Minnesota Public Radio features by Bill DeVille http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30136 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Mon, 23 Apr 2018 04:31:29 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Bill DeVille http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Album of the Week: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, 'Tearing at the Seams' Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats have returned with the long awaited, much anticipated second album, 'Tearing at the Seams'. After three years of heavy touring, Rateliff and company are now a road tested unit, you can hear it in their sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/04/06/album-of-the-week-nathaniel-rateliff--the-night-sweats?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:00:01 -0500 Caitlyn Smith is making her dreams come true A longtime Nashville-based songwriter, Caitlyn Smith is now performing her own songs from her own album, 'Starfire.' Smith, who grew up in Minnesota, began her music career performing at the Minnesota State Fair and in Twin Cities music venues. An appearance on 'Live From Here' and an in-studio session at The Current helped bring a couple more of Smith's dreams to life. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/05/caitlyn-smith-performs-in-the-current-studio-live-music?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 11:40:00 -0600 Album of the Week: Anderson East, 'Encore' Anderson East didn't reinvent the wheel with his latest efforts on 'Encore', he just made a really good album. "This guy is the real deal," lauds Bill DeVille of the Nashvillian. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/26/album-of-the-week-anderson-east-encore?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0600 Bill DeVille's top 50 Americana albums of 2017 Bill DeVille shares his unscientific list of his 50 favorite Americana albums released in 2017 that you heard on 'United States of Americana' during the course of the past year. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/14/bill-devilles-top-50-americana-albums-of-2017?refid=0 Sun, 14 Jan 2018 04:00:00 -0600 Album of the Week: JD McPherson, 'Undivided Heart and Soul' On 'Undivided Heart and Soul', JD McPherson and his band are a well oiled machine. Recorded at Nashville's Studio B, it's certainly McPherson's most raucous album yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/08/album-of-the-week-jd-mcpherson-undivided-heart-and-soul?refid=0 Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:01 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Bill DeVille, host Host Bill DeVille shares his favorite songs and albums of 2017. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/05/top89-staff-bill-deville?refid=0 Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Alex Lahey turns in a rocking set in The Current studio Fresh off a lively show the night before at the 7th Street Entry, Alex Lahey came in early Sunday morning to The Current, where she and her bandmates turned out a rocking performance of tracks from her debut full-length album, 'I Love You Like a Brother.' Of the title track, Lahey says, 'I decided to pick three chords and pretend I was in the Ramones and give it a go!' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/27/alex-lahey-i-love-you-like-a-brother-in-studio?refid=0 Mon, 27 Nov 2017 11:50:00 -0600 Lee Ann Womack brings an East Texas vibe into The Current studio For her most recent album, 'The Lonely, The Lonesome &The Gone,' singer-songwriter Lee Ann Womack got back to her roots. "I grew up in East Texas, so I went back to East Texas to record," Womack says. Lee Ann Womack, together with guitarist Jonathan Trebing, visited The Current studio to chat with Bill DeVille and to play some songs from her new album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/29/lee-ann-womack-brings-an-east-texas-vibe-into-the-current-studio?refid=0 Sun, 29 Oct 2017 03:30:00 -0500 Listen to JD McPherson's in-studio session recorded in Nashville In mid-September, Bill DeVille was in Nashville, Tenn., for Americana Fest. While there, DeVille connected with JD McPherson at Addiction Sound Studios in Nashville, where they recorded a live in-studio session. McPherson performed songs from his new album, 'Undivided Heart and Soul,' and he talked to DeVille about his recent move to Nashville, and about all the food he enjoyed at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/19/listen-to-jd-mcphersons-instudio-session-recorded-in-nashville?refid=0 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:50:00 -0500 Iron & Wine perform in The Current's studio Iron & Wine released their sixth album of new material, <em>Beast Epic</em>, on August 25, 2017. Here's songwriter/lead vocalist Sam Beam and a full band playing "Call It Dreaming," "About A Bruise," and "Thomas County Law" in The Current's studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/16/iron-and-wine-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:30:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Iron & Wine, 'Beast Epic' With 'Beast Epic,' an organic and earthy folk album, Sam Beam aka Iron & Wine appears to be back to what he is best at. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/09/album-of-the-week-iron--wine-beast-epic?refid=0 Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:01:00 -0500 DJ Pick of the Week: Kacy & Clayton, 'The Light of Day' Bill DeVille's DJ Pick of the Week comes from Saskatchewan's Kacy & Clayton, "The Light of Day" from their latest record 'The Siren's Song' out on New West Records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/09/27/dj-pick-of-the-week-kacy--clayton-the-light-of-day?refid=0 Mon, 02 Oct 2017 10:00:00 -0500 Bill DeVille's five favorite finds from Americana Fest 2017 Bill DeVille recently attended the 2017 Americana Music Conference and Festival in Nashville, Tenn., and he's back with a new finds and favorites from this year's fest. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/09/24/bill-devilles-five-favorite-finds-from-americana-fest-2017?refid=0 Sun, 24 Sep 2017 02:00:00 -0500 Avett Brothers documentary gives fans 'incredible access' to the band On Tuesday, Sept. 12, for one night only, 'May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers,' a documentary by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio, will screen in theaters nationwide. The Current's Lindsay Kimball and Bill DeVille viewed the film, and they share their thoughts about it. 'It's an incredible opportunity to see into the Avett Brothers, their songwriting, their careers and their dynamics,' Kimball says. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/09/11/avett-brothers-documentary-may-it-last-a-portrait-review?refid=0 Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:20:00 -0500 Album of the Week: The War On Drugs, 'A Deeper Understanding' Rock and roll has been around for 60 some years, and the War on Drugs still manage to sound fresh. As we click into autumn mode soon, this might be the album to put on and get lost in its epic beauty. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/08/25/album-of-the-week-the-war-on-drugs-a-deeper-understanding?refid=0 Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0500 Bill DeVille's 2017 Minnesota State Fair music roundup The 2017 Minnesota State Fair is underway, and it's a tradition for Bill DeVille to provide a rundown of some music picks at the Grandstand and at the many free stages around the fairgrounds, including the MPR booth. In looking at the 2017 State Fair lineup, DeVille calls it 'a banner year' for music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/08/24/bill-devilles-minnesota-state-fair-music-roundup?refid=0 Thu, 24 Aug 2017 17:30:00 -0500 DJ Pick of the Week: King Leg, 'Great Outdoors' The artist who calls himself King Leg is originally from Nebraska but has moved to Los Angeles to pursue his musical dreams -- and they just might come true. Bill DeVille's DJ Pick of the Week is 'Great Outdoors,' the lead single from King Leg's forthcoming album http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/08/11/dj-pick-of-the-week-king-leg-great-outdoors?refid=0 Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:20:00 -0500 Mary Lucia: Remembering Caleb Palmiter Mary Lucia and Bill DeVille remember the late Caleb Palmiter, an influential local musician who was a founding member of the Jayhawks and a member of numerous bands, including the Magnolias, the Mighty Mofos, Curtiss A, Bash & Pop, and many others. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/18/mary-lucia-remembering-caleb-palmiter?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:40:00 -0500 Chicano Batman embrace their inner superheroes The word 'Chicano' has become a source of pride for many Latinos in the United States, including the members of Chicano Batman. 'Chicano Batman just means it's something that empowers yourself,' says frontman Bardo Martinez. 'It allows us to put on our uniform and get out there and be ourselves.' After playing a sold-out show at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Chicano Batman stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/10/chicano-batman-embrace-their-inner-superheroes?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:15:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Fleet Foxes, 'Crack-Up' Fleet Foxes' long awaited, much anticipated third album is their first in six years and is their most ambitious album to date. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/06/album-of-the-week-fleet-foxes-crackup?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0500 Justin Townes Earle sings about the things beyond our control Justin Townes Earle's new album, 'Kids in the Street,' looks at those things in life we cannot control, like the gentrification he's seen in the Nashville where he grew up. 'But it was something that required less venom, less of the bitter, more of the sweet, which takes a long time to see in that situation,' Earle says. Justin Townes Earle visited The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/28/justin-townes-earle-sings-about-the-things-beyond-our-control?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0500 DJ Pick of the Week: Justin Townes Earle, 'Maybe a Moment' For the week of June 12, Bill DeVille has chosen Justin Townes Earle's sweet and catchy song, 'Maybe a Moment.' DeVille hears a hint or two of Bruce Springsteen in this track. 'Justin Townes Earle sings about a small town where nothing happens,' DeVille writes, 'so why not hop in the car and drive to Memphis?' Listen to this week's DJ Pick. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/12/dj-pick-of-the-week-justin-townes-earle-maybe-a-moment?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:20:00 -0500 Justin Townes Earle's new album looks back on being 'Kids In The Street' After the release of his seventh album, 'Kids In The Street,' Justin Townes Earle stopped by The Current to play some songs off the new record and talk about his hometown during an in-studio session hosted by Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/28/justin-townes-earle-looks-back-on-being-kids-in-the-street?refid=0 Sun, 28 May 2017 08:00:00 -0500 Low Cut Connie keep the swagger in rock 'n' roll Philadelphia's Low Cut Connie embody the joy and free-wheeling spirit of a brand of rock 'n' roll that traces itself back to Chuck Berry. In a recent in-studio session hosted by The Current's Bill DeVille, Low Cut Connie show they not only embody the spirit of rock 'n' roll, they just might be the saviors of it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/27/low-cut-connie-keep-the-swagger-in-rock-n-roll?refid=0 Sat, 27 May 2017 12:45:00 -0500 The guys from White Reaper just want to rock Founded by a group of friends from Louisville, Ky., White Reaper ply their trade with a tried-and-true take on classic rock. 'There's always going to be a place for rock 'n' roll,' says guitarist Hunter Thompson. White Reaper stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/02/the-guys-from-white-reaper-just-want-to-rock?refid=0 Tue, 02 May 2017 12:15:00 -0500 Rock and Roll Book Club: John Prine's 'Beyond Words' It's safe to say you'll find John Prine's first-ever songbook, 'Beyond Words,' more entertaining than a dog bite. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/25/john-prine-beyond-words?refid=0 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:45:00 -0500 DJ Pick of the Week: Marty Stuart, 'Time Don't Wait' Bill DeVille has the DJ Pick of the Week for April 10, and he's selected 'Time Don't Wait' off Marty Stuart's latest album, 'Way Out West.' The song features the Byrds-like jangly guitar, a sound Stuart is unabashedly fond of. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/10/dj-pick-of-the-week-marty-stuart-time-dont-wait?refid=0 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:50:00 -0500 Marty Stuart writes 'a love letter to the American West' 'Way Out West' is the new album from Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, which Stuart describes as a 'psychedelic, twang-ified journey through the Mojave Desert.' Ahead of Stuart's show at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, The Current's Bill DeVille connected with Stuart by phone to talk about the new album and also about Johnny Cash, Lester Flatt, and the Nashville mystique. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/09/marty-stuart-writes-a-love-letter-to-the-american-west?refid=0 Sun, 09 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Conor Oberst, 'Salutations' Conor Oberst's eighth solo studio album is a kind of companion piece to last year's effort, 'Ruminations.' Plugged in and fleshed out with a full band made up of Oberst's friends gives 'Salutations' a loose and fun feel that DJ Bill DeVille likens to Bob Dylan and the Band's Big Pink sessions. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/03/album-of-the-week-conor-oberst-salutations?refid=0 Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Rock and Roll Book Club: Robbie Robertson's 'Testimony' Bill DeVille writes about a memoir by the guitarist in one of the most definitive Americana bands - most of whose members happened to be Canadian. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/21/robbie-robertson-testimony?refid=0 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:45:00 -0500 'Highway Queen' Nikki Lane makes a stop at The Current Halfway through a very busy tour for her album, 'Highway Queen,' Nikki Lane stopped at The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Bill DeVille. Lane plays three songs from the album and talks a bit about being called the First Lady of Outlaw Country. 'I think in general, musical cannot be described in words, especially in one word,' Lane says, 'but I am kind of outlaw and I am kind of Americana, and I think a lot of other people are too that don't sound just like Waylon Jennings.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/15/highway-queen-nikki-lane-makes-a-stop-at-the-current?refid=0 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:15:00 -0500 Things are going right for Those Pretty Wrongs In town to play a show at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, Jody Stephens and Luther Russell, aka Those Pretty Wrongs, stopped by The Current to chat with Bill DeVille and to play a song from their self-titled album. Stephens, formerly of Big Star, and Russell, formerly of the Freewheelers, talk about their longtime friendship and how playing at Nashville venue The Basement has opened many doors for them. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/27/things-are-going-right-for-those-pretty-wrongs?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:50:00 -0600 DJ Pick of the Week: Bill DeVille - Tinariwen, 'Sastanaqqam' Bill DeVille says he can't get enough of the 'desert blues' sound of Saharan musicians Tinariwen. For his DJ Pick of the Week, DeVille chose 'Sastanaqqam' from the band's new album, 'Elwan.' DeVille says he can't get enough of Tinariwen's 'swirling guitars and hypnotic rhythms.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/20/dj-pick-of-the-week-bill-deville-tinariwen-sastanaqqam?refid=0 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:45:00 -0600 DJ Pick of the Week: Bill DeVille - Hurray For The Riff Raff, 'Rican Beach' Hurray For The Riff Raff's next album, 'The Navigator,' is expected on March 10, 2017. Its lead single, 'Rican Beach,' sounds nothing like anything the band have recorded before. 'Rican Beach' is Bill DeVille's DJ Pick of the Week for Jan. 2, 2017. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/02/dj-pick-of-the-week-bill-deville--hurray-for-the-riff-raff-rican-beach?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jan 2017 09:45:00 -0600 Album of the Week: Kacey Musgraves, 'A Very Kacey Christmas' 'You know when an artist has arrived when they make a Christmas album,' writes Bill DeVille. 'Rising country and Americana star Kacey Musgraves just released hers; it's called, 'A Very Kacey Christmas,' and it just might be *the* holiday album this season.' Read DeVille's complete review and listen to tracks from 'A Very Kacey Christmas,' our Album of the Week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/19/album-of-the-week-kacey-musgraves-a-very-kacey-christmas?refid=0 Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Bill DeVille, host The Current's Bill DeVille shares his top songs of 2016. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/06/top89-staff-picks-bill-deville?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600 Alejandro Escovedo performs in The Current studio Alejandro Escovedo is a true survivor; not only has he enjoyed 40 years in the music business, he's had some very close calls with death, including surviving a category four hurricane. 'I appreciate everything now more than ever,' Escovedo says. Touring in support of his latest album, 'Burn Something Beautiful,' Escovedo and his band stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/20/alejandro-escovedo-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Sun, 20 Nov 2016 06:00:00 -0600 DJ Pick of the Week: Bill DeVille, The Frightnrs, 'Nothing More To Say' The Current's DJ Pick of the Week is a new offering in which The Current's hosts take turns talking about a tune that's recently captured their attention. Bill DeVille begins this new series with a tune by New York ska band, The Frightnrs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/07/dj-pick-of-the-week-bill-deville-the-frightnrs-nothing-more-to-say?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2016 09:50:00 -0600 Tommy Stinson: 'It feels good to do my own thing' Tommy Stinson entered the music industry as the bassist for the Replacements. He's gone on to work with Guns 'n Roses and other artists, but now, Stinson is focusing on his own music, with his duo Cowboys in the Campfire and with the rebooted Bash & Pop. 'It just feels good to be able to do my own thing,' Stinson tells The Current's Bill DeVille. Listen to the complete interview. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/02/tommy-stinson-it-feels-good-to-do-my-own-thing?refid=0 Wed, 02 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Conor Oberst, 'Ruminations' There is something about the human voice and simple accompaniment in its unadorned form with no electronic enhancements, and it works particularly well on Conor Oberst's solo album, 'Ruminations,' a poetic batch of songs that appear to focus on the darker and more fragile side of the human condition. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/17/album-of-the-week-conor-oberst-ruminations?refid=0 Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Seratones perform in The Current studio Shreveport, La., band Seratones were signed to Fat Possum Records in 2015, and released their debut album, 'Get Gone', in May 2016. They've been touring heavily since then. 'You're constantly riding in and out of an adrenalin rush,' says frontperson AJ Haynes. 'It's kind of addictive, actually!' Before a show at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Minn., Seratones stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/10/seratones-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:15:00 -0500 Conor Oberst performs in The Current studio Conor Oberst says he doesn't really like surprises, but his next album, 'Ruminations,' came about somewhat surprisingly. One of the heads at Oberst's label 'just really liked the recording and he suggested that we just put it out,' Oberst recalls. 'I thought it was an interesting idea.' Oberst visits The Current's studio to play songs from the new album and to chat with host Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/09/conor-oberst-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Sun, 09 Oct 2016 11:45:00 -0500 Shovels & Rope perform in The Current studio On their latest album, 'Little Seeds,' Shovels & Rope continue to stretch creatively. 'We're always kind of morphing and doing things a little bit different to stretch our legs,' says Michael Trent, co-frontperson with Cary Ann Hearst. Listen to Shovels & Rope's complete in-studio session, hosted by Bill DeVille on 'United States of Americana.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/09/shovels-and-rope-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Sun, 09 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0500 Bill DeVille's 2016 Americana Fest roundup The Current's Bill DeVille was recently in Nashville, Tenn., to attend the Americana Festival, held by the Americana Music Association. Bill shares some photos and impressions from the many performances he got to take in during a whirlwind visit to Music City. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/28/bill-devilles-americana-fest-2016-roundup?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:20:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Wilco, 'Schmilco' Wilco have become as unpredictable as Neil Young; you never know what's next musically. On their latest album, 'Schmilco', Wilco bring a spare, almost 'unplugged' set of songs. Wilco have been a steady unit for more than a decade, and they are firing on all cylinders. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/05/album-of-the-week-wilco-schmilco?refid=0 Mon, 05 Sep 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Bill DeVille's 2016 State Fair Music Preview The Current's Bill DeVille is a big fan of the Minnesota State Fair, particularly the live music available on the various stages throughout the fairgrounds. Bill recently had a look at the daily rundown of acts around the State Fair, and he's picked some artists you may want to check out during your visit to this year's Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/23/bill-devilles-2016-state-fair-music-preview?refid=0 Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:20:00 -0500 The Staves perform in the Forum at The Current Sisters Emily, Camilla and Jessica Staveley-Taylor may be from Watford, England, but they spent enough time in the Upper Midwest to nearly be considered local. Between performing at the Winnipeg Folk Festival and recording at Justin Vernon's April Base Studio in western Wisconsin, the Staves stopped in to the Forum at MPR for a performance before a live audience, hosted by Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/29/the-staves-perform-in-the-forum-at-the-current?refid=0 Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:45:00 -0500 Frankie Lee performs in The Current studio Ahead of his 'American Dreamer' release show at the Turf Club, Frankie Lee and company stopped by The Current to perform live in-studio and to chat with host Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/12/frankie-lee-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:50:00 -0500 The Cure thoroughly entertain at Xcel Energy Center The Current's Bill DeVille attended The Cure's Tuesday-night concert at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. 'The show clocked in at a Springsteen-like number of just over three hours in length,' DeVille writes, 'and frontman Robert Smith sounded amazing the whole night.' Read Bill DeVille's complete review of the show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/08/the-cure-thoroughly-entertain-at-xcel-energy-center?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2016 15:50:00 -0500 Album of the Week: The Jayhawks, 'Paging Mr. Proust' The Jayhawks' new album features the band's signature sunny melodies and their trademark harmonies, but it also breaks new ground by adventuring into new sounds. With 'Paging Mr. Proust,' the Jayhawks look to the future without forgetting their past. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/23/album-of-the-week-the-jayhawks-paging-mr-proust?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 -0500 The James Hunter Six perform in The Current studio The James Hunter Six's latest album, 'Hold On!,' was released in February 2016 on Daptone Records. Between gigs during a two-night stand at the Dakota in Minneapolis, the James Hunter Six visited The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille. Hunter is known for his soulful vocals and effects-free guitar playing; he even teases that he doesn't use a tuner. 'Tuning? That's for jazzers, that is!' Hunter jokes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/16/the-james-hunter-six-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2016 14:50:00 -0500 Bully perform in The Current studio Ahead of two sold out shows at First Avenue opening for Courtney Barnett, Bully stopped by The Current to perform in-studio and to chat with host Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/26/bully-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:30:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Ray LaMontagne, 'Ouroboros' From its very first song, Ray LaMontagne lets us know 'Ouroboros' is a different sort of outing. Stepping away from the easy-breezy folk music he's been known for, LaMontagne gives us a dreamy psychedelic album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/11/album-of-the-week-ray-lamontagne-ouroboros?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Sunflower Bean perform in The Current studio Sunflower Bean have been touring in support of their full-length debut album 'Human Ceremony', which came out in February of 2016. This week, they stopped by The Current's studio to chat with Bill DeVille ahead of their show at the 7th St Entry. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/06/sunflower-bean-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2016 13:50:00 -0500 Phil Cook performs in The Current studio Growing up in northern Wisconsin, one of Phil Cook's biggest influences was Bruce Hornsby. 'He was somebody who was playing and he could really sing and he had all this talent and was writing songs,' Cook says. 'The dude changed my life.' Cook now lives in North Carolina, and he stopped at The Current to play some songs off his new album, 'Southland Mission.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/03/phil-cook-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Sun, 03 Apr 2016 05:00:00 -0500 Lake Street Dive perform in The Current studio Lake Street Dive's new album, 'Side Pony', was produced by Dave Cobb, a producer whose work in the Americana genre has earned acclaim. Lake Street Dive aren't necessarily Americana artists, but that didn't matter. 'We don't really of a good job at defining ourselves by a specific genre,' says Lake Street Dive's Rachael Price, 'which is just maybe something that isn't necessary to do at all.' Listen to the complete in-studio session, hosted by Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/13/lake-street-dive-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Sun, 13 Mar 2016 05:30:00 -0500 Jason Isbell performs in The Current studio Just one week out from his double Grammy win and set to play a sold-out show at Northrop in Minneapolis, Jason Isbell stopped by The Current's studio along with Amanda Shires and Sadler Vaden. The three performed a set of four songs and chatted with host Bill DeVille. 'I love the studio and I love the station,' Isbell says during his visit. 'We always appreciate it.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/28/jason-isbell-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Sun, 28 Feb 2016 06:00:00 -0600 The Cactus Blossoms perform in The Current studio With their debut full-length album, 'You're Dreaming,' now released, the Cactus Blossoms are ready to take the show on the road. They'll soon be shuffling off to Milwaukee to begin a tour, but not before they stopped in to The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille. 'We're just happy that the album is out,' the Cactus Blossoms' Page Burkum says. Listen to the complete in-studio session. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/13/the-cactus-blossoms-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Sat, 13 Feb 2016 10:30:00 -0600 Martin Courtney embraces the collaborative solo approach Martin Courtney's new album, 'Many Moons,' came about through collaboration but was dubbed a solo project for lack of a better band name. 'It's definitely a group effort,' Courtney says, 'but it's really hard to come up with a good band name.' Courtney has no trouble writing good songs, though; listen to some of them in this session hosted by Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/08/martin-courtney-embraces-the-collaborative-solo-album?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:20:00 -0600 Album of the Week: Lucinda Williams, 'The Ghosts of Highway 20' Lucinda Williams' second double album in less than two years is inspired by a 190-mile stretch of road near the place in Louisiana where she grew up. If GQ magazine recently called Jason Isbell the King of Americana, perhaps Lucinda Williams is its reigning queen. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/08/album-of-the-week-lucinda-williams-the-ghosts-of-highway-20?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2016 00:01:00 -0600 Sonny Knight and the Lakers team up with James Brown's band members Jabo Starks and Fred Wesley On the suggestion of their booking manager, Sonny Knight and the Lakers have been collaborating on some shows with Jabo Starks and Fred Wesley, the drummer and trombone player, respectively, from James Brown's band. 'James Brown has always been an inspiration to me,' Knight says. 'And these guys lay down the funk so well, it just makes it right.' The entire ensemble visited The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/05/sonny-knight-and-the-lakers-team-up-with-james-brown-band-members-jabo-starks-and-fred-?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jan 2016 11:50:00 -0600 Album of the Week: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, 'It's a Holiday Soul Party' With new tunes and new takes on the classics, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' new seasonal collection brings a little funk, soul and joy to the holidays. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/21/album-of-the-week-sharon-jones-and-the-dap-kings-its-a-holiday-soul-party?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:01:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Bill DeVille, host The Current's host Bill DeVille shares his top songs and albums of 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/01/top-89-staff-picks-bill-deville?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:50:00 -0600 Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze performs at The Current In town for two sold-out shows at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze plays a solo acoustic set of tunes by his long-standing band, who recently released the album 'Cradle to the Grave,' songs written for the BBC television program of the same name. 'For us, what a great scenario to write for,' Tilbrook says. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/24/glenn-tilbrook-of-squeeze-performs-at-the-current?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:20:00 -0600 Album of the Week: Glen Hansard, 'Didn't He Ramble' Although he could probably walk away from music after the success of 'Once,' Glen Hansard obviously enjoys making music. And on his second solo album, 'Didn't He Ramble,' Hansard shows that he is just plain good at it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/16/album-of-the-week-glen-hansard-didnt-he-ramble?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0600 Leon Bridges explains his ties to the Mississippi River Ahead of his long sold out show at First Avenue, Leon Bridges stopped by The Current to chat with host Bill DeVille about his debut album <em>Coming Home</em> and what's in store for the Fort Worth, Texas-based musician. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/28/interview-leon-bridges?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:24:45 -0500 Craig Finn allows himself to be more vulnerable A New Yorker now for 15 years, Craig Finn's recent solo album, 'Faith in the Future', contains only one Twin Cities reference, but it allows him to put more of himself in the music. 'My day-to-day life is not as exciting as a Hold Steady song,' Finn says. '[The solo record] allows me to be more vulnerable.' Visiting The Current, Finn plays a solo acoustic session hosted by Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/25/craig-finn-allows-himself-to-be-more-vulnerable?refid=0 Sun, 25 Oct 2015 16:20:00 -0500 Blitzen Trapper describe selling albums in a singles market 'People just download one or two songs rather than listening to an entire album,' laments Blitzen Trapper's Eric Menteer. Nevertheless, the Portland, Ore., outfit have persevered for 15 years and counting. Blitzen Trapper share their thoughts on the state of the music industry and play songs from their latest album, 'All Across This Land,' during a recent visit with The Current's Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/12/blitzen-trapper-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2015 16:50:00 -0500 Fraser A. Gorman draws comparisons to Bob Dylan Ever since he was 14 years old, Fraser A. Gorman has often heard he looks like Bob Dylan. 'If I had a dollar for every time,' Gorman says, 'damn, I'd have like, a thousand bucks.' Ten years on, Gorman sounds a bit like Dylan, too. He stopped by The Current's studio for a chat with Bill DeVille ahead of Gorman's show at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/11/fraser-a-gorman-performs-at-the-current?refid=0 Sun, 11 Oct 2015 14:50:00 -0500 Big Star's Third perform in The Current studio Ahead of their gig on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Big Star's Third stopped in to The Current's studio for a live session hosted by Bill DeVille. The musical collective perform tracks from Big Star's legendary 'Third' album, and DeVille chats with Ken Stringfellow and Big Star original member Jody Stephens. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/30/big-star-s-third-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2015 14:50:00 -0500 Interview: Dan Bejar of Destroyer Ahead of his show at the Fine Line Music Cafe with Destroyer, Dan Bejar sat down for a chat with host Bill DeVille about his new album <em>Poison Season</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/25/interview-dan-bejar-destroyer?refid=0 Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:34:03 -0500 Ibeyi perform in The Current studio As daughters of Buena Vista Social Club percussionist Anga Diaz, the sisters of Franco-Cuban duo Ibeyi have a rich musical pedigree, but they didn't really expect to be musicians until producer Richard Russell invited them to record. "That was a life-changing experience,' the sisters agree. Meet Ibeyi by hearing their songs and their interview with The Current's Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/22/ibeyi-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2015 14:50:00 -0500 Bill DeVille and Jim McGuinn at the Americana Music Festival The 2015 Americana Music Festival and Conference spans Sept. 16 to 20 in Nashville. The Current's Bill DeVille and Jim McGuinn attended the conference. See what they saw with a social-media roundup from their days and nights of music meet-ups and shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/19/bill-deville-and-jim-mcguinn-at-the-americana-music-festival?refid=0 Sat, 19 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Interview: Dan Auerbach of the Arcs Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys teamed up with his recording buddies to form a new collaboration called the Arcs, and he sat down with host Bill DeVille to chat about their debut album <em>Yours, Dreamily</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/18/interview-dan-auerbach-of-the-arcs?refid=0 Fri, 18 Sep 2015 14:50:00 -0500 Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal The Eagles of Death Metal frontman stopped in for a chat with The Current's Bill DeVille and a portrait session with Nate Ryan. Although Hughes didn't set out to be a rock musician, he was encouraged to pursue music by his longtime friend Josh Homme. 'This is the coolest job in the world,' Hughes says. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/10/jesse-hughes-of-eagles-of-death-metal?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 16:20:00 -0500 Ben Folds performs in-studio Anticipating the release of <em>So There</em>, his new collaborative album, Ben Folds joined Bill DeVille for a chat and in-studio performance with the yMusic Ensemble. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/10/ben-folds-performs-in-studio?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2015 15:12:08 -0500 The Cactus Blossoms perform live at the Minnesota State Fair Minnesota-based brother duo the Cactus Blossoms joined Bill DeVille for a live performance from the MPR booth on the corner of Judson and Nelson at the Minnesota State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/08/the-cactus-blossoms-perform-live-at-the-minnesota-state-fair?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2015 10:20:13 -0500 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: Jon Bream's 'Dylan: Disc By Disc' This month's pick for The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club is a new collection of conversations about Bob Dylan, curated by longtime local music writer Jon Bream. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/03/jon-bream-bob-dylan-disc-by-disc?refid=0 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:00:00 -0500 Bill DeVille's 2015 State Fair Music Preview The Current's Bill DeVille is a big fan of the Minnesota State Fair, particularly the live music available on the various stages throughout the fairgrounds. Bill recently had a look at the daily rundown of acts around the State Fair, and he's picked some artists you may want to check out during your visit to the Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/26/bill-devilles-2015-state-fair-music-preview?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:50:00 -0500 SOAK performs in The Current studio Bridie Monds-Watson -- known by her stage name, SOAK -- didn't consciously set out to be a singer-songwriter. 'I always wanted to play drums,' she says. 'It was just whenever I felt confident on guitar and new enough chords, I started singing along to what I was playing.' Now touring in support of her debut album, 'Before We Forgot How to Dream,' Monds-Watson played an in-studio session at The Current, hosted by Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/04/soak-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Tue, 04 Aug 2015 15:20:00 -0500 Dawes perform in The Current studio In town to play a show at the Cabooze Plaza in Minneapolis, Dawes -- Taylor Goldsmith, Wylie Gelber, Griffin Goldsmith, Tay Strathairn and recent addition Duane Betts -- stopped by The Current's studio to play some songs off the new album and to chat with Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/14/dawes-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:20:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Tame Impala, 'Currents' Tame Impala display great agility on their third album, 'Currents,' offering up psychedelic music that's not only trippy and dreamy, but also easy to dance to. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/13/album-of-the-week-tame-impala-currents?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Best Coast perform in The Current studio Now signed to Harvest Records, there's something Best Coast have noticed after releasing their third album, 'California Nights'. 'It feels like a more confident version of Best Coast,' says frontwoman Bethany Cosentino. Best Coast visited The Current for an in-studio session to play some songs and talk about the new record. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/08/best-coast-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jun 2015 15:20:00 -0500 The DMA's perform in The Current studio The DMA's stopped by The Current to record an in-studio session after a show in First Avenue's 7th St. Entry and to chat with host Bill DeVille about their self-titled debut EP that recently released. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/01/the-dma-s-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:50:00 -0500 Musicheads Essential Artists: Chuck Berry Each day during Minnesota Public Radio's Spring Member Drive, The Current will highlight a different artist who has made a significant contribution to the music world and a lasting impression on the music we listen to today. We call them Musicheads Essential Artists, and today we're highlighting Chuck Berry. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/15/musicheads-essential-artists-chuck-berry?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 2015 05:50:00 -0500 Dave Wakeling on ska, soccer and syndication Dave Wakeling of the English Beat dropped by The Current's studio for a live chat with Bill DeVille. Wakeling described how he first discovered ska in the soccer stadiums of England, and he likens the changes in his band's lineup to putting together a good soccer team as he grows the sound of the English Beat as a global franchise. Wakeling also plays an impromptu acoustic version of 'Save it for Later'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/06/dave-wakeling-on-ska-soccer-and-syndication?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2015 14:50:00 -0500 Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard performs in The Current studio Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard stopped by The Current to record a stripped-down session before a sold out show at Northrop in support of their new album, <em>Kintsugi</em>, a nod to the Japanese technique of repairing broken ceramics with gold. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/05/death-cab-for-cutie-ben-gibbard-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2015 16:50:00 -0500 Lord Huron perform in The Current studio After decompressing in his home state of Michigan, Ben Schneider convinced his childhood bandmates to move to Los Angeles to record music. Together they are Lord Huron. The band stopped by The Current studio to perform live in-studio before a sold out show in First Avenue's mainroom. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/27/lord-huron-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:20:00 -0500 Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield perform live in The Current studio Ahead of a gig at St. Paul's Fitzgerald Theater, Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield stopped by The Current studio to chat with host Bill DeVille and to perform tracks off their Elliott Smith covers album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/23/seth-avett-jessica-lea-mayfield-perform-live-in-studio?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:00:00 -0500 Saturday's Honey Do: Songs about Time As we prepare to "spring ahead" into Daylight Saving Time, Bill DeVille and Mac Wilson are spinning tunes about time for Saturday's Honey Do. Taking a tip from the 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs about time do you want to hear? Make your request, and be sure to listen to Bill and Mac on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/07/saturday-s-honey-do-songs-about-time?refid=0 Sat, 07 Mar 2015 08:50:00 -0600 Punch Brothers perform in The Current studio On tour supporting their new album, 'The Phosphorescent Blues', Punch Brothers stopped in to The Current to play some songs and to chat with Bill DeVille. Somewhat inadvertently, the album turned out to have a lot to say about smartphone technology. 'It's just trying to recognize that [the smartphone] has changed everything, and we have to figure out a way to make it work for us and not the other way around,' says lead singer and mandolin player Chris Thile. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/02/punch-brothers-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:50:00 -0600 Album Review: Brandi Carlile, 'The Firewatcher's Daughter' Brandi Carlile, along with her musical collaborators Tim and Phil Hanseroth, have released what might be Brandi's most rockin' album to date. Read Bill DeVille's review. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/02/album-review-brandi-carlile-the-firewatchers-daughter?refid=0 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:01:00 -0600 #Current10 Memories: Bill DeVille As part of our #Current10 celebrations, many of the staff at The Current are sharing their favorite memories. DJ Bill DeVille shares some of his favorite recollections, noting one of them "is just doing a live radio every weekend. I never take it for granted." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/17/current10-memories-bill-deville?refid=0 Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00:05:00 -0600 Shakey Graves talks suitcase drums and coffee-fueled songwriting It was bright and early to come in to see Bill DeVille in The Current's studio, but Shakey Graves was happy to do it. On only his second time in the Twin Cities, Graves had sold out the Cedar Cultural Center the night before. "I had so much fun," Graves says. "It was a really wonderful crowd." Graves chatted with DeVille and even performed an on-the-fly, standup version of the song, "Call It Heaven." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/08/shakey-graves-talks-suitcase-drums-and-coffeefueled-songwriting?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 2014 14:40:00 -0600 Remembering Ian McLagan: Ten great songs Yesterday we were saddened to learn of the death of multitalented music great Ian McLagan at age 69. In memory and tribute, Bill DeVille presents ten songs featuring McLagan. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/04/ian-mclagan-ten-songs?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2014 11:00:00 -0600 The Chart Show: Jenny Lewis scores 'Song One,' gets a big boost alt-J hits #1 on this week's Chart with "Left Hand Free"; locals Lizzo and Caroline Smith have reached the Chart Show Hall of Fame promise land; and Jenny Lewis climbs 11 spots to #8 with "She's Not Me." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/03/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 20:50:00 -0600 Album Review: The New Basement Tapes, 'Lost On the River' T-Bone Burnett received a gift from Bob Dylan, out of the blue: a scrapbook of lyrics written forty-something years ago but never set to music. Burnett assembled a supergroup of artists and recorded the tunes at Capitol Records in Hollywood, and the resulting album largely succeeds. Even Bob Dylan's cast-off ideas make really good songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/01/album-review-the-new-basement-tapes-lost-on-the-river?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Bill DeVille, host Host Bill DeVille shares his top singles, albums and Americana releases of 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/01/top-89-bill-deville?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Mike Doughty performs in The Current studio Mike Doughty is playing back-to-back shows at the Dakota in Minneapolis tonight, prompting The Current's Bill DeVille to ask him if such a gig is difficult. "Not really," Doughty says. "I prefer to be playing music than not playing music." Doughty stopped in to The Current's studio to chat with DeVille and to play a few tunes before the doubleheader. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/22/mike-doughty-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:30:00 -0600 The Barr Brothers perform in The Current studio "We're from Montreal, but this is our first snow of the year," says Brad Barr, gazing out the window of The Current's Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser studio. Although based in Montreal, The Barr Brothers draw from a world of influences. Before their gig at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, the Barr Brothers stopped at The Current for a live session hosted by Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/15/the-barr-brothers-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:30:00 -0600 Israel Nash performs live in The Current studio In town to play <em>United States of Americana</em>'s fifth birthday bash, Israel Nash and company stopped by The Current to perform in our studio and to chat with host Bill DeVille before their gig at the Turf Club. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/06/israel-nash-performs-live-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2014 16:50:00 -0600 Five unforgettable 'United States of Americana' moments As the show celebrates its fifth birthday, 'United States of Americana' host Bill DeVille shares his top five in-studio memories so far, plus another highlight from the popular Sunday-morning roots-music program. Do you remember these? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/06/five-unforgettable-united-states-of-americana-moments?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2014 16:40:00 -0600 The long road to 'United States of Americana' Bill DeVille's Sunday-morning Americana program went on the air in 2009, but it turns out the show had been percolating for at least 20 years before then. Bill shares the story as 'US of A' celebrates five years on the air. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/04/the-long-road-to-united-states-of-americana?refid=0 Tue, 04 Nov 2014 11:20:00 -0600 Reigning Sound perform in The Current studio After moving to North Carolina from Tennessee, Greg Cartwright heard a slang term for his new state and was inspired. "Man, I've gotta find some way to put that in a song," he declared. The result is the first track on Reigning Sound's album, 'Shattered'. Hear the story of "North Cackalacky Girl" and more, as Reigning Sound visit Bill DeVille in The Current studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/30/reigning-sound-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:50:00 -0500 The Chart Show: Lizzo and Caroline Smith on top, Hozier and Sylvan Esso inducted to Hall of Fame It's a big week for the ladies on the Chart Show this week! Lizzo and Caroline Smith's salute to women "Let 'Em Say" continues to dominate and hits number one for the second time. Lizzo's career is still on fire with her recent appearance on the <em>Late Show with David Letterman</em>! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/29/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:50:00 -0500 Angus & Julia Stone perform live in The Current studio Ahead of their sold out gig at the Cedar Cultural Center, Angus & Julia Stone stopped by The Current studio to record a session with their full touring band and to chat with host Bill DeVille about their new self-titled album, what it was like working with producer Rick Rubin and, yup, Vegemite. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/20/angus-and-julia-stone-perform-live-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:50:00 -0500 The Kooks perform live in The Current studio On tour supporting their new album, 'Listen', the Kooks were in town on Saturday, Oct. 4, to play a show at First Avenue in Minneapolis. Earlier in the day, they stopped by The Current studio to play some songs off the new album and to chat with Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/06/the-kooks-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2014 13:50:00 -0500 Bill DeVille's social-media rewind: Americana Music Festival & Conference From Sept. 17 to 21, The Current's Bill DeVille was in Nashville, Tenn., attending the 2014 Americana Music Festival and Conference. Get a sense of the experience through this collection of Bill's Tweets and Facebook posts. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/01/bill-deville-s-americana-music-conference-socialmedia-rewind?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:20:00 -0500 Album Review: Lucinda Williams, 'Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone' For her first album in four years, Lucinda Williams pulled out all the stops. 'Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone' is a sprawling collection featuring 20 songs, almost all written by Lucinda herself. She is one of the great songwriters of our time and an Americana legend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/29/album-review-lucinda-williams-down-where-the-spirit-meets-the-bone?refid=0 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0500 JD McPherson performs in The Current studio In town to play a couple of gigs at the Turf Club in St. Paul, JD McPherson and his band stop by The Current's studio to chat with Bill DeVille and to play some tunes they're currently road-testing in the run-up to the release of their next album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/14/jd-mcpherson-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Sun, 14 Sep 2014 07:50:00 -0500 Interview: Robert Plant With a successful career spanning more than 45 years, Robert Plant isn't just a talented musician; he's a rock legend. Plant recently caught up with United States of Americana host Bill DeVille to talk about his new album, <em>Lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/05/robert-plant-interview-and-grand-prize-flyaway-giveaway?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 18:20:00 -0500 Bill DeVille's State Fair Music Preview The Current's Bill DeVille loves music and he loves the State Fair. He shares his thoughts about some of the music acts appearing on stages throughout the 2014 Minnesota State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/20/bill-deville-s-state-fair-music-preview?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:45:00 -0500 OK Go perform live in The Current studio The morning after playing a sold-out show at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, OK Go stopped in to The Current's studio to play an acoustic set and to talk with Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/18/ok-go-perform-live-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:50:00 -0500 Album Review: Benjamin Booker, 'Benjamin Booker' Things have really taken off in the last several months for New Orleans rocker Benjamin Booker. He's been touring constantly, he's appeared on 'The Late Show' with David Letterman, and he just wrapped a few opening dates on Jack White's tour. He even found time to drop by The Current Studio for a session. All that, and he didn't even have an album out. Until now. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/18/album-review-benjamin-booker-benjamin-booker?refid=0 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Tori Amos performs live in The Current studio On tour supporting her 14th studio album, 'Unrepentant Geraldines', as well as her rich back-catalogue, Tori Amos stopped by The Current's studio early on Sunday to play some songs and to have a chat with Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/06/tori-amos-performs-live-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:50:00 -0500 Bill DeVille reviews 'Get On Up' After attending a special preview screening this week, The Current's Bill DeVille shares his thoughts about the new James Brown biopic, starring Chadwick Boseman and directed by Tate Taylor. Read Bill's remarks and view a trailer for the film. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/01/bill-deville-reviews-get-on-up?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:50:00 -0500 The Chart Show: Jenny Lewis and friends dance in drag, hits #1 ahead of First Ave. gig It was a huge week for Jenny Lewis. She debuts at the top of the Chart with "Just One of the Guys," from her forthcoming album, <em>The Voyager</em>. The album, produced by Beck, is set to release Tuesday, July 29. Jenny pulled out all the stops for the new video which stars Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart and Brie Larson in drag. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/16/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:50:56 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Ray LaMontagne Ahead of his trippy performance at the newly renovated Northrop Auditorium on Saturday, June 28, Ray LaMontagne stopped by The Current studios to record a Theft of the Dial with host Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/14/theft-of-the-dial-ray-lamontagne?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:50:00 -0500 Album Review: Trampled by Turtles, 'Wild Animals' Recorded at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, Minn., and produced by Low's Alan Sparhawk, 'Wild Animals' just might be Trampled by Turtles' best batch of songs yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/14/album-review-trampled-by-turtles-wild-animals?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0500 The Chart Show: Jack White to release rare White Stripes' recordings, soars to #1 Jack White goes from the middle of the pack to numero uno on this week's Chart. Not the first time that's happened in his illustrious career! If you are a fan of the White Stripes, Jack is issuing <em>Live Under the Lights of the Rising Sun</em>, a <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jack-white-to-issue-rare-white-stripes-live-recordings-on-vinyl-20140707">live double-LP as part of "Vault Package" series</a> on his Third Man Label. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/09/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:50:00 -0500 Interview with songwriting hall-of-famer Dennis Morgan Born and raised in Tracy, Minn., Dennis Morgan is a songwriter who has had a quite a bit of success in Nashville since the late 60s. Besides Bob Dylan, Morgan is the only other Minnesota-born writer on the Country Songwriters Hall of Fame. Morgan spoke to Bill DeVille on United States of Americana. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/30/interview-with-songwriting-halloffamer-dennis-morgan?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:50:00 -0500 Album Review: First Aid Kit, 'Stay Gold' Klara and Johanna S&#246;derberg of First Aid Kit augment their magical sibling harmonies with a fuller sound and richer arrangements -- which may not have been possible without their connection to Omaha's Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/23/album-review-first-aid-kit-stay-gold?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Asgeir performs in The Current studios On tour supporting his album 'In the Silence', Asgeir and his band stopped in to The Current studios to play some songs and to chat with Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/14/asgeir-performs-in-the-current-studios?refid=0 Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:50:00 -0500 First Aid Kit perform in The Current studio In town to play a sold-out show at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg -- better known as First Aid Kit -- stopped in to The Current's studio to chat with Bill DeVille and to play some brand-new songs and a longstanding favorite. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/08/first-aid-kit-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Sun, 08 Jun 2014 08:30:00 -0500 Album Review: Ray LaMontagne, 'Supernova' With a voice like Ray LaMontagne's, it would be easy for him to keep making the same album over and over. But this album might be the freshest and most adventurous of LaMontagne's career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/26/album-review-ray-lamontagne-supernova?refid=0 Mon, 26 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Interview: Conor Oberst On the week of the release of his new album, 'Upside Down Mountain', Conor Oberst joined Bill DeVille down the line to talk about the record and about his upcoming First Avenue shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/21/interview-conor-oberst?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2014 12:50:00 -0500 Interview: Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys On the day of the release of the Black Keys' new album, 'Turn Blue', The Current's Bill DeVille talks to one-half of the Nashville-by-way-of-Akron-Ohio duo. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/13/interview-dan-auerbach-of-the-black-keys?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2014 12:50:00 -0500 Max Frost performs in The Current studio On tour promoting his emerging career, Max Frost and his band stopped in to The Current's studio for a live interview and performance hosted by Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/05/max-frost-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Bombay Bicycle Club perform in The Current studio Touring in support of 'So Long, See You Tomorrow, their fourth album in five years, Bombay Bicycle Club stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs and to chat with Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/30/bombay-bicycle-club-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:50:00 -0500 Drive-By Truckers perform in The Current's studio In town for a double-bill show with Blitzen Trapper, Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs off their new album, 'English Oceans', and to chat with The Current's Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/30/drive-by-truckers-perform-in-the-current-s-studio?refid=0 Sun, 30 Mar 2014 08:55:00 -0500 Johnny Cash's lost album, 'Out Among the Stars', releases today For Johnny Cash fans like Bill DeVille, today's release of Johnny's lost album, 'Out Among the Stars', is huge news. Bill DeVille shares some of the album's backstory and gives his review. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/25/johnny-cashs-lost-album-out-among-the-stars-releases-today?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Drive-By Truckers, 'English Oceans' Drive-By Truckers are back with the tenth album of their nearly 20-year career, and this might be one their finest. The Truckers sing about what they know: real people with real-life problems in small-town America. They deliver their music with conviction, simplicity and grit. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/17/album-review-driveby-truckers-english-oceans?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Album Review: Bruce Springsteen, 'High Hopes' Bruce Springsteen is back with one of the more interesting albums he's recorded. His 18th studio album is a kind of an "odds & sods" collection, and the first culled from older material. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/27/album-review-bruce-springsteen-high-hopes?refid=0 Sat, 25 Jan 2014 00:01:00 -0600 The Cactus Blossoms perform live in The Current's studios Brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey of The Cactus Blossoms stopped in to The Current's studios to play a few songs and to talk with Bill DeVille as part of the fourth-anniversary show of <i>United States of Americana</i>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/08/the-cactus-blossoms-perform-live-in-the-current-s-studios?refid=0 Sun, 08 Dec 2013 07:50:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Bill DeVille, Host Weekend host and Time Machine pilot Bill DeVille's picks for the best music of 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/02/top-89-bill-deville?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:40:38 -0600 Album Review: The Avett Brothers, 'Magpie and the Dandelion' With winter setting in and those colder temperatures upon us, light the fireplace and give The Avett Brothers' <i>Magpie and the Dandelion</i> a spin. It'll warm your heart and soul. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/18/album-review-the-avett-brothers-magpie-and-the-dandelion?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 00:01:00 -0600 Amos Lee performs live in The Current studios Amos Lee came by The Current studios before his show at the State Theatre and chatted with United States of Americana host Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/10/amos-lee-live?refid=0 Sun, 10 Nov 2013 08:00:00 -0600 Interview: Bonnie Raitt To call Bonnie Raitt "accomplished" is an understatement, yet after 19 albums and 10 Grammy Awards, Raitt continues to work just as hard as ever. She recently chatted with The Current's Bill DeVille about her music and about her many connections to Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/13/interview-bonnie-raitt?refid=0 Sun, 13 Oct 2013 09:05:00 -0500 Blitzen Trapper perform live in The Current studios On tour in support of their seventh studio album, the appropriately named <i>VII</i>, Portland, Ore., band Blitzen Trapper stopped in to The Current's studios to play some songs and to chat with Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/09/blitzen-trapper-live?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 18:50:00 -0500 Bill DeVille's musical postcard from Nashville The Current's Bill DeVille recently visited Nashville, Tenn., to attend the Americana Music Conference &#151; very fitting for the host of <i>United States of Americana</i>! Read about and see photos of Bill's experiences in "Music City." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/29/bill-devilles-musical-postcard-from-nashville?refid=0 Sun, 29 Sep 2013 06:00:00 -0500 Desaparecidos perform in The Current's studios Desaparecidos &#151; the name means "the disappeared ones" in Spanish &#151; did exactly that not long after their 2002 album, <i>Read Albums/Speak Spanish</i>. After reuniting and releasing a handful of singles, Desaparecidos are touring once more and stopped in to The Current's studios to talk to Bill DeVille. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/31/desaparecidos-perform-in-the-currents-studios?refid=0 Sat, 31 Aug 2013 12:05:00 -0500 Album Review: Jake Bugg Jake Bugg is a breath of fresh air in this world full of manufactured pop music and television singing competitions, and he's often armed only with little more than a guitar and a song. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/12/album-review-jake-bugg?refid=0 Mon, 12 Aug 2013 09:24:25 -0500 Preservation Hall Jazz Band talks with Bill DeVille, perform new tracks Bill DeVille chatted with band leader and tuba player Ben Jaffe of the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band in between their music set recorded at City Winery in New York about their new record <em>That's It!</em>, working with Dan Wilson of Semisonic, and the group's historic performances including Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater in the 60s. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/21/preservation-hall-jazz-band-live?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 09:48:16 -0500 Album Review: Mayer Hawthorne - 'Where Does This Door Go' Mayer Hawthorne is known for delivering Motown and even Barry White influenced vintage R&B, but his 5th studio album <em>Where Does This Door Go</em> is a little different. He seems to have ditched the retro-soul influenced sound in favor of something a little more modern. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/15/mayer-hawthorne-where-does-this-door-go-review?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0500 The Avett Brothers perform live in The Current studios The Avett Brothers stopped by The Current studios before their show at the Somerset Amphitheater to chat with host Bill DeVille about their upcoming album. They gave us a sneak peak with a performance of the new single "Part From Me," and played a couple old tracks, too. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/29/avett-brothers-live?refid=0 Sat, 29 Jun 2013 14:20:00 -0500 Album Review: Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle Laura Marling's fourth album, <em>Once I Was An Eagle</em>, was expertly produced by Ethan Johns, who is best known for his work with Kings of Leon, Ryan Adams and Ray LaMontagne. It's a wonderful-sounding album, spare and earthy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/27/album-review-laura-marling--once-i-was-an-eagle?refid=0 Mon, 27 May 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Eclectic, cinematic country/folk-rockers the Lonely Wild perform at The Current Silverlake, Los Angeles-based quintet The Lonely Wild aim to conjure the mythic Old West, decorating their supple, beautifully textured indie folk-rock with flourishes straight out of Ennio Morricone's classic film scores for 1960s and '70s Westerns like <em>The Good, The Bad and the Ugly</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/11/the-lonely-wild?refid=0 Sat, 11 May 2013 13:00:00 -0500 Texas psych-rockers The Black Angels perform at The Current In town for a show at the Fine Line Music Cafe, the Black Angels stopped by The Current studios to play a few songs and talk to host Bill DeVille about some very special audience members spotted at their Minneapolis show, their work running and curating the Austin Psych Fest, the affinity between their sound and artists like Ty Segall, and how the ensured the hard-rocking sound of their new record. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/22/black-angels?refid=0 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Compelling, melancholy indie-folk artist Phosphorescent performs at The Current Phosphorescent is the stage name of singer-songwriter Matthew Houck. An Alabama native who cut his teeth on the famed Athens, Ga. music scene, Houck plays melancholy and beautiful indie-folk in the same vein as Bonnie Prince Billie and others. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/16/phosphorescent?refid=0 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 14:40:00 -0500 Win a copy of the new 7-CD Duane Allman box set <em>Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective</em> includes 7 CDs, a 72-page book and a good chunk of his session work, his early recordings with the Allman Joys & Hour Glass, a bunch of unreleased & live music, and many Allman Brothers classics. Enter for your chance to win! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/25/duane-allman-skydog-giveaway?refid=0 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Gary Clark Jr. - Blak and Blu By the end of this album, you won't forget the name Gary Clark, Jr. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/12/gary-clark-jr-blak-and-blu-review?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Daughter performs in The Current studio While in town to play at the 7th St. Entry, London-based indie folk band Daughter stopped by The Current studio to chat with Bill DeVille and perform a few songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/28/daughter-performance?refid=0 Sun, 28 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: The Wombats What would The Current sound like if it were run by the Liverpudlians from The Wombats? We find out in this edition of Theft of the Dial. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/18/theft-of-the-dial-wombats?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Zoo Animal performs in Fergus Falls for Caravan Du Nord Caravan Du Nord hit the road again to Fergus Falls with host Bill DeVille and Tapes 'N Tapes, Zoo Animal and local opener Satin Strides providing the musical entertainment. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/16/zooanimal-caravan-du-nord?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Tapes 'N Tapes performs in Fergus Falls for Caravan Du Nord Caravan Du Nord hit the road again to Fergus Falls with host Bill DeVille and Tapes 'N Tapes, Zoo Animal and local opener Satin Strides providing the musical entertainment. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/15/tapesntapes-caravan-du-nord?refid=0 Sun, 14 Oct 2012 18:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Bob Dylan - Tempest On his 35th studio album, Dylan sounds like the old bluesman that perhaps he has always wanted to be. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/01/review-bob-dylan-tempest?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Alt-J performs in The Current studio Britain's Alt-J burst onto the scene earlier this year on the strength of their single "Fitzpleasure." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/23/alt-j?refid=0 Sun, 23 Sep 2012 17:02:14 -0500 Bloc Party perform in The Current studios There ain't no party like a Bloc Party because a Bloc Party melds the stuttering guitar work of post punk with the strident dance beats of the new century. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/23/bloc-party-live?refid=0 Sun, 23 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Musicheads Essentials: Stax Records Bill DeVille takes you through the history of one of rock & roll, soul and R&B's most quintessential labels, Stax Records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/08/musicheads-essentials-stax-records?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 15:56:46 -0500 John Fullbright performs in The Current studio From the Ground Up: That's the title of Americana singer-songwriter John Fullbright's debut studio album, but it is also a fitting description of the path Fullbright's career has followed. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/03/john-fullbright-live?refid=0 Sun, 05 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Best Coast perform in The Current studios The sunny, surf rock band Best Coast burst onto the scene with a straightforward sound and simple lyrics. Their new album is a step-forward for the band's maturation - both in sound and perspective. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/27/best-coast-live?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:20:54 -0500 Shovels & Rope perform in The Current studios The married folk duo Shovels & Rope brought their act to The Current studios to play a few songs and talk with Bill Deville about finding their kick drum in the garbage, Confederate moonshine's influence on naming their new record and Townes, the tour bus guarding hound dog. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/22/shovels-and-rope-live-2012?refid=0 Sun, 22 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Delta Rae performs in The Current studios Siblings: you can't live with them, you can't be a folk rock band without them. At least that's the case for Ian, Eric and Brittany Holljes, who along with Elizabeth Hopkins, Mike McKee and Grant Emerson, form the Durham-based sextet, Delta Rae. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/13/delta-rae-live-2012?refid=0 Sun, 15 Jul 2012 09:00:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner Minneapolis native son Dave Pirner is most famous for his role as guitarist and frontman of the seminal Minnesota rock group, Soul Asylum. Soul Asylum is commemorating the release of their tenth studio album next week with a sold-out show at the 7th Street Entry (they will also be performing live at Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum). Dave stopped by The Current studios to hijack the airwaves with a few of his favorite (and his own!) tracks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/13/theft-of-the-dial?refid=0 Sat, 14 Jul 2012 12:00:00 -0500 JD McPherson performs in The Current studios "Signs and Signifiers," the debut record from bluesy, rockabilly artist JD McPherson, was rereleased by Rounder Records earlier this year. The wider release gives music fans a second chance to discover a quickly rising talent in McPherson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/06/jd-mcpherson-performs-in-the-current-studios?refid=0 Sat, 07 Jul 2012 00:01:00 -0500 Album Review: Brandi Carlile - Bear Creek Brandi Carlile's greatest gift is that she is an exquisite singer. She can be tough and she can be tender with ease. Her vocals are never forced. She is always in her comfort zone, without all the vocal gymnastics of many of today's pop stars. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/14/cd-of-the-week-brandi-carlile?refid=0 Sun, 17 Jun 2012 23:59:00 -0500 Imaginary Cities performs in The Current studios Winnipeg duo Marti Sarbit and Rusty Matyas started writing songs and recording together just for fun without any thoughts of becoming a band in any real sense. A friend offered to manage them and a few years later they have a full length album called "Temporary Resident." Since then, they've toured across the world and opened for the Pixies. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/05/imaginarycities-live?refid=0 Sat, 09 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Patrick Watson performs in The Current studios Canadian musician Patrick Watson has been out of the limelight for a few years, strengthening a brand of chamber pop which won him the Polaris Music Prize for 2006's "Close To Paradise." Forgoing the typical studio atmosphere, Watson instead recorded new record "Adventures In Your Own Backyard" in... his backyard. The result is an album that feels less rehearsed, more intimate and still filled with soaring instrumentation that takes off into the sky. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/05/patrickwatson-live?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Neil Young talks 'Americana' and reuniting with Crazy Horse Earlier in the week, we told you that Bill DeVille would have the chance to speak with a legend in folk and rock and roll music, Neil Young. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/12/neil-young-interview?refid=0 Sat, 02 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Justin Townes Earle performs in The Current studios Justin Townes Earle shouldn't be overshadowed by his famous father Steve Earle. The two may have similar styles, but Justin modernizes what his dad began popularizing in the late '90s. His newest record "Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now" has garnered considerable accolades in the Americana scene, and there's a chance for you to win a copy of that CD from The Current this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/07/justintownesearle-live?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2012 17:30:00 -0500 Sara Watkins performs in The Current studios California-based singer-songwriter and fiddler Sara Watkins first rose to fame as a member of the popular and prolific progressive bluegrass trio Nickel Creek in the '90s and early 2000s. Watkins is set to release her second solo album, "Sun Midnight Sun," on May 8th on Nonesuch Records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/22/sara-watkins?refid=0 Sun, 22 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Dr. John - Locked Down I think this album is his finest since 1998's "Anutha Zone," which boasted guests including Paul Weller, members of Portishead, Spiritualized, Primal Scream and Supergrass. On the current album, Dr. John adds to the list of young hipsters with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys who produced the album, sang a few harmonies and added his bluesy guitar to several tracks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/15/album-review-locked-down--dr-john?refid=0 Sun, 15 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Yukon Blonde performs in The Current studios It's about time Yukon Blonde made its impact in the United States. For years, the Canadian band has been heralded as one of our northern neighbor's finest acts, gathering a slew of accolades by the CBC. Now the quartet is in full speed, on the heels of a their newest release "Tiger Talk" which they supported with 10 shows at South By Southwest, a major feat for any band, and the result of growing buzz from media and fans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/26/yukonblonde-live?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 19:30:00 -0500 Musicheads Essentials: The Clash - Sandinista! Why is this album essential? Because The Clash were one of the most exciting bands in the world at that time. Sandinista!, the highly anticipated follow up to their rock masterpiece London Calling, is a joyride around the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/22/musicheads-essentials-the-clash--sandinista?refid=0 Thu, 22 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Retribution Gospel Choir performs in The Current studio Duluth native Alan Sparhawk has proven that volume doesn't have a limit. His assembled team under the guise of Retribution Gospel Choir provides a striking stylistic departure from the songs he has helped compose as a member of Low. Driving guitars wash over slow-churning rock anthems - it's the perfect way to decompress after a long day. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/20/retributiongospelchoir-live?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2012 19:30:00 -0500 Punch Brothers perform live in The Current studio Bluegrass quintet the Punch Brothers have been playing together for six years, but their intensely collaborative instrumental interplay and seasoned songwriting suggest a far longer period of growth. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/04/punch-brothers-live?refid=0 Sun, 04 Mar 2012 08:00:00 -0600 Frank Turner performs live in The Current studio Folky punk singer-songwriter Frank Turner can easily be compared to Billy Bragg - a mix of rebellious punk with articulate songwriting. Initially part of a post-hardcore band called "Million Dead," Frank Turner has taken those influences and combined them with the acoustic guitar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/27/frank-turner-live?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 16:55:00 -0600 Album Review: Dr. Dog - Be The Void One thing I have always enjoyed about Dr. Dog is their focus on songs. Songwriting today can sometimes seem like a lost art form. But there are plenty of classic Dr. Dog tunes on this album, full of their signature harmonies, sharp songwriting, great melody and sing-along choruses. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/26/album-review-dr-dog--be-the-void?refid=0 Sun, 26 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Sharon Van Etten performs live in The Current studio Now onto her third album about the aftermath of a broken relationship, Sharon Van Etten is sounding stronger than ever before. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/19/sharonvanetten-live?refid=0 Sun, 19 Feb 2012 11:36:31 -0600 The Pines perform in The Current studio It has been a few years since we last heard from local band The Pines, presumably because they were working hard on their newest release "Dark So Gold" and sharing the stage with master Minnesota songwriter Mason Jennings during his recent tour. In that time, The Pines has expanded sonically to unleash their most powerful, raw, and stirring compilation of songs, combining influences inspired by natural Midwest roots and time spent in Arizona to create a worthy of waiting accomplishment. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/24/the-pines-live?refid=0 Sun, 29 Jan 2012 18:00:00 -0600 Bhi Bhiman performs in The Current studios A gifted young guitar player and singer-songwriter with a distinctively lovely voice, Bhi Bhiman is poised for major success in 2012. Though he's been billed as "a Sri Lankan Woody Guthrie," Bhiman has more American roots than that title suggests, having grown up on '90s alt-rock in St. Louis before moving to San Francisco, where he is currently based. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/29/bhi-bhiman?refid=0 Sun, 29 Jan 2012 09:00:00 -0600 The Suicide Commandos perform live in The Current studio The Suicide Commandos were punk before it was punk. The legendary local trio was playing "New York Rock" in ballrooms, bars, and high schools all over Twin Cities and Minnesota after they formed in 1975. In their four years as a band, they released two 7" EPs and a full-length in 1977 called "Make A Record." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/28/suicide-commandos-life?refid=0 Sat, 28 Jan 2012 13:36:43 -0600 Album Review: The Black Keys - El Camino El Camino is a tight and efficient album with 11 songs clocking in at 38 minutes. The songs are well written and chock-full of the band's trademark gritty grooves. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/07/album-review-the-black-keys--el-camino-?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Theft of the Dial: Tunde Adebimpe of TV On The Radio Late last August, TV on the Radio were in the Twin Cities for a couple of shows at First Avenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/10/theft-of-the-dial-tunde-adebimpe-of-tv-on-the-radio?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Dawes performs in the UBS Forum L.A.-based Dawes has only been around a few years, but in that short time they've skyrocketed to the top of the folk-rock scene, especially with the release of their second album "Nothing Is Wrong." As an artist on ATO Records, they have harnessed plenty of inspiration with labelmates like My Morning Jacket, Drive-By Truckers and Gomez by their side. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/08/dawes-ubs-forum?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2011 17:09:59 -0600 Imelda May performs live in The Current studio Inspired by the 50s blues and rockabilly that her brother was listening to, Ireland's Imelda May began singing and performing at the age of 16. Twenty years later, she's still in the industry climbing up the charts in the UK with her record "Mayhem." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/05/imelda-may-live?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2011 19:30:00 -0500 St. Vincent performs in The Current studios Onetime Polyphonic Spree member Annie Clark made her debut under the recording name St. Vincent four years ago with 2007's "Marry Me." But it was her sophomore effort, 2009's "Actor," that propelled her to critical acclaim and widespread popularity in the indie-rock community. Now, two years later, she has returned with her third album, "Strange Mercy." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/02/st-vincent?refid=0 Mon, 03 Oct 2011 16:25:03 -0500 Wild Flag perform live in The Current studio Althought they don't consider themselves such, they are a "supergroup" of sorts. Wild Flag, featuring ex-members of Sleater-Kinney, Helium and The Minders officially formed in 2010 after Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney) announced it on the NPR All Songs Considered blog. The all-female rock band based in Portland, Oregon and Washington D.C., released their debut "Glass Tambourines" on Record Store Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/03/wild-flag-live?refid=0 Mon, 03 Oct 2011 15:13:29 -0500 Megafaun performs live in The Current studio Tied to the well-known Eau Claire, WI scene, folk-rockers Megafaun began as brothers in jazz band then morphed into a band known as DeYarmond Edision. That band moved to North Carolina, where they enjoyed the warm weather, but eventually lost their lead singer, who went on to be Bon Iver. They became the three piece that has released three records under the name Megafaun. And this month, they've added a member to the band and released their fourth, self-titled album packed with tight harmonies and Neil Young-like melodies. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/30/megafaun-live?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 14:55:31 -0500 Album Review: The Jayhawks - Mockingbird Time The album shows a kinder, gentler Jayhawks, with fewer blazing Louris guitar solos, but still with plenty of the band's signature "close harmonies," as heard in one the album's highlights, "She Walks In So Many Ways." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/16/review-jayhawks-mockingbird-time?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Dawes - Nothing is Wrong Dawes' second album is no sophomore slump! Instead, it seems like an album from another era. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/31/review-dawes-nothing-is-wrong?refid=0 Sun, 31 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Mount Moriah performs in The Current studios The Durham, N.C.-based band Mount Moriah only just released their self-titled debut LP a couple of months ago, preceeded by 2010's "Letting Go" EP, but guitarist Jenks Miller first started a band under the Biblically-influenced name Mount Moriah around five years ago. After some drastic shifts in sound and line-up, the band's sound has settled into a sweet, melancholy strain of folk music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/15/mount_moriah?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 10:16:39 -0500 Okkervil River In-Studio Performance Taking their name from a short story written by Russian author, Tatyana Tolstaya, the Austin, Texas folk-rock band could literally be called a garage band - they recorded their debut album in a garage before being signed to Jagjaguwar records where they released four more critically-acclaimed records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/10/okkervil-river-live?refid=0 Sun, 12 Jun 2011 20:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Raphael Saadiq - Stone Rollin' Call "Stone Rollin'" anything you want. I'll call it a "classic." Keep on learning, Mr. Saadiq! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/23/review-raphael-saadiq-stone-rollin?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 J. Mascis performs in The Current studios Best-known as the frontman for Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis is- somewhat surprisingly- laconic and soft-spoken. In interviews, he is known for his minimal responses and repeated disdain for enthusiasm. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/05/j_mascis?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2011 16:59:03 -0500 Album Review: Elvis Costello - Secret, Profane and Sugarcane Way back in 1981, Elvis Costello released Almost Blue, an album recorded in Nashville and produced by the legendary Billy Sherrill. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/28/album-review-elvis-costello--secret-profane-and-sugarcane?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Lucinda Williams - Blessed In recent years, Lucinda got married. Many of us were worried she would run out of subject matter. No worries here, it turns out! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/01/lucinda_williams_blessed_review?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Fitz and the Tantrums perform in The Current studio Emerging from Los Angeles' growing indie-soul scene, Fitz & the Tantrums began as the one-man project of Michael Fitzpatrick, but has now expanded into a seven-piece band. Fitzpatrck--"Fitz" for short--plays the church organ and shares vocal duties with singer Noelle Scaggs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/24/fitz-and-the-tantrums-live?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2011 14:01:10 -0600 Alexi Murdoch performs live in The Current studio Born in London, growing up in Greece and moving to Scotland at the age of 10 then going to college at Duke University, it wasn't until singer-songwritier Alexi Murdoch moved to L.A. that his career took off when KCRW host Nic Harcourt began playing his music. His first full-length album "Time Without Consequence" was released in 2006, and his song "Orange Sky" found its way all over television and movies playing on shows like The O.C. and movies like The Garden State. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/23/alexi-murdoch-live?refid=0 Wed, 23 Feb 2011 12:43:03 -0600 Justin Townes Earle performs in The Current studios Singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle--son of Steve Earle, stepson of Alison Moorer, named after Townes van Zandt--might as well be alt-country royalty. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/18/justin-townes-earle?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 11:07:28 -0600 Album Review: Gang of Four - Content <em>Content</em> is the band's first new material in 16 years. The band has a sound of its own invention, featuring leftist lyrics set to a punky, funky, serious groove you can actually dance to. And not just slam dancing either! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/24/gang-of-four-content?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0600 The Black Angels perform in The Current studio In 2005, The Black Angels released their self-titled debut EP, and the band followed it up with their full-length, "Passover," in April 2007. The band's latest offering, titled "Phosphene Dream," was released earlier this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/29/black_angels?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2010 12:50:54 -0500 Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan perform live in The Current studio When you put together an American rock musician and a Scottish singer/cellist, it's no surprise that you get beautiful modern alt-country tunes mixed with a sophisticated charm. Some critics have called Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan's collaboration "Beauty and the Grunge Beast." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/21/isobel-campbell-and-mark-lanegan-live?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2010 15:18:14 -0500 Blue Giant performs in The Current studios Every town has their "super-group." In Portland, Oregon, it's the the indie/psychedelic/alt-country quintet Blue Giant, comprised of members of Viva Voce, Decemberists and Swords, along with other local Portland musicians. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/15/blue_giant?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2010 10:58:28 -0500 Ben Weaver performs live in The Current studio In preparation for his seventh album, due out on October 19th, local folky singer-songwriter Ben Weaver took some time off from being a full-time musician in order to experience life in a different way. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/29/ben-weaver-live?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 2010 17:05:32 -0500 Album Review: Neil Young - Le Noise "Le Noise" is "no holds barred" Neil Young. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/28/neil-young-le-noise?refid=0 Tue, 28 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Mason Jennings performs live at the Minnesota State Fair Though Mason Jennings was born in Hawaii, many Minnesotans consider him home-grown. His musical career began with weekly gigs at the 400 Bar as part of the Mason Jennings Band, which won City Pages' "Picked to Click" poll in 1999. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/07/mason_jennings?refid=0 Sun, 05 Sep 2010 10:42:13 -0500 Secret Sisters perform live in The Current studios Sisters (and Alabama natives) Lydia and Laura Rogers grew up learning how to harmonize to the music of the Everly Brothers and Doc Watson, among others. After a Nashville audition, the music industry took notice, and the Secret Sisters were born. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/19/secret-sisters-live?refid=0 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 10:34:46 -0500 Kings Go Forth perform live in The Current studios Whether it's the fact that they are a ten-piece band or it's their distinctive blend of neo-soul and funk, the '70s-influenced style of Milwaukee's Kings Go Forth hits you like a wall of sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/31/kings-go-forth-live?refid=0 Sat, 31 Jul 2010 14:38:42 -0500 Band of Horses perform in The Current studios Band of Horses latest album, Infinite Arms carries a cohesive blend of indie-rock with some alternative country. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/28/band_of_horses?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jul 2010 15:03:22 -0500 She & Him perform in The Current studios She & Him, comprising Oregon's cherished guitarist/vocalist M. Ward and indie sweetheart Zooey Deschanel's enchanting vocals, return with their second studio album, Volume Two. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/16/she-and-him-live-performance?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jun 2010 14:47:59 -0500 Los Campesinos perfoms in The Current studio Los Campesinos! released their debut album, "Hold On Now, Youngster..." in spring 2008, and followed it up a few months later with their second record "We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed". Los Campesinos' latest project is "Romance Is Boring". http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/03/los_campesinos?refid=0 Mon, 03 May 2010 15:13:29 -0500 Jonsi performs live in The Current studios As the frontman for one of the most critically-acclaimed bands of the last decade, Sigur Ros's Jonsi Birgisson has come to be a familiar name for many fans of independent music. His ethereal falsetto has graced plenty of albums including the Sigur Ros magnum opus "()." Now, with his debut album, "Go," Jonsi finds himself exploring new avenues of musical expression while retaining his post-rock roots. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/24/jonsi?refid=0 Sat, 24 Apr 2010 13:55:15 -0500 Citizen Cope performs live in The Current studios Five albums into his stunning solo career, Brooklyn-based acoustic artist Clarence Greenwood, known to the public as Citizen Cope, has once again charmed the independent music world with his newest release, "The Rainwater LP." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/09/citizen_cope?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 10:16:02 -0600 Album Review: Yeasayer - Odd Blood Robot children? Check. Influences ranging from a 1930's boxer to the female drug lord of Miami to Coldplay? Check. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/08/yeasayer-odd-blood?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 The Big Pink performs live in The Current studios Electronic-rock duo The Big Pink celebrated their second birthday earlier this year with quite a bash: the release of their new album, "A Brief History of Love," charted on thousands of radio stations, and its lead single, "Velvet," was added to Pitchfork Media's "Top 500 Songs of the 2000s" list. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/25/the_big_pink?refid=0 Wed, 25 Nov 2009 12:28:30 -0600 Rosanne Cash performs live in The Current studios Children of famous parents sometimes have a hard time adjusting to life in their parents' shadow. Not so for Rosanne Cash, the daughter of the late Johnny Cash. Throughout her thirty-year career, Cash has been a vibrant and engaging force in the country music world. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/09/rosanne_cash?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2009 15:12:25 -0600 The Mountain Goats perform live in The Current studios Mountain Goats leader John Darnielle has earned plenty of critical and popular acclaim for his literate lyrics and homages to American music of ages past. Now, as a trio, the Mountain Goats have returned with their 17th album in 18 years as a band, "The Life of the World to Come." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/07/mountain_goats?refid=0 Sat, 07 Nov 2009 12:13:54 -0600 Album Review: Julian Casablancas - Phrazes for the Young While the Strokes continue their hiatus, the band's singer, Julian Casablancas is the last (but not least) Stroke to have a side project. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/30/album-review-julian-casablancas--phrazes-for-the-young?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Mumford and Sons - Sigh No More Mumford and Sons new album, "Sigh No More," as catchy as H1N1, is inspired by folk and bluegrass. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/02/mumford-and-sons-sigh-no-more?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Megafaun performs live in The Current studios Megafaun, the Durham, North Carolina - by way of Eau Claire, Wisconsin - trio of brothers Brad and Phil Cook and friend Joe Westerlund have been making music since Jazz Camp in 1997. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/15/megafaun?refid=0 Tue, 15 Sep 2009 12:03:27 -0500 Cracker performs in The Current studios Alt-rock icons Cracker unleashed a collection of new songs this year with the release of their latest album "Sunrise In The Land Of Milk And Honey." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/19/cracker?refid=0 Wed, 19 Aug 2009 10:24:04 -0500 Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros perform live in The Current studios What happens when you add 11 people + Southern California + communal musical philosophizing + a fixin' for creating music reminiscent of the 1960s and '70s? Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, that's what. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/02/edward_sharpe_and_the_magnetic_zeros?refid=0 Sun, 02 Aug 2009 12:49:43 -0500 Jason Lytle performs live in The Current studios Jason Lytle formed the band Grandaddy in 1992. After a couple of years off and a move from Modesto, CA to Montana, Lytle has released his debut solo album, "Yours Truly, The Commuter," which he wrote, recorded, and produced. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/01/jason_lytle?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 15:09:12 -0500 Album Review: Wilco - Wilco (The Album) Wilco has been fun to watch since the 1995 debut album, "AM," and has a pretty good track record to date. I don't think they've ever made a bad album, but since the beginning I've expected the unexpected. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/30/album-review-wilco--wilco-the-album?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Jack Penate - Everything is New 24-year-old Londoner Jack Penate is back with his second album, "Everything is New," the follow up to 2007's "Matinee." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/22/album-review-jack-penate--everything-is-new?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Bob Dylan - Together Through Life It's nice to see Bob continuing to deliver the goods late in the game. "Together Through Life" is a worthy addition to his already monumental body of work. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/04/28/album-review-bob-dylan--together-through-life?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Lykke Li performs in The Current studios From Stockholm, Lykke Li is the latest rising star in Swedish pop music. After appearing on Swedish MTV and winning a Swedish Grammy, Lykke Li landed a deal with Atlantic Records. Her debut full-length album, "Youth Novels," was produced with help from Bjorn Yttling, of Peter, Bjorn and John. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/02/09/lykke_li?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2009 14:54:51 -0600 Calexico performs in The Current studios Former Giant Sand members, Joey Burns and John Convertino, collaborated in 1996 and started the electic acoustic folk-world-rock band Calexico, named for the border town in California. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/25/calexico?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2008 16:07:49 -0600 Heartless Bastards perform in The Current studios Heartless Bastards originally started as a duo in Cincinnati, featuring Erika Wennerstrom and Mike Lamping. They soon added Kevin Vaughn on drums and eventually signed with Fat Possum Records, releasing their 2005 debut CD "Stairs and Elevators" and the follow-up "All This Time" in 2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/14/heartless_bastards?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2008 17:13:17 -0600 Friendly Fires perform in The Current studios Although they're in their early twenties, British band and former schoolmates Friendly Fires have been playing music together for ten years. They describe their sound as a mixture of shoegazer and dance pop. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/27/friendly_fires?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2008 15:58:52 -0500 of Montreal performs in The Current studios of Montreal's debut album, "Cherry Peel," was released in 1997. Since then the band has recorded a total of eight studio albums with their latest being "Skeletal Lamping" in 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/25/of_montreal?refid=0 Sat, 25 Oct 2008 15:12:46 -0500 Ray LaMontagne performs in The Current studios After hearing Stephen Stills' "Tree Top Flyer" on the radio, Ray LaMontagne made up his mind on the spot to become a singer and musician. By the summer of 1999 he had a ten-song demo tape and a publishing deal with Chrysalis Music Publishing. His debut album "Trouble" has been referred to "quietly devastating meditations on life and love." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/06/ray_lamontagne?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2008 09:48:44 -0500 Jeremy Messersmith performs in The Current studio With his much anticipated new release "The Silver City" centered around the sights, sounds, and atmosphere of Minneapolis and St. Paul, local singer/songwriter Jeremy Messersmith has the power to make you feel right at home. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/09/24/jeremy_messersmith?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2008 12:34:55 -0500 Laura Marling performs live in The Current studios Armed with strong folk influences, an acoustic guitar, and her delicate yet growling voice, Laura Marling has made a name for herself in England, joining the ranks of Adele, Lily Allen, and Kate Nash. Her most recent release, "Alas, I Cannot Swim" was nominated for a Mercury Prize, and she's only 18 years old. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/09/21/laura_marling?refid=0 Sun, 21 Sep 2008 12:33:37 -0500 The Walkmen performs in The Current studios The Walkmen formed in New York City in 2000. It's been two years since the groups last album and their tribute album to Harry Nilsson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/09/14/the_walkmen?refid=0 Mon, 15 Sep 2008 15:36:15 -0500 Dizzee Rascal performs in The Current studio Dylan Mills, known professionally as Dizzee Rascal, is a solo artist who came up in the U.K. Garage/Grime music scene. His debut album, "Boy In Da Corner" won him the country's Mercury Prize. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/05/16/dizzee_rascal?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2008 12:06:04 -0500 Hot Chip performs in The Current studio The London band Hot Chip, released their debut EP CD, "Mexico" in 2000. By 2002 they self released their Sanfrandisco EP. In 2005, they signed with record label DFA and released the "Over and Over" EP and "The Warning" in 2006. Their latest project is entitled, "Made In The Dark." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/04/18/hot_chip?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2008 15:34:32 -0500 The Headlights perform in The Current studios The band Headlights are touring fanatics spending more days on the road than not. With their light, dreamy melodies and male-female harmonies, they even managed to play ten shows at the South By Southwest music festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/30/headlights?refid=0 Sun, 30 Mar 2008 12:50:32 -0500 The Mekons perform in The Current studios The Mekons are a band originally from England that was formed in 1977. From the time of their debut album, "The Quality of Mercy Is Not Strnen", the Mekons wielded trebly guitars and shouted vocals over semi-funky rhythms tracks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/28/the_mekons?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2008 12:56:27 -0500 British Sea Power performs in The Current studios The band were originally known as British Air Power and one of their four songs in their demo package was called British Sea Power. They were signed to Rough Trade Records in 2001 and released several singles before releasing their debut CD, "The Decline Of British Sea Power" in 2003. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/25/british_sea_power?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2008 09:43:53 -0500 Blitzen Trapper performs live from SXSW The Portland, Oregon sextet that have been together since 2000, Blitzen Trapper are lo-fi folky garage rockers. Those adjectives weren't just picked out of a hat. Blitzen Trapper grab influences from The Grateful Dead, Olivia Tremor Control, and Frank Zappa while playing in a scene that spawned The Decemberists, The Shins, and Elliott Smith. Their third self-released album, "Wild Mountain Nation" was released in 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/15/blitzen_trapper_performs_live_from_sxsw?refid=0 Sat, 15 Mar 2008 17:30:00 -0500 John Doe performs live from SXSW As one of the founding members of the Los Angeles punk band X, John Doe was one of the most influential figures in American alternative rock during the early '80s, but when he launched a solo career in the early '90s, he decided to pursue a rootsy, country-rock direction instead of continuing with punk. X's latter-day albums exhibited a rockabilly and country influence, but it wasn't until Doe's 1990 debut, Meet John Doe, that he recorded a pure country album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/15/john_doe_performs_live_from_sxsw?refid=0 Sat, 15 Mar 2008 16:15:00 -0500 Nicole Atkins and the Sea performs live from SXSW Born and raised in Neptune City, NJ, singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins lived up and down the east coast before settling in New York to write her debut album about her hometown. Atkins was approached by friend and now band-mate Dan Chen in 2005 to start a new band, The Sea, based on the songs Atkins had on her MySpace page. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/15/nicole_atkins_performs_live_from_sxsw?refid=0 Sat, 15 Mar 2008 15:15:00 -0500 Tokyo Police Club performs live from SXSW Tokyo Police Club is a group of four friends from Newmarket Ontario who picked up instruments and formed a band in their senior year of high school. Their debut EP A Lesson In Crime was written up everywhere from indie blogs to Rolling Stone who gushed it had, "seven first-rate mod-punk party starters." Elephant Shell, the debut full-length, is due at the end of April. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/15/tokyo_police_club_performs_live_from_sxsw?refid=0 Sat, 15 Mar 2008 14:15:00 -0500 The Heavy performs live from SXSW The Heavy hail from Noid, a small town in southwest of England. The band will be lumped in with the retro-soul revival, but The Heavy add cool lo-fi samples and facemelting guitar solos to create a one of a kind groove that's heavy, dirty, and funky. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/15/the_heavy_performs_live_from_sxsw?refid=0 Sat, 15 Mar 2008 13:00:00 -0500 Wye Oak performs live from SXSW Baltimore duo Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack chose the name Wye Oak after they realized Monarch, their first choice for a name had already been claimed by 7 other bands. Their recorded sound is layered and lush. They try to capture that same sound when the two of them perform live, but they also feel that if a song is good enough, it should be able to stand on its own. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/15/wye_oak__performs_live_from_sxsw?refid=0 Sat, 15 Mar 2008 11:45:00 -0500 Lightspeed Champion performs live from SXSW Devonte Hynes used to draw a comic strip called Lightspeed Champion to kill time while he was in math class. When his indie-buzz band Test Icicles broke up in 2006, Hynes resurrected the name for his new project. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/03/15/lightspeed_champion__performs_live_from_sxsw?refid=0 Sat, 15 Mar 2008 11:00:00 -0500 Super Furry Animals performs in The Current studios Super Furry Animals formed in Cardiff, Wales in 1993. The band signed with the Rough Trade label in 2006 and released "Hey Venus!" in 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/02/15/super_furry_animals?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2008 11:03:04 -0600 Keren Ann performs in The Current studios Keren Ann released her full-length debut, "La Biographie de Luka Philipsen," in 2000. La Biographie was received well in Europe and earned several nominations for the Victoires - the French equivalent of the Grammy - for Best New Discovery (Artist and Album) and Best Song of the Year. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/02/11/keren_ann?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2008 11:14:18 -0600 Stars perform in the Current studio The band has been called soft revolutionaries and their music described as their rallying cry. Their latest offering "In Our Bedroom after the War" was released in 2007 and the band continues to make beautiful and relevant music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/11/03/stars?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2007 11:49:34 -0600 Josh Rouse performs in The Current studios The prolific singer-songwriter Josh Rouse loves the recording process. He doesn't find it difficult to write twelve good songs, so he finds himself in a recording studio every year or so. After recording over six days in Puerto de Santa Maria in Spain, Rouse released his seventh full-length album, "Country Mouse City House," the title of which was inspired by a 70-mile walk through the north of Spain. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/28/josh_rouse?refid=0 Sun, 28 Oct 2007 10:55:11 -0500 Ulrich Schnauss performs in the Current studio Some bands don't like to be categorized as "shoegazer" music. Ulrich Schnauss takes it as a complement to be compared to artists such as My Bloody Valentine. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/09/30/ulrich_schnauss?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2007 11:06:59 -0500 Pete Yorn performs in the Current studio Pete Yorn loves to make music. Not only is he a musician, but a true music fan. When he's not making records and touring, he runs a music label called Trampoline Records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/09/09/peter_yorn?refid=0 Mon, 10 Sep 2007 10:28:47 -0500 The Rentals perform in the Current studio Songs performed: "Last Romantic Day," "Life Without A Brain," and "Sweetness & Tenderness." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/08/11/rentals?refid=0 Sat, 11 Aug 2007 14:43:18 -0500 Jason Isbell performs in the Current studio Since leaving the Drive By Truckers, Jason Isbell has all ready made a name for himself as a solo artist. Even before he left the Truckers, he was recording his solo album. Sirens of the Ditch oozes with the sounds of Muscle Shoals, where Jason calls home when he's not on the road. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/07/29/jason_isbell?refid=0 Sun, 29 Jul 2007 13:52:09 -0500 St. Vincent performs in the Current studio Singer/multi-instrumentalist Annie Clark said she came up with the name St. Vincent to put no limitations on what she could do. She said with a name like St. Vincent, the band could be "expandable and could include other people and really be a whole entity." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/07/24/st_vincent?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jul 2007 15:20:40 -0500 Nomo performs in the Current studio The band Nomo calls Ann Arbor home, but their heart is on another continent. They play a blend of jazz, funk, and African rhythms. While most of the members study music at the University of Michigan, the band doesn't turn out high-minded compositions meant for the academy. They just want to get a party started. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/07/02/nomo?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2007 17:00:17 -0500 The Little Ones perform in studio The Little Ones have a formula for their band. It's called Uncle Lee's Rule of Feet. If a song makes you move your feet (and maybe even dance), they're doing the right thing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/04/22/little_ones?refid=0 Sun, 22 Apr 2007 00:00:00 -0500 Randy Weeks comes home for the holidays Randy Weeks' name isn't right at the tip of your tongue when you think of hit songwriters, but after Lucinda Williams recorded his song, "Can't Let Go" on her record, "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road", people began to take notice. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/12/29/randy_weeks?refid=0 Fri, 29 Dec 2006 16:57:58 -0600 Snowden explores the cheerful side of gloom To be sure, there's a serious streak to the band Snowden, but there's much more to this Atlanta based four-piece band. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/12/08/snowden?refid=0 Fri, 08 Dec 2006 11:26:43 -0600 Guy Davis performs in studio Blues musician, writer, actor and director are words that describe Guy Davis. Storyteller is another one. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/11/20/guy_davis?refid=0 Wed, 22 Nov 2006 13:30:32 -0600 Tahiti 80 performs in studio English is the official language of rock and roll, at least according to Tahiti 80 lead singer Xavier Boyer. He says the French quartet decided to sing all of their songs in English because it felt more authentic. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/11/16/tahiti_80?refid=0 Thu, 16 Nov 2006 13:11:59 -0600 TV on the Radio performs in studio The core of Brooklyn-based TV on the Radio are Tunde Adebimpe and David Andrew Sitek. Their music can sound like a film score, improved electronica, or as accessible as any band out there. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/10/09/tv_on_the_radio?refid=0 Sun, 08 Oct 2006 08:35:17 -0500 Yo La Tengo performs in the Current studio Yo La Tengo have been performing for more than 20 years. While they haven't achieved the popular acclaim of their contemporaries the Flaming Lips, they get a lot of credit for outlasting pretty much everyone else. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/10/09/yo_la_tengo?refid=0 Sat, 07 Oct 2006 15:16:32 -0500 Avett Brothers perform in studio The Avett Brothers perform "Distraction #74," "The Lowering (A Sad Day in Greenville Town)," "Talk on Indolence," and "Pretty Girl at the Airport" (Web extra) http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/02/04/avett_brothers?refid=0 Sat, 04 Feb 2006 09:26:47 -0600 BR549 perform in studio BR-549 perform "Bottom of Priority," "Lower Broad St. Blues," and "You Are The Queen" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/02/04/br549?refid=0 Sat, 04 Feb 2006 09:17:28 -0600 Echo and the Bunnymen perform in studio Echo and the Bunnymen perform "Stormy Weather," "The Disease," and "Nothing Lasts Forever" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/11/26/echo_and_the_bunnymen?refid=0 Sat, 26 Nov 2005 16:10:29 -0600 Pieta Brown performs in studio Pieta Brown performs "Bad News," "#807," and "Lovin' You Still" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/11/12/pieta_brown?refid=0 Sat, 12 Nov 2005 15:15:54 -0600 The Magic Numbers perform in studio Magic Numbers perform "Forever Lost," "Close Your Eyes," and "Love Me Like You" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/11/11/magic_numbers?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2005 15:07:21 -0600 Broken Social Scene perform in studio While the members may keep busy by playing in various side projects, it's when this Canadian collective gets together as Broken Social Scene that makes them one of the most popular bands on the music scene today. They joined Bill DeVille in the Current studios to perform and discuss the recording process of their new album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/10/30/broken_social_scene?refid=0 Sun, 30 Oct 2005 14:08:06 -0600 Rosebuds perform in studio Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp started the Rosebuds shortly after they got married in 2001. Two EPs and one album in hand, they dropped by the Current studios with a full band to talk with Bill DeVille and perform a few of their southern-inspired pop songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/07/29/rosebuds?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2005 09:10:25 -0500 Raul Midon performs in studio Raul Midon performs "State of Mind," "Suddenly," and "Sittin' in the Middle" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/07/22/raul_midon?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2005 16:08:07 -0500 Hockey Night perform in studio They've shared the stage with the likes of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, so it's no surprise the local band is getting quite a bit of buzz for their new CD, Keep Guessin. They joined Bill DeVille in the Current studios ahead of their release show to perform songs from the CD. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/07/21/hockey_night?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2005 12:02:07 -0500 Robbie Fulks performs in studio Robbie Fulks performs "Prison Ballad" and "Goodbye Cruel Girl." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/05/29/robbie_fulks?refid=0 Sun, 29 May 2005 16:27:32 -0500 Ashtray Hearts perform in studio Local group The Ashtray Hearts joined Bill DeVille in the Current studios to perform their Americana-tinged songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/05/06/ashtray_hearts?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2005 13:43:49 -0500 Joy Zipper perform in studio Joy Zipper perform "Dosed and Became Invisible" and "Check Out my New Jesus" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/04/11/joy_zipper?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2005 11:55:38 -0500 Lucy Kaplansky performs in studio Lucy Kaplansky performs "I Had Something" and "This is Home" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/03/26/lucy_kaplansky?refid=0 Sat, 26 Mar 2005 11:15:12 -0600