Minnesota Public Radio features by Barb Abney http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30137 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Sat, 02 Aug 2014 04:23:45 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Barb Abney http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 The Fresh & Onlys perform live in The Current studio Ahead of their show at the 7th St. Entry, the Fresh & Onlys stopped by The Current studio to perform tracks off their new record, <em>House of Spirits</em>. Between songs, frontman Tim Cohen and Wymond Miles chatted with host Barb Abney about the band's beginnings at Amoeba Music in San Francisco, how the Fresh & Onlys' dynamic has changed over the years and what recording the new album at Lucky Cat. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/17/fresh-and-onlys-perform-live-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:50:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Jim DeRogatis of Sound Opinions Music journalist Jim DeRogatis is no stranger to listeners of the Current: he's co-host of Sound Opinions, which airs on our station every Sunday night from 8:00 to 9:00. He visited our studios in April to meet with our Local Current college contributors, and while he was here he took a few minutes to talk with Barb Abney about his mentor Lester Bangs, the R. Kelly story that landed him in court, and the song that most reminds him of his time living in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/10/totd-jim-derogatis?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:30:00 -0500 G. Love performs in The Current studio In town to play a show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, G. Love stopped in to The Current's studio to play a solo acoustic set and to talk to Barb Abney about his forthcoming album, 'Sugar'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/18/g-love-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:20:00 -0500 Album Review: Afghan Whigs, 'Do To The Beast' A rock album for deep thinkers who also like soul, the highly anticipated 'Do To The Beast' may end up being the record that finally puts The Afghan Whigs on the front covers of the glossy music magazines. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/14/album-review-afghan-whigs-do-to-the-beast?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Sandra Bernhard When Sandra Bernhard came to town for a show at the Dakota Jazz Club last month, the Wits alumna came by The Current studios for a Theft of the Dial with host Barb Abney. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/04/sanda-berhard-totd?refid=0 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 10:50:00 -0600 Nicholas David performs live in The Current studios Ahead of his show at First Avenue on Saturday night, <em>The Voice</em> finalist and St. Paul, Minn., native Nicholas David stopped by The Current studios to chat with Barb Abney and showed his versatile songwriting abilities with three original tracks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/27/nicholas-david-in-studio?refid=0 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 11:00:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Barb Abney, Host Host Barb Abney shares her top albums and songs of 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/02/top-89-barb-abney?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:55:53 -0600 Black Joe Lewis performs live in The Current studios Last time Black Joe Lewis performed in the Twin Cities, he was opening for Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Before his headline show at First Avenue, he and his band (formerly known as the Honeybears) stopped by to play a few songs off the new record and chatted with Barb Abney about aliens, his connection to Minnesota and what touring with Spoon was like. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/03/black-joe-lewis-live?refid=0 Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:50:00 -0500 Cold War Kids perform live in The Current studios Before playing in First Avenue's mainroom, Cold War Kids stopped by to play a few songs off their fourth studio record, <em>Dear Miss Lonelyhearts</em>, released earlier this year. They chatted with host Barb Abney about Billy Bragg, about touring non-stop for the past year, and about a missed connection with Brian Eno. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/02/cold-war-kids-live?refid=0 Wed, 02 Oct 2013 10:50:00 -0500 Typhoon perform live in The Current studios Typhoon, based in Portland, Ore., are currently touring in support of their third full-length album, <i>White Lighter</i>. They stopped in to talk to Barb Abney and to play a few songs in The Current's studio before performing at the Cedar Cultural Center on Thursday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/20/typhoon-live?refid=0 Fri, 20 Sep 2013 10:50:00 -0500 Album Review: Volcano Choir, 'Repave' Listen to Volcano Choir's sophomore release, <i>Repave</i>, and you'll find yourself enveloped in a swarm of lush, structured soundscapes, strings, percussion, vocal harmonies and mystery. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/16/album-review-volcano-choir-repave?refid=0 Mon, 16 Sep 2013 00:01:00 -0500 Album Review: Nine Inch Nails, 'Hesitation Marks' The new NIN album feels like a familiar friend. There are synthetic sounds that only Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross know how to make; this album is chock-full of those moments, as well as the sounds that give <i>Hesitation Marks</i> a career retrospective vibe. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/09/nine-inch-nails-hesitation-marks-review?refid=0 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 00:01:00 -0500 Franz Ferdinand perform in studio Glasgow's Franz Ferdinand are basking in the glow of their new release, <i>Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action</i>, and band members Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy recently visited with The Current's Barb Abney to talk about the new record. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/27/franz-ferdinand-live?refid=0 Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Smith Westerns perform live in The Current's studios Before playing a show at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, Smith Westerns stopped in the studios of The Current to talk to Barb Abney about touring, songwriting, their influences and what it's like to be a band out of Chicago. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/21/smith-westerns-perform-live-in-the-currents-studios?refid=0 Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:00:00 -0500 Jake Bugg performs an acoustic set live in The Current studios It was a gift from an uncle that launched singer-songwriter Jake Bugg's career. Until he was 12 years old, Bugg was only interested in playing soccer. But when an uncle presented the preteen Bugg with a guitar, Bugg "knew it was what [he] wanted to do." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/06/jake-bugg-live?refid=0 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:50:43 -0500 Album Review: Har Mar Superstar Sean Tillmann, aka Har Mar Superstar, has always had a penchant for soulful and funkier sounds. On <i>Bye Bye 17</i>, he seems to delve even deeper into the soul pantheon of his influences. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/03/har_mar_superstar_bye_bye_17_album_review?refid=0 Mon, 05 Aug 2013 00:01:00 -0500 Tonal Recall: 90's Movie Sountrack Edition After some recent discussion on Twitter, it seems that it is high time for another soundtrack episode of Tonal Recall! This time, let's put the focus on movies from the 90s. A bad movie doesn't necessarily mean a bad soundtrack! We've already received requests from the movies pictured above, but we want to play your request, as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/25/tonal-recall-90s-soundtracks?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:45:44 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Mayer Hawthorne Mayer Hawthorne stopped by The Current studios for a Theft of the Dial with Barb Abney. They talked about his new record <em>Where Does This Door Go</em>, including what one rule he set for himself during the recording process and what artists collaborated with him for the album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/16/mayer-hawthorne-totd2?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:11:26 -0500 The Current Sessions&trade;: Dessa's 'Parts of Speech' at the Fitzgerald Theater On June 22, The Current hosted Dessa's <em>Parts Of Speech</em> release show at The Fitzgerald Theater. With another Current Sessions at The Fitz, Barb Abney highlights the performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/10/dessa-fitzgerald-theater-performance-broadcast?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 06:50:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros stopped by The Current studios to chat with Barb Abney and shared some of their favorite tracks including a band that started the distorted guitar sound, a soul singer of the past who spills heart and guts into his vocals, and a band that isn't afraid to do song scene changes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/28/edward-sharpe-totd?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:10:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Julia Sweeney Julia Sweeney is a comedian and writer best-known for her stint on Saturday Night Live in the early '90s and for her hilarious, thoughtful and moving monologues. While she was in town for Wits last fall, she stopped by The Current to chat with Barb Abney and take over our airwaves. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/03/julia-sweeney-totd?refid=0 Fri, 03 May 2013 11:00:00 -0500 British indie-psych/garage upstarts Palma Violets perform at The Current British garage-rockers the Palma Violets have been kicking up a noisy, youthful rock storm for a couple of years now, with a raw sound daubed with rich, vintage organ sounds and shaded with hints of '60s psychedelia. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/01/palma-violets?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 12:30:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Cold War Kids While in town for a show at the First Ave mainroom, Long Beach, Calif.'s Cold War Kids stopped by The Current studio to chat with Barb and take over our airwaves to play some of their favorite tunes, featuring an eclectic mix of tunes old and new. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/16/cold-war-kids-totd?refid=0 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Album Review: The Strokes - Comedown Machine As recently as three years ago, fans were concerned whether we would ever see a new record from The Strokes, but the band rewarded our long wait with <em>Angles</em>. Fast-forward almost two years to the date and The Strokes have released their fifth studio record, <em>Comedown Machine</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/25/album-review-the-strokes--comedown-machine?refid=0 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Encountering Nine Inch Nails for the first time With Trent Reznor's announcement about a Nine Inch Nails tour, Barb Abney looks back at her first encounter with the band, and picks her top 5 songs from the NIN catalog. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/25/nine-inch-nails-tour-announce-abney-5-video?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:34:17 -0600 Theft of the Dial: Dan & Matt Wilson Brothers Dan and Matt Wilson have been playing together since they were kids. Now they're taking over The Current to share their favorite songs with you. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/15/theft-of-the-dial-dan-and-matt-wilson?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:00:00 -0600 Album Review: The Joy Formidable - Wolf's Law This record could be called "Arena Rock Lullabies for grown ups." I know how crazy it sounds. But it fits. The Joy Formidable have artfully woven a symphonic patchwork made up of delicate and dreamy moments joined with screaming guitars and cacophonous percussion. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/22/the-joy-formidable-wolfs-law-review?refid=0 Sun, 20 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Theft of the Dial: Mike Doughty While in town to perform at Wits, singer-songwriter, author and self-described "Most Improved Camper, West Point Youth Camp, 1982," Mike Doughty stopped by The Current to hijack our airwaves and spin some yarns about his favorite tunes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/06/theft-of-the-dial-mike-doughty?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2012 10:30:00 -0600 Album Review: Stars - The North Amy Milan's voice is both haunting and soaring on the latest record from Stars. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/26/stars-the-north-review?refid=0 Mon, 26 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion performs in The Current studio Starting in the early '90s, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion tore through the American indie scene with a careening, caustic strain of high-energy rock'n'roll, fusing garage-band revivalism, noise-punk and raw blues. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/23/the-jon-spencer-blues-explosion?refid=0 Tue, 23 Oct 2012 11:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Solid Gold - Eat Your Young The announcement of Solid Gold's new album came less than a month before the record hits shelves, proving our hometown boys have heard our pleas and wanted to get the record into our hands as quickly as they could. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/22/solid-gold--eat-your-young?refid=0 Mon, 22 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Silversun Pickups Silversun Pickups lead singer, Brian Aubert, hijacks our airwaves to share his musical picks in this edition of Theft of the Dial http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/18/theft-of-the-dial-silversun-pickups?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:00:00 -0500 Niki and the Dove perform in The Current studio Stockholm-based trio Niki and the Dove balances imaginative and playful songwriting sure to find favor among indie fans alongside beats and hooks so massive that it's not hard to imagine the band landing themselves on the pop charts. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/17/niki-and-the-dove?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:00:00 -0500 Brother Ali performs in The Current studio Brother Ali is a local hip-hop icon who's been in the game for over a decade. He stopped by The Current studio to chat with Barb Abney about his new album and play a few songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/18/brother-ali-live?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 11:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Cat Power - Sun On "Sun," Chan Marshall has become the rock star we've always needed: raw, evocative, outspoken and awe-inspiring. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/03/cd-of-the-week-cat-power-sun?refid=0 Mon, 03 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Dirty Projectors perform in The Current studio Dirty Projectors, the shapeshifting herd of arty indie-rockers led by oddball mastermind Dave Longstreth, have crowned the strange and surprising first decade of their existince with their smart, accomplished fifth full-length Swing Lo Magellan. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/07/dirty-projectors?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 11:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Soul Asylum - Delayed Reaction While their sound is familiar, it's not sloppy or dated in any way. It has a grounded feel to it, with just as much passion as before, but with more of the kind of focus that only growing up and having a family can give you. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/13/cd-of-the-week-soul-asylum?refid=0 Sun, 15 Jul 2012 23:59:00 -0500 Theft Of The Dial: Dan Wilson The story of Dan Wilson is by now a local legend. He helped create some of the biggest music hits in the '80s and '90s through his work in Semisonic and Trip Shakespeare. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/18/theft-of-the-dial-dan-wilson?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Dan Wilson Barb Abney got a chance to sit down with music superstar in advance of his appearance at Wits. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/18/theft-of-the-dial?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Musicheads Essentials: The Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen When people ask me what Afghan Whigs record they should listen to as an introduction to the band, without hesitation I say "Gentlemen" and here's why. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/08/musicheads-essentials-the-afghan-whigs--gentlemen?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Silversun Pickups - Neck of the Woods I love this quote from the band regarding the sound and texture of the record: "We wanted the louder stuff to sound cranky." Oh, it does. Even the tiniest moments of silence have a buzz and a darkness about them. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/06/album-review-neck-of-the-woods--silversun-pickups?refid=0 Sun, 06 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Lucy Michelle and The Velvet Lapelles performs in The Current studios Lucy Michelle and The Velvet Lapelles have been together for a long time. A string of well-received albums, best band nods and consistently well-attended shows has made the act a local treasure. In the past year though, they've been a little off the radar. Now we know why - the band has traded in their traditional folk sound for a full sonic revamp and the results on their newest record "Heat" couldn't be more promising. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/17/lucymichelle-live?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2012 11:30:00 -0500 Theft Of The Dial: Rhett Miller Rhett Miller still maintains a youthful charm which is why it's hard to believe he's been writing songs since 1989. As both a successful solo artist and the frontman of classic roots rock band Old 97's, Miller has become something of a prodigy in the Texas music scene where he hails from. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/10/theft-of-the-dial-rhett-miller?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Caroline Smith and The Good Night Sleeps performs in The Current studios Folk-pop singer/songwriter Caroline Smith began her music career in a similar fashion to that of Mason Jennings and Elliot Smith - with a residency at the 400 Bar. This led to meeting the fine people that would later put "the good night sleeps" in Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps including Arlen Peiffer, Jesse Schuster and David Earl. Their debut "Backyard Tent Set" was released in 2008 with a live album to fill the gap between that release and their follow up "Little Wind," which came out in September of 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/05/carolinesmithandthegoodnightsleeps-live?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 11:00:00 -0500 Lucero performs in The Current studios Lucero probably won't be slowing down anytime soon. Live show enthusiasts since their beginnings in the late '90s, the band performs hundreds of times a year in support of the nine records they've already put out. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/04/lucero-live?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 11:00:00 -0500 Kasabian performs in The Current studio British rockers Kasabian emerged at the height of the early-to-mid-2000s British indie hype wave alongside peers like The Libertines, The Music, The Coral and more. Last year, the band released their fourth album, "Velociraptor!," which was hailed by critics and fans as a major artistic step forward for the band. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/04/kasabian?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2012 11:00:00 -0500 The Joy Formidable performs in The Current studios The Joy Formidable has been around for five years now, but it wasn't until 2011 that they released their debut album. Building upon the steady buzz they received with their EP "A Balloon Called Moaning," they've since gone on to play late-night television, appear on film soundtracks and gather accolades from some of alternative rock's most iconic acts like Garbage and Foo Fighters. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/20/joyformidable-live?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 11:30:00 -0500 Album Review: The Honeydogs - What Comes After Nope, The Honeydogs didn't get that "rock 'n roll formula" memo. Or if they did, they ignored it. And we should thank them for it. While it's true that "What Comes After" is The Honeydog's first studio recording they've released in six years, it is also true that with this10th studio effort, they've released the best CD of their career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/11/album-review-what-comes-after--the-honeydogs?refid=0 Sun, 11 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Tennis perform live in The Current studio Denver-based band Tennis describe their new album "Young and Old" as "Stevie Nicks going through a Motown phase." Produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys and recorded in three weeks, their breezy pop songs were inspired by touring and poetry from Yates. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/23/tennis-live?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2012 16:39:57 -0600 Heartless Bastards performs in The Current studio Heartless Bastards encapsulates that all too classic story of the small Midwest band who quickly found an audience and rose to prominence. In their case, it was a hard-hitting approach to blues rock and frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom's lyricism which got them their accolades. The niche in music they helped to fill in the early aughts hasn't lost its importance - Heartless Bastards is still on the forefront of a scene which seems to be exploding in popularity. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/16/heartlessbastards-live?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 11:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Amy Winehouse - Lioness: Hidden Treasures When you think of Amy Winehouse, you may think of the tragedies of her short life that played out right in front of us. It's hard not to think about the multiple times we read about her substance-fueled performances or the performances cancelled because she was unfit to take the stage. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/18/album-review-amy-winehouse--lioness-hidden-treasures?refid=0 Sun, 18 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Theft of the Dial: Black Keys This July, The Black Keys were kind enough to drop in and do a Theft Of The Dial session with us before playing a long Sold-Out show with Cage the Elephant. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/12/theft-of-the-dial-black-keys?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Rachael Yamagata performs live in The Current studio After college at Northwestern University, Rachael Yamagata got her music start with Chicago band Bumpus. After six years of touring, she decided to go solo releasing her first self-titled EP in 2003, which she followed up with her first full-length "Happenstance" a year later. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/11/rachael-yamagata-live?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2011 11:00:00 -0600 Neon Indian performs live in The Current studio Music runs in the family for Alan Palomo, frontman for the electro-indie band Neon Indian. Born in Mexico, his father was a pop star in the '70s and '80s, which influenced his band now based in Denton, Texas. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/13/neon-indian-live?refid=0 Sun, 23 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Tom Waits - Bad As Me For someone who has said he doesn't spend a great deal of time in front of a computer, Tom Waits knows how to use the internet to get his message across. Remember the 2008 "press conference" for his Glitter and Doom tour? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/23/album-review-tom-waits--bad-as-me?refid=0 Sun, 23 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0500 The Drums perform in The Current studios Brooklyn band The Drums serve up a master class in wired guitar-pop. Their infectious music is sourced in everything from '60s garage-rock to '70s power-pop and '80s post-punk and new-wave. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/10/drums?refid=0 Mon, 10 Oct 2011 14:50:27 -0500 Album Review: Ben Folds and Nick Hornby - Lonely Avenue This is one of the most visual recordings I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. Full disclosure -- when I heard about this project for the first time I was very excited... but I was excited more about Nick Hornby than Ben Folds! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/28/album-review-ben-folds-and-nick-hornby--lonely-avenue?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Viva Voce performs in The Current studios Kevin and Anita Robinson are a husband and wife team that call Portland, Ore. home. They have been playing together for over 15 years as both Viva Voce and as part of Blue Giant. The band was in town for a show on the U of M Campus last week, and they dropped in for a very special, rare acoustic set. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/20/viva-voce?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 10:43:04 -0500 Ken Stringfellow performs in The Current studios In addition to his solo work, Ken Stringfellow is, or has been, in R.E.M., Big Star, The Minus Five, The Disciplines and The Posies, just to name a few. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/27/the_posies?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jul 2011 11:59:41 -0500 Album Review: Various Artists - Rave On Buddy Holly This amazing collection of songs highlights the musical legacy of an artist who was taken from us much too young. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/10/review-rave-on-buddy-holly?refid=0 Sun, 10 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 The Heavenly States perform in The Current studios Maybe you know Heavenly States because you saw them featured on CNN for playing in Lybia in 2005, shortly after the ban on western artists was raised. Maybe you discovered them recently because Britt Daniel of Spoon is featured on their latest single, "Berlin Wall." Maybe you've picked up one of their recordings over the last few years, or maybe you've known one of the members since high school. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/30/the_heavenly_states?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 15:23:23 -0500 Sloan performs live in The Current studio Unusual for most artists, each member of the band Sloan, which has maintained the same lineup for decades, contributes equally to songwriting. And at their live shows, each member switches instruments accordingly. They got their name from a friend, who was nicknamed "the Slow One" by his boss, but in the man's French accent, it sounded more like "Sloan." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/24/sloan-live?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2011 11:00:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Cake Cake was in town for a very special "Evening With Cake" a couple of weeks ago. John McCrae and Xan McCurdy took the time to drop by before the show for some chat and to play DJs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/25/theft-of-the-dial?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Meat Puppets perform in The Current studios Brothers Chris and Curt Kirkwood formed Meat Puppets nearly 30 years ago. They were "grunge" before it was a genre and "alternative" before it was a format. They were a major influence on Kurt Cobain and Nirvana's music. They've been through the ringer with record labels, touring and drugs, yet somehow they're still around to release Lolipop, their 13th studio album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/23/meat_puppets?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2011 16:05:27 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Chuck Klosterman Before we handed the airwaves over to Chuck, we spoke about his recent hiring at ESPN, his forthcoming book and former Guns 'n Roses axeman, Slash (with uproarious results). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/21/theft-of-the-dial?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Royal Bangs perform live in The Current studio The Knoxville, TN trio Royal Bangs have come a long way after playing an old soccer arena and coffee shops as teenagers. After starting their band in high school, growing to a five-member band that played SXSW in 2009, they decided to downsize their band to the current three piece. In recording their latest effort, "Flux Outside" the band enlisted the help of Scott Minor of Sparklehorse to engineer and help produce the record. They also had help from Dave Fridmann, who has worked with the Flaming Lips, Tapes 'n Tapes, MGMT, and Low, on the mixing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/18/royal-bangs-live?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2011 15:21:17 -0500 Dom performs in The Current studio The Worcester, Massachusettes quartet Dom signed to Astralwerks last fall. Since then they've released their debut EP "Sun Bronzed Greek Gods" and have been touring relentlessly. They dropped by for an in-studio while in town for a gig at The Entry. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/11/dom?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2011 11:44:49 -0500 Grouplove performs live in The Current studio The five-piece rock band Grouplove began in 2009 when they started playing together during their free time in Greece for an art recidency. When the world-travelers got back to the states they wanted to meet up again and keep working on the music they had been making abroad. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/06/grouplove-live?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2011 11:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Ra Ra Riot - The Orchard The Orchard is very apt title for the sophomore release from Ra Ra Riot, the six-piece indie band whose debut, 2008's The Rhumb Line, was a sleeper indie hit that year. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/28/album-review-ra-ra-riot--the-orchard?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Middle Brother performs in The Current studio Middle Brother is a trio that features the lead vocalists of Deer Tick, Dawes and Delta Spirit. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/16/middle_brother?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2011 16:46:44 -0500 Nicole Atkins performs in The Current studios Singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins has gone through a lot of life changes in the last couple of years, and they're all laid bare on her new album, "Mondo Amore." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/02/nicole-atkins?refid=0 Wed, 02 Mar 2011 17:36:19 -0600 S. Carey performs live in The Current studios Most notable for his work as the drummer of Wisconsin-hailed Bon Iver, Sean Carey -- who goes by S. Carey -- unintentionally started a solo side project while on tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/14/s-carey-live?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jan 2011 17:00:34 -0600 Album Review: Tapes n' Tapes - Outside Upon the expiration of their agreement with XL Records, Tapes 'N Tapes were free to self-release <em>Outside</em>, their third full-length record, on their own independent label, Ibid Records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/11/tapes-n-tapes-outside?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Azure Ray perform live in The Current studio After a seven-year hiatus, the two women behind Azure Ray are back with their dream-pop sensibilities with new album "Drawing Down the Moon." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/05/azure-ray-live?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2010 16:12:18 -0500 Matt Costa performs in The Current studio Matt Costa, like many California boys, dreamed of becoming a professional skateboarder. After a seriousd leg injury and over a year of rehab, however, he decided to focus on songwriting and playing the guitar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/26/matt_costa?refid=0 Tue, 26 Oct 2010 11:03:17 -0500 The Walkmen perform live in The Current studio Now on their fifth album entitled "Lisbon," The Walkmen have established themselves over the last ten years as a staple in the indie rock scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/15/walkmen-live?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2010 12:59:16 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Michael Franti Michael Franti was the very first artist to host a Theft Of The Dial session back in winter 2009. Last week, he was in town for a show with his band Spearhead, and he dropped by The Current to become the first artist to do a repeat Theft Of The Dial performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/14/theft-of-the-dial-michael-franti?refid=0 Thu, 14 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Muse Back in August, Dominic Howard called in to record a Theft Of The Dial session. We discussed touring, Twilight, Dr. Who and more. Then Dom chose a handful of tunes that he's pretty passionate about and went into detail why he chose them. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/04/theft-of-the-dial-muse?refid=0 Mon, 04 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Best Coast performs in The Current studio It's apparent with the album artwork, the band name and the lyrics that Bethany Cosentino belts out that she has a particular affinity for the West Coast. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/28/best_coast?refid=0 Tue, 28 Sep 2010 15:50:28 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Cee-Lo Green Cee-Lo Green, one half of Gnarls Barkley and a former member of Goodie Mob called us up shortly after the release of his Mixtape: Stray Bullets collection a few weeks ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/15/theft-of-the-dial-ceelo-green?refid=0 Wed, 15 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros perform live in The Current UBS Forum As the Southern California ten-piece that has become known for their infectious and endearing whistling-based love song "Home," Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have had a whirl-wind of a year since they were last in our studios. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/13/edward-sharpe-and-the-magnetic-zeros-live?refid=0 Fri, 13 Aug 2010 10:08:05 -0500 Tallest Man on Earth performs live in The Current studios Despite growing up in the land of disco and death metal, Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson, who goes by the moniker The Tallest Man on Earth, fell naturally into folk music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/24/tallest-man-on-earth-live?refid=0 Mon, 24 May 2010 10:45:04 -0500 Local Natives perform in The Current studios Mixing Americana templates with a sunny L.A. outlook, Local Natives' debut record, "Gorilla Manor," has given them the chance to go from Silver Lake to the clubs around the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/18/local_natives?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2010 16:44:01 -0500 Kate Nash performs in The Current studios At the tender age of 22, Kate Nash has accomplished more than most musicians twice her age. Her second album, "My Best Friend Is You," was just released, and she's been given the opportunity to tour the U.S. again.. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/17/kate_nash?refid=0 Mon, 17 May 2010 09:13:17 -0500 Rogue Valley perform live in The Current studios Despite being a brand-new band, Rogue Valley have some elements of familiarity to The Current listeners. From their orchestral-folk sound to their leader, local hero Chris Koza, Rogue Valley are primed for a round of success in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/08/chris-koza-and-rogue-valley-live?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2010 15:08:14 -0500 Field Music performs live in The Current studios The four-piece that call themselves Field Music began in Sunderland, in northeast England in 2004 and has played with the likes of Maximo Park and the Futureheads. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/15/field_music?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2010 10:23:05 -0500 Hockey performs in The Current studio With many of their songs about "trying to make it" in the music business, Hockey are slowly going to run out of material to write about. Often compared to The Strokes and LCD Soundsystem, the Portland, Oregon new wave pop band have making new fans since they began in 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/12/hockey?refid=0 Fri, 12 Mar 2010 16:41:05 -0600 Album Review: Broken Bells (self-titled) If you're expecting Gnarls Barkley meets The Shins, you wouldn't be completely off base... but you wouldn't be completely accurate either. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/09/broken-bells-review?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Wild Beasts perform live in The Current studios One of the most explosive forces in the indie rock community in the last few years, Wild Beasts have inspired everything from critical praise to interpretive dance troupe covers. The UK four-piece mix shoegaze traditions with glammy theatrics to tell their stories. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/02/wild_beasts?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 11:30:03 -0600 Phantogram performs in The Current studio Joshua Carter and Sarah Barthel of Phantogram have known each other since junior high school but didn't become a band until 2007. After the duo honed their unique sound--slow-burning indie rock decorated with heavy, eerie electronics--they quickly earned the attention of independent labels. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/01/phantogram?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2010 12:55:51 -0600 Album Review: Massive Attack - Heligoland Robert Del Naja and Grant Marshall - known respectively as "3D" and "Daddy G" - are the founding members and driving force behind Massive Attack. I've been a fan of this band since my first listen to their full length debut, Blue Lines, back in the very early 90's. Massive Attack have their own "sound." While many trip hop bands sound a bit similar, Massive Attack stands out, yet offers a kind of certainty. It's not like the samey-same sound of one of The Ramone's songs versus another. It's more like a flow and a similarity to even their most decidedly different downtempo beat. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/22/cd-review-massive-attack?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Dessa performs in The Current studios Dessa stopped by The Current studio to promote her debut release "A Badly Broken Code." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/01/20/dessa?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2010 16:10:04 -0600 Album Review: Twilight - New Moon soundtrack (Various Artists) Just in case this nugget of pop culture is not on your radar, Twilight: New Moon is about vampires. You'd expect dark, moody and sinister, right? Well, that's what you get. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/16/twilight-new-moon-soundtrack-review?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Langhorne Slim performs live in The Current studios Taking his moniker from his birth place, Langhorne, PA, folk singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim (nee Sean Scolnick) now calls many places home including Portland, OR, California, and Brooklyn, NY. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/16/langhorne_slim?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2009 14:48:07 -0500 Kevin Devine performs live in The Current studio How do you master the balance between sugary melodies and challenging subjects? Just ask Brooklyn native Kevin Devine who has been building his career on doing just that for over a decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/05/28/kevin_devine?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2009 09:52:28 -0500 Maria Taylor performs live in The Current studios Maria Taylor's brand of dreamy, folk-tinged rock has led to inspired collaborative and solo works since her career began over fifteen years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/04/21/maria_taylor?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2009 13:11:45 -0500 Album Review: Depeche Mode - Sounds of the Universe "Sounds Of The Universe" is the 12th studio album from synth pioneers Depeche Mode -- their best since 1990's "Violator." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/04/20/album-review-depeche-mode--sounds-of-the-universe?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Dave Wakeling takes over the airwaves in another Theft of the Dial When I think about Dave Wakeling. I honestly get a little giddy. I mean, this guy has been a professional musician since I was in grade school! I remember hearing "Mirror In The Bathroom" years ago and loving that sound because I had honestly never heard anything like it before. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/04/16/dave-wakeling-theft-of-the-dial?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2009 17:06:38 -0500 Ra Ra Riot performs in The Current studios It is unusual for young, college bands to gain widespread critical acclaim just months after their formation, but that's exactly how Ra Ra Riots story began. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/04/15/ra_ra_riot?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2009 16:08:26 -0500 Oren Lavie performs live in The Current studio Singer, playwright, director and songwriter Oren Lavie has grown up all over the world, carrying influences from each of his seemingly native lands into his music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/03/31/oren_lavie?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 12:36:02 -0500 Ben Kweller performs in The Current studios He's been called everything from balladeer to punk rocker, anti-folker to indie-popper. On his twelfth birthday, he received his first electric guitar and in 1993 started his first punk band, Radish. They broke up in 1999 and Ben Kweller moved to Brooklyn, New York to embark on a solo career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/02/18/ben_kweller?refid=0 Wed, 18 Feb 2009 13:55:23 -0600 Anya Marina performs in The Current studios Anya Marina has been on the radio for years. Except she was the one playing the music rather than creating it. The former San Diego DJ is on the other side of the microphone now with her delicate song-writing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/02/02/anya_marina?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2009 11:25:05 -0600 Rachael Yamagata performs in The Current studio In 2001, after six years with Chicago funk bank, Bumpus, singer/songwriter Rachael Yamagata decided to go solo. Now, one album and three EPs later, she's releasing a new double-disc album entitled, "Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/03/rachael_yamagata?refid=0 Fri, 03 Oct 2008 09:21:27 -0500 We Are Scientists perform in The Current studios We Are Scientists formed in Berkeley, California shortly before heading to New York City in 2001. Their name was taken from a conversation with a man at a truck-rental company. When the man asked the band if they were brothers, and they replied "No, we're scientists." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/08/08/we_are_scientists?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2008 10:03:08 -0500 The Go! Team perform in The Current studio The Go! Team is a six piece band from Brighton, England founded by Ian Parton. Their debut CD "Get It Together" was primarily a solo effort by Ian and released in 2000. In 2003 the single, "Kickstart" was released, followed by "Thunder, Lightning, Strike" in 2004, which quickly became a UK smash and nominated for a Mercury Prize. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/07/30/the_go_team?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2008 10:39:57 -0500 Aviette performs in The Current studios Self-described as "The Cure meets Sonic Youth," local indie rockers Aviette (pronounced Ah-vee-ette) are releasing their second album "The Way We Met." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/06/26/aviette?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2008 09:59:21 -0500 Haley Bonar performs in the Current studios Over a year in the making, local singer/songwriter Haley Bonar is releasing her third album, "Big Star" and on tour across the country with Haden. The new album, named after her favorite song, the title track is about irony and fame. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/06/12/haley_bonar?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Black Kids perform in The Current studio The band Black Kids posted their four-song EP on their MySpace page and received a lot of buzz, subsequently becoming one of the most talked about new bands in 2007. Their style of music combines '60s style pop, '80s new wave and upbeat dance grooves. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/05/07/black_kids?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2008 09:44:58 -0500 Tapes 'n Tapes perform in the Current studio With one full-length album under their belts, Minneapolis' Tapes 'n Tapes are ready to release their follow up "Walk It Off" on Tuesday. The fabulous four-some stopped by our studios to play some of the new songs and chat about their busy touring schedule and the blogger buzz. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/04/03/tapes_n_tapes?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2008 14:09:53 -0500 Guided by indie rock John Sellers just may be the most obsessive Guided by Voices fan on the planet. And, if you know anything about Guided by Voices fans, that's really saying something. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/12/indierock?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2008 11:00:00 -0500 Mike Doughty performs in The Current studio Mike Doughty began his music career as frontman for the band Soul Coughing in 1992. In 2008 Mike Doughty is back with a brand new album entitled, "Golden Delicious" and sounding better than ever. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/02/19/mike_doughty?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2008 09:33:46 -0600 The Bird and the Bee perform live in The Current studios What started as a side project for two friends to collaborate and just have fun has become quite a bit more. In just over a year since their last stop by our studios Inara George and Greg Kursten have released a full length an Ep and they're just about to release another EP next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/01/10/the_bird_and_the_bee?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2008 09:49:02 -0600 The Owls perform in The Current studio "Finally" is quite often the first word that comes to mind when people hear that local indie-poppers The Owls are finally releasing a full-length album. Their follow-up to 2004's "Our Hopes And Dreams" EP, "Daughters and Suns" continues to be loaded with male-female vocal harmonies and catchy melodies. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/11/05/the_owls?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2007 14:37:33 -0600 Rogue Wave perform in The Current studios What's the best thing to do when you find yourself unemployed? Well, go to New York City, do some recording, head back to San Francisco, ditch your solo project, and form your own indie-rock band. That's exactly what Zach Rogue did when he left his solo project, Desoto Reds, to form Rogue Wave at the end of 2002. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/23/rogue_wave?refid=0 Tue, 23 Oct 2007 10:03:57 -0500 Matt Pond PA performs in the Current studio It's been just under a year since Matt Pond PA stopped by the station the first time. In that time the lineup has changed a bit and they've released both the If You Want Blood EP and the Last Light full length album, which show's Matt's reverence for those who are English, like Pulp and Blur. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/10/matt_pond_pa?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2007 13:50:06 -0500 Bat For Lashes perform in the Current studio Not so very long ago, Natasha Kahn began having very vivid dreams. When she awoke one morning she asked herself who wrote the song she heard in her dream? She realized she had written the entire song in her sleep. She continued to apply the things she was dreaming, layering both delicate and bombastic elements together to create the album Fur And Gold. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/03/bat_for_lashes?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2007 14:21:57 -0500 The Weakerthans perform in the Current studio The Winnepeg band The Weakerthans are celebrating ten years together with the release of their fourth album, Reunion Tour. The band seldom play acoustic sets in public, but we were treated to one of these rare performances when the band dropped by for an in-studio session prior to the their show with Last Town Chorus. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/09/25/weakerthans?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2007 09:19:18 -0500 Ani DiFranco walks the righteous road Even with a successful music career, thriving record label, and a new baby, the acoustic folk songstress Ani DiFranco continues to tour non-stop. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/09/21/ani_difranco?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2007 16:39:06 -0500 Ben Lee performs in the Current studio Much to his own surprise, more and more people are being exposed to Ben Lee's music. On the eve of the release of sixth solo effort, Ripe, the former Noise Addict stopped by on "day one" of a very brief, five-city promotional tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/08/28/ben_lee?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2007 11:22:05 -0500 Patti Smith performs in the Current studio Poet; artist; punk rocker; activist and mother. These are all words we use to describe the legendary Patti Smith. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/08/07/patti_smith?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2007 12:59:26 -0500 Dappled Cities perform in the Current studio Their new album Granddance was released stateside less than two months ago, and it's garnering raves all through the indie media. The album was produced by Jim Fairchild and during their interview they talked about their friendship with him and how the title of their album is an homage to his former band, Grandaddy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/07/30/dappled_cities?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2007 11:25:27 -0500 Jesca Hoop performs in the Current studio It wasn't all that long ago that Jesca Hoop left her Mormon family behind and set off on her own to pursue her musical career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/07/10/jesca_hoop?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jul 2007 17:17:22 -0500 Dan Deacon performs live in the Current studio Dan Deacon has been getting a lot of attention lately. The Baltimore City paper has named him Best Solo Performer for the past two years. Pitchfork gave the new album, Spiderman Of The Rings, an 8.7 and named the album the Best New Music of May. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/06/28/dan_deacon?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jul 2007 16:03:04 -0500 The Boggs perform in the Current studio The word "musical collective" gets thrown around quite a bit these days, but this Brooklyn-based outfit really fits the bill. The only current band member who played on the new album Forts was the band's founder, Jason Friedman. Over the years members of the bands Enon, Liars, Au Revoir Simone, and others have rotated in and out of the band. The current line-up is a five-piece, including two drummers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/06/25/the_boggs?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jun 2007 13:10:29 -0500 Ryan Adams in the Current studio Ryan Adams gets a bad rap. It's been years since the well publicized "Summer of '69" on-stage meltdown and the famous voice mail rant. He's been referred to as "difficult" by many. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/06/18/ryan_adams?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2007 14:36:42 -0500 Johnette Napolitano performs in the Current studio You would probably know the name Johnette Napolitano from her work as the frontwoman of the band Concrete Blonde. These days she's just as busy as ever, but in a much more "under the radar" way. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/06/06/johnette_napolitano?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jun 2007 14:20:16 -0500 The Clientele performs in the Current studio If you combined the Zombies with Galaxie 500, you'd have The Clientele. In fact, there was some discussion of Galaxie 500's frontman Dean Wareham during their visit. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/06/01/clientele?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2007 15:37:27 -0500 A Fine Frenzy perform in the Current studio Alison Sudol, Stephen, and Daxx took the inspiration for their band name from A Midsummer Night's Dream. They are A Fine Frenzy and the name certainly seems to fit them. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/05/24/a_fine_frenzy?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2007 11:16:25 -0500 Digitata Live in the Current studio Local electro-rockers, Digitata warned us about the dangers of drinking 3.2 beer during the recording process. They still managed to turn out a solid record. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/05/17/digitata?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2007 15:55:29 -0500 M. Ward performs in the Current studio Early in his career M. Ward had hoped to go to Europe "on someone else's dime." He's had that opportunity a few times and is about to do it again while touring in support of Norah Jones. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/05/07/m_ward?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2007 09:57:15 -0500 Astrid Swan performs live in studio Finnish multi-instrumentalist Astrid Swan has played with Jose Gonzalez, Mew, Loney Dear, Jamie Cullum, and Lou Barlow. Astrid likes to point out that none of these people look or sound like her. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/04/20/astrid_swan?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2007 08:20:50 -0500 The Klaxons perform in studio Eighteen months ago James Righton was an English teacher. He and a couple of friends began playing and recording together as Klaxon. They put out their first single just over a year ago. While there was a bit of a buzz about the band, they were relatively unknown. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/04/18/klaxons?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2007 14:43:31 -0500 Birdmonster live in studio It's rare that the phrase "punk-influenced" is used to describe a band that includes a banjo, melodica, and cello. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/23/birdmonster?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2007 14:51:29 -0500 Forward, Russia! plays a numbers game An English indie band from Leeds, formed in the Spring of 2004. The band was particularly well known for its decision to only name tracks with numbers, in the order that they were written. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/12/06/forward_russia?refid=0 Fri, 08 Dec 2006 09:59:24 -0600 My Brightest Diamond performs in studio My Brightest Diamond is Shara Worden, granddaughter of an Epiphone-playing traveling evangelist, fathered by a National Accordion Champion, and mothered by a church organist. Spanish tango, Sunday-morning gospel, classical and jazz were the accompaniment to her home life. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/11/30/my_brightest_diamond?refid=0 Thu, 30 Nov 2006 15:50:40 -0600 Now It's Overhead performs in studio Now It's Overhead mixes moody pop influences such as the Cure and Depeche Mode and the layered textures of bands like Spiritualized and My Bloody Valentine into lovelorn indie rock. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/11/01/nio?refid=0 Wed, 01 Nov 2006 15:33:04 -0600 Takka Takka performs in studio Takka Takka doesn't have a major label record deal. They aren't even on an indie label. The Brooklyn quartet are distributing their low-fi, indie-rock themselves and hope that word-of-mouth will bring them an audience. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/10/05/takka_takka?refid=0 Thu, 05 Oct 2006 11:38:29 -0500