Minnesota Public Radio features by Mac Wilson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30161 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Fri, 25 May 2018 21:29:00 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Mac Wilson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Lake Street Dive perform in The Current studio To be clear, Lake Street Dive didn't 'self produce' their latest album, 'Free Yourself Up.' 'We produced each other,' says drummer Mike Calabrese. 'And there really is no better producer for us as individuals than the other members of the band.' Lake Street Dive recently visited The Current to play songs from the new record, including the hit single, 'Good Kisser.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/05/18/lake-street-dive-perform-in-studio-free-yourself-up-good-kisser?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2018 15:15:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Beach House, '7' Whether you have an intimate knowledge of all their songs to this point, or this is your very first time dipping your toes into the water of their music, '7' is yet another affirmation that when we listen to Beach House, we are standing in the presence of giants. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/05/11/album-of-the-week-beach-house-7?refid=0 Sun, 13 May 2018 00:00:01 -0500 Hot Snakes perform in The Current studio The morning after their sold-out show at the Turf Club, Hot Snakes stopped by The Current to play music from their first album of new music in 14 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/18/hot-snakes-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:00:00 -0500 Rhye perform intimate set in The Current's studio The morning after their sold-out show at the Fine Line, Rhye spent a few hours in The Current's studio, talking with Mac Wilson and performing "Please," "Softly," and "Song For You." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/10/rhye-perform-intimate-set-in-the-currents-studio?refid=0 Sat, 10 Mar 2018 11:20:22 -0600 Album of the Week: Ty Segall, 'Freedom's Goblin' Mac Wilson describes Ty Segall's latest as 'a kaleidoscopic journey through the mind of one of contemporary music's most prolific creators.' Read Mac's full review and listen to tracks from 'Freedom's Goblin,' our Album of the Week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/02/19/album-of-the-week-ty-segall-freedoms-goblin?refid=0 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:01 -0600 Lissie plays songs from her forthcoming album, 'Castles' 'Castles,' the new album from Lissie, releases March 23, 2018. In between shows at Icehouse in Minneapolis, Lissie and her band stopped at The Current to perform a couple tracks from the forthcoming album, as well as a hit from Lissie's 2016 release, 'My Wild West.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/26/hear-songs-from-lissie-s-new-album-castles?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 15:20:00 -0600 Album of the Week: Francis and the Lights, 'Just for Us' 'Just for Us' leans on a very minimalistic sound, giving the air of something he whipped up with some keyboards in his bedroom one afternoon. That isn't a bad thing, as all of these songs sound like a brief emotional snapshot, whose impact would perhaps have been lessened had they been subjected to a more rigorous recording process. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/05/album-of-the-week-francis-and-the-lights-just-for-us?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600 DJ Pick of the Week: Charlotte Gainsbourg, 'Deadly Valentine' "Deadly Valentine" is one of many instances in Charlotte Gainsbourg's music where she subverts initial impressions in a captivating way. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/20/dj-pick-of-the-week-charlotte-gainsbourg-deadly-valentine?refid=0 Sun, 03 Dec 2017 00:50:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Mac Wilson, host Host Mac Wilson shares his favorite music of 2017, sequenced as a 10-song mix. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/05/top89-staff-mac-wilson?refid=0 Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:27:10 -0600 Jessica Lea Mayfield sings to empower Jessica Lea Mayfield's new album, 'Sorry Is Gone', seems to have arrived at just the right time. As news headlines are filled with more and more people coming forward with accounts of abuse and harassment, Mayfield's new album is an empowering body of work. 'I feel like the more people that speak up, the better, especially when you're speaking up for yourself,' Mayfield says. Listen to Jessica Lea Mayfield's complete in-studio session to hear songs from the album and the story behind it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/11/jessica-lea-mayfield-sings-to-empower-in-the-current-studio-live?refid=0 Sat, 11 Nov 2017 17:40:00 -0600 Bully win with songs from 'Losing' in The Current studio On tour in support of their new album, 'Losing,' Bully stopped at The Current studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson, where they rocked three songs from the new release. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/06/bully-win-with-songs-from-losing-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 06 Nov 2017 12:50:00 -0600 Hiss Golden Messenger play songs, pass along a message of love Hiss Golden Messenger are busy touring in support of 'Hallelujah Anyhow', their second album in as many years. Before their show at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Hiss Golden Messenger stopped at The Current to play songs from their latest album as well as a track from 2016's 'Heart Like a Levee', and to chat with host Mac Wilson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/27/hiss-golden-messenger-play-songs-pass-along-a-message-of-love?refid=0 Fri, 27 Oct 2017 14:00:00 -0500 Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes chats with Mac Wilson Between two sold-out shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, the Fleet Foxes frontman talked about visiting the Walker Art Center, what it's like playing at the Palace and at Red Rocks, and how Fleet Foxes may be gaining something in common with the Grateful Dead. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/03/robin-pecknold-of-fleet-foxes-chats-with-mac-wilson?refid=0 Tue, 03 Oct 2017 12:15:00 -0500 Hear three new songs from Anderson East Anderson East and his band are touring the country, road-testing some recent singles from a not-yet-announced album. Traveling up through the Twin Cities between gigs in Madison, Wis., and the Wisconsin Dells, Anderson East and his band spoke with Mac Wilson and played some of the songs they've been woodshedding. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/09/29/hear-three-new-songs-from-anderson-east?refid=0 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 15:21:00 -0500 DJ Pick of the Week: Frankie Rose, 'Trouble' This week's DJ Pick of the Week comes from Frankie Rose's new record, 'Cage Tropical' out this month on Slumberland Records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/08/18/dj-pick-of-the-week?refid=0 Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0500 Mondo Cozmo revels in the power of music To hear Mondo Cozmo's story is to hear a tale of career rebirth. Mondo Cozmo -- aka Joshua Ostrander -- pulled himself from the brink of musical extinction with the help of catchy tunes, an eager label, and his trusty dog. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/08/07/mondo-cozmo-revels-in-the-power-of-music-in-studio?refid=0 Mon, 07 Aug 2017 13:45:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Sylvan Esso, 'What Now' Sylvan Esso's second album is a brisk 36 minutes of music that gradually ramps up to reveal itself, providing great fun along the way. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/08/07/album-of-the-week-sylvan-esso-what-now?refid=0 Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0500 John Darnielle of Mountain Goats shares what's on his mind John Darnielle is known for thoughtful and thought-provoking lyrics. ' I write more to find out what I'm thinking about than to express something I'm already thinking about,' the Mountain Goats frontman explains. Mountain Goats visited The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/07/john-darnielle-of-mountain-goats-shares-whats-on-his-mind?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jul 2017 15:35:00 -0500 DJ Pick of the Week: The Clientele, 'Lunar Days' 'Lunar Days' is the Clientele's first new song in seven years, it's Mac Wilson's DJ Pick of the Week for June 26. Check out the new track today! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/26/dj-pick-of-the-week-the-clientele-lunar-days?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0500 The Secret Sisters keep it human and honest Dealing with pain and frustration -- and being honest about it -- resulted in 'You Don't Own Me Anymore,' the beautiful new album from Laura and Lydia Rogers, aka The Secret Sisters. Before a show at The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, the Secret Sisters visited The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Mac Wilson. Listen to the complete session. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/24/the-secret-sisters-keep-it-human-honest?refid=0 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:35:00 -0500 Album of the Week: alt-J, 'Relaxer' 'Relaxer,' the third album from alt-J, is our Album of the Week. The new release 'proves to be a compelling record with plenty of intriguing rewards,' writes Mac Wilson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/12/album-of-the-week-altj-relaxer?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Interview: Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold discusses the band's new album, 'Crack-Up' The newest album from Fleet Foxes -- 'Crack-Up' -- is set to be released on June 16. Robin Pecknold recently talked with The Current's Mac Wilson about that, as well as the hiatus between 'Crack-Up' and the band's previous release, 'Helplessness Blues'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/09/interview-fleet-foxes-robin-pecknold-discusses-the-bands-new-album?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:25:00 -0500 Ron Gallo brings a big rock sound that defies categorization 'Heavy Meta,' the 2017 album by Ron Gallo, includes many styles and sounds, eluding simple musical categorization. You can't really sign up to be a genre or a style when you start making music,' Gallo says. In town for a show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis with Hurray for the Riff Raff, Ron Gallo and his band stopped at The Current studios and shook the house with some outsized jams and rocking tunes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/30/ron-gallo-rocks-out-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:00:00 -0500 The xx perform tracks from their album 'I See You' In town for a show at the Palace Theatre in downtown St. Paul, The xx hopped over a couple blocks to The Current to perform an in-studio session hosted by Mac Wilson. The xx played three songs of their latest album, 'I See You,' released in January of this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/28/the-xx-perform-tracks-from-their-album-i-see-you?refid=0 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:45:00 -0500 DJ Pick of the Week: Charly Bliss, 'Glitter' Mac Wilson has the DJ Pick of the Week for April 24, and he's selected 'Glitter' by Charly Bliss. 'Charly Bliss are bursting with choruses that are memorable after just one listen,' Mac writes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/24/dj-pick-of-the-week-charly-bliss-glitter?refid=0 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:55:00 -0500 Album of the Week: The New Pornographers, 'Whiteout Conditions' The latest album from the New Pornographers features some personnel changes, yet it is another gift from a terrific band. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/10/album-of-the-week-the-new-pornographers-whiteout-conditions-?refid=0 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:01:00 -0500 From college to a sold-out tour in one year: Maggie Rogers performs in The Current studio Just a year ago, Maggie Rogers was a senior at NYU; now she's performing a string of sold-out shows across North America. 'It's just pretty silly,' Rogers says incredulously. In town for a sold-out show at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis, Rogers and her band stopped at The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Mac Wilson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/01/from-college-to-a-soldout-tour-in-one-year-maggie-rogers-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Sat, 01 Apr 2017 15:45:00 -0500 The Orwells get straight to the rock in The Current studio Touring heavily in support of their third studio album, 'Terrible Human Beings,' the Orwells stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mac Wilson. The Orwells let the music do the talking, wasting little time getting right into the rock. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/18/the-orwells-get-straight-to-the-rock-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:15:00 -0500 Thundercat performs in The Current studio, talks Prince, 'Drunk' GRAMMY award-winner Thundercat and his band stopped by The Current to chat with host Mac Wilson and to perform songs off his new album, 'Drunk,' live in-studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/10/thundercat-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:25:37 -0600 Jens Lekman plays an acoustic set and shares his songwriting approach Touring in support of his newly released album, 'Life Will See You Now,' Jens Lekman stopped at The Current studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson. Lekman played a set of solo acoustic songs and pulled back the curtain on his songwriting process. 'When I don't know what to write about, I usually check my text messages to see what I've sent to friends of mine,' Lekman says. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/09/jens-lekman-plays-an-acoustic-set-and-shares-his-songwriting-approach?refid=0 Thu, 09 Mar 2017 11:20:00 -0600 DJ Pick of the Week: Jens Lekman, 'Evening Prayer' Mac Wilson has the DJ Pick for the week of March 6, 2017, and he's selected 'Evening Prayer' by Jens Lekman. 'The song turns out to be a beautiful ode to love and friendship, in a way I feel resonates with our era,' Mac writes. Read more about 'Evening Prayer,' and listen to the track. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/06/dj-pick-of-the-week-jens-lekman-evening-prayer?refid=0 Mon, 06 Mar 2017 09:50:00 -0600 Temples perform songs off 'Volcano' in The Current studio Temples stopped by The Current to chat with host Mac Wilson and to perform tracks off their new album, 'Volcano,' live in-studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/03/temples-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 03 Mar 2017 13:00:00 -0600 Theft of the Dial: Dawes Before their big gig at the State Theatre, Taylor Goldsmith, Wylie Gelber and Lee Pardini of Dawes stopped by The Current to curate a playlist and take over our airwaves with a Theft of the Dial. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/17/theft-of-the-dial-dawes?refid=0 Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:50:00 -0600 Album of the Week: Foxygen, 'Hang' Foxygen's newest album is lushly backed by a 40-piece orchestra, creating a rich sound that harks back to 1960s pop and to landmark albums of the 1970s. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/06/album-of-the-week-foxygen-hang?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0600 Celebrate the New Year when you want with Rock the Cradle Radio! Staying up until midnight on Dec. 31 can be a tough task -- particularly for the little ones! That's why Rock the Cradle Radio has set up a New Year's countdown every hour on the hour starting at 5 p.m. And Mac Wilson has recorded a stream-able New Year countdown you can listen to at any time. Happy New Year from The Current and from Rock the Cradle Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/31/celebrate-the-new-year-when-you-want-with-rock-the-cradle-radio?refid=0 Sat, 31 Dec 2016 00:01:00 -0600 DJ Pick of the Week: Mac Wilson, Amber Coffman, 'All to Myself' Amber Coffman's name and voice are probably most familiar from her work with Dirty Projectors, but she takes a step into the spotlight with an announced new solo record, 'City of No Reply', due in 2017. The first taste of her solo material is the striking new single. 'All to Myself,' which is Mac Wilson's DJ Pick of the Week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/26/dj-pick-of-the-week-mac-wilson-amber-coffman-all-to-myself?refid=0 Mon, 26 Dec 2016 09:45:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Mac Wilson, host The Current's Mac Wilson shares his top songs of 2016. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/06/top89-staff-picks-mac-wilson?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600 Band of Horses perform in The Current studio Touring in support of 'Why Are You OK,' their fifth album in 10 years, Band of Horses stopped by The Current's studio to play their latest hit single as well as songs from a couple of their previous albums. 'It's fun for us to reimagine and learn new things about the songs we've been playing for years,' says frontman Ben Bridwell, who also shares what it is he found 'In A Drawer.' Check out the complete in-studio session. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/12/band-of-horses-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Sat, 12 Nov 2016 15:30:00 -0600 Album of the Week: Warpaint, 'Heads Up' Warpaint's latest album features the danceable lead single 'New Song' alongside tracks that are more consistent with Warpaint's oeuvre of meticulous sounds best suited for a rainy day. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/31/album-of-the-week-warpaint-heads-up?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Saint Motel perform in The Current studio Saint Motel formed and are based in Los Angeles, but the band's A/J Jackson is originally from Minneapolis. 'My metric of how we're doing as a band is my mom and whether or not she hears us on The Current,' Jackson says. Touring in support of their album, 'saintmotelevision,' Saint Motel stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mac Wilson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/25/saint-motel-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:15:00 -0500 Bishop Briggs performs in The Current studio It's been an interesting year for Bishop Briggs, aka Sarah Grace McLaughlin. Bishop Briggs spent last summer opening for Coldplay, and now she is touring with Austin-by-way-of-Iceland band Kaleo. Before her Twin Cities show, Bishop Briggs stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mac Wilson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/22/bishop-briggs-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:45:00 -0500 Marian Hill perform in The Current studio Taking their name from a mashup of character names from 'The Music Man,' Marian Hill are touring in support of their debut full-length album, 'Act One.' While in town to play a show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Marian Hill visited The Current studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/08/marian-hill-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Sat, 08 Oct 2016 10:45:00 -0500 Glass Animals perform in The Current studio The people Glass Animals' Dave Bayley met while on tour for the band's previous album formed the foundation for Glass Animals' new record, 'How To Be A Human Being.' In town for a show at the Myth Live Event Center in Maplewood, Minn., Glass Animals stopped at The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Mac Wilson, where Bayley provides the story behind the stories that inspired this new batch of songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/07/glass-animals-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2016 14:45:00 -0500 Haley Bonar performs in The Current studio Ready to celebrate the release of her latest album, 'Impossible Dream,' at Sociable Cider Werks in Minneapolis on Sunday, Sept. 25, Haley Bonar and her band stopped in to The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/23/haley-bonar-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:50:00 -0500 Warpaint perform in The Current studio California quartet Warpaint recently stopped by our studio to share songs from their forthcoming release, Heads Up. The group also chatted with Mac Wilson about the making of that album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/22/warpaint-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:33:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Various artists, 'Day of the Dead' Aaron and Bryce Dessner of the National have curated a gargantuan new collection spotlighting the music of the Grateful Dead. The collection includes contributions from the War on Drugs, the National, and Courtney Barnett. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/08/album-of-the-week-various-artists-day-of-the-dead?refid=0 Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Album of the Week: The Avalanches, 'Wildflower' The Avalanches' album 'Wildflower' isn't a record that easily clicks into focus, but the underlying infrastructure is not only apparent, it's fairly spectacular at that. The joy of the album is its consistent sense of surprise. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/18/album-of-the-week-the-avalanches-wildflower?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0500 The Avett Brothers perform in The Current studio In town for a show at Target Center with Brandi Carlile, the Avett Brothers stopped in The Current's studio for a session, during which they played some songs from their forthcoming album, 'True Sadness.' Watch two videos and hear the entire session. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/11/the-avett-brothers-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:20:00 -0500 Marlon Williams performs in The Current studio On tour with Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop, New Zealand singer-songwriter Marlon Williams visits The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson. After encountering country music as a teenager, Williams has found his niche writing and performing in the Americana genre. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/10/marlon-williams-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2016 13:50:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Sturgill Simpson, 'A Sailor's Guide to Earth' Sturgill Simpson's excellent new album weaves a nautical theme to engage a listener's emotions, present thoughtful challenges and make one appreciate the art of album sequencing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/30/album-of-the-week-sturgill-simpson-a-sailors-guide-to-earth?refid=0 Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Charles Bradley performs in The Current studio Soul singer Charles Bradley sings not only from his heart, but from his entire being. Bradley, together with his band the Extraordinaires, bring their soulful tunes into The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson. 'Music is what's keeping the world together today,' Bradley says. 'We've got to make it right all over the land.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/26/charles-bradley-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2016 16:40:00 -0500 Nada Surf perform in The Current studio Nada Surf, touring in support of their new album 'You Know Who You Are,' stopped in to The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson. 'The beauty of pop music is that even if some of the forms have been repeated a lot, there's always some little twist that can give you the right that it's all different and that each song is its own little universe,' says frontman Matthew Caws. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/13/nada-surf-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2016 15:20:00 -0500 Album of the Week: M83, 'Junk' M83's Anthony Gonzalez has spoken about attempting to resurrect bits of pop culture thought to be forgotten; his band's latest 'Junk', veers frenetically across a range of influences, giving the effect of an anthology of postcards from the past. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/09/album-of-the-week-m83-junk?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Album of the Week: The Lumineers, 'Cleopatra' The Lumineers faced a steep climb after experiencing an enormous hit straight out of the gate. Their follow-up, 'Cleopatra', is a mixed bag; it contains some of the best music the trio has ever produced alongside less captivating work. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/25/album-of-the-week-lumineers-cleopatra?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Bleached perform live in The Current studio, remember Prince After a show in First Avenue's 7th St. Entry, Bleached stopped by The Current to perform in-studio and to chat with host Mac Wilson about their new album, <em>Welcome the Worms</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/24/bleached-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Sun, 24 Apr 2016 14:50:00 -0500 Haelos perform in The Current studio London-based Haelos began as a studio project, but after being signed to Matador Records, they reworked their arrangements for live performance. 'Nothing feels better than being onstage with six people and all sort of jamming out,' says singer Lotti Bernardout. Haelos recently stopped in to The Current's studio for a live session hosted by Mac Wilson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/12/haelos-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2016 13:20:00 -0500 DMA's perform in The Current studio After playing for a rapt crowd at the Triple Rock Social Club, DMA's stopped by our studios to play a few songs and talk about their debut album 'Hills End.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/07/dmas-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2016 15:00:00 -0500 Brian Fallon performs in The Current studio Brian Fallon, who also plays with the bands Gaslight Anthem and Horrible Crows, now has a solo record out, 'Painkillers.' Fallon has a strategy for multitasking: 'I have a thing where I only write one record at a time,' he says. While in the Twin Cities for a show in Minneapolis, Fallon stopped at The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Mac Wilson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/21/brian-fallon-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2016 14:50:00 -0500 Low Cut Connie perform in The Current studio Low Cut Connie brought their spirited rock 'n' roll to The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson, kicking out a rollicking rendition of their single 'Boozophilia,' followed by a barrelhouse medley of the Velvet Underground's 'Foggy Notion' and David Bowie's 'Suffragette City'. 'It's a pleasure to be able to have a platform to honor [Lou Reed and David Bowie], and to put our little stamp on their music,' says the band's Adam Weiner. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/26/low-cut-connie-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 2016 11:20:00 -0600 Album of the Week: Grimes, 'Art Angels' Grimes's 'Art Angels' will almost certainly go down as one of the most boundary-pushing Albums of the Week we've ever featured at The Current. It is one of the strongest, strangest and best albums of recent years. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/25/album-of-the-week-grimes-art-angels?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:01:00 -0600 Mac Wilson examines the major Grammy races Following yesterday's Grammy nominations, The Current's Mac Wilson provides in-depth analysis and predictions in this year's major Grammy races. 'With the Grammys, what seems obvious is often obvious,' Mac writes, 'except for when they leave you reeling with a curveball.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/08/mac-wilson-dissects-the-major-grammy-races?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2015 09:15:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Mac Wilson, host The Current's host Mac Wilson shares his top songs of 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/01/top-89-staff-picks-mac-wilson?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:50:00 -0600 Album of the Week: Beach House, 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' For a band as meticulous as Beach House, it is surprising they have another batch of songs to release so soon after their last, 'Depression Cherry'. The new album, 'Thank Your Lucky Stars,' is no surprise, no rarites collection; the quality of the new album speaks for itself. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/30/album-of-the-week-beach-house-thank-your-lucky-stars?refid=0 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0600 Walt Mink's John Kimbrough stops by The Current studio It's been 10 years since Walt Mink last performed in the Twin Cities, but John Kimbrough has reunited with bassist Candice Belanoff and drummer Zach Danziger for a special reunion show taking place tonight at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/30/walt-minks-john-kimbrough-stops-by-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 15:20:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats Seeking to expand his horizons and his reach, Nathaniel Rateliff connected with full-blown horn section the Night Sweats. The result is a rousing, energetic and catchy new record that fits firmly in the Stax Records catalogue. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/26/album-of-the-week-nathaniel-rateliff-and-the-night-sweats?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0500 John Grant makes music, dreams of a house on Lake Superior John Grant's 2015 album 'Grey Tickles, Black Pressure' is racing up the U.K. album chart, but that's not Grant's primary interest. 'All I want to know is: When can I have my house on Lake Superior?' he says. Grant lives in Reykjavik now, but loves the Midwest. Passing through the region on tour, Grant stopped in to The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/22/john-grant-makes-music-dreams-of-a-house-on-lake-superior?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2015 15:20:00 -0500 Seeing the visual side of songwriter Dan Wilson Minnesota native Dan Wilson is renowned for his songwriting, but he is also an accomplished visual artist, specializing in calligraphy and ink drawing. Wilson's songs and visual art come alive at a show at Mia on Friday, Oct. 16; he tells The Current's Mac Wilson (no relation) all about it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/16/seeing-the-visual-side-of-songwriter-dan-wilson?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2015 15:20:00 -0500 Ezra Furman cites many Minnesota-made influences Although he's from Chicago, Ezra Furman names a lot of Minnesota-bred talent among his influences, Bob Dylan chief among them. 'Bob Dylan opened a door in [my] brain,' Furman says. 'That's what we want records to do, right?' Check out the complete in-studio session, hosted by The Current's Mac Wilson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/15/ezra-furman-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:50:00 -0500 CHVRCHES perform in The Current studio As a teen, CHVRCHES' Lauren Mayberry discovered emo and feels that CHVRCHES' recent album, 'Every Open Eye,' treads in similar ground. 'It just means music with emotional content,' she says. 'That's what I look for in the music I listen to.' Listen to CHVRCHES' in-studio session and interview with Mac Wilson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/12/chvrches-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:50:00 -0500 Of Monsters and Men perform in The Current studio Ahead of their show at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, Of Monsters and Men stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs and to chat with Mac Wilson. They talk about their latest album, recorded in Reykjavik and Los Angeles, and they coyly mention an upcoming appearance on TV's 'Game of Thrones.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/01/of-monsters-and-men-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2015 18:50:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Wilco, 'Star Wars' Wilco's newest album, 'Star Wars', is a rarity amongst Wilco albums in that it seems to actively shy away from analysis or deeper meaning. For us listeners, it may mean we can simply sit back and enjoy it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/24/album-of-the-week-wilco-star-wars?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:01:00 -0500 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: Stephen Witt's 'How Music Got Free' For this month's Rock and Roll Book Club selection, Mac Wilson writes about a fascinating new history of the digital music era. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/13/how-music-got-free-stephen-witt?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2015 13:45:00 -0500 Django Django perform in The Current studio Ahead of their show in the First Avenue mainroom, the U.K.'s Django Django stopped by The Current to perform in-studio and to chat with host Mac Wilson about their new record, <em>Born Under Saturn</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/03/django-django-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:20:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Jason Isbell, 'Something More Than Free' Jason Isbell's follow-up to his iconic 'Southeastern' album, 'Something More Than Free' is a quiet record, with ample room for self-reflection, with vivid character studies and moments of insight. The music allows for contemplation while showcasing Isbell's talent as a songwriter. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/27/album-of-the-week-jason-isbell-something-more-than-free?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0500 On An On perform in The Current studio On An On are glad to be back in Minnesota. 'It feels like a homecoming,' says singer and guitarist Nate Eiesland. 'People are discovering we're from here.' Before their album-release party this Saturday, July 25, at Icehouse in Minneapolis, On An On stopped in to The Current's studio for a live session hosted by Mac Wilson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/23/on-an-on-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2015 10:50:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Desaparecidos, 'Payola' Desaparecidos' first record in 13 years, 'Payola' is an exhilarating, exhausting experience, somehow managing to sustain a remarkable intensity for its full 40 minutes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/06/album-of-the-week-desaparecidos-payola?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Best Coast, 'California Nights' Led by Bethany Cosentino's engaging vocals and Bobb Bruno's emergence as a guitarist and arranger, Best Coast's third full-length album just may be the one that nudges them from being a good band to a great band. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/25/album-of-the-week-best-coast-california-nights?refid=0 Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Musicheads Essential Artists: Joni Mitchell 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 Joni Mitchell. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/17/musicheads-essential-artists-joni-mitchell?refid=0 Sun, 17 May 2015 05:50:00 -0500 Album of the Week: My Morning Jacket, 'The Waterfall' Mac Wilson writes that 'The Waterfall' -- similar to other My Morning Jacket releases -- offers 'a lot to enjoy, a lot to love, but a lot to sift through to get to the gold.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/11/album-of-the-week-my-morning-jacket-the-waterfall?refid=0 Mon, 11 May 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Album Review: Death Cab for Cutie, 'Kintsugi' The latest album from Death Cab for Cutie continues the recent trend of alternative artists who explore the sonic depths of the 1980s. The result is a very enjoyable record. 'Kintsugi' releases on March 31. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/30/album-review-death-cab-for-cutie-kintsugi?refid=0 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 -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 Houndmouth perform in The Current studio Nurtured in the music scene of Louisville, Ky., alt-country four-piece Houndmouth stop by The Current's studio to chat with Mac Wilson the day after playing a sold-out show at the Turf Club in St. Paul. The band members talk about Louisville's supportive music scene and the advantage of having multiple lead singers in the band: "It's great because we don't individually have to write as many songs." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/24/houndmouth-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:25:00 -0600 Album Review: Belle and Sebastian, 'Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance' 'Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance' is another strong collection of songs from one of the world's strongest bands; the only diminished area of strength is as an album per se. Fortunately, the band decided to release a deluxe edition, creating an entirely new and vastly more fulfilling experience. Read Mac Wilson's review. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/16/album-review-belle-and-sebastian-girls-in-peacetime-want-to-dance?refid=0 Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:01:00 -0600 Album Review: Damien Rice, 'My Favourite Faded Fantasy' With the release of the lead single, &quot;I Don't Want to Change You,&quot; from Damien Rice's new outing, 'My Favourite Faded Fantasy,' social networks lit up with adulation and praise, as if an old best friend had suddenly re-emerged after a long absence. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/08/album-review-damien-rice-my-favourite-faded-fantasy?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Mac Wilson, host Host Mac Wilson shares his top 10 songs of 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/01/top-89-staff-picks-mac-wilson?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 12:00:00 -0600 Album Review: TV on the Radio, 'Seeds' TV on the Radio's new album is a thrilling return: arguably their most accessible effort to date, while still retaining just enough of the inscrutability that helped put them on the map. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/24/album-review-tv-on-the-radio-seeds?refid=0 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Joseph Arthur talks about Lou Reed's enduring influence When asked about his new record, Joseph Arthur unintentionally dropped a handful of big names. But now that the record is here only one name that matters: Lou. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/27/joseph-arthur-talks-about-lou-reeds-enduring-influence?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:48:44 -0500 Pixies perform live in The Current studio Touring in support of <em>Indie Cindy</em>, iconic indie-rockers Pixies -- Frank Black, Joey Santiago, David Lovering and Paz Lenchantin -- stopped by The Current's studio to record a session and to chat with host Mac Wilson before their gig at the State Theatre. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/14/pixies-perform-live-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:20:00 -0500 Album Review: Tweedy, 'Sukierae' Jeff Tweedy is in a band. No, not that band; not that band, either. It's an outfit he recently launched with his son, Spencer Tweedy, and is appropriately named Tweedy. <em>Sukierae</em> is the project's first album, and it's our Album of the Week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/15/album-review-tweedy-sukierae?refid=0 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Album Review: The New Pornographers, 'Brill Bruisers' The New Pornographers' newest record, 'Brill Bruisers', is not only their newest entry into a fantastic musical catalog, but also the latest chapter in a continuing narrative of the personal dynamic of this very special band and its members. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/25/album-review-the-new-pornographers-brill-bruisers?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0500 The Baseball Project perform in The Current studio In town for a show at the Cedar Cultural Center, The Baseball Project stop into the studio to play some songs and to talk baseball with The Current's Mac Wilson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/11/the-baseball-project-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:50:00 -0500 Interview: Jenny Lewis talks about 'The Voyager' Ahead of her show Sunday night at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Jenny Lewis stopped by The Current's studio for a live interview with Mac Wilson. The two talked about Lewis's new album 'The Voyager' and her collaborations with Ryan Adams and Beck. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/03/interview-jenny-lewis-talks-about-the-voyager?refid=0 Sun, 03 Aug 2014 15:15:02 -0500 Album Review: Jenny Lewis, 'The Voyager' "'The Voyager' is arguably the finest record of Jenny Lewis's career, which is not a conclusion I expected to derive, but a welcome surprise nonetheless." Read Mac Wilson's complete review of The Current's Album of the Week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/28/album-review-jenny-lewis-the-voyager?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Hamilton Leithauser performs in The Current studio In town to open for Ray LaMontagne in the newly renovated Northrop Auditorium, Hamilton Leithauser stopped by The Current studios to chat with host Mac Wilson and to play tracks off his recently released solo debut. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/11/hamilton-leithauser-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:50:00 -0500 Album Review: Conor Oberst, 'Upside Down Mountain' Conor Oberst's newest solo effort is a continuation of many of his trademark tropes, with all the connotations that come with them. Overall, Oberst's melodies possess a familiarity, making all the songs seem both comfortable and easygoing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/16/album-review-conor-oberst-upside-down-mountain?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Album Review: tUnE-yArDs, 'Nikki Nack' Tune-Yards' new album <i>Nikki Nack</i> consistently blurs the line between silliness and seriousness. These serious nursery rhymes address weighty issues. And even though Merrill Garbus's music sounds simple, even a cursory listen immediately reveals new patterns en route to a world that's distinctly her own. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/19/album-review-tuneyards-nikki-nack?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 First Listen: Sharon Van Etten, 'Are We There' 'Are We There' is a record of undeniable brilliance, a tough yet bracing listen that shows Van Etten reaching new heights as a songwriter, producer, and vocalist. Hear the entire album before its release on May 27, 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/16/first-listen-sharon-van-etten-are-we-there?refid=0 Sun, 18 May 2014 10:33:34 -0500 Lo-Fang performs in The Current studio Lo-Fang, whose given name is Matthew Hemerlein, is touring in support of his debut album, 'Blue Film'. After playing a sold-out show at the 7th Street Entry, Lo-Fang stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs and to chat with Mac Wilson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/05/lofang-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2014 14:00:00 -0500 Tinariwen perform in The Current studio Tinariwen, a band composed of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali, stopped in to The Current's studio ahead of their show Sunday night at The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/07/tinariwen-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:30:00 -0500 Album Review: St. Vincent, 'St. Vincent' With her new, self-titled record, St. Vincent erects new barriers of aloofness while also managing to make her most accessible and exciting record yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/07/album-review-st-vincent-st-vincent?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Album Review: Foster the People, 'Supermodel' Foster the People have made an admirable effort to inject an even more adventurous spirit into their second album, resulting in a mixed bag of new sounds that range from catchy to unfortunate. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/31/album-review-foster-the-people-supermodel?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Album Review: Phantogram, 'Voices' Phantogram's new release 'Voices' is such a series of knockouts, it can give the record the feel of a singles collection, or even a greatest hits album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/10/album-review-phantogram-voices?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Top 89 Staff Picks: Mac Wilson, Host Host Mac Wilson shares his top songs and albums of 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/02/top-89-mac-wilson?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 12:30:23 -0600 Okkervil River perform live in The Current's studios On the way to their show tonight at First Avenue, Okkervil River stopped by The Current's studios to talk about and to play some songs off their new album, <i>The Silver Gymnasium</i>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/01/okkervil-river-perform-live-in-the-current-s-studios?refid=0 Fri, 01 Nov 2013 19:20:00 -0500 Album review: Pearl Jam, 'Lightning Bolt' One of Pearl Jam's defining characteristics is that they have wedged themselves into their own corner of American rock music. They can rest assured that their spot in the canon will remain unaltered. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/28/album-review-pearl-jam-lightning-bolt?refid=0 Mon, 28 Oct 2013 00:01:00 -0500 The Head and the Heart perform in The Current's studios Between Saturday and Sunday shows at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Seattle-based The Head and the Heart stopped in to The Current's studios to chat with Mac Wilson and to play some songs of their new album, <i>Let's Be Still</i>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/27/the-head-and-the-heart-perform-in-the-current-s-studios?refid=0 Sun, 27 Oct 2013 16:20:00 -0500 UK sensation Tom Odell makes his Twin Cities and in-studio debut 22-year old UK songwriter Tom Odell released his debut "Long Way Down" in June and instantly shot to number #1 on his home country's charts. He joins an acclaimed list of English newcomers in 2013 who have attained the same honor like Jake Bugg and Rudimental. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/28/tom-odell-live?refid=0 Sat, 28 Sep 2013 16:00:00 -0500 Valerie June performs live in The Current studios The Tennessee singer-songwriter feels a deep connection &#151; if not responsibility &#151; to the great musical traditions of Memphis. She describes this and more during her in-studio chat with The Current's Mac Wilson. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/11/valerie-june-performs-live-in-the-current-studios?refid=0 Sun, 11 Aug 2013 13:12:45 -0500 Album Review: Camera Obscura - Desire Lines On 'Desire Lines,' Camera Obscura have delivered a well-produced, well-sequenced blend of pop songs intertwined with subtle heartstring-pullers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/01/album-review-camera-obscura--desire-lines?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Rising Scottish trio CHVRCHES performs in The Current studios Glasgow group CHVRCHES is making well-deserved waves amongst electro-pop music buffs. Last March they crossed the Atlantic for their first US performance at the massive South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX. They've been compared to Purity Ring, which isn't a surprise considering their synth-heavy sound and leading lady Lauren Mayberry's melodious, ethereal vocals. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/10/chvrches-live?refid=0 Sat, 08 Jun 2013 16:00:00 -0500 Album Review: The National - Trouble Will Find Me <em>Trouble Will Find Me</em> ranges from moody ballads to driving rockers, but true to the band's subversive nature, the rockers are more mellow than they first appear, and the ballads drip with menace. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/20/album-review-the-national--trouble-will-find-me?refid=0 Mon, 20 May 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Phoenix - Bankrupt! Over four albums prior and nearly fifteen years together, Phoenix have locked into what seems to be their signature sound: a fusing of synthpop and arena rock into one highly caffeinated hit after another, geared for maximum catchiness. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/22/album-review-phoenix--bankrupt?refid=0 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Musicheads Essentials: The White Stripes - Elephant If one listens to any one album by the White Stripes, they will hear a different shade of the band. Yet for all their elusiveness and apparent shape-shifting, the entirety of the band is really only visible on one album and one album alone: <em>Elephant</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/01/musicheads-essentials-the-white-stripes--elephant?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 11:30:00 -0500 Innovative indie-psych rockers Django Django perform at The Current British rockers Django Django have forged a stunningly inventive sound in their short existence, splitting the difference between vintage rock riffs 'n' rhythms and a contemporary, arty strain of electronic psychedelia. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/16/django-django?refid=0 Sat, 16 Mar 2013 16:00:00 -0500 Ra Ra Riot perform in The Current studio Good things come in threes with indie rockers, Ra Ra Riot. Fresh of the release of their third album, the band stopped by our studio for the third time to play three songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/05/ra-ra-riot-live?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 13:00:00 -0600 All you need to know about the 2013 Grammys This year's Grammy nominations have the greatest overlap with the Current's playlist than any other year in our history. The actual awards -- well, they overlapped a little. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/05/grammy-nominees-the-current?refid=0 Sun, 10 Feb 2013 18:00:46 -0600 Album Review: Benjamin Gibbard - Former Lives Without the pressures of his "real band," you can hear the burdens melt off Gibbard's songwriting, much like Jeff Tweedy has done with his non-Wilco projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/10/benjamin-gibbard-former-lives?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Mac Wilson interviews Dave Wakeling of the English Beat Dave Wakeling of the English Beat chatted with host Mac Wilson about Mac's mellifluous voice, the origins of Halloween, the band's life on tour, Minneapolis crowds and much more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/29/mac-wilson-interviews-dave-wakeling?refid=0 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 15:17:46 -0500 San Cisco performs in The Current studio On the strength of their low-fi garage pop sound, the Australian four-piece has generated considerable buzz surrounding their upcoming debut album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/21/san-cisco-live?refid=0 Sun, 21 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Rufus Wainwright performs in The Current studios Longtime fans waiting for a return-to-form can finally breathe a sigh of relief: Rufus Wainwright is back in the game. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/11/rufus-wainwright-live-2012?refid=0 Sat, 11 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Electric Guest performs in The Current studios When Asa Taccone's brother told him to share some of the music he was working on to his friend Brian, Asa didn't think it would lead to much. But luckily for him Brian was working on other projects as Danger Mouse and liked the sound that Asa was putting together. Through Danger Mouse Asa met Matthew Compton and Electric Guest was formed. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/24/electricguest-instudio?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jul 2012 08:07:54 -0500 Album Review: Hot Chip - In Our Heads "In Our Heads" is a thrillingly consistent album, veering from high-BPM stompers to some of Hot Chip's most touching ballads to date. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/06/cd-of-the-week-hot-chip?refid=0 Sun, 08 Jul 2012 23:59:00 -0500 Blitzen Trapper perform in The Current studio Portland, Ore. folk-rock troupe Blitzen Trapper have been exploring the boundaries and possibilities of Americana for over a decade now, releasing a half-dozen full-lengths and winning the hearts of the national indie scene along the way. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/09/blitzen-trapper?refid=0 Sun, 08 Jul 2012 13:30:00 -0500 The Walkmen perform in The Current studio The New York City-based quintet the Walkmen have cemented their status as one of indie rock's most accomplished and talented acts in the ten years since they released their debut album. Their jagged, post-punk influenced sound has steadily mellowed and expanded, and singer Hamilton Leithauser's songwriting has matured as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/01/walkmen-live?refid=0 Sun, 01 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Feist A sometime member of Broken Social Scene and a gifted singer-songwriter in her own right, Leslie Feist has released four albums of beautiful, folk-tinged indie-rock and has cemented her place as one of the indie community's most vital artistic voices. Her most recent album, Metals, was a mature and nuanced crystallization of the ideas and themes she's explored throughout her career. Currently on tour, Feist found time to stop by The Current studios to chat with Mac Wilson and take over our airwaves to play some of of the music she's enjoying lately. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/03/theft-of-the-dial-feist?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Feist Currently on tour, Feist found time to stop by The Current studios to chat with Mac Wilson and take over our airwaves to play some of of the music she's enjoying lately. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/11/theft-of-the-dial?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 First Aid Kit performs in The Current studio Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit have been playing, recording and releasing music together since they were both in their teens. Their sophomore release, "The Lion's Roar," features guest appearances from Joe Pernice and Conor Oberst and was released in January. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/07/first-aid-kit?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 11:00:50 -0500 Dry The River performs in The Current studios A fusion of hardcore, post-punk and folk (not kidding), the London-based five-piece Dry the River don't sit neatly in one genre. Growing up singing in a choir and then later as a teenager in hardcore bands, frontman Peter Liddle pulled from his parent's folk influences to create the distinct sound of Dry The River. Don't let the beards and violin fool you - they are not another Mumford and Sons! With their debut "Shallow Bed" due out in April, the band is touring heavily to promote it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/30/drytheriver-live?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 19:30:00 -0500 Album Review: The Shins - Port of Morrow Mac Wilson's review of the much-anticipated new release by The Shins. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/19/album-review-port-of-morrow--the-shins?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Shearwater performs in The Current studio Shearwater's first release on the Sub Pop label, "Animal Joy," is more aggressive than previous albums, focusing on the moments in life that, as lead singer Jonathan Meiberg describes, "bring your blood to the surface." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/19/shearwater-live?refid=0 Sun, 19 Feb 2012 15:19:23 -0600 Album Review: Sharon Van Etten - Tramp Van Etten has crafted a record bursting with meticulous sonic details, while also leaving plenty of space -- sonically and lyrically -- for contemplation. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/05/album-review-sharon-van-etten--tramp?refid=0 Sun, 05 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Guided By Voices - Let's Go Eat The Factory If their past history is any indication, this should be the first of several new releases for Guided by Voices, which will inevitably find the band shaking off any rust and perhaps even turning up the 'rock' knob a little more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/01/album-review-guided-by-voices--lets-go-eat-the-factory?refid=0 Sun, 01 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto Coldplay's music has always sounded universal and huge, but they take on an enormity on Mylo Xyloto that alternately thrills and leaves the listener distant. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/31/album-review-coldplay--mylo-xyloto?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Girls perform in The Current studios When San Francisco band Girls burst onto the indie-rock scene in 2009, they were heralded with a huge amount of hype and buzz, thanks to their infectious, messy garage-rock sound and to singer Christopher Owens' bizarre and fascinating life story (short version: it involves cults). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/02/girls?refid=0 Sun, 02 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Wilco - The Whole Love I can give no higher compliment to "The Whole Love" than to favorably compare it to "Summerteeth," and while it may not reach the peaks of the Wilco catalog, it is clearly their best record in nearly a decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/23/review-wilco-the-whole-love?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: The Strokes - Angles The Strokes' fourth album, "Angles," comes on the heels of a five-year band hiatus that saw numerous solo projects and sparked doubt over whether the band would ever record together again. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/22/album-review-the-strokes--angles?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Devotchka - 100 Lovers DeVotchKa's music is part of a trend that includes artists like Andrew Bird, Beirut and Calexico seemingly sprung from an alternate reality in which the British Invasion never reached American shores and yet the alternative movement flourished anyway. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/28/devotchka-100-lovers-review?refid=0 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Album Review: The Decemberists - The King is Dead The King Is Dead will touch most people in the same ways: as a breezy, enjoyable album that cuts down on the details and focuses on the pleasurable aspects of music and life. This is a solid way to ring in 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/14/decemberists-king-is-dead?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Middle Class Rut perform live in The Current studio Middle Class Rut is good ol' fashioned alternative rock, a band which has collaborated live with the likes of Alice in Chains and Social Distortion. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/18/middle-class-rut-live?refid=0 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 12:23:23 -0600 Junip performs live in The Current studio You would expect the side project of Swedish singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez to sound a lot like, well, Jose Gonzalez. But in fact, Junip was around before any of his solo material hit the market, and after a five year hiatus, the trio have reunited to play a krautrock form of folk with haunting drumkit and keys in tow. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/07/junip-live?refid=0 Sun, 07 Nov 2010 11:58:01 -0600 Hot Chip perform live in The Current studio Since forming ten years ago, the English, synth-loving electro-pop group Hot Chip have released four records and toured the world, and they're currently on tour with DFA label-mates LCD Soundsystem. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/21/hot-chip-live?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2010 15:28:01 -0500 Album Review: Belle and Sebastian Write About Love The centerpiece of Belle & Sebastian Write About Love is its title track. "Write About Love" is a marvel, a flawlessly constructed song that stands with the very best the band has ever done. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/11/belle_and_sebastian_write_about_love_review?refid=0 Mon, 11 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Ra Ra Riot performs live in the Current studio Indie-rockers Ra Ra Riot formed in early 2006, when they were friends at Syracuse University. After playing several house shows and venues around Syracuse as well as a handful of national festivals, the band released their debut record, "The Rhumb Line," in 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/06/ra-ra-riot-live?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 10:24:48 -0500 Dirty Projectors perform live in The Current studios You've got to hand it to Dirty Projectors. After all, the band somehow made all of frontman David Longstreth's most uneven and insanely complex ideas work. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/22/dirty-projectors?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 12:39:59 -0500 Kele performs live in The Current studios Kele is the new side-project from Bloc Party vocalist Kele Okereke. In an effort to focus more on his interest in dance music and fuel his creativity, Kele released the album "The Boxer" in June. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/12/kele-live?refid=0 Sun, 12 Sep 2010 13:54:38 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Interpol It was our pleasure to welcome Interpol to the Current studios to take over our airwaves for a Theft of the Dial session. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/25/theft-of-the-dial-interpol?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Minus the Bear performs live in The Current studios Seattle pop rock quintet, Minus the Bear, have seen several changes since their last visit to The Current in 2008. They've signed to their first major label and have released a new album, Omni, that is loaded with big sounds, big synth, and big hooks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/01/minus-the-bear-live?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jul 2010 17:25:43 -0500 Album Review: Jeremy Messersmith - The Reluctant Graveyard The Reluctant Graveyard is a thoroughly entertaining album from start to finish; for all the talk of death, proceedings never even approach dreariness. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/04/jeremy-messersmith-the-reluctant-graveyard?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: MGMT - Congratulations When it came time to record their second album, MGMT decided not to "play the game": rather than churning out another batch of hit singles, they instead pursued their own unique brand of disjointed psychedelia. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/14/album-review-mgmt--congratulations?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: MGMT - Congratulations "Congratulations" is a bold, disorienting, sometimes abrasive album of experimentation run rampant. With this album, MGMT is answering to no one, yet everyone. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/13/album-review-mgmt--congratulations?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Beach House performs in The Current studio Three albums into an astronomic career, Beach House is the critically renowned project of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, Baltimore natives who make ethereal dream-pop sound easy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/06/beach-house-live?refid=0 Tue, 06 Apr 2010 12:26:50 -0500 Fyfe Dangerfield performs in The Current studios Fyfe Dangerfield is most commonly known as the lead singer of the avant-garde Brit pop band Guillemots. Fyfe has recently taken his song writing to solo pastures. However, Guillemots fans are not to worry - the delightfully quirky band is still together and working on new material for an upcoming release. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/26/fyfe_dangerfield?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 12:10:52 -0500 Album Review: Eels - End Times Every time I begin to worry about Mark Everett, he leaves us with a glimmer of light; a tiny nod of reassurance, as if he's telling us that he -- and we -- will be okay. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/01/19/eels-end-times?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Girls perform in The Current studios A brand new band from San Francisco, Girls specialize in always-sunny California pop -- jangling guitars, beautiful harmonies and flawless hooks. Frontman Christopher Owens layers this sunny backdrop with darker lyrics reminiscent of more introverted artists. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/16/girls?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Tegan and Sara - Sainthood With each new record, single, or collaboration in pop culture, I find myself hoping Teegan and Sara gain wider acceptance and success. With their new album, "Sainthood," have they taken a step in that direction? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/27/tegan-and-sara-sainthood?refid=0 Tue, 27 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Jack Penate performs live in The Current studio Jack Penate's music has chamelion-like qualities. His first release "Matinee" had a swinging pop-ska sound while his latest album "Everything Is New" was a 180-degree change and leans more disco. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/26/jack_penate?refid=0 Sat, 26 Sep 2009 15:59:49 -0500 Metric performs live in The Current studios After a four-year stint working on solo records and side-projects, the Toronto- and Brooklyn-based band Metric has finally released their fourth album "Fantasies" and first since 2005's "Live It Out." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/13/metric?refid=0 Sat, 13 Jun 2009 14:56:46 -0500 Grizzly Bear performs in The Current studios Beginning at home as an experimental project, Grizzly Bear has pushed their lo-fi roots to the limits in their 2009 CD "Veckatimest." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/08/grizzly_bear?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jun 2009 10:32:06 -0500 Album Review: Jarvis Cocker - Further Complications Erstwhile Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker returns with his second solo release, "Further Complications." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/20/album-review-jarvis-cocker--further-complications?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2009 13:10:04 -0500 Album Review: U2 - No Line on the Horizon "No Line on the Horizon" may not be as immediately captivating as some of U2's other albums, but it is still a thoughtful and challenging addition their catalog. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/02/27/u2-no-line-on-the-horizon?refid=0 Fri, 27 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Blitzen Trapper performs in The Current studios With their fourth album, Furr, under their belts, the Portland, Oregon sextet has refined their sound on their new album, which has drawn inspiration from bands like Fleet Foxes and Beach House, and have departed somewhat from their previous influences like The Grateful Dead. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/08/blitzen_trapper?refid=0 Sat, 08 Nov 2008 15:18:15 -0600 Neva Dinova perform in The Current studios Named after the grandmother of vocalists and guitarist Jake Bellow, the Omaha five-some Neva Dinova are criss-crossing the country in support of their new album "You May Already Be Dreaming." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/04/28/neva_dinova?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2008 10:34:05 -0500