -- and which did not; meanwhile, a vital Monday game pits Chelsea against Manchester City. Plus, a look ahead to a luncheon with 2012 FIFA Coach of the Year Pia Sundhage, and a Brazilian-style rainbow pass demonstration from none other than Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/03/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-like-a-pass-in-reverse?refid=0 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:00:00 -0600 The Chart Show: Arctic Monkeys rise high Arctic Monkeys regain the top spot ahead of their sold out Valentines Day show at First Avenue. We've invited them in to do a special in-studio performance that afternoon, stay tuned for details on Thursday, Jan. 30 for a chance to get in on the action. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/29/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:50:00 -0600 Jake Bugg performs live in the UBS Forum On tour promoting his second album in as many years, singer-songwriter Jake Bugg returned to The Current last week to perform an intimate show inside Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum. Between songs, The Current's Mark Wheat talks to Jake Bugg about Bugg's new album, 'Shangri La', and about his career trajectory thus far. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/28/jake-bugg-performs-live-in-the-ubs-forum?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:50:00 -0600 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: The Romance of the FA Cup This week, Mark Wheat looks at the excitement and romance of the FA Cup, where the huge teams are sometimes surprised by the minnows. Plus, an exclusive interview with Jake Bugg about Bugg's support of Notts County F.C. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/27/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-the-romance-of-the-fa-cup?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:45:00 -0600 The Chart Show: #1 Messersmith inducted to the Hall of Fame Jeremy Messersmith AND Jake Bugg are inducted into our Chart Hall of Fame this week. Jeremy has added an extra show at First Avenue now, Feb. 21 and 22. Jake played there last week and stopped by to do a great acoustic session that we'll air on Tuesday, Jan 28 at 6 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/22/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:50:00 -0600 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: Great Sayings in Soccer In this week's On The Ball, Mark Wheat examines some of soccer's great clich&#233;'s -- and why they're so often true. And on the week we commemorate Martin Luther King Jr., Mark pays tribute to John Barnes, a player who worked to kick racism out of football, with a music pick. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/21/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-great-sayings-in-soccer?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:00:00 -0600 The Chart Show: Bugg flies to the top The highest mover on the chart this week is the #1! Fans of Jake Bugg are getting excited about his appearance at First Avenue on Friday have elevated him to the top for the first time in Chart history. He'll stop by Minnesota Public Radio's Forum to do a session for us earlier that afternoon which we'll broadcast on my show Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/15/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:50:00 -0600 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: Big Win for Man Utd and Moyes This week, Mark Wheat looks at: significant wins for Arsenal and Manchester United; a big award for Ronaldo; and a surprise transfer of a Spurs player to Toronto FC in the MLS. Plus a music pick from the terraces at Old Trafford. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/13/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-big-win-for-man-utd-and-moyes?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:30:00 -0600 The Chart Show: Messersmith leads the pack After taking two weeks off to summarize last year we have a massive turn over this week with <em>nine</em> new entries. Jeremy Messersmith remains at the top however, starting off a big year for him! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/08/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jan 2014 20:50:00 -0600 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: Not Spurning Spurs We start by remembering Portugese great Eusebio, who passed away this weekend. Then, Fred Child, host of 'Performance Today', talks about how he became a Spurs fan and why he keeps a bright outlook for the team despite Saturday's FA Cup result. Plus, a music pick for American goalkeeper Kasey Keller, who enjoyed a good career at Spurs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/06/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-not-spurning-spurs?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jan 2014 16:15:00 -0600 The Chart Show: Best of 2013 Pt. 2 These are the 20 songs that were in inducted into the Chart Show Hall of Fame <em>and</em> and made it to #1 in 2013 ranked by how many weeks they spent at the top! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/02/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jan 2014 20:50:00 -0600 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: Prediction Time As the Premier League reaches the critical Christmas-New Year's week, it's time to make predictions. Have a look at Mark Wheat's picks and then share your predictions. And of course, Mark also has a music pick; this week, it goes out to Hull City. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/30/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-prediction-time?refid=0 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 16:15:00 -0600 The Chart Show: Best of 2013 Pt. I This week and next, the Chart Show is revisiting the Current's greatest hits of 2013. This week, we're playing songs that spent their maximum 12 eligible weeks on the charts but never reached the top spot. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/26/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 26 Dec 2013 20:50:00 -0600 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: Premier League managers feel the heat Being a Premier League manager is a tough job; four out of the bottom five clubs have sacked their managers. Malky Mackay and Sam Allardyce hold on to their jobs, but for how long? Plus, a look at some highlights from the weekend and today's London derby, and a music pick for the Kop at Anfield. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/23/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-premier-league-managers-feel-the-heat?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 16:30:00 -0600 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: Weekend Goal Fest A crazy weekend in the Premier League brought goals aplenty and two sacked managers. Plus, we give a shout-out to a Minnesota-bred goalkeeper in the Premiership, have a look at the Champions League draw and make a music pick based on Man City. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/16/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-weekend-goal-fest?refid=0 Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:00:00 -0600 The Chart Show: AF retire on fire Arcade Fire retain their spot on top and are inducted to the Chart Hall of Fame for the 5th time. That puts them third all-time behind Mumford And Sons with 6 inductions and The Black Keys with 7. Phosphorescent are also inducted&#151;for the very first time&#151;reflecting how well they have done in year-end polls across the globe. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/12/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:50:00 -0600 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: MN United FC coach Manny Lagos talks World Cup Mark Wheat talks to Minnesota United F.C. coach Manny Lagos (who earned three caps for the U.S. from 2001 to 2003) about what he thinks of the 2014 World Cup draw. Mark also looks at highlights from the MLS Cup and a big win in the Premier League. Plus -- an appropriate music pick from Manny Lagos. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/09/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-mn-united-fc-coach-manny-lagos-talks-world-cup?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2013 16:20:00 -0600 The Chart Show: Arcade Fire still burning brightly Two of the biggest break out bands of the year have been inducted this week to our Chart Hall of Fame. They've both been touring relentlessly to take advantage of their success and sometimes this can take a toll on young performers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/05/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 20:50:00 -0600 Theft of the Dial: Mason Jennings Mason Jennings stopped by The Current studios to play some of his favorite tunes and chat with host Mark Wheat before playing two shows at First Avenue Dec. 6 and 7. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/05/mason-jennings-totd?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 06:50:00 -0600 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: Tiger Poses Mark Wheat admires the growing acceptance of yoga as part of players' training regimens; Hull City surprise Liverpool while Hull fans bemoan possible rebranding; and a music connection that ties it all together, with a local peg to boot. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/02/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-tiger-poses?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:00:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Mark Wheat, Host Host Mark Wheat shares his top albums and songs of 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/02/top-89-mark-wheat?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:39:31 -0600 The Chart Show: CHVRCHES on top again A lot of stasis on the chart this week, thanks to everyone who voted early! Because of the big holiday tomorrow there were few new releases this week but one big one is reflected as the biggest jumper on the chart from Billie Joe (Armstrong of Green Day) and Norah (Jones)! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/27/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 20:50:00 -0600 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: The National pick sides in the Premiership Brothers Bryce and Aaron Dessner made their Premier League predictions on BBC's <i>Football Focus</i> with Mark Lawrenson. Here's a look at how the Dessners' predictions stacked up against the weekend's results, including the big Merseyside derby. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/25/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-the-national-pick-sides-in-the-premiership?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:30:00 -0600 The Chart Show: The #1 they share CHVRCHES finally reach the top! Must be because they were on Jimmy Kimmel last night or the live reviews they've been getting, which suggest that they are living up to the hype &#151; they recently played a sold out show at a 2,800 capacity venue in Oakland, CA. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/21/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 21 Nov 2013 20:50:00 -0600 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: Interview with MN United's Max Griffin As the final places for next year's World Cup are sorted out, we take this opportunity to check in with one of local footie heroes who has a musical bent: Minnesota United FC forward Max Griffin. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/18/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-interview-with-mn-uniteds-max-griffin?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:15:00 -0600 Minor Alps perform live in The Current's studios Shortly after landing at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Minor Alps &#151; Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws &#151; stopped in to The Current's studio to chat with host Mark Wheat and to play some songs off their album, <i>Get There</i>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/18/minor-alps-perform-live-in-the-current-s-studios?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:30:00 -0600 The Chart Show: Pumpin' Ballots When NONONO were asked what album they bought first, the answers give you an idea of where their sound comes from: The Cure, Martha Wainwright and Wu Tang! On Friday, Dec. 13, they play at The Rave Eagles Club in Milwaukee. It's one of their first U.S. dates, but I'm sure there will be more now they are inducted into the Chart Show Hall of Fame ending with a bang back at the top! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/14/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:50:00 -0600 Interview: Yoko Ono Legendary artist and musician Yoko Ono chatted with host Mark Wheat about the new Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band album, <em>Take Me to the Land of Hell</em>, about the origin of the title and how she keeps her energy up at age 80. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/13/interview-yoko-ono?refid=0 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:50:00 -0600 On The Ball with Mark Wheat: Records and Referees It was a record-breaking weekend in the EPL: One massive record was continued, and an almost mind-boggling record was broken. Meanwhile, some referees' decisions sparked news and debate &#151; as well as today's music pick. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/11/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-records-and-referees?refid=0 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Poli&#231;a, 'Shulamith' On their important sophomore release, <i>Shulamith</i>, Poli&#231;a double down on all that is good about their distinctive sound. Sometimes tribal, tinged with a meditative delicacy, they produce a universally attractive organic texture, explaining the positive reaction they've garnered all over the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/11/album-review-polica-shulamith?refid=0 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 00:01:00 -0600 The Chart Show: 'Reflektor' Repeater Arcade Fire's <em>Reflektor</em> is our CD of the Week and the lead single remains at the top of the chart. Others were probably scared to take it from them after seeing Win Butler of the band pull "a Kanye" at the YouTube Awards Show last weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/07/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 20:50:00 -0600 Interview: Janelle Monae, the Electric Lady Before her incredible live show at the new Skyway Theater, Janelle Monae stopped by The Current studios to chat with Mark Wheat about living in the Twin Cities, her collaboration with Prince and the story behind her live show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/23/janelle-monae-interview?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:00:00 -0500 On the Ball with Mark Wheat: Saints Go Marching An equalizer goal by Southampton FC four minutes before full time reminds Mark Wheat of that club's storied history and about a very popular fan song. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/21/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-saints-go-marching?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:00:00 -0500 The Chart Show: Sorta hoping that #1 would stay Brand new #1!! Arctic Monkeys, for the first week ever in the last week of their run as they're inducted to the Chart Show Hall of Fame. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/17/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:50:00 -0500 On the Ball with Mark Wheat: How I Became a Man Utd Fan At long last: Here's the story of how I came to be a supporter of Manchester United. And among my fellow Red Devils fans is none other than David Gedge of The Wedding Present. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/14/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-how-i-became-a-man-utd-fan?refid=0 Mon, 14 Oct 2013 16:15:00 -0500 The Chart Show: Yes, yes, yes to NONONO New #1 this week! NONONO &#151; two producers, Tobias "Astma" Jimson and Michel Rocwell and a psychiatric nurse, Stina W&#228;ppling &#151; are the latest in a long line of Swedish pop hit-makers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/10/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:50:00 -0500 On the Ball with Mark Wheat: Who's Your Team? What team do you support? Maybe you don't have a fave yet. If not, here are some reasons why you may want to throw your support behind The Black Cats of Sunderland AFC. Plus, goals of the week and a music selection. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/07/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat-whos-your-team?refid=0 Mon, 07 Oct 2013 18:00:00 -0500 The Chart Show: 'Royals' Crowned Again Lorde returns to the top for the fifth week total; her album release was met by good reviews for her shows in NYC. NONONO, Alt-J, Arcade Fire and Franz Ferdinand round out the top five. Check out the complete top 20 in this week's chart. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/03/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 03 Oct 2013 20:50:00 -0500 On the Ball with Mark Wheat On the Ball with Mark Wheat is a new Monday feature on The Current that celebrates the connections between music and soccer, with an eye to the past weekend's results. This week, Mark looks at West Brom's 2 - 1 defeat of Manchester United in the Premier League. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/30/on-the-ball-with-mark-wheat?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Arctic Monkeys, 'AM' In the last 10 years, few British rock bands have managed to translate their success into American sales. But this week, Arctic Monkeys' latest, <i>AM</i>, sits at the top in the Alternative Billboard charts and at #28 in the Top 200. Arctic Monkeys have definitely earned their place in the rock 'n' roll canon &#151; on both sides of the Atlantic.. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/30/album-review-arctic-monkeys-am?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 00:01:00 -0500 The Chart Show: Franz Ferdinand's ballad arch-dunks the Chart As the seasons turn, so does the chart! No change at the top but Alt-J might be a threat to Franz Ferdinand next week along with Arcade Fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/26/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:50:00 -0500 The Chart Show: Return of Rock - and CAPS Lock Rock is back on top, Vampire Weekend and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros get inducted into the Hall of Fame, and capital-lettered bands start to take over the Chart Show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/19/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:50:00 -0500 The Chart Show: Artists from across the pond flood the chart The big music news from across the pond this week are the Mercury Prize nominations. The artists who made the cut are interestingly reflected on our chart this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/12/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 20:50:00 -0500 Punk-rock legend Patti Smith stops by The Current Today, today was special, Current listeners. Punk-rock legend Patti Smith stopped by The Current studios to chat with host Mark Wheat about <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/events/2013/09/12/252/station-to-station-eleanor-friedberger-no-age-and-white-mystery/">Station to Station</a> where she'll play with her son Jackson along with Eleanor Friedberger, No Age, and White Mystery. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/12/patti-smith-interview?refid=0 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 18:20:00 -0500 CHVRCHES perform live in The Current studios Scottish trio CHVRCHES stopped by The Current studios before their second stop in the Twin Cities in just over three months. They spoke with Mark Wheat about the year they've had: playing at European festivals, touring in Australia and Japan, getting their music in FIFA 2014 and opening for Depeche Mode. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/09/chvrches-live?refid=0 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 19:20:00 -0500 The Chart Show: Lordy lordy, three #1's are company for Lorde Lordy lordy, looks like Lorde is established as our #1 for three straight weeks! She's playing a few shows in the UK right now and will come to the coasts of the States again late in September and early October &#151; still no dates close to us here, though. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/05/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:50:00 -0500 The Chart Show: 'Royals' treatment continues for Lorde It's appropriate that Lorde stays at the top this week; she's been a hooj fave at The Fair! Jake Bugg and Vampire Weekend round out the top three, while CHVRCHES and Lissie continue to climb, and NONONO and Superchunk get a look in. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/29/the-chart-show-royals-treatment-continues-for-lorde?refid=0 Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:50:00 -0500 The Chart Show: Lorde from Down Under winds up on top Another Chart Show first: The Number One artist is still in high school! Lorde, also known as Ella Yelich-O'Connor, took some time off recently though &#151; remember it's NOT summer in New Zealand where she's from! Her first trip to the states garnered good reviews of her live performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/22/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 20:50:05 -0500 The Chart Show: Daft Punk gets lucky by losing themselves to dance Although there's no change in the top three, there's a ton of surprises below them; The National obviously enriched their reputation while <a href="http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2013/08/13/the-national-live">visiting The Current last week</a> with a very high new entry. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/15/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:50:00 -0500 The Chart Show: Daft Punk find themselves at #1 "Lose Yourself to Dance" puts the French duo at the top of this week's chart, as Lorde and Vampire Weekend remain comfortably near the top of the table. We also induct a new Hall of Famer (hint: They'd likely thank us by saying, "Takk fyrir"). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/08/the-chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 20:50:00 -0500 Gogol Bordello performs live in The Current studios Gypsy-punk rockers Gogol Bordello live up to their name. Not only do the internationally influenced eight-member band come from all over the world (Ukraine, Russia, Ecuador), but they also tour across the globe eight months of the year. We were lucky enough for their itinerary to include a stop in The Current studios. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/05/gogol-bordello-live?refid=0 Mon, 05 Aug 2013 10:00:37 -0500 The Chart Show: Ya Hey! Vampire Weekend on top, knocks out The National Just in time for their sold out Orpheum Theater show next week Vampire Weekend return to the top. "Diane Young" spent four weeks in the #1 spot, so we'll see if "Ya Hey" will be the bigger hit. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/01/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 01 Aug 2013 20:50:00 -0500 The Chart Show: The National on top, but the royals are coming The Royals are coming...the royals...?! Is it just a coincidence that on the week of the birth of George, the royal newborn, that ALL the new entries seem to have a reference to him?!? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/25/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:50:00 -0500 Savages storm The Current studio Between their much-buzzed-about set at the Pitchfork Music Festival on Saturday and their sold-out show at the Triple Rock Social Club last night, excitement over Savages is at an all time high. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/22/savages-live-in-studio?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:00:20 -0500 The Chart Show: The National claim the top spot Daft Punk gets UN-lucky...again! As Alt-J vacated the top spot last week, #1 was there for the taking, but The National stole it, spurred by fans eyeing tickets to their big show at Roy Wilkins Auditorium August 6. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/18/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jul 2013 20:50:00 -0500 The Chart Show: Alt-J on top again, breaks a new record - July 11, 2013 Alt-J are inducted into the Chart Hall of Fame this week after spending 6 weeks total at the top, the first band ever to recover the top position TWICE! If Daft Punk recover the top spot for their final week they'll EQUAL that new record! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/11/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 20:50:00 -0500 Alt-J continues to dissolve their competition - The Chart Show - July 2, 2013 Alt-J may never headline a huge festival like last weekend's Glastonbury in the UK, but they held off all-comers again to remain #1 on The Current's chart. Reports from the biggest festival of the year suggested their airy, intricate songs got lost in the field, but then apparently paled in comparison to The Rolling Stones! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/02/chart-show?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:00:00 -0500 Where does Alt-J land this week? - The Chart Show - June 27, 2013 Alt-J snags the top spot AGAIN this week! The biggest UK festival of the year started today in Glastonbury and this week's #1 will be performing there with tons of other favorites here at The Current, and Daft Punk, who have been butting heads with Alt-J, are rumored to be making a surprise appearance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/27/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 21:12:27 -0500 Femi Kuti performs live in The Current studios Femi Kuti and The Positive Force came to The Current studios to record a few tracks and chatted with Mark Wheat about Grand Theft Auto, American roads, and the recent Broadway production dedicated to his father Fela, the pioneer of Afrobeat. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/27/femi-kuti-live?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 20:00:00 -0500 Mount Moriah performs live in The Current studios North Carolina-based Mount Moriah blend multiple musical influences from their southern upbringing and impress with their sophomore effort Miracle Temple. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/24/mount-moriah-live?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:30:00 -0500 Alt-J: Insoluble on the charts with "Dissolve Me" - The Chart Show, June 20, 2013 It's been a battle between the robots and triangles on The Chart Show as of late. Alt-J beat out last week's #1 track, "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk." This makes it Alt-J's third appearance on top in total with "Dissolve Me." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/20/chart-show-alt-j-insoluble?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:00:00 -0500 Daft Punk: Lucky streak continues - The Chart Show, June 13, 2013 Daft finish on top again as we head towards the summer Solstice -- will "Get Lucky" by the unrivaled song of the summer?! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/13/chart-show-daft-punk-still-lucky?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jun 2013 19:00:00 -0500 Bombino performs in The Current studios When Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys invites you to his Nashville studio Easy Eye Sound, you know you've got talent. The Grammy Award winner met with Niger-native Omar Moctar to speak the language of rock and roll, eventually producing Moctar's third studio album, which landed at #1 on the Billboard World Music chart in its debut week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/13/bombino-live?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jun 2013 18:30:00 -0500 Album Review: Daft Punk - Random Access Memories <em>Random Access Memories</em> is born out of the hope, it seems, that the romance brewing between human and machine for the last 30 years breeds something beautiful and sustainable, not brutal and cold. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/03/album-review-daft-punk--random-access-memories?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Daft Punk: still lucky - The Chart Show, May 30, 2013 We're not the only ones who like Daft Punk. Apparently they went to #1 in 97 countries on the planet this week! Sold over 330,000 in the US to top Billboards chart (Vampire Weekend only sold 139K last week to be #1?!) And they became the biggest Spotify hit ever, outdoing Mumfords! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/30/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 30 May 2013 21:00:00 -0500 British experimental rock quintet Foals perform at The Current Oxford-based quintet Foals make willfully out-there and original indie-rock that varies from spastic dance-rock to angular post-punk sounds to intricate experimental passages. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/20/foals?refid=0 Mon, 20 May 2013 19:30:00 -0500 Will Daft Punk get lucky this week? - The Chart Show - May 9, 2013 The Robots are coming! The robots are coming!! Daft Punk, notorious for wearing helmets when they perform as if robotic, have a huge hit on their hands. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/09/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 09 May 2013 21:00:00 -0500 Chart Show success vs. chart success - The Chart Show, May 2, 2013 After the great reception our audience has given Vampire Weekend and the high profile gigs they have been getting with Steve Buscemi filming their show, it will be interesting to see where they chart when the album comes out. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/02/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 02 May 2013 21:00:00 -0500 Local singer turned national figure Nicholas David performs at The Current Saint Paul's Nicholas David Mrozinski has been a fixture of the local music scene for a decade, with several albums under his belt and frequent live shows in the area to bolster his Twin Cities rep. But last year he was catapulted to nationwide fame thanks to a stint on season three of NBC's <em>The Voice</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/02/nicholas-david?refid=0 Thu, 02 May 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Nashville quartet Leagues brings their moody indie sound to The Current studio A handful of early tracks from Leagues' 2011 debut EP stirred up some blog attention, and in January of this year they returned with a debut full-length, <em>You Belong Here</em>. The band's solemn, moody indie sound has earned comparisons to the National and others. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/22/leagues?refid=0 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:05:25 -0500 Up-and-coming Seattle indie-rock/R&B six-piece Pickwick perform at The Current Pickwick, whose style is a fusion of raw, garage-y indie blues-rock and retro-licious R&B/soul, just released the full-length album <em>Can't Talk Medicine</em> and continue to build buzz with national touring. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/19/pickwick?refid=0 Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:00:00 -0500 A mystery woman at the top - The Chart Show, April 18, 2013 Who is Diane Young? She's the subject of the Number One! Or is she? Do you hear "dying young" too? Poetic license in the middle of National Poetry Month? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/18/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 21:00:00 -0500 A close race to the top: The Chart Show - April 11, 2013 Yeah! The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have it!! By a nose, they climb to the top. Only a handful of votes separated the top 4. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/11/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:00:00 -0500 Dawes perform in the UBS Forum Warmly received by the crowd, Dawes broke to talk to Mark Wheat a couple times during their five-song set, covering topics ranging from frontman Taylor Goldsmith's hesitance to try the Minnesota State Fair's trademark junk food and the mystery of how the band were chosen to open for Bob Dylan this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/08/dawes?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 16:00:00 -0500 The first local #1 of 2013: The Chart Show - April 4, 2013 The first local #1 of the year! Cloud Cult patiently waited, Alt-J were inducted, now they take their turn at the top. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/04/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 04 Apr 2013 21:00:00 -0500 The Current Sessions&reg;: Duluth indie veterans Low perform at the Fitzgerald Theater Low are minimalists in every sense of the word. Every note, every rise and fall in dynamic, every snippet of between-song banter is intentional, and measured. The Fitzgerald Theater was an ideal setting for the band's poignant show on Saturday, March 23. Enjoy audio from the event. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/03/low-at-the-fitz?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 14:00:00 -0500 Eclectic indie-folk outfit Thao & the Get Down Stay Down performs at The Current San Francisco's Thao & the Get Down Stay Down is the vehicle for the thoughtful indie folk-rock lyricism of singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen. Over the course of five albums and multiple singles (plus celebrated collaborations like her 2011 LP with indie-pop artist Mirah), she's developed a stripped-down, cerebral but deeply relatable voice that's earned her a sizable and devoted following. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/01/thao-get-down-stay-down?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 19:30:00 -0500 Surf-punk trio Wavves perform at The Current <em>Afraid of Heights</em>, Wavves' recently-released fourth album, is the band's most lyrically mature and sonically eclectic release to date. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/29/wavves?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Out like a lion: The Chart Show - March 28, 2013 Alt-J are inducted into our Chart Hall of Fame this week after setting a record of 8 weeks at #1. That will be very hard to beat and is maybe a little hard on our own Cloud Cult who've spent now 3 weeks at #2, with only one more chance to make it to the top! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/28/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 28 Mar 2013 21:00:00 -0500 Alt-J set a record, plus some big moves - The Chart Show, March 21, 2013 A record-setting seventh straight week at the top for Alt-J, who also cemented their reputation with a storming set at SXSW for our friends at NPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/21/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 21:00:00 -0500 Charming indie-pop duo Boy perform at The Current The two women behind the band Boy have only released one full album to date, 2011's <em>Mutual Friends</em>, but it's made a pretty big splash. In town for sold-out gigs at Bryant Lake Bowl and the Cedar Cultural Center, the band stopped by The Current studios to chat with Mark Wheat and play a few of their songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/18/boy?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:30:00 -0500 Global Chart Toppers!: The Chart Show, March 7, 2013 From Iceland to right here in the Great Midwest, this week's Chart Show is counting down the hits from around the globe! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/07/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 21:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Cloud Cult - Love I love this band. I love this album. I love the fact that they had the audacity to call it: "Love." Simple word, deepest concept. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/04/cloud-cult-love-review?refid=0 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Kurt Vile performs in The Current studio Philly rocker Kurt Vile has been a psych-rock and folk-influenced racket for the better part of a decade now, both as a founding member of the indie-rock band The War on Drugs (which he left in 2008) and also as a solo artist. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/04/kurt-vile?refid=0 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0600 No Thaw on Top: The Chart Show, Feb. 28, 2013 Despite the warm temps outside, the support for the Top 3 refuses to melt away on this week's Chart Show! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/28/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:00:00 -0600 A British Breakthrough: The Chart Show, Feb. 21, 2013 Last week's massive Hall of Fame induction made room for a record breaking five new entries on this week's Chart Show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/21/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 21:00:00 -0600 The Chart Converts to Metric: The Chart Show, Feb. 7, 2013 A surprise surge takes Metric to the top and two songs get sent to the Chart Show Hall of Fame. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/07/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 21:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Yo La Tengo - Fade Yo La Tengo's 13th album is centered on the relationship of Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley, who've been married for the band's nearly 30-year history. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/14/yo-la-tengo-fade-review?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0600 More Love for 'Same Love': The Chart Show, Jan. 10, 2013 Last week's CD of the Week artists seem to have caught our audiences imagination, Alt-J's "Breezeblocks" is the highest new entry, while this week's CDotW helps get Muse back into the lower reaches. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/10/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 22:00:00 -0600 The Chart Show: Jan. 3, 2013 Did a new year mean a new #1 song? Find out on this week's Chart Show! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/03/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jan 2013 22:00:00 -0600 The Chart Show: Dec. 20, 2012 The last chart of the year sees a big re-shuffle at the top and 3 new entries. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/20/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2012 16:31:32 -0600 Chart Show, Dec. 13 This week's new #1 artist has spent most weeks on the chart this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/13/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2012 21:35:01 -0600 Field Report performs in The Current studio Beards, blue jeans, sweaters and flannel. Field Report came to The Current dressed in the winter uniform of the Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/16/field-report-in-studio?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 19:20:00 -0600 Lianne La Havas performs in The Current studio David Letterman. Conan O'Brien. The Current. That's a killer itinerary of live performances for a single week. Fresh from her Late Show performance last week, English folk and soul singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas performs in The Current studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/12/lianne-la-havas-in-studio?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 19:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill Neil Young dislikes mp3s and took pains to make this record as analog as possible, believing this to be the only way that fans can hear his soul, the time he puts into making his music and the wisdom of a life lived playing and performing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/05/neil-young-crazy-horse-psychedelic-pill-review?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Passion Pit performs in The Current studio Passion Pit, the indie electro-pop project of Cambridge, Mass.-based songwriter Michael Angelakos, broke through with 2009's devastatingly catchy single "The Reeling" and returned this year with a sophomore album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/30/passion-pit?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2012 19:30:00 -0500 Sea Wolf performs in The Current studio Los Angeles' Sea Wolf are a vehicle for singer-songwriter Alex Church, whose emotive and lyrically nuanced indie folk has earned him a sizable following. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/26/sea-wolf?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 16:50:38 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Beach House Baltimore duo Beach House stopped by The Current studios to chat with Mark Wheat, take over our airwaves and play some of the songs they're feeling lately. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/18/beach-house-totd?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 18:00:00 -0500 Night Moves perform in The Current studio The hype surrounding Night Moves' debut landed them on the roster of esteemed UK indie label Domino Records. Now, the band returns with a revamped and re-recorded take on the album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/15/night-moves-live?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 17:00:00 -0500 The Head and the Heart perform in The Current studio From opening act at First Avenue a year ago to headlining back-to-back shows this week, The Head and the Heart have had a big year. They stopped by The Current studio to debut a new song. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/27/the-head-and-the-heart-live?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 07:30:00 -0500 Musicheads Essentials: Led Zeppelin III Led Zeppelin's influence on modern music is undeniable but... which of their LPs is essential? 1970's "III" was the last breath taken by a band who were still mere mortals, mates from the Midlands trying hard to make a career out of this fledgling rock industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/25/musicheads-essentials-led-zeppelin-iii?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 15:31:44 -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 Antibalas performs in The Current studios The sprawling Brooklyn-based group Antibalas has a core of eleven members but frequently incorporates other musicians, with each collaboration adding unique wrinkles to the band's funk and jazz-inflected Afrobeat sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/11/antibalas?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:13:24 -0500 Citizen Mark: DJ Mark Wheat reflects on becoming a U.S. citizen On Thursday, Sept. 6, The Current's Mark Wheat became a naturalized U.S. citizen. He recently sat down to share his thoughts about his decision and about his experience of becoming an American. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/06/citizen-mark?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles perform at the Minnesota State Fair Many of you saw them open the magical evening that was Minnesota Music On-A-Stick, but for any unlucky fans who may have missed their Grandstand-worthy performance, the band decided to stop by the MPR booth again and play ANOTHER set of music for State Fair fans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/03/lucy-michelle-state-fair?refid=0 Mon, 03 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Bloc Party - Four Perhaps after witnessing the rise of EDM here in the States, and the way Skrillex and others use metal rifts as punctuation, Bloc Party thought they could be the rock band equivalent to ride this new wave to further success. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/17/cd-of-the-week-bloc-party?refid=0 Mon, 20 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Family of the Year perform in The Current studios On the day of their sold-out show at the 7th St. Entry, Family of the Year stopped by The Current studio to play a few songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/08/family-of-the-year-live?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 17:04:31 -0500 Twin Shadow performs in The Current studio Twin Shadow takes the sounds of New Wave and post-punk and weaves them into a sleek and somber take on contemporary indie-pop. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/07/twin-shadow?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 19:00:00 -0500 The Alabama Shakes perform in The Current studios Forget the dragon, 2012 is the Year of the Alabama Shakes. The band has launched into national prominence and is in town for a sold-out show at First Avenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/01/alabama-shakes-live?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2012 17:30:00 -0500 Hot Chip perform in The Current studio British band Hot Chip has made a career out of exploring the collision point between heart-rending indie rock, cleverly self-aware pop and spastic, dancefloor-ready electronica. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/13/hot-chip-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jul 2012 16:00:00 -0500 Brendan Benson performs in The Current studios It's been three years since Brendan Benson last stopped by The Current studios for a live set. Mark Wheat catches up with the versatile songwriter to find out what he's been up to. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/29/brendan-benson-2012?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 19:20:00 -0500 Album Review: Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls For me, their talent jumps out of the radio no matter which song off this album that we play. But the true pleasure of this band is found in sitting with the whole album and giving it a deep listen. It rewards your presence -- it is real and authentic. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/27/album-review-boys-and-girls--alabama-shakes?refid=0 Sun, 27 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros performs in The Current studios It's been two years since Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros put out their last album "Up From Below" and had the hit song of the year with "Home." Since that time, the collective has gained several new members, toured all over the world and now have a new album, "Here." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/25/edwardsharpe-live?refid=0 Fri, 25 May 2012 19:30:00 -0500 Father John Misty performs in The Current studios Father John Misty may be a relatively new project, but the man behind it has been around for a few years now, playing in one of indie music's greatest break-out bands. J. Tillman used to drum for the mighty Pacific-Northwest act Fleet Foxes, but left the group this year to pursue his own endeavors, trading in the rootsy, experimental folk for more of a vintage rock sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/11/fatherjohnmisty-live?refid=0 Fri, 11 May 2012 19:30:00 -0500 School of Seven Bells perform live in The Current's studio Born out of two bands -- The Secret Machines and On!Air!Library! -- New York City's synth-dreampop act School of Seven Bells have been together for six years, but have grown with their line up changes. Originally, the project consisted of identical twin sisters Alejandra (On!Air!Library!) and Claudia Deheza and guitarist Benjamin Curtis (Secret Machines). However, Claudia left the band in 2010 before the latest record "Ghostory." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/27/school-of-seven-bells-live?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2012 19:30:00 -0500 Musicheads Essentials: The Best of Faces In their brief career (1969-76), this band provided the soundtrack to my final years in high school. If the English had done Proms, me and my mates would have ended ours drunkenly singing "Stay With Me" in the middle of the dancefloor, even if the DJ wouldn't play it! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/19/musicheads-essentials-the-best-of-faces?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 The Lumineers performs in The Current studios It's not difficult to imagine The Lumineers being from the Midwest - let's just go ahead and annex their hometown of Denver. Their roots revivalist image and solid harmonies are indicative of the kind of music this region has helped popularize over the years. Their story is one which many bands can connect with - slowly gaining popularity across a self-booked tour with just an EP in tow. The Lumineers have now gathered more than a few accolades to make their self-titled debut one of the most anticipated records this year, and they're already selling out venues in support of it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/09/thelumineers-live?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 19:30:00 -0500 Metronomy performs in The Current studios Metronomy's "The Look" was one of the hottest songs to come out in 2011, harnessed on an electronic minimalism that made the track's hook immediately danceable. It didn't hurt that the rest of the album "The English Riviera" was also a fine exploration of pop music, ensuring that frontman Joseph Mount would have a hit on his hands. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/05/metronomy-live?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 19:30:00 -0500 Album Review: Of Monsters and Men - My Head Is An Animal Current fans have responded strongly to that song "Little Talks" as well, making it #1 on the Chart Show for the past few weeks, inducted into the Hall Of Fame. Thank you. You and the rest of the public radio audience across America have enabled these six young musicians to come to Austin, Texas and experience something truly magical. A massive crowd at a legendary venue like Stubbs singing along to songs that are 'not yet available' in the traditional sense of that word in the USA. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/01/album-review-my-head-is-an-animal--of-monsters-and-men?refid=0 Sun, 01 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Emeli Sande performs in The Current studio Emeli Sande knocked us out last March, and we're re-airing her session in anticipation of her show at the Varsity Theater, Jan. 23. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/05/emeli-sande-live?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 10:39:02 -0600 Islands perform in The Current studio The demise of popular indie band The Unicorns at the beginning of the aughts left many fans feeling a void. Prolific pioneers of lo-fi indie pop, frontman Nick Thorburn would of course not be gone for long. In 2006, the music world was rocked by the critically acclaimed debut album by Islands, "Return To The Sea," an experimental, long-form record that would go on to inspire countless musicians, especially in the Canadian music scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/02/islands-live?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2012 14:45:08 -0600 Dr. Dog performs in The Current studio It's hard to believe it's already been 13 years since Dr. Dog first started making music. Once considered an extremely underground act playing shows to support their "Easy Beat" album, their first for a record label in the early aughts, they've since gone on to tour alongside The Spinto Band, My Morning Jacket and The Raconteurs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/14/drdog-live?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 19:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Polica - Give You The Ghost So what is the sound? I still have no adjectives that work, but where it comes from might be a unique quality of our community at this time, coming from a skill-laden collaboration of artists willing to be brave and knowing that there is an audience out there, on the radio and in the clubs, that is willing to support them when they are. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/12/album-review-polica--give-you-the-ghost?refid=0 Sun, 12 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0600 CD Review: The Roots - Undun Already widely acknowledged as the most respected hip-hop artists employing live instrumentation in the contemporary music scene, the Roots have cemented that reputation with their gig as the house band of Jimmy Fallon, proving every night that they can play anything with anybody with out losing their credibility or fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/25/cd-review-the-roots--undun?refid=0 Sun, 25 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Doomtree Performs Live in the UBS Forum Doomtree's members have all been featured in the spotlight for their solo projects, but it has become a rare sight to see the collective perform together in recent years. So when their newest album "No Kings" was announced, people in the Twin Cities were understandably buzzing about the idea of more group collaboration in a live setting. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/09/doomtree-live?refid=0 Fri, 09 Dec 2011 19:00:00 -0600 Mark Wheat Interviews Doomtree The Doomtree collective stopped by for a live performance in MPR's UBS Forum to celebrate the release of "No Kings," their newest album. On-air host Mark Wheat sat down for a chat with the group inbetween songs. Enjoy our video of their conversation. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/09/doomtree-interview?refid=0 Fri, 09 Dec 2011 16:15:00 -0600 Polica performs live in The Current studio Polica had already recorded their first full-length before debuting on the local music circuit. So the mystery behind them after their inaugural show in September 2011 was already remarkably large, especially considering the musicians' previous projects like Roma di Luna, Bon Iver, and GAYNGS. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/30/polica-live?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2011 17:00:00 -0600 Ximena Sarinana performs live in The Current studio Ximena Sarinana released her critically acclaimed debut album "Mediocre" in 2008 and cemented her reputation in both Mexico and the United States with two Latin Grammy Awards nominations and an American Grammy Awards nomination under her belt. She's credited with helping to bring back the style of nueva cancion, a genre of Latin-folk popular in the 1960s-80s. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/16/ximenasarinana-live?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2011 15:51:53 -0600 Album Review: Florence + the Machine - Ceremonials For me, the success of Florence + the Machine was one of the biggest musical surprises of last year. It wasn't because she's not talented of course, but because her version of epic pop, with quirky twists and turns has never really sold as well before. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/07/album-review-florence--the-machine--ceremonials?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Dan Mangan performs in The Current studios Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Dan Mangan has been making sturdy, smart music for nearly a decade now. In September, he released his third full-length album, "Oh Fortune." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/01/dan-mangan?refid=0 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 13:09:27 -0500 OMD perform in The Current studios Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, better known by their acronym OMD, began their career in the UK in 1978, trading in synth-pop, new wave and experimental post-punk sounds for nearly two decades before lead singer and bassist Andy McCluskey (at that point the only remaining original member) called it quits. The original line-up reunited in 2005, and have been touring and recording ever since. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/28/omd?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 10:33:52 -0500 Grieves performs live in The Current studio Performing under the name Grieves, the hip hop duo comprised of Benjamin Laub and multi-instrumentalist Josh Karp, who goes by Budo are one of the latest additions to the local label Rhymesayers. While both came from the Seattle scene, it was until they were both in central Illinois that they met. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/23/grieves-live?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 19:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See If the idea of a soda made from dandelion and burdock makes you wince or if Arctic Monkeys have never worked for ya, try this, you might like it. Suck it and see indeed! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/26/review-arctic-monkeys-suck-it-and-see?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Neil Gaiman Neil was the guest on the final show of the Wits season and was nice enough to stop by that day to do a Theft of the Dial with us too. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/08/21/theft-of-the-dial-neil-gaiman?refid=0 Sun, 21 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0500 The Rosebuds perform live in The Current studios Kelly Crisp and Ivan Howard have a relationship that lies beyond band mates. Forming in 2001 immediately after their marriage, the two found themselves in a sea of differences years later and decided to call it quits after their fourth album in 2008. Fortunately for their dedicated indie rock and folk fans the two discovered a whirlwind of beauty and remorse as they define their relationship not only as musicians but as friends after a tumultuous marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/15/the-rosebuds-live?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 16:02:16 -0500 Thao and Mirah perform live in The Current studio Does a whole equal the sum of its parts? For Thao Nguyen and Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn, two accomplished solo artists plus producer Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, equals a complementary push-pull of an album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/02/thao-and-mirah-live?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2011 15:41:33 -0500 Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears perform live in The Current studio Formed in Austin, Texas in 2007 the retro-blues soul band Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears began after lead-singer Joe Lewis picked up a guitar at a pawn shop. Heavily influenced by James Brown and Howlin' Wolf, Lewis played around town before getting the attention of locals Spoon and Okkervil River. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/18/black-joe-lewis-and-the-honeybears-live?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2011 10:15:52 -0500 Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi Interview Mark Wheat spoke with collaborators Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi about the release of "Rome," their atmospheric and cinematic new album featuring Norah Jones, Jack White. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/17/danger-mouse-daniele-luppi-interview-rome?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2011 21:30:42 -0500 Tony Allen performs in The Current studio Tony Allen is a Nigerian born, self taught musician who for eleven years, was the drummer and musical director for the legendary band Fela Kuti and Africa 70. Allen along with Kuti have been credited with pioneering afrobeat music. His latest project, "Secret Agent" was released in early 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/25/tony_allen?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 10:35:52 -0500 Two Door Cinema Club performs in The Current studio Two Door Cinema Club are a band from Bangor and Donaghadee, Northern Ireland formed in 2007. They're signed to French record label Kitsune Music, through which they released their debut album "Tourist History" on 1 March 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/11/two_door_cinema_club?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2011 12:19:36 -0500 Foster the People performs live in The Current studio After a whirl-wind year of touring Foster the People, known for their synth-laced hazy pop, brought an acoustic set to The Current studio. The California trio spoke to Mark Wheat about their love of surfing, touring, and the German website that kick started their internet buzz. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/08/in-studio-performance-foster-the-people?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 13:46:02 -0500 Album Review: Vampire Weekend - Contra Ezra Koenig, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij, and Chris Tomson formed the band Vampire Weekend early in 2006, when they were finishing up their studies at Columbia University on the Upper West Side of NYC. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/28/album-review-vampire-weekend--contra?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Cee-Lo Green - The Lady Killer Almost everyone agrees that Cee-Lo's hit single &quot;Forget You&quot; (wink wink!) is the best song of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/28/album-review-ceelo-green--the-lady-killer?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 James Vincent McMorrow performs live in The Current studio With an oddly similar story and even voice, the Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow has received several comparisons to Wisconsin's Bon Iver. Self-recorded over five months in a small, one room house by sea, James Vincent McMorrow captures the sounds of the waves and the isolated house on his debut album "Early in the Morning" to create a haunting yet beautiful tribute to nature. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/18/james-vincent-mcmorrow-live?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 19:00:00 -0500 Ron Sexsmith performs in The Current studios Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith has been playing music since 1978 and has been releasing albums for twenty years, so it's no surprise that he's garnered substantial recognition from both critics and audiences. Still, he's reached a point that few musicians get to while still at the height of their powers: becoming the subject of a documentary. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/24/ron-sexsmith?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2011 14:04:02 -0500 The Dodos perform live in The Current studio Multi-instrumentalist Meric Long began as a solo artist steadily gigging around San Fransisco in 2005. After meeting Logan Kroeber, it seemed obvious Kroeber's progressive metal/experimental drumming was a prefect fit for Long's love of West African Ewe drumming and bluesy finger picking style. With a reputation for using an alternate instrumental approach, their blend of indie-psych folk is definitely a treat for the ears. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/18/the-dodos-live?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2011 18:55:00 -0500 Telekinesis perform in The Current studios Telekinesis, the one-man-band alterego of Seattle musician and songwriter Michael Benjamin Lerner, makes classic 21st-century Pacific Northwest indie-rock in the tradition of Death Cab for Cutie and others. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/08/telekinesis?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 16:12:04 -0600 Smith Westerns perform live in The Current studio Formed in high school, The Smith Westerns are a four-some from Chicago that have been touring the country and wowing audiences. Their buzz began in 2009 with their self-titled first record. Inspired by garage rock, their follow up "Dye It Blonde" was released this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/28/smith-westerns-live?refid=0 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 10:24:50 -0600 Sims performs live in The Current studios Doomtree MC and Minnesota native Sims dropped his second official full-length release, "Bad Time Zoo," earlier this week, and also http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/18/sims-live?refid=0 Sun, 20 Feb 2011 14:07:29 -0600 Lissie performs live in The Current studios Born Elisabeth Maurus, singer-songwriter Lissie started performing songs as the age of nine, while playing the title part in the musical "Annie." She started opening for touring bands that came through Fort Collins, Colo. when she was in college before producing her debut EP, "Why You Runnin'?," in 2007. Her powerful voice launched her career, and her debut album "Catching a Tiger" came out in the summer of 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/20/lissie-live?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2011 15:02:14 -0600 Theft of the Dial: Alan Sparwawk (Of Low and Retribution Gospel Choir) Alan Sparhawk is now a member of two bands from MN. Most recently, he's been known for his work in Retribution Gospel Choir, who played Rock The Garden this summer. But he's perhaps still best known for Low, the quintessential slowcore band from Duluth that he forned in '93 with his wife Mimi. They've put out a dozen releases, and they recorded a new one over this summer that will be out in the spring of 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/12/03/theft-of-the-dial-alan-sparwawk-of-low-and-retribution-gospel-choir?refid=0 Fri, 03 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Mason Jennings performs in The Current studios Mason Jennings stopped by The Current studios for a live performance and chat with Current DJ Mark Wheat. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/12/02/mason_jennings?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 14:27:37 -0600 Cloud Cult perform live at The Current in the UBS Forum This Twin Cities staple has been making emotionally-fused experimental rock for years, packing venues with capacity crowds entranced by live painting, dozens of instruments and encouragement to sit on the venue floor and become fully absorbed with the sound surrounding them. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/17/cloud-cult-live?refid=0 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 13:59:08 -0600 Theft of the Dial: James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem IF someone asked me; "What would be your perfect way to spend a grey October Saturday afternoon, right now?" I'd say... "Having James Murphy of LCD come over, hang out and spin some of his fave tunes". Bingo! It happened!! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/23/theft-of-the-dial-lcd-soundsystem?refid=0 Sat, 23 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Interview with Damon Albarn and Paul Simonon of Gorillaz Host Mark Wheat sat down and chatted with Damon Albarn and Paul Simonon of Gorillaz before their show a couple of weekends ago. They talked about everything from how they were able to take the concept of Gorillaz on tour to their fashion statements. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/22/gorillaz-interview?refid=0 Fri, 22 Oct 2010 16:30:30 -0500 Phantogram perform live in The Current studio Friends since their junior high school days, Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel officially formed Phantogram in 2007. With their electronic rock vibes and dance-ready indie-pop sounds, this duo has opened for well established acts ranging from Minus the Bear to Metric. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/21/phantogram-live?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2010 15:13:59 -0500 Album Review: Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest If during the holiday season one of your relatives, trying to meaningfully connect with you, quickly says,"So what does this 'indie rock' that you like so much sound like?" -- just hand them Deerhunter's "Halcyon Digest." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/28/album-review-deerhunter--halcyon-digest?refid=0 Tue, 28 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Hot Hot Heat perform live in The Current studio Most of us have grown up with Hot Hot Heat to an extent. Formed in 1999, the band had their breakthrough a little while later, with the release of their 2002 album "Make Up The Breakdown." That year, you were hard pressed to not hear "Bandages" when flipping the radio dial, and it was a welcome song to hit any ear. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/13/hot-hot-heat-live?refid=0 Mon, 13 Sep 2010 10:43:17 -0500 The Twilight Hours perform live at the Minnesota State Fair The Twilight Hours stopped by the Current booth at the Minnesota State Fair on Labor Day for a live performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/08/twilight-hours-mn-state-fair?refid=0 Wed, 08 Sep 2010 12:58:41 -0500 Josh Ritter performs in The Current studios With his acoustic guitar, Josh Ritter has let loose folk sounds that have often been compared to the likes of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/21/josh_ritter?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jul 2010 09:45:15 -0500 Album Review: M.I.A. - /\/\ /\ Y /\ The messages that stick with me are that she wants her story to be told, she was born free, she's not going to be something that she isn't and it is possible to make a killing without forgetting the feeling. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/07/review-mia-maya?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 22-20's perform live in The Current studios As friends growing up in Lincolnshire, England, singer and guitarists Martin Trimble and bassist Glen Bartup began their music careers playing the blues. In 2002, at the age of 19, they began playing rock and roll as the 22-20's (named after the Skip James song, "22-20 Blues"). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/06/22-20s-live?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jul 2010 12:06:10 -0500 Shout Out Louds perform in The Current studios Sometimes, fate places a bunch of musically inclined children together. Occasionally, those kids grow up to become bands, and sometimes one of those bands turn out like Shout Out Louds. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/17/shout_out_louds?refid=0 Mon, 17 May 2010 09:32:06 -0500 Rogue Wave performs in The Current studio Zach Rogue probably has a perfect name for driving electro-pop music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/21/rogue-wave-live?refid=0 Wed, 21 Apr 2010 15:42:19 -0500 Titus Andronicus perform live in The Current studios Somewhere between hardcore music and Bruce Springsteen lie Titus Andronicus, one of the latest bands in a rich vein of hard-rocking Jersey kids. They're only on their second album, "The Monitor," a concept album inspired by the Civil War, but they're riding a huge wave of buzz from the Internet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/05/titus-andronicus-live?refid=0 Mon, 05 Apr 2010 12:53:12 -0500 Tegan and Sara performs in The UBS Forum Tegan and Sara's recording careers started in 1997, when they used their school's recording studio to record their first demo. In 1999, the Canadian sisters independently released their debut LP, "Under Feet Like Ours." Their poppy, emotive indie-folk style attracted the attention of Neil Young's label Vapor Records, who signed them in 2000. Later that year, they released another album, "This Business of Art." . http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/25/tegan_and_sara?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 11:04:39 -0500 The Clientele performs in The Current studios The Clientele are a London-based British band that originally formed in 1991, under the name The Butterfly Collectors. However, it wasn't until 2003 that their first album, "The Violet Hour" was released which saw great acclaim but little commercial success. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/16/the_clientele?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 09:41:55 -0500 Free Energy performs in The Current Studios Free Energy is a Philadelphia-based band, but one with roots in the Minneapolis music scene. A couple of the guys in the band, Scott Wells and Paul Sprangers, were both members of now-defunct local faves Hockey Night. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/11/free_energy?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 2010 08:48:32 -0600 Laura Veirs performs in The Current studios Laura Veirs released her self-titled, self-released debut in 1999 and in January 2010, she released her latest project, "July Flame" on her Raven Marching band label. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/03/laura_veirs?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 10:21:40 -0600 Album Review: Gorillaz - Plastic Beach Realizing that no one has really tried to create a pop culture phenom in quite this way before in an era when the flat world theory seems most plausible when observing global music consumption, they are genius. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/03/review-gorillaz-plastic-beach?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Dawes perform live in The Current studio Fresh off the success of their debut record, "North Hills," Los Angeles natives Dawes have gotten the chance to expand their Laurel Canyon sound on a national tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/12/dawes?refid=0 Fri, 12 Feb 2010 16:34:34 -0600 Theft of the Dial: Kevin Kling Listen as the wonderful bard of MN, Kevin Kling, takes over our dial AND tells some great stories about The Uptown Bar, his infamous motorbike accident and a little about his new collection, "Holiday Inn." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/12/16/theft-of-the-dial?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Doomtree performs live in The Current studios The local hip-hop collective and record label Doomtree have been combining beats and MCs for the last five years. In addition to the collaborative EPs, several members including P.O.S., Dessa, Sims, and Cecil Otter have released solo albums. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/12/03/doomtree?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2009 11:47:08 -0600 The XX performs in The Current studios The XX have accomplished something few other groups have: critical raves, a sellout worldwide tour, and unexpectedly stellar album sales. The best part? They're all 20 years old. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/30/the_xx?refid=0 Mon, 30 Nov 2009 17:51:06 -0600 Sam Roberts performs in The Current studios A superstar in the Canadian music world, Sam Roberts' songwriting has garnered him multiple Juno Awards and plenty of critical acclaim in both the U.S. and Canada. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/25/sam_roberts?refid=0 Wed, 25 Nov 2009 10:19:55 -0600 Lissie performs live in The Current studios Illinois-born Lissie offers some of the best Americana music to come out of the Midwest in recent decades. Now living in California, the musician -- Lissie Maurus by birth -- examines life in small-town America and growing up in a rural area. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/13/lissie?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2009 11:02:36 -0600 Har Mar Superstar performs in The Current studios Owatonna, Minn. isn't nationally recognized for a lot of things, but it can be proud of its most famous native son - Sean Tillman, a.k.a. Har Mar Superstar. After stints in the noise band Calvin Krime and his own Sean Na Na project, Har Mar's exploration of R&B and raw sexuality has found him international fame. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/05/har_mar_superstar?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2009 17:23:02 -0600 Rain Machine performs live in The Current studios Kyp Malone is a famously prolific musician, and for good reason. In addition to his side project, Iran, and his main band, TV on the Radio, the singer-guitarist has been making solo music since 2000. His current incarnation, Rain Machine, released its self-titled debut this summer on Anti-Records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/16/rain_machine?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 13:57:44 -0500 Moby performs live in The Current studios Beginning his career in music in the early '80s in a punk band, Moby eventually moved into electronic music in the early '90s and achieved wide-spread success in 1999 with the release of "Play," an album that eventually sold over ten million albums and won many awards. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/02/moby?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2009 10:22:49 -0500 Arctic Monkeys perform live in The Current studios The Arctic Monkeys won the Mercury Prize in 2006 for their album, "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" and have continued to rise in popularity ever since. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/25/arctic_monkeys?refid=0 Fri, 25 Sep 2009 17:30:49 -0500 BLK JKS perform live in The Current studios Johannesburg, South Africa's BLK JKS (pronounced Black Jacks) began five years ago as a group of friends jamming. Influenced by jazz and rock, they also pull from Zulu, Xhosa, and other traditional South African cultures. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/24/blk_jks?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2009 14:41:07 -0500 Brandi Carlile performs in The Current studio Brandi Carlile made her stage debut at the age of performing Rosanne Cash's "Tennessee Flat-Top Box" at the Northwest's version of the Grand Ole Opry. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/24/brandi_carlile?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2009 09:06:35 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Mason Jennings It was very special for me to get the chance to do this feature with Mason. He tells the story of how I was the first DJ that he heard play his song! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/22/theft-of-the-dial?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk Never have three songwriters who sing come together for such a project in such a diplomatic way, even to the point of taking it on tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/22/monsters-of-folk-monsters-of-folk?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Zee Avi performs live in The Current studios Zee Avi's music career began after she posted a video of her first song on YouTube for a friend, who had missed her first performance in Kuala Lumpur. After recognizing her online popularity, Brushfire Records signed Zee in 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/12/zee_avi?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 16:44:37 -0500 Cage The Elephant performs live in The Current studios From Bowling Green, Kentucky and by way of the rough neighborhood of Leyton, England, Cage The Elephant have emerged onto the musical horizon with their grunge-tinged Southern punk. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/10/cage_the_elephant?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2009 10:11:02 -0500 Noisettes perform live in The Current studios A bluesy diva teams up with raucous, garage rock ruffians to form The Noisettes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/03/noisettes?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2009 16:28:10 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Black Francis Listen to the stories that Francis tells and see if you can guess as the playlist unfolds, what is the theme that links it all together? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/22/theft-of-the-dial?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 White Rabbits perform in The Current studio Since finding their beginnings in Columbia, Missouri, the White Rabbits now call Brooklyn home and have exploded musically with their quirky sextet setup and power-pop hooks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/29/white_rabbits_web?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jun 2009 16:05:30 -0500 Amazing Baby performs in The Current studios Influenced by musical friends MGMT, Amazing Baby released its debut EP as a free Internet download in July, 2008. Their latest offering, "Rewild" was released this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/01/amazing_baby?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2009 14:54:40 -0500 Album Review: Mos Def - The Ecstatic Few musical performers who've crossed over to acting have ever gone back to music with any level of success, and none have achieved the level of artistic achievement in each realm as Mos Def has with this album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/09/mos-def-the-ecstatic-review?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jun 2009 00:00:00 -0500 St. Vincent performs in The Current studios Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, paid her dues as a back-up musician throughout the indie world before emerging as a unique voice in 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/04/st_vincent?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 16:31:35 -0500 Jenny Lewis performs live in The Current studios Jenny Lewis has been charming her audiences with her slight twang and progressive musicianship since beginning her music career with Rilo Kiley as their lead singer in 1998. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/03/jenny_lewis?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2009 09:14:02 -0500 The Kills perform in The current studios Since their first demo in 2001, The Kills have explored new territory in four ablums. Their latest, Midnight Boom was released in 2008 and explores their electro-funk side while maintaining their bluesey vocals. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/05/12/the_kills?refid=0 Tue, 12 May 2009 15:32:55 -0500 Nomo performs live in The Current studios Coming together in 2003 in Ann Arbor, MI, Nomo arrives as a surprise from the North with their mix of avant garde jazz and a heavy dose of funk in their Afrobeat sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/05/01/nomo?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2009 13:33:27 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Half of Death Cab For Cutie Bass player Nick Harmer and guitarist/producer Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie both did radio while in college, and talked about how it had influenced their band. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/04/23/theft-of-the-dial-half-of-death-cab-for-cutie?refid=0 Thu, 23 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Chairlift performs in The Current studios Chairlift's avant-pop music has gone through great transformations since the trio's beginnings writing music for haunted houses when they began in 2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/04/21/chairlift?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2009 08:55:15 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Andrew Bird Right after performing an awesome set in our UBS Forum and being grilled by Steve Seel, Andrew very kindly let me guide him through the process of being a DJ. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/04/17/theft-of-the-dial-andrew-bird?refid=0 Fri, 17 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500 The English Beat performs live in The Current studio It's been thirty years since The English Beat (or The Beat as they are called in the U.S.) formed in Birmingham, England in 1979. Well-known for their early-80s ska/punk hits like "Mirror in the Bathroom" and "Too Nice To Talk To," The English Beat broke up in 1983. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/04/10/english_beat?refid=0 Fri, 10 Apr 2009 16:16:08 -0500 Eleni Mandell performs live in The Current studio Eleni Mandell's breathtakingly honest and sweeping compositions have gained her acclaim far and near from her native Los Angeles. He swaggering pop-noir style has take full flight in her newest CD, "Artificial Fire." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/03/30/eleni_mandelll?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2009 12:08:55 -0500 A.C. Newman performs live in The Current studio A.C. Newman isn't just on the indie-pop music radar - he is the radar, and continues to captivate listeners with his newest record, "Get Guilty." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/03/24/ac_newman?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2009 20:00:00 -0500 Tricky performs live in The Current studios Seemingly thrashing through hip-hop, soul, pop, rock, and everything in between, the music of English born musician Tricky thrives on the unexpected. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/03/14/tricky?refid=0 Sat, 14 Mar 2009 17:00:00 -0500 Raphael Saadiq performs in The Current studio Raphael Saddiq has kept soul music alive and well in the 21st century, both as solo artist and producer. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/03/13/raphael_saadiq?refid=0 Fri, 13 Mar 2009 10:31:07 -0500 Anni Rossi performs in The Current studio To say that Anni Rossi has given new life to the viola is an understatement. Together with her alternative folk style and lilting vocals, Rossi has reinvented the way this classical instrument is typically used and given new light to how Americana music is structured and presented. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/03/09/anni_rossi?refid=0 Fri, 06 Mar 2009 11:38:20 -0600 All The Saints perform in The Current studios The music of All the Saints, a three-piece rock band, seems to tie together loose ends of rock eras past and future. The driving sound of these Atlanta natives crashes metal into grunge into fuzz, creating a dark, pulsing sound that demands attention. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/03/04/all_the_saints?refid=0 Wed, 04 Mar 2009 01:11:39 -0600 Antony and the Johnsons perform in The Current studio The dynamic musical careers of Antony and the Johnsons has already accelerated into 2009 with their new CD, "The Crying Light." With a voice that has been described as both haunting and inspiring, Antony has crossed boundaries through his music both artistically and socially since the band's first release in 1998. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/02/14/antony_and_the_johnsons?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2009 12:00:21 -0600 Alela Diane performs in The Current studios Growing her sounds out of her native California, Alena Diane has grown her sound from the West Coast through Europe since emerging on the music scene. In her sophomore album, "To Be Still," Alena further demonstrates her purposeful, penetrating sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/02/19/alela_diane?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2009 09:54:10 -0600 School Of Seven Bells perform in The Current studio While Benjamin Curtis' band Secret Machines and twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza's band On-Air Library! were touring together in 2004, they decided to connect on a music project. By the end of 2006, Curtis and the Deheza sisters had completely disappeared into the band School of Seven Bells. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/02/10/school_of_seven_bells?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2009 15:32:47 -0600 P.O.S. performs in the Current Studio P.O.S., the versatile, genre shattering, locally-based musician, otherwise known as Stef Alexander, is once again taking the hip-hop world by storm with his latest release, "Never Better." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/02/03/pos?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Golden Animals perform live in The Current studio They met in Brooklyn where the duo of guitarist Tommy Eisner and drummer Linda Beecroft created the bluesy psychedelic folk-rock of Golden Animals. After the release of their first EP in 2006, they moved to southern California for a more laidback atmosphere to write their full-length. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/12/15/golden_animals?refid=0 Mon, 15 Dec 2008 15:39:26 -0600 Sebastien Grainger performs in The Current studios The name Sebastien Grainger may not be familiar, but his voice might ring a bell. As the former singer and drummer in Death from Above 1979, Grainger jump-started his solo career after the band parted ways in 2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/24/sebastien_grainger?refid=0 Mon, 24 Nov 2008 13:39:58 -0600 The Herbaliser performs in The Current studios The Herbaliser is a Jazz / Hip-Hop band formed in the early 1990s by Ollie Teeba and Jake Wherry. Herbaliser released a few EPs on Ninja Tune in 1994 and 1995 before releasing their debut LP, "Remedies." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/18/herbaliser?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2008 16:21:45 -0600 Nikka Costa performs in The Current studio Born into the music world, audiences have watched Nikka Costa grow through four albums, a process which challenged her to stay true to her unique, soulful sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/31/nikka_costa?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2008 10:10:23 -0500 Annuals perform in The Current studios North Carolina's Annuals have been credited with taking down the three major music labels in six months. Ok, maybe that was that was a spoofed album review in Paste Magazine written as if it were 2050. Who says it can't happen? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/15/annuals?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2008 15:15:19 -0500 Mates of State perform in The Current studios A family that tours together stays together. Isn't that the saying? That's the case for the husband-wife duo of Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel that make up Mates of State, who have brought their two children on tour with them. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/09/24/mates_of_state?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2008 12:49:52 -0500 The Ting Tings perform in the Current studio Fresh off a lauded performance at this year's Lollapalooza, the English indie-dance-popsters, The Ting Tings, have been selling out venues across the US and are nearing the end of the first US tour here in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/08/04/ting_tings?refid=0 Mon, 04 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Shearwater performs in The Current studio Shearwater's latest project, released in June 2008, is called "Rook" and has been receiving favorable reviews from music critics across the globe. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/06/25/shearwater?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2008 10:59:47 -0500 Adele performs in The Current studios At just barely 20 years old and still living at home with her mom, Adele has a debut album that has already hit number one in England. With a strong, crisp voice that was perfected at her rock-and-roll high school, she got a record deal based on the first song she ever wrote, "Hometown Glory." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/06/03/adele?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2008 12:24:46 -0500 Foals perform in The Current studios Foals' lead singer Yannis explains the band's approach to making music by saying, "we wanted to make music that was very technical, that wasn't just party music, but at the same time you could dance to it." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/04/29/foals?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2008 09:19:45 -0500 Ingrid Michaelson performs in The Current studios Ingrid Michaelson released her debut CD "Girls and Boys" in January 2007 on her own label, Cabin 24 Records. Four songs from her debut were also featured on the prime-time television drama Grey's Anatomy and in commercials for clothing company Old Navy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/31/ingrid_michaelson?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2008 15:57:07 -0500 She & Him perform live from SXSW Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward first met when they were recording a Richard Thompson song for a movie soundtrack. The actress and the singer-songwriter hit it off and soon after that, Deschanel shared with Ward some of the songs she had written. Volume One is their first CD together. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/15/she__him_perform_live_from_sxsw?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2008 13:15:00 -0500 The Duke Spirit performs live from SXSW The Duke Spirit is coming to America again, despite a 2006 tour that saw all their gear stolen in Portland and a broken elbow for bassist Toby Butler in Las Vegas. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/14/the_duke_spirit_performs_live_from_sxsw?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2008 13:00:00 -0500 Dizzee Rascal performs live from SXSW Dizzee Rascal grew up in the East End of London, and honed his MC skills as a teenager at raves and on pirate radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/14/dizzee_rascal_performs_live_from_sxsw?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2008 11:45:00 -0500 White Williams performs live from SXSW One critic wrote that the music of White Williams ties pop eclecticism to peripateticism. We figure that's exactly what 23-year old Cleveland native Joe Williams was hoping for while he was recording Smoke (because nothing is more rock and roll than peripateticism). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/14/white_williams_performs_live_from_sxsw?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2008 11:00:00 -0500 DeVotchKa performs live from SXSW Singer Nick Urata founded DeVotchKa nine years ago with the idea of mixing together the music of east and west. He did not found it with the hopes of selling music to McDonald's. The band turned down a request to use one of their songs in the fast-food giant's commercials. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/13/devotchka_performs_live_from_sxsw?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2008 14:30:00 -0500 Sons and Daughters perform live from SXSW Glasgow's Sons and Daughters recorded This Gift in a house in the village of Adfern on the west coast of Scotland. The band's Adele Bethel said, "We wrote and practiced all day and played poker and got drunk at night." Sons and Daughters cancelled a late March Minneapolis performance, so your best chance to hear them live is right here. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/13/sons__daughters_perform_live_from_sxsw?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2008 13:15:00 -0500 Jesca Hoop performs live from SXSW It is likely that every story you ever read about Jesca Hoop will mention this -- she got her big break while she worked as a nanny for Tom Waits' kids. He passed her demo on to some influential people in the business. While it might be hard for Hoop to escape that biographical bullet point, her music certainly stands on its own. Her SXSW appearance is her second on The Current. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/13/jesca_hoop_performs_live_from_sxsw?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2008 12:00:00 -0500 The Raveonettes perform live from SXSW With The Raveonettes' fourth CD Lust Lust Lust landing on the Billboard Top 200 chart, the band has secured their position as Denmark's most popular musical export ever. Sune Rose Wagner began writing the album at a rehearsal space in London, where he churned out seven songs in the first day. The result is 14 songs that his cohort Sahrin Foo describes as "direct and in your face." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/13/the_raveonettes_perform_live_from_sxsw?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2008 11:00:00 -0500 Nicole Atkins performs in The Current studios 28-year-old musician Nicole Atkins was born and raised in Neptune City, located a stones throw from fabled Asbury Park. By the age of 13, she found an old beat up guitar in the attic of her house and taught herself to play a Grateful Dead song. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/02/26/nicole_atkins?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2008 11:33:31 -0600 Louis XIV perform in The Current studios Named after the seventeenth-century French king, San Diego's glam-punk rockers Louis XIV are back with their sophomore album "Slick Dogs and Ponies." They've decided that you will either love it or hate it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/01/30/louis_xiv?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2008 14:23:19 -0600 Heiruspecs perform in The Current studios December 22, 2007 is Heiruspecs Day in St. Paul. After 10 years together playing live-band hip hop, it's about time their hometown honors the contribution to the local music community they've made over the years. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/12/21/heiruspecs?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2007 16:33:17 -0600 Nellie McKay performs in The Current studios Some would say that stand-up comedy would be the perfect preparation for a career in the music industry. However, Nellie McKay decided to go her own way with her Hungry Mouse label and self-produce her new album "Pretty Little Head" and her 30-minute miniature entitled "Obligatory Villagers." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/12/11/_nellie_mckay?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2007 09:17:15 -0600 Ed Ackerson performs in The Current studios Local legend and Polara frontman Ed Ackerson has crossed several things off of life's to do list: make a band, write songs, produce records, start a record label, and engineer records. However, he's never recorded a solo album until now. Ackerson recorded and played all of the instruments on the acoustic meets electric indie-pop self-titled release. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/11/19/ed_ackerson?refid=0 Tue, 20 Nov 2007 10:00:00 -0600 Me'Shell Ndegeocello performs in The Current studios One thing we learned about Me'Shell Ndegeocello today is that she doesn't like to be boxed in nor does she care to be placed in a specific genre of music. Me'Shell Ndegeocello scored a few early hits in her career but decided to concentrate on more challenging material by exploring the politics of race and sex, among other topics. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/11/15/_meshelle_ndegeocello?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2007 17:24:50 -0600 David Kilgour performs in The Current studio Beginning his career in 1979 as the guitarist in The Clean, David Kilgour has been weaving his career between playing with Clean, other projects, and creating his own solo work. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/11/05/david_kilgour?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2007 10:59:14 -0600 Art Brut performs in The Current studios Art Brut's first full-length CD was "Bang Bang Rock and Roll" released in May 2005. Since that time, the band has been out touring making even better music and they released their second full length project entitled, "It's A Bit Complicated" in June 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/11/01/art_brut?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2007 15:14:13 -0500 Matthew Dear performs in The Current studios Man of many pseudonyms including False, Jabberjaw, and Audion, Matthew Dear creates a genre-bending style of music ranging from poppy electronic to minimalist techno to dancefloor-friendly rock. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/24/matthew_dear?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2007 14:52:08 -0500 Josh Ritter performs in The Current studio Growing up in Idaho, Josh Ritter's folk-styled music began when, after being inspired by the music of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, he got his first guitar. His career exploded in Ireland after he met Glen Hansard and started touring with The Frames. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/17/josh_ritter?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2007 14:15:47 -0500 The Fiery Furnaces perform in the Current studio The playful indie-pop brother and sister duo Matt and Eleanor Friedberger of Brooklyn's Fiery Furnaces have just released their fifth full-length album Widow City. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/12/fiery_furnaces?refid=0 Fri, 12 Oct 2007 16:19:34 -0500 John Vanderslice performs in the Current studio John Vanderslice grew up in Florida and Georgia before eventually moving to Potomac Maryland. He took piano lessons as a child, and by eighth grade he had learned to play guitar. He released three well-received albums with the band MK Ultra and in 2000 his solo debut album, Mass Suicide Occult Figurines, was recorded in his own studio, Tiny Telephone which he started in 1997. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/09/john_vanderslice?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2007 14:46:28 -0500 Imperial Teen performs in the Current studio It's been five years since San Francisco's alterna-pop rockers Imperial Teen have released a record. Evidently, that's enough time for the members of the band to have a baby, record some songs for television, pursue a career in hairstyling, and work on another music project. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/05/imperial_teen?refid=0 Sat, 06 Oct 2007 10:35:05 -0500 Oakley Hall perform in the Current studio Oakley Hall's style sticks to the core of country music's basic elements, however they've mixed less than conventional sounds into the mix, including a modified electric fiddle and a Fender electric strung up like a banjo. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/09/28/20070928_oakley_hall?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2007 00:00:00 -0500 The Aliens perform in the Current studio Various members of the Aliens have been behind some of the most popular British-indie music in the last decade. Three of the band's members were originally part of the Beta Band, including founding member Gordon Anderson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/09/26/the_aliens?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2007 16:20:11 -0500 Peter Bjorn and John perform in the Current studio With the release of their third and most successful album, Writer's Block, Peter Bjorn and John gave us the year's most popular whistle on the track Young Folks which has been called an "Indie-Rock Anthem." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/09/24/peter_bjorn_john?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2007 14:37:02 -0500 The Cinematic Orchestra performs in the Current studio The Cinematic Orchestra founder Jason Swinscoe has a background playing bass, guitar, and DJing. His head was filled with ideas and influences, such as his love of jazz bass players, rhythm sections, and film soundtracks. He put these passions together and created and sound and style all his own. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/09/21/cinematic_orchestra?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2007 14:27:49 -0500 Jamie T performs in the Current studio He's been nominated for the Mercury Prize but doesn't want music to be a competition. He makes mixed tapes and hands them out at shows. London, England's Jamie T is in town with his band The Pacemakers for a show at the 7th Street Entry. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/09/19/jamie_t?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2007 16:17:08 -0500 They Might Be Giants perform in the Current studio Brooklyn's They Might Be Giants are known for their innovative ways of connecting with their audience - from a phone answering machine to podcasts. Mark Wheat spoke with TMBG before their show at First Avenue about working on their new album, The Else, with the Dust Brothers as well as a song they wrote about First Avenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/09/17/they_might_be_giants?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2007 13:56:19 -0500 Rilo Kiley perform in the Current studio Returning for for their first full length following their individual solo projects - The Elected and The Watson Twins - Rilo Kiley is touring to support their latest album, "Under the Blacklight." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/09/14/rilo_kiley?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2007 14:52:02 -0500 VHS or Beta perform in the Current studio Craig Pfunder and Mike McGill of the Louisville, Kentucky, band VHS or Beta are touring in support of their latest album, "Bring on the Comets." They admit that their new album is a bit of a musical departure from their earlier dance-influenced albums. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/09/06/20070905_vhs_or_beta?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2007 15:25:56 -0500 The Pipettes perform in the Current studio The group from England came together in 2004 and has been called the missing link between Phil Spector and modern day popular music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/06/08/the_pipettes?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2007 16:00:03 -0500 Great Northern perform in the Current studios The music of Los Angeles-based Great Northern has been called memorably melodic, consisting of layered melodies of chimes, piano, keyboard, and both acoustic and electric guitars. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/06/07/great_northern?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2007 15:29:13 -0500 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club performs in the Current studio The seed for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club were planted back in 1995 when Robert Turner and Peter Hayes met while at high school in San Francisco. After playing in various bands, the duo finally started playing together and added the talents of drummer Nick Jago in 1998. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/05/23/brmc?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2007 13:48:55 -0500 Illinois performs live in the Current studio With a band named Illinois, you'd expect them to be from Chicago, Rockford or Springfield but that's not the case. They're actually from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The band is named after Chris Archibald's great grandfather. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/05/24/illinois?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2007 14:27:05 -0500 Gang Font performs in studio It's a band that rocks the proverbial boat with a punk-ish gait supplanted by youthful vigor. On this outing, bassist Greg Norton (Husker Du), keyboardist Craig Taborn, drummer Dave King (Bad Plus), and bassist/guitarist Eric Fratzke (Happy Apple) pursue unbalanced injections of prog-rock, topped-off with angst-ridden licks, pounding beats and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/04/18/gang_font?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2007 08:21:06 -0500 The White Rabbits perform in The Current studios The White Rabbits claim to play honky-tonk calypso. They don't really; they sound more like an indie-rock band crossed with carousel music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/04/25/white_rabbit?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2007 16:05:20 -0500 What Made Milwaukee Famous performs in studio The music of What Made Milwaukee Famous can go from loud to soft to sensitive to detached so smoothly, there's always a sense of both familiarity and surprise for the listener. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/04/25/wmmf?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2007 09:30:14 -0500 Badly Drawn Boy performs at the Fitzgerald Theater Mercury Music Prize winner Damon Gough chose his stage name from the title character in the British television show Sam and his Magic Ball. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/11/badly_drawn_boy?refid=0 Sun, 11 Mar 2007 15:20:08 -0500 Aqualung performs in studio Matt Hales has come a long way from playing in a London-based Police cover band in the late 80s. He now leads Aqualung, a project he says isn't a band, but rather the name he's decided to give the music he's been making since 2002. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/02/aqualung?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2007 13:38:04 -0600 Earl Greyhound is looking for that good situation Earl Greyhound leader Matt Whyte lays out thick guitar riffs and interweaves rich resounding singing with bassist Kamara Thomas that's described as a mesmerizing vocal movement. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/01/22/earl_greyhound?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jan 2007 19:55:23 -0600 Chooglin' hopes to follow-up great year While Chooglin' has only been around for a year, it's not as though they came out of nowhere. The members have been in the local music scene for years. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/01/19/chooglin?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jan 2007 11:57:28 -0600 The Dears stay a tight-knit group It's hard to stay grounded when you've been called " ... the Best New Band in the World," but this tight-knit group has remained true to their original blend of orchestral arrangements, narratives, and pop. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/12/08/dears?refid=0 Fri, 08 Dec 2006 14:18:45 -0600 Vietnam brings new sensibilities to old-school rock The band Vietnam is the bad boys from Brooklyn, N.Y., who play the kind of rock suggested by the unholy ternary of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. They play melodramatic, blues-like glam rock with oddly enunciated vocals and mellow guitar strums. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/12/05/vietnam2?refid=0 Wed, 06 Dec 2006 14:25:34 -0600 Dr. Dog performs in The Current studios Dr. Dog has been creating music in various incarnations in their hometown of Philadelphia for nearly six years now. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/11/29/dr_dog?refid=0 Thu, 30 Nov 2006 15:41:49 -0600 Doomtree performs in studio Doomtree is a record label. Doomtree is a rap crew. Doomtree is a family. Over the past five years, Doomtree has become one of the most highly regarded hip-hop collectives in the Midwest, thanks to their innovative recordings, explosive live shows, and tireless work ethic. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/11/28/doomtree?refid=0 Tue, 28 Nov 2006 17:07:59 -0600 Brazilian Girls perform in studio First off, no one in the band is Brazilian. Secondly, there's only one girl, lead singer Sabina Sciubba. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/11/27/brazilian_girls?refid=0 Mon, 27 Nov 2006 15:06:14 -0600 Ben Kweller performs in the Current studio Ben Kweller is an old hat when it comes to performing and hard work. He started out in his early teens with the band Radish, and while his first group had some minor successes, he has found much greater recognition for his solo work. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/10/06/ben_kweller?refid=0 Fri, 06 Oct 2006 17:13:14 -0500 Joseph Arthur performs in the Current studio Joseph Arthur usually goes it alone. On stage, he used to perform looping to fill out his sound onstage; you could think of him as more of a one-man band than a solo singer-songwriter. But this tour, he's changed everything. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/10/09/joseph_arthur?refid=0 Fri, 06 Oct 2006 16:09:21 -0500 Mew performs in studio Indie-rock band Mew has paid their dues to become one of the more successful "surreal" bands from Denmark. They've gone from sleeping in bunk beds in London to save money to winning "Album of the Year" and "Band of the Year" and the 2003 Danish Music Critics Award Show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/10/05/mew?refid=0 Thu, 05 Oct 2006 17:16:55 -0500 Amy Millan performs live in studio Amy Millan is best known for her breathy singing with the pop groups Broken Social Scene and Stars. Despite that indie-rock reputation, Millan thinks of herself as a country music girl at heart. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/09/29/amy_millan?refid=0 Fri, 29 Sep 2006 09:58:21 -0500 A band named Hem: Not bound by category Mark Wheat thinks there needs to be a new category to sum up the sound of the band Hem: prog folk. The Brooklyn-based group is sometimes a quartet and sometimes grows into a small orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/27/hem?refid=0 Wed, 27 Sep 2006 15:14:28 -0500 Hangar 18 previews its next hip-hop release Hangar 18 is a rap group consisting of Alaska, Windnbreez and paWL, who rose from the underground rap world in New York City. They unleashed their unique style of hip-hop with the release of "The Multi-Platinum Debut Album" in 2004 on Definitive Jux Records http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/09/27/hangar_18?refid=0 Wed, 27 Sep 2006 14:57:52 -0500 Tobias Froberg exports the new sound of Swedish folk There's a strong affection for folk music in Scandinavia these days. New folkies Ane Brun, Nicolai Dunger, and Jose Gonzalez have been out on tour around the U.S. this year. Now add Tobias Froberg to the list of singer-songwriters from northern Europe. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/09/25/tobias_froberg?refid=0 Mon, 25 Sep 2006 14:41:02 -0500 Of Gatsby's wonder The Great Gatsby. It's on everyone's short list of great American novels. This week at the Walker Arts Center, the theater company Elevator Repair Service brings F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel to life on stage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/20/greatgatz?refid=0 Thu, 21 Sep 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - in studio Hands down the best band name of the past five years: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. It's even better than I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/09/18/sslyby?refid=0 Mon, 18 Sep 2006 13:16:59 -0500 Bonnie "Prince" Billy performs in studio Will Oldham - aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - doesn't like sleeping with doors closed, and he doesn't like being too far from the ocean. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/08/12/bonnie_prince_billy?refid=0 Sat, 12 Aug 2006 08:54:34 -0500 The Raconteurs - Live from First Avenue People like to call them a "super group." And that's understandable considering the band is comprised of Jack White of the White Stripes and singer/songwriter Brendan Benson as well as Greenhornes bassist Jack Lawrence and drummer Patrick Keeler. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/04/the_raconteurs?refid=0 Fri, 04 Aug 2006 15:33:42 -0500 Los Amigos Invisibles perform in studio David Byrne of the Talking Heads discovered the infectious Latin dance beats of Los Amigos Invisibles after the band had moved from its native Venezuela to New York City. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/07/28/los_amigos_invisibles?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jul 2006 11:22:55 -0500 Tapes 'n Tapes perform in The Current studio To say that the Minneapolis band Tapes 'n Tapes is on the verge of something big is an understatement. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/07/21/tapes_n_tapes?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jul 2006 14:14:28 -0500 Duplomacy - in studio When a band goes from one-man to all hands, you have to hope that the spirit of the music will remain the same. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/06/duplomacy?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jul 2006 14:06:35 -0500 Small Sins - in studio Small Sins began as a solo project for multi-instrumentalist Thomas D'Arcy as a way to get back into playing the music he truly wanted to write. Originally called "The Ladies and Gentlemen" and performing in all-white suits in support of their debut album, Small Sins were signed by Astralwerks in 2005. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/06/22/small_sins?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jun 2006 14:27:23 -0500 Desdamona - in studio Iowa native Desdamona is the premier female hip-hop artist in the Twin Cities. She's also creating opportunities for many other Twin Cities artists, helping to produce the Twin Cities first-annual women in hip-hop conference called "B Girl Be Hip-Hop Summit" in 2005. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/06/21/desdamona?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jun 2006 11:30:46 -0500 The Coup - in studio The Coup draws from the rich funk and hip-hop tradition of their native Oakland to craft a catchy and soulful sound transcends the merely political. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/06/02/the_coup?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jun 2006 09:54:44 -0500 Two Gallants - in studio Two Gallants have a soft-spoken manner that belies the power of their warm, romantic Western sound: equal parts American traditional and the modern, world-weary sensibility of a new generation. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/05/25/two_gallants?refid=0 Fri, 26 May 2006 16:32:02 -0500 John Ellis - in studio Saxophonist John Ellis is a rising star in the world of jazz. He's traveled in Africa, Europe, and southeast Asia with his music and played with some of the genre's best-known names. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/17/john_ellis?refid=0 Wed, 17 May 2006 14:34:18 -0500 Aloha - in studio Though geographically challenged, the four members of the band Aloha still finds the time to collectively play music, record, and tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/05/02/aloha?refid=0 Thu, 04 May 2006 14:08:39 -0500 Archer Prewitt performs in studio Archer Prewitt was in town to perform at the 400 Bar, in support of his latest release, "Wilderness". He stopped by The Current studios for an In-Studio performance with Mark Wheat. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/02/22/archer_prewitt?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2006 09:55:46 -0600 P.O.S performs in studio P.O.S performs "De La Souls," "Paul Kersey to Jack Kimball," and "P.O.S. Is Ruining My Life" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/01/30/pos?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2006 16:28:42 -0600 Plastic Constellations perform in studio Plastic Constellations perform "Best Things," "Sancho Panza," and "Bring What You Bring" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/01/26/plastic_constellations?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2006 09:49:34 -0600 Bad Plus perform in studio The Bad Plus perform "Rhinosaurus Is My Profession," "The Empire Strikes Backwards," "Chariots of Fire" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/12/28/bad_plus?refid=0 Wed, 28 Dec 2005 10:03:06 -0600 Brother Ali performs in studio Brother Ali performs "Lookin' At Me Sideways," "Forest Whitaker," and "Rain Water" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/12/16/brother_ali?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2005 09:45:31 -0600 Blueprint performs in studio Blueprint performs "Radio Inactive," "True Vision," and "Move Back" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/11/16/blueprint?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2005 15:23:52 -0600 The Rosebuds perform in studio Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp started the Rosebuds shortly after they got married in 2001. Two EPs and two albums in hand, they dropped by the Current studios for their second appearance to talk with Mark Wheat and perform their southern-inspired pop songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/11/11/rosebuds?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2005 15:02:48 -0600 Dungen perform in studio Gustav Ejstes and Reine Fiske of Dungen (pronounced "doo-ngen") dropped by the Current studios to perform acoustic versions of their psychedilic rock songs and to chat with Mark Wheat about the connection Minnesota shares with their homeland of Sweden. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/10/07/dungen?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2005 12:31:39 -0500 M.I.A. performs in studio Maya Arulpragasam stopped by the Current studios to chat with Mark Wheat and perform her politically-inclined songs that blend elements of baile funk, dancehall, grime, and hip-hop. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/09/29/mia?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2005 12:13:13 -0500 Mark Gardener performs in studio Known for his work with early 90's British shoegazing band, Ride, he's traded in his electric guitar for an acoustic, but traces of his former band still remain in his solo work. He dropped by the Current studios to perform and talk with Mark Wheat. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/09/19/mark_gardener?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2005 10:52:48 -0500 Busdriver performs in studio Los Angeles, California-bred Regan Farquhar started performing during the "golden era" of the hip hop era on the same scene that spawned the likes of Jurassic 5. He joined Mark Wheat in the Current studios to talk about the hip hop scene back in the early '90s and to perform songs from his latest album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/08/30/busdriver?refid=0 Tue, 30 Aug 2005 10:11:23 -0500 Hothouse Flowers perform in studio Hothouse Flowers perform "Hallelujah," "Peace Tonight," and "Si DoMhano I" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/08/23/hothouse_flowers?refid=0 Tue, 23 Aug 2005 09:49:10 -0500 Love-cars perform in studio Love-cars perform "Licorice," "The Food Chain," and "How Old Are You Now?" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/07/28/lovecars?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2005 09:00:58 -0500 Golden Republic perform in our studio Ben Grimes of the Golden Republic dropped by the Current studios to talk with Mark Wheat about their successful year and perform acoustic versions of the band's songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/07/18/golden_republic?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2005 16:03:07 -0500 Esthero perform in studio Toronto-based Esthero joined Mark Wheat to perform a special acoustic performance of her soulful songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/07/15/esthero?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2005 15:43:35 -0500 Langhorne Slim performs in studio He shares the same label as Moby and the White Stripes, but he's just wants you to know he's an average guy from Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Slim joined Mark Wheat in the Current studios and performed his signature gritty Americana songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/06/15/langhorne_slim?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2005 15:18:01 -0500 The Shout Out Louds perform in studio The members of the Swedish group have known each other since they were young kids, but it's only since 2001 that they've been in a band. They joined Mark Wheat in the Current studios to perform songs from their debut record, Howl Howl Gaff Gaff. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/06/03/shout_out_louds?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2005 14:43:37 -0500 Devotchka perform in studio Blending elements of spaghetti westerns, gypsy, mariachi, and folk has lead the group to stand out amongst the recent crop of new bands. The group joined Mark Wheat to talk about their influences and perform a few songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/06/02/devotchka?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2005 14:31:54 -0500 Thievery Corporation performs in studio While Rob Garza and Eric Hilton maybe known as the Thievery Corporation, their current tour is the first time they've brought a live band with them on stage. They joined Mark Wheat in the Current studios to talk about their new album, "The Cosmic Game," and perform their signature downtempo electronic music that blends elements of bossa nova, dub, and jazz music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/05/16/thievery_corporation?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2005 14:13:58 -0500 M. Ward performs in our studio M. Ward joined Mark Wheat in the Current studios to perform songs from his latest album, Transistor Radio. It's a concept album of sorts that addresses the conglomerization of commercial radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/04/22/m_ward?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2005 16:46:14 -0500 Wedding Present perform in studio While the UK-based band has been in existence for over 20 years, it's frontman David Gedge who been there through its various incantations. The group joined Mark Wheat in the Current studios to talk about their storied career and perform songs new and old. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/04/21/wedding_present?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2005 12:20:48 -0500 Ben Lee Performs in studio Ben Lee performs "Into the Dark" and "Catch My Disease" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/04/03/ben_lee?refid=0 Sun, 03 Apr 2005 11:42:24 -0500 Jeff Hanson performs in studio Milwaukee, Wisconsin-native Jeff Hanson has been playing in a band since the age of 13, but it is only recently that he has gone the solo route. He joined Mark Wheat in the Current studios to talk about his decision to go solo and perform songs from his latest self-titled album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/04/01/jeff_hanson?refid=0 Fri, 01 Apr 2005 11:29:40 -0600 Haley Bonar performs in studio Now calling Minneapolis her home, South Dakota-raised Haley Bonar joined Mark Wheat in the Current studios to talk about her past few years out of the spotlight since the well-received release of her album, "The Size of Planets." She also performed songs from her new self-released album, "Lure the Fox." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/03/26/haley_bonar?refid=0 Sat, 26 Mar 2005 10:55:59 -0600 Jolie Holland performs in studio Known for her work with the Canadian-based folk outfit the Be Good Tanyas, you'd be suprised to know that she's also spent a lot of time in Texas and California. Jolie came in to the Current Studios to perform songs from her debut album, Escondida, as well play two new songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/02/10/jolie_holland?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2005 14:09:51 -0600