Minnesota Public Radio features by David Campbell http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30400 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:09:31 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by David Campbell http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Heiruspecs perform in The Current studio In the run-up to the April 22 release of their forthcoming album, 'Night Falls,' St. Paul's own Heiruspecs join David Campbell in The Current studio for a performance and interview on The Local Show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/06/heiruspecs-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:00:00 -0500 Web of Sunsets perform live in The Current Studios Web of Sunsets brought their smoothed out, psychedelic country sound to The Local Show for a few songs from Room of Monsters and a conversation with David Campbell. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/17/web-of-sunsets?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Frankie Teardrop performs in The Current's studio Frankie Teardrop is the mystery man of local rock 'n' roll -- not least because the Minneapolis musician's biggest single is called "Chicago" -- and his interview with the Current's Dave Campbell didn't do much to lift the veil that hides a man who says he wasn't born from any mother, he just &quot;crawled out of a sewer pipe.&quot; http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/02/frankie-teardrop?refid=0 Sun, 02 Mar 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Sean Anonymous and Dreamcrusher perform in The Current studios Sean Anonymous knows his way around the Twin Cities music community. At this point, his name is ubiquitous due to nonstop gigging and collaborations. Over the past year, you've likely caught him performing with the likes of Wide Eyes, Dimitry Killstorm, Phillip Morris, Lizzo and Rapper Hooks. But the main stage set-up you've probably witnessed him in is with improvisational rock band Dreamcrusher. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/06/sean-anonymous?refid=0 Sun, 05 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Caroline Smith performs for The Local Show Caroline Smith has had a monumental year. She's been a Twin Cities mainstay for the past few years ever since beginning a routine solo gig at the 400 Bar. Many Minnesota musicians got their start at that venue before it shut the doors, and Caroline met her band through connections she made at those performances. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/06/caroline-smith?refid=0 Sun, 08 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Dosh performs for The Local Show Dosh is always busy. Inbetween constant touring with Andrew Bird, his work with The Cloak Ox and his solo recordings, the prolific drummer also managed to contribute a cover to this year's installment of the "Minnesota Beatle Project." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/25/dosh-live?refid=0 Sun, 24 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Gloss performs for The Local Show Gloss had played 43 shows at the time of their recording for The Local Show. That's a lot of live performances for a band that's only been around for one year. And that consistent exposure correlates with the amount of press the young quintet has received since forming. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/11/gloss-live?refid=0 Sun, 17 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0600 No Bird Sing performs for The Local Show It's been two years since No Bird Sing stopped by The Current studios, and a lot has changed in that time. The trio is releasing new record "Definition Sickness" on their new label home Strange Famous Records, Joe Horton started hip-hop collective FIX with Kill The Vultures and Kristoff Krane and drummer Graham O'Brien built Bellows studio in downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/04/no-bird-sing?refid=0 Sun, 10 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Lizzo performs for The Local Show There is perhaps no greater local success story over the past year than that of Lizzo's. A transplant from Houston and Detroit, she made a splash in the Twin Cities first with her band Lizzo and The Larva Ink, and then as a member of The Chalice and GRRRL PRTY. All of these bands have grown her profile substantially, and a slew of guest spots on other local records from the likes of Caroline Smith, as well as her connection with the Totally Gross National Product and Doomtree crews has only helped in that growth. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/21/lizzo?refid=0 Sun, 27 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Sun Gods To Gamma Rays performs for The Local Show Sun Gods To Gamma Rays have made quiet strides over the past year, first as a vehicle for frontwoman Brianna Kocka's solo project Caetani, and now as a fleshed out quintet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/25/sun-gods-to-gamma-rays-live?refid=0 Sun, 27 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0500 The Selecter perform live in The Current studios On their way to a show at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, ska legends The Selecter stopped into The Current's studios to perform a live set and to chat with David Campbell. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/13/selecter-live?refid=0 Fri, 13 Sep 2013 18:20:00 -0500 Musicheads Essentials: The Replacements, 'Pleased to Meet Me' "<i>Pleased to Meet Me</i> is the finest record The Replacements ever made," writes The Current's David Campbell. "It lands in that sweet spot where technology, team, craft, chops, guts, attitude, ideas, creativity and some major label money all intersected at the right time for those songs to become what they became." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/04/musicheads-essentials-the-replacements-pleased-to-meet-me?refid=0 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 00:01:00 -0500 Jack Campbell performs for The Local Show from Duluth's Sacred Heart Studios We've been hearing Jack Campbell's name for more than two years. Whether it be disbelief of his age and the caliber of music he has been making, or whether it be about how central he is to the growing visibility of the Duluth music community, Jack seems like a hot topic. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/25/jack-campbell-live?refid=0 Sun, 25 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Sombear performs in The Current studios Sombear may be a relatively new act in the music community here in Minnesota, but we can guarantee that a lot of you probably know the man behind the project. Brad Hale -- drummer for Now, Now -- is stepping into the spotlight to release a debut that's been stewing in his head for years. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/31/sombear-live?refid=0 Sun, 04 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Fury Things performs in The Current studios One of most impressive local bands to spring into the spotlight this year has been Fury Things, a power trio taking a cue from some of the best alt-rock bands that came to fruition in the '90s like Dinosaur Jr. and Superchunk. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/02/fury-things-live?refid=0 Sun, 04 Aug 2013 00:00:00 -0500 The Goondas perform live in The Current studios Long regarded as favorites for The Current's Local Show, The Goondas came back to our studios in support of their sophomore album "Dog Show." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/28/goondas-live?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0500 The Brian Just Band performs in The Current studios The Brian Just Band is back in The Current studios in support of their new album "Enlightenment." And in true BJB fashion, the whole crew has come along for one of the most orchestrated Local Show sessions since last year's John Mark Nelson in-studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/28/brian-just-band-live?refid=0 Sun, 28 Jul 2013 18:00:00 -0500 Grant Hart performs in The Current studios Grant Hart may be most well-known for his time spent in Husker Du as the band's drummer, but his solo career has been keeping time for far longer than the lifespan of Husker Du. Hart stopped by our studios to play new songs from his ambitious double album 'The Argument.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/16/grant-hart-live?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Har Mar Superstar performs in The Current studios Sean Tillmann's Har Mar Superstar has long retained a rabid fanbase eager to see his on-stage schtick: stripping down to his undies accompanied by retro beats from his MiniDisc player. In the past several years, Har Mar's profile has continued to rise, especially with the support of well-regarded musicians and actors. Now he's pulling a 180 and going the funk and soul direction for his best album yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/07/har-mar-superstar?refid=0 Sun, 09 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Taj Raj performs in The Current studios Taj Raj are changing their tune. Formed out of a hardcore punk background, their debut "Your Thief" was a rocking affair. But now they're going the alt-country route for new EP "Fine Hearts Alive." Their first release since 2011 sees added instrumentation, lush arrangements and an affinity for soundscapes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/29/taj-raj-live?refid=0 Sun, 02 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Enemy Planes performs in The Current studios When Enemy Planes comes up in conversation, the same thing is always said: "What happened to Pictures Of Then?" That band essentially disappeared as Enemy Planes came into existence, leading many to think that they had split up. In reality, they're still together, but Enemy Planes explores a new direction, one that's heavily atmospheric, moody and laden with their most complex instrumentation yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/29/enemy-planes-live?refid=0 Sun, 26 May 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Greg Grease performs in The Current studios South Minneapolis rapper Greg Grease knew he had to get his debut album "Cornbread, Pearl and G" out to the masses before the end of 2012. If anything, it would be a good holiday gift to family and friends. What he didn't know was that the record would end up making just about every best album list from local critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/08/greg-grease-live?refid=0 Sun, 19 May 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Crimes performs in The Current studios Crimes' first album "Good Hope" was a sleeper success. Released to little reception initially, the band gradually came to forefront of the Twin Cities music community and gained praise for their interesting mix of lo-fi rock and slight sense of depraved lyrics. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/08/crimes-live?refid=0 Sun, 12 May 2013 00:00:00 -0500 On An On performs in The Current studios It's time for us to welcome On An On to the Minnesota music community. But they aren't total strangers: Nate Eiesland and Alissa Ricci both grew up in the state before joining forces with Ryne Estwing and several others in the popular Chicago band Scattered Trees. After the act suddenly disbanded, Eiesland, Ricci and Estwing started On An On, changed their musical direction and partly uprooted themselves back to Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/22/on-an-on-live?refid=0 Sat, 27 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Lucy Michelle performs in The Current studios At 25, Lucy Michelle has firmly established herself in the Twin Cities music community as a distinct voice. She's collaborated with countless artists and released four albums with her full band The Lapelles. But the time has come for her to branch out on her own, and she's got the help of two of Minnesota's most respected musicians. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/18/lucy-michelle?refid=0 Sun, 21 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0500 The Ericksons perform in The Current studios Formed out of a personal tragedy, The Ericksons united sisters Bethany and Jenny with a relocation to Brooklyn. With that move, they played music every night together, finessing a brand of melancholic folk that often provides warmth when you least expect it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/17/the-ericksons?refid=0 Sun, 21 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Frankie Lee performs in The Current studios Frankie Lee may not be a familiar name to casual local music lovers, but his face sure is. For years, he has played with countless artists in the Twin Cities, most notably supporting Molly Maher, Erik Koskinen and Tom O'Reagan as a guitarist and bassist. Now Lee has stepped into the spotlight with his debut EP "Middle West." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/12/frankie-lee?refid=0 Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Peter Wolf Crier performs at the McNally Smith Soundbite Series Peter Wolf Crier reignited the modern surge of Minnesota bands signing to indie labels. Back in 2010, their debut "Inter-Be" took the community by surprise, and Peter Pisano and Brian Moen were promptly scooped up by Jagjaguwar Records for a re-release. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/04/peter-wolf-crier-mcnally?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Low performs in The Current studios It takes a long time for any band to leave a substantial mark on the music world, and for Minnesota, there's only a handful of artists for each decade that we can say measure up. It's safe to assume we can now add Low to that list as the band celebrates 20 years together, as well as the release of their most acclaimed album yet "The Invisible Way." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/28/low-live?refid=0 Sun, 31 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Gospel Gossip performs in The Current studios It's been three years since Gospel Gossip released their "Drift EP," but now the trio is back with a self-titled album that truly is a labor of love. A brief hiatus and a long recording process has given the Northfield-born band time to refocus and finesse their sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/13/gospel-gossip-live?refid=0 Sun, 17 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Tame Impala Kevin Parker and Jay "Gumby" Watson of Australian neo-psychedelic masters Tame Impala stopped by the studio to chat with David Campbell during Radio Free Current and take over our airwaves to play a handful of their favorite tunes on another edition of Theft of the Dial. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/08/tame-impala-totd?refid=0 Sat, 09 Mar 2013 20:00:00 -0600 STNNNG performs in The Current studios When it comes to loud bands, it's difficult to out-do STNNNG. For 10 years, this local quintet has released some of the most acclaimed Minnesota albums and consistently challenged the strength of venues' sound systems across town. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/26/stnnng-live?refid=0 Sun, 03 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Southwire performs in The Current studios Sometimes Duluth feels very far away. Unless bands from the area are playing regularly in the Twin Cities, it's typical for some of the brightest acts from the North Shore to get overlooked. Last year, we got a ton of tips regarding musicians producing incredible work just a few hours from The Current's home-base. One of the bands we heard most often was Southwire, and we have a feeling that Minnesota is going to be talking a lot about them this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/08/southwire-live?refid=0 Sun, 10 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0600 All Eyes performs in The Current studios All Eyes' debut album "Shelf Life" has been in the recording phase for over a year. The quartet has had a mysterious public profile during that time, but the names of the members aren't newcomers to Minnesota. Notably, the band is led by Alicia Wiley, a singer whose previous five albums were done as a solo affair. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/03/alleyes-live?refid=0 Sun, 09 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Solid Gold performs in The Current studios Four years after their wildly popular debut album, Solid Gold has returned with their follow-up full-length "Eat Your Young." Dark and brooding themes are abound on this effort, the product of a long hiatus and change in pace. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/21/solidgold-live?refid=0 Sun, 02 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Chastity Brown at McNally Smith's Soundbite Series As part of McNally Smith's ongoing Soundbite Series, Local Show host David Campbell once again sits down with another musician to dissect their work for an interview and live performance -- this time from the rising Chastity Brown. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/21/chastity-brown-soundbite?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2012 12:39:07 -0600 Prissy Clerks performs in The Current studios Prissy Clerks won Vita.mn's Are You Local? contest back at the beginning of 2012, and we've been waiting almost a full year for their debut album. Now the quartet is preparing to jump into the spotlight with the release of "Bruise Or Be Bruised." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/13/prissyclerks-live?refid=0 Sun, 18 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 The Local Show talks with Chaperone Records The local music scene in Duluth has been gaining some well-deserved attention in the past couple of years, and the addition of a new record label in town definitely won't hurt the spotlight. Chaperone Records may be a baby still -- it was only launched in May of this year -- but its roster already includes some of the brightest talent on the North Shore. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/05/chaperone-records-interview?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 11:32:43 -0600 Zebulon Pike performs at the Mcnally Smith Soundbite Series As part of our ongoing collaboration with McNally Smith across the street from MPR headquarters, we're pleased to share another installment of their Soundbite Series hosted by David Campbell. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/26/zebulonpike-mcnally-live?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Robust Worlds Talks With The Local Show Chris Rose has been a go-to guitarist in town for years, playing with bands like Vampire Hands, Private Dancer and Heavy Deeds. For much of the last year though, he has embarked on a solo affair called Robust Worlds. The project is doused in characteristic reverb and provides dreamy imagery that cohesively pulls together all the work he's done in other acts through the years. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/19/robustworlds-interview?refid=0 Sun, 21 Oct 2012 18:00:00 -0500 The xx perform in The Current studio London's the xx established themselves with a stunning self-titled debut in 2009, welding sleekly contemporary indie dream-pop and hushed post-punk, with inflections of dance music and R&B. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/19/the-xx-live?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 18:00:00 -0500 Big Cats! performs in The Current studios One half of Guante and Big Cats!, Spencer Wirth-Davis has been busy with his Big Cats self, creating beats for much of the hip-hop community in the Twin Cities over the past year. Because of his extensive collaborations, he's become of the most sought-after producers in the area. But for his new record "For My Mother," Spencer did the gathering of talent. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/26/bigcats-live?refid=0 Sun, 07 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Dark Dark Dark performs in The Current studios This seems to be a big year for Dark Dark Dark. At the time of recording this session with the quintet, they were about to jet off that night to Iowa City, the first date on their 2012 tour that will lead them across the States, to Australia, Europe and back again. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/27/darkdarkdark-live?refid=0 Sun, 30 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 The Daredevil Christopher Wright performs in The Current studios Since 2004, The Daredevil Christopher Wright has been one of Eau Claire's musical success stories, releasing a string of records that got them well-deserved national attention. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/19/daredevilchristopherwright-live?refid=0 Sun, 23 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 David Campbell interviews Bon Iver's Justin Vernon In this web-exclusive interview, Justin Vernon chats with The Local Show host David Campbell about his love for the Green Bay Packers and what it's like to work with Kanye West. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/20/bon-iver-justin-vernon-interview?refid=0 Sat, 22 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Bon Iver Bon Iver is taking over the station this weekend. Before he hijacks The Local Show for a special Eau Claire episode this weekend, Justin Vernon shares hand-picked songs in this Theft of the Dial. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/21/theft-of-the-dial-bon-iver?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2012 07:30:00 -0500 The Valdons perform in The Current studios The Valdons were one of the most popular funk and soul groups of the late '60s and early '70s in the Twin Cities. After disbanding, the quartet never dropped their passion for music, continuing to perform with other bands and as solo artists. So Minnesotans and the rest of the world are getting a rare treat: the modern day reincarnation of The Valdons courtesy of Secret Stash Records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/14/the-valdons-live?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:17:44 -0500 Strange Names performs in The Current studios The musical chemistry between Liam Benzvi and Francis Jimenez is immediately apparent on the layered electro-jams that fill their first studio EP. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/20/strangenames-live?refid=0 Sun, 09 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Bomba De Luz performs in The Current studios Bomba De Luz only just put out their debut record "What A Heavy Weight," but the high-school band are already darlings in the local music community. With a CD release show that featured too many opening acts to count such as Brian Laidlaw, Twinkie Jiggles Broken Orchestra, Ill Chemistry and Guante, the young group is quickly finding their sound and finessing their craft. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/31/bombadeluz-live?refid=0 Sun, 02 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Mankwe performs in The Current studios Mankwe is like a version of Nina Simone and Erykah Badu, but we get to have her in our own backyard. Her improvisational technique, a skill she has fine-tuned through years of performing, as well as her world music influences, have melded together for a proper sophomore record in "Science and Spirit." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/02/mankwe-live?refid=0 Sun, 19 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Actual Wolf performs in The Current studios Eric Pollard has been playing with Low and Retribution Gospel Choir, but his new project may be of a surprise to you. As Actual Wolf, he channels the best of Bob Dylan in one respect and good ol' fashioned folk rock when a live band is employed. He's moved down to the Twin Cities this summer to routinely play gigs, and he joined us in the studio for his Local Show debut. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/06/actualwolf-live?refid=0 Sun, 12 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Sleep Study performs in The Current studios Sleep Study's craft comes in their songwriting, joining the ranks of other established lyricists in the Twin Cities like Chris Koza, Jeremy Messersmith and Adam Levy. Coupled with strong chemistry within the band and an updated '70s aesthetic as heard on their first single "Flower Girl," the group has been making waves since their formation last summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/20/sleepstudy-live?refid=0 Sun, 05 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Dosh performs in The Current studios Martin Dosh has been playing in the Twin Cities music community for years, penning his first solo album a decade ago. After a successful streak on Anticon Records and consistent touring with Andrew Bird, the multi-instrumentalist is planning to release new material at the beginning of 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/27/dosh-live?refid=0 Sun, 29 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Flavor Crystals performs in The Current studios Three is the magic number for Flavor Crystals. "Three" is the name of their new record, it took three years to record and it's their first release in that many years. It's a welcome surprise: the psych-rock band put out two of the Twin Cities' most acclaimed releases during the mid-2000s, a pair of records which spawned a tour with Brian Jonestown Massacre. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/20/flavorcrystals-live?refid=0 Sun, 22 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0500 John Mark Nelson performs in The Current studios When people hear John Mark Nelson's music for the first time, the sense of disbelief is usually evident. With arrangements that recall songwriters who have been in the business for decades, the 18-year old - and recently graduated - Minnetonka High student is turning heads for the mature compositions he's been recording since the age of 14. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/05/johnmarknelson-live?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jul 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Motion City Soundtrack performs in The Current studios One of the most successful break-out bands for Minnesota in the past decade and a half, Motion City Soundtrack popularized the pop punk sound in the late '90s. They struck a chord in a young demographic that quickly started a MCS bonanza with high-profile live shows and a string of successful records which have already sold a combined half a million copies. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/08/motioncitysoundtrack-live?refid=0 Sun, 17 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Hollow Boys performs in The Current studios Hollow Boys' new mini-LP, "When You Think of Us, Pray For Us," has a happenstance title. The message was inside a card that fell out of one of Ali's records, and it solidifies the natural manner in which this band has come together. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/07/hollowboys-live?refid=0 Sun, 10 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 The Chalice performs in The Current studios The Chalice may be a new collective, but the three emcees who make it up - Sophia Eris, Claire De Lune and Lizzo - are well-known in the local music community both here and outside the region. Bringing a much needed light to female-fronted hip-hop, the trio mixes whip-smart raps, crisp production and clever imagery to create songs that don't plan on leaving your head anytime soon. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/23/thechalice-live?refid=0 Sun, 03 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Hypstrz performs in The Current studios The Hypstrz were considered one of the purveyors of cool in the Twin Cities during the late '70s and early '80s, helping to pave the way for some of our most beloved bands like The Suicide Commandos and The Suburbs. Hypstrz had a different niche though: reworking '60s classics into an idiosyncratic, full-out garage rock and punk experiment. And while they didn't immediately get the attention they deserved, the band has now gone down in the history books of Minnesota music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/17/hypstrz-live?refid=0 Sun, 20 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 MaLLy performs in The Current studios If there's one artist in the Twin Cities who has steadily increased their recognition and popularity, it's probably MaLLy. Malik Watkins is only in his mid-20s, but his reputation has been bolstered by encouragement from the Rhymesayers crew and old friends from the high-school days that now collaborate with him side-by-side. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/11/mally-live?refid=0 Sun, 13 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Bloodnstuff performs in The Current studios Local duo Bloodnstuff has been gathering accolades the past few months for their raucous live show. While many might think they're a new band on the circuit, Ed Holmberg and Dylan Gouert have actually been playing around for almost ten years, finessing a craft that has seen many incarnations. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/11/bloodnstuff-live?refid=0 Sun, 13 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Dylan Hicks and The Toughies performs in The Current studios Dylan Hicks has been in the midst of a long-term hiatus. We saw the release of his last record in 2001 after a string of prolific efforts starting all the way back in 1990. Maybe he was tired and maybe he needed something new, but we can at least partially chalk up his absence as the result of his most recent endeavor: "Boarded Windows," Hicks' new book. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/04/dylanhicks-live?refid=0 Sun, 06 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 I Self Devine performs in The Current studios I Self Devine's new record features a slew of hip-hop power players to complement an emcee who is gaining major ground locally and nationally for his whip-smart and poignant raps. In his debut for The Current, I Self Devine talks Soundset, origins, his wide-range of influences from disco to his mother, graffiti and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/04/iselfdevine-live?refid=0 Sun, 06 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 A. Wolf and Her Claws performs in The Current studios Aby Wolf was chosen to partake in the Cedar Cultural Center's 416 Club Commission in 2011 and received a grant to explore a new electro-art-pop project that had been stewing in her mind. Recruiting the talents of Jesse Whitney, Linnea Mohn and Joey Van Phillips, Wolf created A. Wolf and Her Claws. Instead of a one-off performance as originally planned for the Cedar's winter season, a full-fledged band has been formed and there's no signs of slowing the momentum. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/13/awolfandherclaws-live?refid=0 Sun, 15 Apr 2012 18:00:00 -0500 Is/Is performs in The Current studios Is/Is has consistently risen to the top of the local music scene, anchored by tight, vintage-inspired rhythms and scuzzy vocals that has made many a garage/psych rock fan's ears experience sonic bliss. That's a lofty statement, but the trio of musicians have been critical darlings since they first began making music. Now they are back in the spotlight with their long-awaited debut record "III." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/26/isis-live?refid=0 Sun, 08 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Magic Castles performs in The Current studios Long-time veterans of the local music community, Magic Castles are now getting a proper reintroduction. Thanks to Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe, the band has released a deluxe retrospective of their career through his personal record label. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/28/magiccastles-live?refid=0 Sun, 01 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Astronautalis peforms in The Current studio Spending most of his life between Jacksonville and Seattle, Andy Bothwell's adopted pseudonym of Astronautalis has managed to play shows in the Twin Cities on a consistent basis over the past decade. Through his time in Minnesota, Bothwell befriended many of our most acclaimed local musicians, one of the many reasons he finally decided his move to the state would become a reality. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/29/astronautalis-live?refid=0 Sun, 25 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Cursive performs in The Current studios Cursive is a true genre-definer. The Omaha-based band has explored a post-hardcore sound and its fringes since the mid '90s, a precursor to what would become popular in the years to come. Longtime members of Saddle Creek Records (Bright Eyes, Land of Talk), they're back with their seventh release "I Am Gemini," a highly conceptual affair which still manages to pull in new listeners alongside their veteran fans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/23/cursive-live?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 19:30:00 -0500 Chastity Brown performs in The Current studios Chastity Brown has been absent from Minnesota for a little while, but there's a good reason for it. Knoxville born and raised and a Minneapolis transplant, the inspiration for her latest album "Back-Road Highways" largely came with her roots. Tennessee and the South in general have helped shape Brown's newest sound, one which pushes her into new territory, both lyrically and instrumentally. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/08/chastitybrown-live?refid=0 Sun, 18 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Food Pyramid performs in The Current studio As one of the signature bands of the influential local Moon Glyph record label, Food Pyramid has seen its fanbase grow steadily since the release of their trio of cassette tapes starting in 2010. Gathering a pool of national accolades over the years as a result, this young trio (with a cast of rotating guest musicians) is about to celebrate further with the release of "Mango Sunrise," their first proper full-length. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/07/foodpyramid-live?refid=0 Sun, 11 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Erik Tasa performs in The Current studio You may know Erik Tasa as a member of The Rockford Mules, a more raucous project compared to the quiet, contemplative tones of his newest solo release "Ballad Of A Winter Beard." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/29/eriktasa-live?refid=0 Sun, 04 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Now, Now performs in The Current studio Now, Now's new name is the result of a band who wanted to push themselves in a different direction, specifically after a self-imposed hiatus and the addition of Jess Abbott a few years back. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/14/nownow-live?refid=0 Sun, 19 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Video: Polica - The Maker (Live on 89.3 The Current) Polica stopped by The Current studio to record a session in advance of their debut album "Give You the Ghost." Frontwoman Channy Caselle says "The Maker" is her favorite song on the record. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/20/polica-themaker?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2011 15:12:24 -0600 The Honeydogs perform Beatles covers in The Current studio As a recent tradition on The Local Show we invite a local band into the studio to perform a few tunes made famous by The Beatles in honor of the Minnesota Beatle Project. This year we invited The Honeydogs to put their spin on three classic Beatles songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/28/the_honeydogs?refid=0 Sun, 04 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0600 The Rope perform in The Current studio Taking cues from the post-punk era, local quintet The Rope have planted their dark bass-driven sound in the Twin Cities music scene. Formed in 2010, The Rope could easily be mistaken for a band from the 1980s. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/18/the_rope?refid=0 Sun, 27 Nov 2011 00:00:00 -0600 tUnE-yArDs perform live in The Current studio tUnE-yArDs is the moniker and musical project of Merrill Garbus. Influenced by her experience and travels in Africa, she became interested in Afrobeat. Combined with her new Sony ICD-TK digital voice recorder and a new laptop, Garbus began recording melodies, noises, and lyrics which led to the release of her first album BiRd-BrAiNs, which she recorded on recycled cassette tape. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/11/tuneyards-live?refid=0 Sun, 13 Nov 2011 15:00:00 -0600 Pert' Near Sandstone performs in The Current studio Major contributors to the roots-based musical hotbed that is the Twin Cities, Pert' Near Sandstone fuels the flame with their high energy old-timey tunes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/11/pert_near_sandstone?refid=0 Sun, 13 Nov 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Liminal Phase performs in The Current studio In terms of cultural anthropology, the Liminal Phase is the transitional threshold between two existential planes in one's life. In terms of the Twins Cities music scene, Liminal Phase is Adam Levy's latest experimental project. Leaving behind traditional song structure and form, Liminal Phase creates instrumental soundscapes blending together jazz, psychedelia and improvised works. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/27/liminal_phase?refid=0 Sat, 29 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Buffalo Moon performs in The Current studio Buffalo Moon's sun drenched sounds have moved off of the coast and into the jungle on their sophomore release "Selva Surreal." Appropriately translating into "Surreal Jungle," Buffalo Moon steps away from the breezy and dreamy sound found on their debut "Wetsuit" and dive into a psychedelic forest where laser sounds grow like palm trees. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/10/buffalo_moon?refid=0 Sun, 23 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Atlantis Quartet performs in The Current studio Named the Citypages Best Jazz Artist of 2011, Atlantis Quartet have garnered the attention of jazz fans and critics alike, fitting right into the sweet spot where complexity and accessibility meet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/03/atlantis_quartet?refid=0 Sun, 16 Oct 2011 10:00:00 -0500 Crimes perform in The Current studio What started as a demo project for Andrew Jansen turned into a full band named after the content of the songs he was writing about, Crimes. The original demos, with all parts performed by Anderew, were about a seedy action, jealousy, or crime. The songs were posted online and paired with links to Minneapolis Crime Statistic. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/29/crimes?refid=0 Sun, 16 Oct 2011 10:00:00 -0500 Matt Latterell performs in The Current studio Hailing from Foley, MN, the county seat of Benton County, Matt Latterell has been crafting songs for the past 13 years. Now a resident of Northeast Minneapolis and a regular performer at the 331 Club, Matt has honed in on his country-meets-indie sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/26/matt_latterell?refid=0 Sun, 02 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0500 The Cloak Ox perform in The Current studio Members of Fog, Lateduster, and Dosh have joined forces under the name The Cloak Ox. After taking a three year break from songwriting, Fog front man Andrew Broder started writing songs that he knew his friends Jeremy Ylvisaker (Alpha Consumer), Mark Erickson (Fog), and Martin Dosh could help bring to life. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/21/the_cloak_ox?refid=0 Sun, 25 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Big month in local music Folk rocker Mason Jennings, alt-country darlings the Jayhawks and electro-pop project Halloween, Alaska all have new CDs out this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/13/big-month-in-local-music?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2011 10:57:34 -0500 Villa Rosa performs in The Current studio Villa Rosa is the recent collaboration of longtime friends Maria Isa and Muja Messiah. Maria Isa, The local Latin MC, singer, and actress had lent her vocals to Muja Messiah's 2008 "Adventures of BBoy DBoy," and 2010 "M-16's" releases. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/08/17/villa_rosa?refid=0 Sun, 11 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Halloween, Alaska performs in The Current studio Since forming in 2002 Halloween, Alaska has become one of the most beloved electro art-rock outfits in the Twin Cities. Their latest album "All Night The Calls Came In," out on Amble Down Records, is their most stripped down offering to date. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/07/halloween_alaska?refid=0 Sun, 11 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 A local music fan's guide to the Minnesota State Fair With the exception of the amateur talent contest and our own Garrison Keillor, it's all national acts playing the Grandstand at the State Fair this year. But there are plenty of opportunities to catch local music at the fair. And if you don't count the cost of admission to the fairgrounds, they're all free! http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/26/a-local-music-fans-guide-to-the-minnesota-state-fair?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 09:37:00 -0500 Dead Man Winter performs in The Current studio When Dave Simonett, Ryan Young and Tim Saxhaug are not playing at break neck speeds in Trampled by Turtles they can be found with electric instruments in tow performing as Dead Man Winter. Joined by country blues guitarist Erik Koskinen, and drummer Noah Levy, Dead Man Winter takes the tempo down a few notches from Trampled by Turtles and adds a bit of country charm. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/08/10/dead_man_winter?refid=0 Sat, 13 Aug 2011 22:00:00 -0500 Mystery Palace performs in The Current Studio Mystery Palace is the local electronic project from the former 12 Rods member, Ryan Olcott, jazz bassist James Buckley and drummer Joey Van Phillips. Olcott, who also fills his time producing bands in the Twin Cities, produced their latest effort, Nervio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/08/01/mystery_palace?refid=0 Sun, 07 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Haley Bonar - Golder Too visceral? Yep. Bad grammar? There's no other way to say it. Haley Bonar and her mighty, musical companions have created something marvelous indeed. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/18/review-haley-bonar-golder?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 John Maus performs in The Current studio In the vein of Sam Beam (of Iron & Wine) and Alexis Krauss (of Sleigh Bells) John Maus is the latest in a recent slew of teachers that rock. The Austin, MN native teaches Political Philosophy and Theory at the University of Hawaii while working towards a PhD in Political Science. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/06/john_maus?refid=0 Sun, 17 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Howler performs in The Current studio Howler may have been started as a side project by Jordan Gatesmith from Total Babe, but the attention they are receiving is front and center. Howler was recently signed to London based Rough Trade Records home of The Smiths, The Strokes, and Belle and Sebastian. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/06/howler?refid=0 Sun, 10 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 The Blind Shake perform in The Current studio The trio of Jim Blaha, Mike Blaha, and Dave Roper have now been gracing the Twin Cities with their brand of noise rock--with its hints of blues and 60s garage-psych--for the better part of a decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/13/the_blind_shake?refid=0 Sun, 03 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Pink Mink performs in The Current studio After conquering the 2010 Picked to Click Poll, playing First Avenue's Best New Band Showcase and claiming the hearts of Twin Cities music fans, Pink Mink is ready to release their debut self-titled album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/13/pink_mink?refid=0 Sun, 03 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Dan Israel perfroms in The Current studio Dan Israel was the first guest on The Local Show and returned to the Current Studio in support of his 11th full length release, "Crosstown Traveler." Dan stopped by to chat about his lengthy music career and what it takes to be a dad who rocks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/10/dan_israel?refid=0 Sun, 26 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0500 The Current's David Campbell on the new Bon Iver album The Wisconsin-based band Bon Iver released its second album "Bon Iver, Bon Iver" this week. It's been getting lots of attention from music critics around the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/24/campbell?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2011 09:45:42 -0500 Face Candy perform in The Current studio How does a band like Face Candy bounce back from losing its founder and one of its core members, Michael "Eyedea" Larsen, this past October? By releasing a new album, of course. The jazz/rap/trip-hop/improvisational group's latest release, Waste Age Teen Land, is the last album Eyedea performed on and produced before his untimely death. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/31/face_candy?refid=0 Sat, 04 Jun 2011 21:00:00 -0500 Tommy Stinson performs in The Current studios Tommy Stinson got his start in music as the bass player for legendary garage punkers The Replacements. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/26/tommy_stinson?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2011 14:24:31 -0500 Album Review: Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part Two It's almost impossible to overstate the importance and the influence of The Beastie Boys in the world of hip hop and more importantly, in popular culture over the past quarter century. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/16/review-beastie-boys-hot-sauce-committee-part-two?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Adam Svec performs in The Current studio A former member of dearly departed local band The Glad Version, Adam Svec has been warmly received since he debuted as a solo artist in 2008. Svec is a prolific songwriter, having come out with three albums in as many years. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/02/adam_svec?refid=0 Sun, 15 May 2011 00:25:28 -0500 Brute Heart perform in The Current studio Brute Heart is probably the only Minneapolis band with not one, but two members named Crystal. The three female vocalists lead the pack of Twin Cities avant-garde musicians with haunting (at times, howling) vocals and moody instrumental landscapes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/29/brute_heart?refid=0 Sun, 08 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Brian Just Band perform in The Current studio Like many acts these days, the Brian Just Band got their start by accident. Brian and his bandmate Josie invited their friend Rick to play trumpet on their couples' duet, but when he sang the horn part instead, the resulting harmonies inspired them to start a band together. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/02/brian_just_band?refid=0 Sun, 08 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 New music from three artists that call Minnesota home It's a big week for the local music scene. Minneapolis-based hip-hop act Atmosphere, Duluth-based Indie rockers Low, and local songstress Haley Bonar all release new albums this week. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with David Campbell for a preview of their new records. Campbell is the host of the Local Show, Sundays on 89.3 The Current. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/12/campbell-new-records?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 09:51:30 -0500 Album Review: Atmosphere - The Family Sign The album is a fourteen-part essay on some of life's most challenging interpersonal issues, and certainly Atmosphere's most personal and intimate to date. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/11/review-atmosphere-family-sign?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Hastings 3000 performs in The Current studio With a gas mask, kick drum, guitar, smoke and lasers, Hastings 3000 is notorious for his extravagant live shows. Hasting is a one-man band. Knowing how to play forty-seven different instruments, Hastings is able to play at least ten at the same time. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/05/hastings_3000?refid=0 Sun, 09 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Buffalo Moon performs in The Current studio You'd never be able to tell that the majority of Buffalo Moon's members are originally from South Dakota (except for lead vocalist Karen Freire, who hails from Ecuador). Their unique hybrid of bossa nova, samba soul, and electropop is perfect for the oncoming winter when you need reminding that summer will, eventually, be back. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/07/buffalo_moon?refid=0 Sun, 14 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Theft of the Dial: Trampled by Turtles Lead singer of Trampled by Turtles Dave Simonett stopped by to take over The Current airwaves for a Theft of the Dial session. Dave sat down with David Campbell and shared a few of his favorite songs from some of the most influential artists in his life. Check out Dave and the rest of Trampled by Turtles at First Avenue on January 14 and 15, 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/12/theft-of-the-dial-trampled-by-turtles?refid=0 Fri, 12 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Pink Mink perform in The Current studio Arzu Gokcen and Christy Hunt met shortly after high school in Minneapolis. But it wasn't until Hunt ended her two year stint on the road with the Von Bondies that the two came together to form Pink Mink. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/29/pink_mink?refid=0 Sun, 31 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Red Pens perform in the Current studio Red Pens are Howard W. Hamilton III, former member of The Busy Signals, and Laura F. Bennet. The duo met when a friend introduced them to work on an art project. Red Pens are best known for their energetic and unpredictable live shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/29/red_pens?refid=0 Sun, 31 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Dr. Dog perform live in The Current studio Dr. Dog has graced The Current studios with their presence twice so far, and each time the band has perfectly showcased their signature mix of psychedelic sounds and innovative indie rock. They've been called one of the DIY's generation's most promising up-and-comers, and over the last few years they have lived up to that expectation. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/21/dr-dog-live?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2010 15:22:57 -0500 STNNNG perform in The Current studio Since forming in 2002 local rockers STNNNG have consistently received critical acclaim for their hard, aggressive rocking and killer live shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/15/stnnng?refid=0 Sun, 17 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Phantom Tails perform in the Current Studio It was only a year ago that Phantom Tails played their first concert ever to a standing ovation. Now, they are staples of the Minneapolis music scene. The band features members of other local bands such as Me and My Arrow and the now-defunct Plastic Chord, whose dissolution made Phantom Tails possible. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/06/phantom_tails?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 13:12:46 -0500 Lazerbeak performs in The Current studio Lazerbeak has been in the local music scene for years, first playing with the band The Plastic Consetllations, who went on to get signed by French Kiss Records. P.O.S, an old high school friend, heard his work and encouraged him to start making beats. From there he started creating beats for the popular Minneapolis group Doomtree. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/24/lazerbeak?refid=0 Sun, 26 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Roma di Luna performs in The Current studio After starting as street musicians in downtown Minneapolis, the husband-wife duo of Alexei and Channy Moon Casselle have built their Roma Di Luna twosome into a full fledged band. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/17/roma_di_luna?refid=0 Sun, 19 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 New Century Masters perform in The Current studio Although they are a relatively new band, New Century Masters are no strangers to the Twin Cities music scene. After disbanding from previous projects, New Century Masters formed in 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/10/new_century_masters?refid=0 Sun, 12 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Lookbook performs live at the Minnesota State Fair Lookbook stopped by the Current booth at the Minnesota State Fair for a live performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/01/lookbook?refid=0 Sun, 29 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Me and My Arrow perform in The Current studio With an ever fluctuating number of members Me and My Arrow, currently 9 members, layer the sounds of strings, guitars, keyboards and dream like vocals to create a new and distinct sound for themselves within the local scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/20/me_and_my_arrow?refid=0 Sun, 22 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Charlie Parr performs in The Current studio When he traded a Johnson 9.9 outboard motor for a beat up Gibson 12 string back in 1979, Charlie Parr unknowingly and unofficially began a career as a world-class practitioner of traditional folk and Piedmont-style blues - though you'll never get him to admit it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/06/charlie_parr?refid=0 Sun, 08 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Rogue Valley performs in The Current studio Chris Koza has collaborated with fellow Twin Cities musicians Peter Sieve, Luke Anderson, and Linnea Mohn to create the new four-piece Rogue Valley. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/30/rogue_valley?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jul 2010 10:09:25 -0500 Fort Wilson Riot performs in The Current Studio How do you follow up writing a rock opera for your first album? And not just a rock opera that existed solely as a recording, but one that you spent countless hours over three years in taking from just an idea to an album and then finally to a fully realized stage show incorporating puppetry, film, dance and a cast of 15. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/23/fort_wilson_riot?refid=0 Sun, 25 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Dark Night of the Soul "Dark Night of the Soul," the title of first and presumably last collaboration between David Lynch, Sparklehorse primary Mark Linkous and Danger Mouse, really says it all. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/12/album-review-dark-night-of-the-soul?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Private Dancer performs in The Current Studio Having received their namesake from either a Tina Turner song or a boat that sank, Private Dancer is a party rock barge in their own right. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/09/private_dancer?refid=0 Sun, 11 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Spider John Koerner and Tony Glover perform in The Current studios Before Prince, Soul Asylum, Hukser Du and even Bob Dylan, Spider John Koerner and Tony Glover were making their legendary blend of folk and blues. True folk icons, Spider John and Tony Glover, along with Dave "Snaker" Ray, started playing around the beat coffeehouses of Dinkytown in the 1960's. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/06/koerner_glover?refid=0 Sun, 04 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 BNLX performs in The Current Studio BNLX is the new project from Ed Ackerson and wife Ashley. Ed and Ashley are taking a break from their full bands Polara and The Mood Swings to hit the stage as a duo. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/18/bnlx?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2010 11:12:21 -0500 Spaghetti Western String Co. performs in The Current studio After a seven year run, Spaghetti Western String Co. is releasing their third and final full-length. The local quartet is parting under amicable conditions and likens the split to time and financial restrictions. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/11/spaghetti_western_string_co?refid=0 Sun, 13 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Tarlton performs in The Current Studios Brett Bullion and Adam Wozniak abandon tradition in their experimental electro act Tarlton. On the same wavelength as Dosh, Tarlton is lead by Brett the drumming circuit bending pro. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/19/tarlton-live?refid=0 Sun, 09 May 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Dark Dark Dark performs in the Current Studios Having spent many days touring and playing abroad, this band has been dialing in on their dark and dreamy Eastern-European sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/18/darkdarkdark?refid=0 Sun, 18 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Trampled By Turtles perform in The Current Studios Trampled By Turtles have long been the beloved string-shredding sons of Duluth. Be it the northern climate or the band's punk and rock roots Trampled By Turtles play with a fury and vigor most "plugged-in" bands could only dream of. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/01/trampled_by_turtles?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 2010 11:31:45 -0500 Dosh performs in The Current studios Dosh is a master at creating lush soundscapes with little more than a piano, drums and a few choice electronics. Enlisting help from friends such as Andrew Bird, Mike Lewis, Jeremy Ylvisaker and more, Dosh has created his fifth album, "Tommy." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/01/dosh?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 2010 10:37:30 -0500 Birthday Suits perform in The Current studios Proclaiming to be better than both birthday cake and birthday parties, the local duo Birthday Suits blow out the candles with their heavy hitting noise-rock. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/17/birthday-suits-live?refid=0 Wed, 17 Mar 2010 11:11:16 -0500 Communist Daughter performs in The Current studio Named after a Neutral Milk Hotel song, Communist Daughter is the newest project from the former front-man of Friends Like These, Johnny Solomon. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/17/communist_daughter?refid=0 Wed, 17 Mar 2010 11:00:49 -0500 One For The Team performs in The Current studios Local indie rockers One For The Team have done it again. Their third full length release "Ghosts" is a collection of heavy hitting pop anthems. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/17/one_for_the_team?refid=0 Wed, 17 Mar 2010 10:50:43 -0500 Ten Centuries perform in The Current studios Bill Caperton and Mike Gunnerson, both formerly of Ela, spent 10 days in a northwoods cabin writing and recording music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/02/ten_centuries?refid=0 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Guante & Big Cats performs in The Current studios Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Kyle "Guante" has been making noise in the Minneapolis hip-hop and spoken word scenes for the past few years. Guante is a performer, slam poetry workshop facilitator and spoken word champion. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/08/guante?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 11:41:02 -0600 Caroline Smith and Jesse Schuster perform in The Current Studios Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps released their debut album, "Backyard Tent Set" in 2008. After being named one of the best new bands that year, the group has slowly built a local following among indie folk fans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/02/caroline_smith_and_jesse_schuster?refid=0 Tue, 02 Feb 2010 11:57:40 -0600 The Daredevil Christopher Wright performs in The Current studios The Daredevil Christopher Wright is a vivacious cannonball of pop, rock, and folk erupting from Northern Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/01/28/the-daredevil-christopher_wright?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2010 14:17:15 -0600 The Plastic Constellations perform in The Current studios The Plastic Constellations first hit the scene in 1995 as teenagers and reunited for Modern Radio Record Label's 10 year anniversary show.. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/01/19/the-plastic-constellations?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 14:37:00 -0600 The Twilight Hours perform in The Current Studios Minnesota mainstays Matt Wilson and John Munson have musically merged once again as The Twilight Hours. The duo found success in their early incarnation Trip Shakespeare and apart in bands such as Semisonic and Polara. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/01/08/the-twilight-hours?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jan 2010 15:14:20 -0600 The Arms Akimbo performs in The Current studios The Arms Akimbo is made up of brothers Nick and Ian Schaster and friend Chris Dillon. After a brief stint as The Serfs, the trio reformed in early 2009 with a new name and sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/01/08/the_arms_akimbo?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jan 2010 14:43:28 -0600 Peter Wolf Crier performs in The Current studios Peter Wolf Crier is a new two-piece rooted in the Twin Cities music scene. Peter Pisano formerly of The Wars of 1812 and Brian Moen of the Laarks join forces in this gritty, folk-rock masterpiece. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/12/24/peter_wolf_crier?refid=0 Thu, 24 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Romantica performs in The Current studios Romantica's latest EP Control Alt Country Delete, was recorded on March 23rd 2009 in Austin Texas one day after the chaos of South by Southwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/12/18/romantica?refid=0 Fri, 18 Dec 2009 16:54:53 -0600 Pictures of Then perform in The Current studios Indie quintet Pictures of Then has commanded a lot of attention in '09 including a new album, extensive touring, and heaps of press. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/12/11/pitcures-of-then?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2009 16:05:05 -0600 Curtiss A performs in The Current studios Tried and true Twin Cities rocker Curtiss A stopped by the Current studios in support of his annual John Lennon Tribute Show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/12/11/curtiss_a?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2009 15:51:08 -0600 Album Review: Minnesota Beatle Project Volume I The "Minnesota Beatle Project Volume I" is a compilation composed entirely of Minnesota musicians recording their own version of their favorite Beatles' songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/12/08/album-review-minnesota-beatle-project-volume-i?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 No Bird Sing performs in The Current studios Named after a bird watchers guide book found in a California bookstore, the band No Bird Sing creates a raw, bluesy blend of hip-hop. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/20/no_bird_sing?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0600 We Are The Willows perform in The Current studios We Are The Willows started off as a side-project for Peter Miller the lead singer of Red Fox Grey Fox. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/20/we_are_the_willows?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Total Babe performs in The Current Studios Total Babe creates a brand of sophisticated pop rock featuring bright vocals, peppy keyboard and graceful strings. Just babes themselves, this troupe of mostly high schoolers know how to write a pop song. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/06/total_babe?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2009 16:44:46 -0600 Birds of Virginia performs in The Current studios Birds of Virginia celebrated the release of their debut album "Trees at Dusk" in October, 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/22/birds_of_virginia?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 10:35:35 -0500 Zoo Animal performs in The Current studios A product of rural Minnesota, Holly Newsom leads Zoo Animal with her smooth, alto vocals reminiscent of Cat Power. Joined by Tim Abramson on bass and Thom Burton on drums, Zoo Animal constructs clean rifts and catchy rock. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/15/zoo_animal?refid=0 Sun, 18 Oct 2009 14:20:01 -0500 Album Review: The Flaming Lips - Embryonic When I expected them to sell out, they made "Embryonic," possibly the most challenging work they've delivered their current fan base at any given time in the band's career. I should have known better. With the Lips, it's best to expect nothing beyond something unexpected. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/13/flaming-lips-embryonic?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Lookbook performs in The Current studios Lookbook started as a side-project for Maggie Morrison and Grant Cutler. Their sound can be described as a sonic mixture of 80s dance music and a sci-fi movie soundtrack. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/06/lookbook?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0500 The Pines perform in The Current Studio David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey started their musical journey in Arizona shortly before moving to Minneapolis to join the ranks of their musical influences. In 2007 the group was signed to Red House Records and have just released their third album, "Tremolo." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/24/the_pines?refid=0 Sun, 27 Sep 2009 09:49:49 -0500 James Buckley Trio performs in The Current studios For the past five years James Buckley has been at the forefront of the Twin Cities music community, from his early days playing bass with the experimental Poor Line Condition to his recent work with The Pines, some say Buckley is prolific. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/23/james_buckley_trio?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Red Pens perform in The Current studios Red Pens are Howard W. Hamilton III and Laura F. Bennet. The duo met when a friend introduced them to work on an art project. Their unique sound and ambitious schedule of weekly shows has made them one of the most talked about bands in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/17/red_pens?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0500 The Chambermaids perform in The Current studios Local artists The Chambermaids are lead by sibling duo Neil and Martha Weir. They released their debut self-titled album on Modern Radio Records in 2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/19/the_chambermaids?refid=0 Wed, 19 Aug 2009 13:45:48 -0500 The Blind Shake performs in The Current studios Brothers Jim and Mike Blaha, along with Dave Roper, started The Blind Shake and released their first recording in 2004. They have gone on to release two full length albums and a handful of 7" records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/03/the_blind_shake?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Eyedea and Abilities performs in The Current studios It's been five years since the release of "E&A," the second album from Twin Cities hip-hop duo Eyedea and Abilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/24/eyedea_and_abilities?refid=0 Sun, 26 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Double Bird performs in The Current studios The three-piece band Double Bird is comprised of bassist Pete Biasi, Ben Ivascu on drums, and David Storberg on guitar. They may have the best name in the Twin Cities but they have yet to record and release an album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/20/double_bird?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Toki Wright performs in The Current Studios From hypeman to frontman, Toki Wright has made a name for himself in the Twin Cities hip-hop community. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/13/toki_wright?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Hootenanny in The Current studios Hootenanny isn't a band - it's an event. Jim Walsh gathers local musicians to play music and share stories. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/23/hootenanny?refid=0 Sun, 28 Jun 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Two Harbors perform in The Current studios Two Harbors are finding out what it's like to be a new band all over again. Formerly known as Colonial Vipers Attack, Chris Pavlich and Kris Johnson teamed up with Ed Ackerson to release their new album "What I Keep Inside." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/19/two_harbors?refid=0 Sun, 21 Jun 2009 17:21:55 -0500 Solid Gold performs in The Current studios Before the release of their debut full length, Solid Gold had already built a strong fanbase in the Twin Cities and Europe. After a breakneck touring schedule, the band received much deserved attention following the release of their latest album "Bodies of Water." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/08/solid_gold?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2009 17:05:38 -0500 Camera Obscura performs in The Current studios Camera Obscura has toyed with its expansive sound and size over the last decade, arriving after three albums in a sound that nurtures their delicate lyrics while pushing their pop roots forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/02/camera_obscura?refid=0 Sat, 06 Jun 2009 12:30:18 -0500 The Alarmists perform in The Current studios Eric Lovold, Joe Kuefler and Ryan McMillan formed the Alarmists in 2001. After two albums and a few line-up changes, the band is set to release their third album, "The Overhead Left." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/04/the_alarmists?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 16:00:00 -0500 Maria Isa performs in The Current studios In 2007, Maria Isa performed at First Avenue's "Best New Band" showcase and was quickly named a rising star in the Twin Cities hip-hop scene. On her new album "Street Politics," Maria to fuses hip hop with traditional Afro-Boricua rhythms of Bomba and Plena. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/05/26/maria_isa?refid=0 Tue, 26 May 2009 11:28:00 -0500 Album Review: Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest Grizzly Bear's modus operandi for "Veckatimest" seems to have been employing composition strategies and technology from all over the musical universe. In this way, they've created an album that is instantly familiar, undeniably catchy without surrendering to obvious, and still challenging &mdash; and a sound that belongs solely to them. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/05/26/grizzly-bear-veckatimest?refid=0 Tue, 26 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500 The Evening Rig performs in The Current Studios The Evening Rig formed in the summer of 2006. The band is comprised of former members of The Crush, The Cardinal Sin, and The Framed. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/05/21/the_evening_rig?refid=0 Thu, 21 May 2009 14:52:34 -0500 Gospel Gossip performs live in The Current studios According to local three-piece Gospel Gossip, analog is better. That's why their second album, "Dreamland," will only be available on vinyl. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/05/14/gospel_gossip?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 2009 16:30:00 -0500 The 757s perform in The Current studios Call them veterans of the scene or call them a local supergroup. No matter how you describe them the 757s personify a long tradition of Minnesota rock music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/05/07/757s?refid=0 Sun, 10 May 2009 10:58:18 -0500 Album Review: Neko Case - Middle Cyclone Neko's fifth studio album in 12 years, Middle Cyclone, is a timeless and genreless collage of sounds and styles. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/03/03/neko-case-middle-cyclone-review?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Eagles of Death Metal perform in The Current studios Rock 'n Roll saved Jesse "The Devil" Hughes' life with a little help from Josh Homme, lead singer in Queens of the Stone Age and best friend to Hughes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/08/eagles_of_death_metal?refid=0 Sat, 08 Nov 2008 15:22:41 -0600