Minnesota Public Radio features by Peter Valelly http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30884 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:14:36 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Peter Valelly http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Captivating rock singer-songwriter Lissie performs at The Current Nomadic singer-songwriter Lissie stunned audiences with her debut full-length <em>Catching a Tiger</em>, which showcased her astonishingly raw and emotive voice and smart, soulful lyrical sensibility. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/23/lissie?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 15:16:07 -0500 The Current Sessions&reg;: The incomparable Rufus Wainwright performs at the Fitz Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has had a long, varied and celebrated career that has garnered him an avid and devoted fanbase. From his intricate, lovely lyricism to his iconoclastic, proud gay persona to his gifts as a pianist and composer, Wainwright has carved out a path as a uniquely vital artist. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/20/rufus-wainwright-performs-for-the-current-sessions?refid=0 Wed, 22 May 2013 14:00:00 -0500 British experimental rock quintet Foals perform at The Current Oxford-based quintet Foals make willfully out-there and original indie-rock that varies from spastic dance-rock to angular post-punk sounds to intricate experimental passages. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/20/foals?refid=0 Mon, 20 May 2013 19:30:00 -0500 Portland indie-punk stars The Thermals perform at The Current Portland indie band the Thermals, now a trio, have spent over a decade on the scene crafting urgently catchy, punk-influenced anthems. Now, they've signed to Conor Oberst's Saddle Creek records for their new album <em>Desperate Ground</em>, which came out last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/16/thermals?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 11:30:00 -0500 First Listen: John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts John Grant's sophomore solo effort <em>Pale Green Ghosts</em> finds the singer using his considerable lyrical prowess to map conventional indie singer-songwriter tropes&mdash;intricate retellings of heartbreak and existential struggle&mdash;onto a landscape of throbbing electro-pop. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/13/first-listen-john-grant-pale-green-ghosts?refid=0 Tue, 14 May 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Eclectic, cinematic country/folk-rockers the Lonely Wild perform at The Current Silverlake, Los Angeles-based quintet The Lonely Wild aim to conjure the mythic Old West, decorating their supple, beautifully textured indie folk-rock with flourishes straight out of Ennio Morricone's classic film scores for 1960s and '70s Westerns like <em>The Good, The Bad and the Ugly</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/11/the-lonely-wild?refid=0 Sat, 11 May 2013 13:00:00 -0500 Soul man extraordinaire Charles Bradley performs at The Current In 2011, Charles Bradley proved that it's never too late for a musical talent to enter the ring, issuing his debut album at age 62 and winning plaudits from critics and the adoration of soul fans nationwide. Now, he's back with a sophomore effort called <em>Victim of Love</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/07/charles-bradley?refid=0 Tue, 07 May 2013 13:30:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Julia Sweeney Julia Sweeney is a comedian and writer best-known for her stint on Saturday Night Live in the early '90s and for her hilarious, thoughtful and moving monologues. While she was in town for Wits last fall, she stopped by The Current to chat with Barb Abney and take over our airwaves. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/03/julia-sweeney-totd?refid=0 Fri, 03 May 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Cutting-edge UK producer/singer James Blake performs at The Current Just a few years ago, James Blake was a precocious and talented young electronic producer dabbling in the UK's vast, eclectic, fast-moving and amorphous "post-dubstep" scene. Shortly thereafter, he began recording vocals over his own productions, swerving out of the dance music scene and into the vanguard of indie electro-pop with a wounded cyber-soul sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/03/james-blake?refid=0 Fri, 03 May 2013 07:30:00 -0500 Local singer turned national figure Nicholas David performs at The Current Saint Paul's Nicholas David Mrozinski has been a fixture of the local music scene for a decade, with several albums under his belt and frequent live shows in the area to bolster his Twin Cities rep. But last year he was catapulted to nationwide fame thanks to a stint on season three of NBC's <em>The Voice</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/02/nicholas-david?refid=0 Thu, 02 May 2013 12:00:00 -0500 British indie-psych/garage upstarts Palma Violets perform at The Current British garage-rockers the Palma Violets have been kicking up a noisy, youthful rock storm for a couple of years now, with a raw sound daubed with rich, vintage organ sounds and shaded with hints of '60s psychedelia. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/01/palma-violets?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 12:30:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Mayor Chris Coleman St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman maintains a somewhat lower profile than his across-the-river counterpart R.T. Rybak, but is no less beloved by his city's denizens. Coleman is a very busy guy, but he managed to squeeze in a stop by The Current studio to chat with the Morning Show's Jill Riley and take over our airwaves to play a few songs for a special and surprising edition of Theft of the Dial. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/26/chris-coleman-totd?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 07:30:00 -0500 Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter brings his compelling folk sound to The Current studio Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter is one of indie Americana's most seasoned and talented figures. His spring tour brought him through the Twin Cities for a First Avenue date with Sea Wolf opening, and he stopped by The Current studio ahead of the show with his Royal City Band in tow to play a few songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/25/josh-ritter?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 17:00:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Kristen Schaal You may know Kristen Schaal from her role on <em>Flight of the Conchords</em>, her stint as a <em>Daily Show</em> contributor, or her recurring appearances on <em>30 Rock</em>, <em>Bob's Burgers</em> and <em>Gravity Falls</em>. It turns out she's something of a musichead, too&mdash;while in town for Wits recently, Schaal stopped by The Current studio to chat with the Morning Show and take over airwaves to play a handful of her favorite songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/25/kristen-schaal-totd?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 07:30:00 -0500 Nashville quartet Leagues brings their moody indie sound to The Current studio A handful of early tracks from Leagues' 2011 debut EP stirred up some blog attention, and in January of this year they returned with a debut full-length, <em>You Belong Here</em>. The band's solemn, moody indie sound has earned comparisons to the National and others. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/22/leagues?refid=0 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:05:25 -0500 Texas psych-rockers The Black Angels perform at The Current In town for a show at the Fine Line Music Cafe, the Black Angels stopped by The Current studios to play a few songs and talk to host Bill DeVille about some very special audience members spotted at their Minneapolis show, their work running and curating the Austin Psych Fest, the affinity between their sound and artists like Ty Segall, and how the ensured the hard-rocking sound of their new record. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/22/black-angels?refid=0 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Jake Rudh interviews iconic Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry Singer and songwriter Bryan Ferry is a musical icon whose career spans from the several classic albums released by his band Roxy Music in the '70s and early '80s into a long, eclectic and accomplished solo career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/19/bryan-ferry-interview?refid=0 Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:30:00 -0500 Up-and-coming Seattle indie-rock/R&B six-piece Pickwick perform at The Current Pickwick, whose style is a fusion of raw, garage-y indie blues-rock and retro-licious R&B/soul, just released the full-length album <em>Can't Talk Medicine</em> and continue to build buzz with national touring. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/19/pickwick?refid=0 Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:00:00 -0500 New music: Legendary French house duo Daft Punk's new single "Get Lucky" We finally got a concrete glimpse at one of the year's most anticipated and tightly guarded releases at midnight last night, when Daft Punk finally released a full-length radio edit of "Get Lucky," the new single they'd teased in a series of short ads on Saturday Night Live (and on giant screens at Coachella last weekend). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/19/daft-punk-get-lucky?refid=0 Fri, 19 Apr 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Compelling, melancholy indie-folk artist Phosphorescent performs at The Current Phosphorescent is the stage name of singer-songwriter Matthew Houck. An Alabama native who cut his teeth on the famed Athens, Ga. music scene, Houck plays melancholy and beautiful indie-folk in the same vein as Bonnie Prince Billie and others. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/16/phosphorescent?refid=0 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 14:40:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Cold War Kids While in town for a show at the First Ave mainroom, Long Beach, Calif.'s Cold War Kids stopped by The Current studio to chat with Barb and take over our airwaves to play some of their favorite tunes, featuring an eclectic mix of tunes old and new. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/16/cold-war-kids-totd?refid=0 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Shirley Manson of Garbage talks forthcoming album, Garbage's origins, being her own CEO and much more Shirley Manson of Garbage stopped by The Current studio ahead of their Mill City Nights gig last Friday, stopping for a quick chat with Barb Abney live on the air and recording a more in-depth interview with The Morning Show's Jill Riley. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/12/shirley-manson-garbage-interviews?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 07:30:00 -0500 A long-lost in-studio performance from indie luminaries Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend are due to return with a third album in just a couple of weeks, and just in time, we've unearthed a long-lost and never-aired in-studio performance that the quartet recorded for us back in the spring of 2010! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/11/vampire-weekend?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:00:00 -0500 New Music: Scottish trio CHVRCHES' soaring electro-pop single "Recover" Glasgow's CHVRCHES (which, yes, is pronounced "churches") are one of the acts that emerged from this year's South by Southwest with an aura of buzz, and it's not hard to see why: their yearning, epic electro-pop anthems pack an awesome emotional and melodic wallop, thanks in no small part to singer Lauren Mayberry's captivating voice. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/10/cvrches-recover?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Dawes perform in the UBS Forum Warmly received by the crowd, Dawes broke to talk to Mark Wheat a couple times during their five-song set, covering topics ranging from frontman Taylor Goldsmith's hesitance to try the Minnesota State Fair's trademark junk food and the mystery of how the band were chosen to open for Bob Dylan this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/08/dawes?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 16:00:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Mayor R.T. Rybak Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, due to wrap up his third and final term at the end of this year, has become a widely beloved figure. When he stopped by The Current studio to take over our airwaves, it wasn't the first time he's shown love to the station, but it was perhaps the most fun and in-depth opportunity we've had to get him involved in what we do here at The Current http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/05/rt-rybak-totd?refid=0 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 07:30:00 -0500 Inventive indie supergroup Divine Fits perform at The Current Indie supergroup Divine Fits brings together members of Spoon, Wolf Parade, and more, so it's no wonder their debut full-length <em>A Thing Called Divine Fits</em> became an airplay staple at The Current and catapulted its way on to many of our staff's year-end lists. In town for a gig at Minneapolis' Varsity Theater, the band swung through our studios to play a session. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/04/divine-fits?refid=0 Thu, 04 Apr 2013 17:00:00 -0500 Precocious Irish folk-rockers Little Green Cars perform in The Current studio The yearning harmonies and darkly allusive lyrics of singles like "Harper Lee" suggest that Little Green Cars possess a precocious wisdom that will serve them well as the attention and hype around their debut continues to build. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/01/little-green-cars?refid=0 Tue, 02 Apr 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Eclectic indie-folk outfit Thao & the Get Down Stay Down performs at The Current San Francisco's Thao & the Get Down Stay Down is the vehicle for the thoughtful indie folk-rock lyricism of singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen. Over the course of five albums and multiple singles (plus celebrated collaborations like her 2011 LP with indie-pop artist Mirah), she's developed a stripped-down, cerebral but deeply relatable voice that's earned her a sizable and devoted following. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/01/thao-get-down-stay-down?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 19:30:00 -0500 Surf-punk trio Wavves perform at The Current <em>Afraid of Heights</em>, Wavves' recently-released fourth album, is the band's most lyrically mature and sonically eclectic release to date. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/29/wavves?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 11:00:00 -0500 Frightened Rabbit performs in The Current studio Frightened Rabbit's fourth full-length (and first to be released on a major label, Atlantic Records), <em>Pedestrian Verse</em>, has earned both critical accolades and chart success in the UK (and in the band's native country, where it debuted atop the charts). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/21/frightened-rabbit?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:30:00 -0500 The Pixies' "Surfer Rosa" turns 25 With today marking the 25th anniversary of the band's debut full-length <em>Surfer Rosa</em>, I'm tempted to imagine how unsettling and off-kilter the band's music must have sounded at the time. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/21/the-pixies-surfer-rosa-turns-25?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Charming indie-pop duo Boy perform at The Current The two women behind the band Boy have only released one full album to date, 2011's <em>Mutual Friends</em>, but it's made a pretty big splash. In town for sold-out gigs at Bryant Lake Bowl and the Cedar Cultural Center, the band stopped by The Current studios to chat with Mark Wheat and play a few of their songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/18/boy?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:30:00 -0500 Two new tracks from Vampire Weekend Just days after debuting new material at South by Southwest, celebrated indie rockers Vampire Weekend have come out with a double A-side single featuring two new tracks from their forthcoming third full-length album <em>Modern Vampires in the City</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/18/vampire-weekend-new-music?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:45:00 -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 Natalie of Wild Belle talks made-up instruments, old-school reggae, favorite singers and more Brother-and-sister duo Wild Belle fuse rhythms and textures from across the globe with smart pop songwriting and enchanting melodies to create a uniquely alluring sound. The Current had the opportunity to talk to the band's singer Natalie Bergman about everything from her influences to her brother Elliot's handmade instruments. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/10/wild-belle-interview?refid=0 Sun, 10 Mar 2013 06:00:00 -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 Rising stars Atlas Genius perform in The Current studio Adelaide, Australia's Atlas Genius got signed to Warner Brothers in the wake of the success of their sleek, melodic indie-rock tune "Trojans," released as a single back in 2011. The quartet gave us a taste of their evolving sound on last summer's <em>Through the Glass</em> EP, and just a couple of weeks ago they released their debut LP <em>When It Was Now</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/08/atlas-genius?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 15:30:00 -0600 The Parker Quartet perform at Classical MPR and discuss their upcoming concert Minnesota's own Parker Quartet are one of the most celebrated classical ensembles of their generation. Today, they returned to Minnesota Public Radio's studios for a performance and interview with Emily Reese. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/07/parker-quartet-performance-interview?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 16:16:42 -0600 New music: An unreleased Rilo Kiley tune surfaces Don't get your hopes up just yet&mdash;this track isn't the first sign of an impending Rilo Kiley reunion. However, we are going to hear some new material from the band this year, in the form of a rarities compilation called <em>RKives</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/07/rilo-kiley-let-me-back-in?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 16:00:00 -0600 Tegan & Sara return to The Current for a great performance Canadian twin-sister duo Tegan and Sara are one of indie-pop's most celebrated acts, having released seven full-length albums over nearly two decades as musical collaborators. They've also been longtime Current favorites, and returned to The Current for the third time for a chat with The Morning Show's Steve Seel and Jill Riley and a performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/07/tegan-and-sara?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 07:30:00 -0600 Dan Croll performs in The Current studio At only 22, British singer-songwriter Dan Croll has already kicked up a storm of buzz in his native country with his unique cocktail of charming, melodic indie rock and sleek, subtle electronic pop stylings. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/05/dan-croll?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 14:00:00 -0600 Kurt Vile performs in The Current studio Philly rocker Kurt Vile has been a psych-rock and folk-influenced racket for the better part of a decade now, both as a founding member of the indie-rock band The War on Drugs (which he left in 2008) and also as a solo artist. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/04/kurt-vile?refid=0 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Miles Davis' brilliant, pioneering fusion era 1970's iconic album <em>Bitches Brew</em> is both a standalone masterpiece and the pivot point between two of the most fascinating periods of Miles Davis' career: his late-'60s swerve into jazz fusion and the truly out-there territory explored by his early-'70s output. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/01/miles-davis-fusion-era?refid=0 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 13:09:04 -0600 Jimmy Cliff talks Grammys, a controversial ad, Bob Marley and more Jimmy Cliff is one of reggae's hugest icons, a living legend whose 1972 film <em>The Harder They Come</em> and accompanying soundtrack gave the genre its big break in the American market. Dozens of albums later, he's one of music's most respected figures worldwide. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/01/jimmy-cliff-interview?refid=0 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 07:30:00 -0600 New music: Jessie Ware's radiant, beguiling pop song "Wildest Moments" You may recognize Jessie Ware's gorgeous, anthemic single "Wildest Moments" if you attended our public music meeting; it's one of the songs we tested out with listeners like you at that event that we've gone on to add to our on-air mix. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/28/new-music-jessie-ware?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 06:00:00 -0600 New music: Yeah Yeah Yeahs return with eclectic single "Sacrilege" The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Sacrilege," the first single from their forthcoming fourth album <em>Mosquito</em>, is a jagged, unpredictable tune that combines many of the strengths the band has demonstrated over their 13-year evolution http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/27/new-yeah-yeah-yeahs?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Eels performs in The Current studio Eels, the shape-shifting and long-running band that serves as a vehicle for the neuroses, quirks and fascinations of singer-songwriter Mark Oliver Everett, have entered the eighteenth year of their prolific and always-surprising career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/22/eels?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 16:00:00 -0600 New music: James Blake's wounded soul-pop single "Retrograde" "Retrograde," which you'll hear on The Current starting this week, builds on the avant-R&B of James Blake's debut, but steers clear of the out-there electronic wrinkles that usually characterize his production. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/20/new-music-james-blake-retrograde?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:00:00 -0600 Black History Month featured artist: Jimi Hendrix In so many ways, Jimi Hendrix is the archetypal rock legend, the incendiary and tragically short arc of his career etched in stone and enshrined for generations to come. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/11/jimi-hendrix?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2013 06:00:00 -0600 Album Review: My Bloody Valentine - m b v Last Saturday night, the UK-based band My Bloody Valentine suddenly released <em>m b v</em>, the long-awaited follow-up to their 1991 masterpiece <em>Loveless</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/07/my-bloody-valentine-mbv-review?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 12:00:00 -0600 Yo La Tengo performs in The Current studio Yo La Tengo are one of indie rock's longest-running and most prolific acts &mdash; active since 1984, they've humbly churned out over a dozen full-lengths and seemingly countless EPs and singles. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/04/yo-la-tengo?refid=0 Mon, 04 Feb 2013 15:30:00 -0600 Black History Month featured artist: Otis Redding It seems inevitable that Otis Redding's voice -- a singular and distinctive instrument imbued with grit, warmth and character -- would come to embody soul. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/04/otis-redding?refid=0 Mon, 04 Feb 2013 12:16:47 -0600 New Dawes album due out in April Los Angeles' Dawes, the indie quartet behind Current favorites such as "When My Time Comes" and "Time Spent In Los Angeles," announced details of a new album earlier today. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/29/dawes-album-announcement?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 16:00:00 -0600 Theft of the Dial: Walk the Moon Cincinnati indie quartet Walk the Moon swung by The Current to take over our airwaves... and grace us with a lovely acoustic performance of their single "Tightrope"! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/25/theft-of-the-dial-walk-the-moon?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2013 07:30:00 -0600 Exclusive live session with Beach House For Baltimore's Beach House, 2012 was a whirlwind year the cemented their reputation as one of indie rock's smartest and most talented bands. Enjoy these live tunes they recorded in Baltimore and sent along to The Current. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/11/beach-house?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2013 20:00:00 -0600 The top in-studios of 2012 The Current had the pleasure of hosting many great bands and musicians in our studios throughout 2012. Find out which of these performances were our most-viewed and most-read. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/19/top-in-studios-2012?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Andrew Bird performs in The Current studio 2012 saw not one but two releases from prolific, Chicago-based indie-pop singer-songwriter Andrew Bird. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/17/andrew-bird?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 07:30:00 -0600 2013 is on the horizon: 3 new songs you'll hear on The Current this week On The Current this week you'll hear a power-pop anthem, a stylistic curveball and an ominous ballad whose wisdom and grace could only come from a seasoned veteran. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/11/3-new-songs-on-the-current?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2012 09:00:00 -0600 A new Christmas anthem and a long-anticipated debut: 4 new songs you'll hear on The Current Feast your eyes and ears on some of the great songs we've started spinning lately, including a new Christmas anthem, an unexpected collaboration, a welcome return and a long-anticipated solo debut. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/06/4-new-tracks-on-the-current?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:46:20 -0600 Take Five: Honoring the late Dave Brubeck Legendary and prolific jazz pianist Dave Brubeck passed away today. He would have turned 92 tomorrow. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/05/rip-dave-brubeck?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:12:05 -0600 Happy birthday Little Richard! Celebrating a rock'n'roll legend Little Richard, one of rock'n'roll's earliest pioneers -- and, nearly six decades later, one of its most distinctive characters -- turns 80 today. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/05/happy-birthday-little-richard?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Helio Sequence Perform in The Current studio Portland-based rock duo The Helio Sequence have been at it for over a decade, crafting densely sonically textured indie rock and pop and continually honing their nuanced songwriting. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/02/helio-sequence-live?refid=0 Sun, 02 Dec 2012 22:00:00 -0600 Ryan Lewis talks "Same Love" and much more Rapper-and-producer duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "Same Love" has become one of the most requested, discussed and admired songs The Current has played in 2012. Producer Ryan Lewis discusses how the song came about and much more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/30/ryan-lewis-interview?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 14:05:46 -0600 Matt & Kim record four songs exclusively for The Current Brooklyn-based indie dance duo Matt & Kim have been kicking up a thrilling DIY synth-pop racket for seven years now. They recorded a few tracks live exclusively for The Current, including a free download of "Now"! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/07/matt-kim?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 07:00:00 -0600 Snow Patrol performs in The Current studio Snow Patrol's major label debut vaulted them to global alt-rock stardom in 2003. Currently on an extensive tour, they stopped by the studios for a session with Mary Lucia. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/31/snow-patrol?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:50:47 -0500 Passion Pit performs in The Current studio Passion Pit, the indie electro-pop project of Cambridge, Mass.-based songwriter Michael Angelakos, broke through with 2009's devastatingly catchy single "The Reeling" and returned this year with a sophomore album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/30/passion-pit?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2012 19:30:00 -0500 Sea Wolf performs in The Current studio Los Angeles' Sea Wolf are a vehicle for singer-songwriter Alex Church, whose emotive and lyrically nuanced indie folk has earned him a sizable following. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/26/sea-wolf?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 16:50:38 -0500 The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion performs in The Current studio Starting in the early '90s, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion tore through the American indie scene with a careening, caustic strain of high-energy rock'n'roll, fusing garage-band revivalism, noise-punk and raw blues. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/23/the-jon-spencer-blues-explosion?refid=0 Tue, 23 Oct 2012 11:00:00 -0500 Public Image Ltd performs in The Current studio In the immediate wake of the Sex Pistols' dramatic 1978 breakup, John Lydon shed his "Rotten" persona and emerged with Public Image Ltd, a new outfit whose dark, strange sound defined the new direction the UK music scene would soon pursue. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/22/public-image-ltd-live?refid=0 Mon, 22 Oct 2012 17:00:00 -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 Theft of the Dial: Beach House Baltimore duo Beach House stopped by The Current studios to chat with Mark Wheat, take over our airwaves and play some of the songs they're feeling lately. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/18/beach-house-totd?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 18:00:00 -0500 Niki and the Dove perform in The Current studio Stockholm-based trio Niki and the Dove balances imaginative and playful songwriting sure to find favor among indie fans alongside beats and hooks so massive that it's not hard to imagine the band landing themselves on the pop charts. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/17/niki-and-the-dove?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:00:00 -0500 Calexico performs in The Current studio Tuscon, Ariz. band Calexico has made a career out of warping genres and musical traditions together into an eclectic, clever, and wholly original sonic stew. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/17/calexico?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2012 07:30:00 -0500 Welcome to the post-member drive avalanche: 5 new songs you'll hear on The Current Check out some of the great new music you'll hear on The Current lately, ranging from Adele's Bond theme to the Rolling Stones' 50th-anniversary celebration and beyond. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/17/5-new-tracks-youll-hear?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Night Moves perform in The Current studio The hype surrounding Night Moves' debut landed them on the roster of esteemed UK indie label Domino Records. Now, the band returns with a revamped and re-recorded take on the album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/15/night-moves-live?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 17:00:00 -0500 A wave of new sounds: 5 new tracks you'll hear on The Current This week we kick off another fall member drive here at The Current, but that doesn't mean there's nothing else exciting going on. Check out some of the great new music we've added to our mix from artists like Tegan and Sara and A.C. Newman alongside relative newcomers Dark Dark Dark and Lavender Diamond. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/04/a-wave-of-new-sounds-5-new-tracks-youll-hear-on-the-current?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Grizzly Bear in studio performance A decade ago, Grizzly Bear was the moniker for vocalist and keyboardist Ed Droste's bedroom recordings. Today, Grizzly Bear is a four-piece band four albums deep into a career as one of indie rock's defining voices. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/01/grizzly-bear?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 16:57:00 -0500 Alt-J performs in The Current studio Britain's Alt-J burst onto the scene earlier this year on the strength of their single "Fitzpleasure." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/23/alt-j?refid=0 Sun, 23 Sep 2012 17:02:14 -0500 What's Opera, Doc? 100 years of Chuck Jones Legendary animator Chuck Jones would have turned 100 today. In celebration, enjoy one of his most enduring shorts, the Bugs Bunny-does-Wagner parody "What's Opera, Doc?" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/21/whats-opera-doc-100-years-of-chuck-jones?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:30:17 -0500 Brother Ali performs in The Current studio Brother Ali is a local hip-hop icon who's been in the game for over a decade. He stopped by The Current studio to chat with Barb Abney about his new album and play a few songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/18/brother-ali-live?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 11:00:00 -0500 Album Review: The xx - Coexist On "Coexist," the xx has largely opted to continue exploring the musical landscape they sketched out on their 2009 debut. It's a wise choice. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/17/xx-coexist-review?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 12:38:08 -0500 Antibalas performs in The Current studios The sprawling Brooklyn-based group Antibalas has a core of eleven members but frequently incorporates other musicians, with each collaboration adding unique wrinkles to the band's funk and jazz-inflected Afrobeat sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/11/antibalas?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:13:24 -0500 New sounds and old masters: 5 new tracks you'll hear on The Current The State Fair is the center of attention this week, and with good reason, but we've also quietly been adding some great, varied new music to our mix on The Current. Check out new songs from Bob Dylan, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Muse, and more! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/29/5-new-tracks-youll-hear-on-the-current?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Old-school funk and indie newcomers: 5 new things you'll hear on The Current airwaves Expect to hear some old-school funk from an amazing new compilation that's coming out. Plus, you'll be introduced to Swiss-German newcomers BOY and hear new music from indie press darlings the xx, famed singer-songwriter Van Morrison and wide-eyed weirdo Dan Deacon. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/23/oldschool-funk-and-indie-newcomers?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:16:37 -0500 Album Review: Beach House - Bloom Over the last six years, Baltimore-based duo Beach House has quietly honed a lovely, enveloping sound. On their fourth album, "Bloom," the band delivers the best music of their career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/08/beach-house-bloom?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 15:04:59 -0500 Twin Shadow performs in The Current studio Twin Shadow takes the sounds of New Wave and post-punk and weaves them into a sleek and somber take on contemporary indie-pop. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/07/twin-shadow?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 19:00:00 -0500 New music from some of our favorites: 4 tracks you'll hear on The Current We've added a bunch of excellent music to The Current's mix of songs this week, including returns from one of our favorite newer artists and one of our favorite older ones. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/07/new-music-from-some-of-our-favorites?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 16:04:22 -0500 Dirty Projectors perform in The Current studio Dirty Projectors, the shapeshifting herd of arty indie-rockers led by oddball mastermind Dave Longstreth, have crowned the strange and surprising first decade of their existince with their smart, accomplished fifth full-length Swing Lo Magellan. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/07/dirty-projectors?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 11:00:00 -0500 Songs for the dog days of summer: 4 new tracks you'll hear on The Current August always tends to usher in a little wistfulness, and here are four new songs we're playing on The Current that might give you a little perspective on the season, including music from Aimee Mann, Dinosaur Jr. and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/01/4-new-tracks-youll-hear-on-the-current?refid=0 Wed, 01 Aug 2012 11:40:51 -0500 Liars perform in The Current studios Experimental rock trio Liars' career has been defined by nomadic wanderings, both geographically and sonically. Formed in L.A., the group relocated to Brooklyn, shed a few members and wound up in rural New Jersey, and eventually made their way to Berlin, before returning to L.A. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/23/liars-live?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jul 2012 22:00:00 -0500 Hype bands old and new: 5 new tracks you'll hear on The Current Here's a taste of the new music we've added to our mix of songs this week on 89.3 The Current, featuring new music from Bloc Party, Stars, Band of Horses and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/18/5-new-tracks-youll-hear-on-the-current?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2012 22:08:16 -0500 Hot Chip perform in The Current studio British band Hot Chip has made a career out of exploring the collision point between heart-rending indie rock, cleverly self-aware pop and spastic, dancefloor-ready electronica. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/13/hot-chip-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jul 2012 16:00:00 -0500 Psych-rock stompers and delicate indie-pop: 5 new tracks you'll hear on The Current This week and last, we've added a bunch of new music to The Current airwaves from a mix of artists old and new. Check out a sampling of some of the new songs you'll hear on the station, from artists like The Avett Brothers, Blur, Brother Ali and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/11/5-new-tracks-youll-hear-on-the-current?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2012 10:24:20 -0500 Lissie performs in The Current studio Illinois-born, California-based singer-songwriter Lissie (born Elisabeth Maurus) earned breakout success with her debut album "Catching a Tiger," a searing collection of bluesy pop and indie folk powered by the songstress' immense vocal talent. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/10/lissie?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2012 07:30:00 -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 Improbable collaborations and returning veterans: 5 new tracks you'll hear on The Current This week, 89.3 The Current has added an excellent and varied array of new tracks to the mix of music on our airwaves, from improbable collaborations to returning vets, rising noise-rockers to local indie-poppers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/26/improbable-collaborations-and-returning-veterans-5-new-tracks-youll-hear-on-the-current?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:59:55 -0500 Just in time for summer: 4 new tracks you'll hear on The Current Check out the new music that we've added to our mix here at the Current this week, including with new music from buzzed-about acts like Twin Shadow as well as indie staples like Superchunk. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/21/just-in-time-for-summer?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jun 2012 12:18:12 -0500 Fiona Apple, Bear in Heaven top this week's adds Some great new music for you to hear on The Current this week, including new tracks from Fiona Apple, Brendan Benson, Bear in Heaven and a few more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/music_blog/archive/2012/04/whats_new_on_th_5.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 14:44:29 -0500 Sara Watkins performs in The Current studios California-based singer-songwriter and fiddler Sara Watkins first rose to fame as a member of the popular and prolific progressive bluegrass trio Nickel Creek in the '90s and early 2000s. Watkins is set to release her second solo album, "Sun Midnight Sun," on May 8th on Nonesuch Records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/22/sara-watkins?refid=0 Sun, 22 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 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 White Rabbits perform in The Current studio Brooklyn-via-Missouri indie-rock six-piece White Rabbits, known for their dynamic and unpredictable live performances and emotionally textured songwriting, have returned with their third full-length album, "Milk Famous." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/07/white-rabbits?refid=0 Sat, 07 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Kasabian performs in The Current studio British rockers Kasabian emerged at the height of the early-to-mid-2000s British indie hype wave alongside peers like The Libertines, The Music, The Coral and more. Last year, the band released their fourth album, "Velociraptor!," which was hailed by critics and fans as a major artistic step forward for the band. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/04/kasabian?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2012 11:00:00 -0500 Shabazz Palaces performs in The Current studio Shabazz Palaces have rapidly gained fame and adoration for making some of the most inventive and alien-sounding hip-hop in recent memory, but the Seattle rap outfit didn't come out of nowhere. In fact, the group's MC and central figure Ishmael Butler has been in the game for nearly two decades, first catching listeners' attention as a member of celebrated alt-hip-hop pioneers Digable Planets in the '90s. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/03/shabazz-palaces?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 15:32:23 -0500 Of Monsters and Men perform in The Current studio Icelandic indie-pop six-piece Of Monsters and Men have found themselves a runaway indie hit in the wake of their EP, "Into the Woods," and full-length album, "My Head Is an Animal," which will be released in the United States on April 3. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/30/of-monsters-and-men?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 07:30:00 -0500 G. Love performs in The Current studios Philadelphia's G. Love has been steadily cranking out his unique style of ramshackle hip-hop blues for two decades now, both with his backing band Special Sauce and solo. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/19/g-love-live?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2012 16:07:39 -0500 Punch Brothers perform live in The Current studio Bluegrass quintet the Punch Brothers have been playing together for six years, but their intensely collaborative instrumental interplay and seasoned songwriting suggest a far longer period of growth. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/04/punch-brothers-live?refid=0 Sun, 04 Mar 2012 08:00:00 -0600 Los Campesinos! perform live in The Current studio The Welsh indie-pop septet Los Campesinos! have been cranking out smart, charming and richly emotionally textured rock songs for nearly five years at this point. On the heels of their third and most recent record, "Hello Sadness," they stopped by The Current studios to chat with Mary Lucia and play a few songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/30/los-campesinos?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2012 15:42:35 -0600 Bhi Bhiman performs in The Current studios A gifted young guitar player and singer-songwriter with a distinctively lovely voice, Bhi Bhiman is poised for major success in 2012. Though he's been billed as "a Sri Lankan Woody Guthrie," Bhiman has more American roots than that title suggests, having grown up on '90s alt-rock in St. Louis before moving to San Francisco, where he is currently based. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/29/bhi-bhiman?refid=0 Sun, 29 Jan 2012 09:00:00 -0600 Album Review: The Big Pink - Future This British indie duo the Big Pink emerged in the late 2000s with a noisy electro-pop sound that fit perfectly with the electro-influenced strains of indie rock that have been increasing in popularity in recent years. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/11/album-review-the-big-pink--future-this?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Dan Mangan performs in The Current studios Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Dan Mangan has been making sturdy, smart music for nearly a decade now. In September, he released his third full-length album, "Oh Fortune." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/01/dan-mangan?refid=0 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 13:09:27 -0500 Portugal. The Man perform in The Current studios. In the seven years they've been together the Portland, Ore. (by way of Wasilla, Ala.) psych-rock quintet Portugal. The Man have continued to crank out tranquil, lush indie rock inflected with hints of psychedelia, prog and folk. The band sat down with Mary Lucia to discuss growing up in Alaska, their songwriting process, Sesame Street and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/21/portugal-the-man?refid=0 Sun, 23 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Twin Sister - In Heaven With their debut album In Heaven, which was released on September 27 by Domino Records, the group make good on the hype. Twin Sister have hit upon a compelling, spacious sound that blends indie rock songwriting with a lush instrumental palette that drawns upon influences as wide-ranging as '70s AM-radio-style soft-rock and '90s-esque trip-hop. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/12/album-review-twin-sister--in-heaven?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0500 The Drums perform in The Current studios Brooklyn band The Drums serve up a master class in wired guitar-pop. Their infectious music is sourced in everything from '60s garage-rock to '70s power-pop and '80s post-punk and new-wave. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/10/drums?refid=0 Mon, 10 Oct 2011 14:50:27 -0500 Cellist Joe Johnson returns for Twin Cities performance Although cellist Joe Johnson may have spent the last few years playing for a far-flung range of ensembles such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Opera and the Honolulu Symphony, he honed his remarkable talent with over a decade in the Twin Cities classical music community. He recently returned to the Twin Cities to record a CD of Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich cello sonatas at Hamline University's Sundin Music Hall, where he will perform on Friday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/06/joe-johnson?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2011 15:02:45 -0500 St. Vincent performs in The Current studios Onetime Polyphonic Spree member Annie Clark made her debut under the recording name St. Vincent four years ago with 2007's "Marry Me." But it was her sophomore effort, 2009's "Actor," that propelled her to critical acclaim and widespread popularity in the indie-rock community. Now, two years later, she has returned with her third album, "Strange Mercy." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/02/st-vincent?refid=0 Mon, 03 Oct 2011 16:25:03 -0500 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 OMD perform in The Current studios Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, better known by their acronym OMD, began their career in the UK in 1978, trading in synth-pop, new wave and experimental post-punk sounds for nearly two decades before lead singer and bassist Andy McCluskey (at that point the only remaining original member) called it quits. The original line-up reunited in 2005, and have been touring and recording ever since. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/28/omd?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 10:33:52 -0500 Album Review: Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost The best songs on "Father, Son, Holy Ghost" hit all the right notes, perfectly balancing and taming the chaotic and emotionally fraught brattiness that made "Album" stand out. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/22/review-girls-father-son-holy-ghost?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: John Maus - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves The ultimate internal contradiction in Maus' work, the irresolvable, mysterious conflict that catalyzes and animates his entire aesthetic, is its the ineffable way it draws so heavily on the pastwhile also opening up unfamiliar and potent new musical landscapes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/08/review-john-maus-pitiless-censors?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Introducing Chad Hoopes Classical MPR is proud to announce that violinist Chad Hoopes will be our 2011-2012 Artist-in-Residence. Hoopes has racked up a remarkable resume, having performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and more. He's also appeared at several European festivals and received substantial media attention. It's an impressive list of accomplishments and accolades for anyone -- and it's made even more astonishing by the fact that Hoopes is 17. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/08/04/chad-hoopes?refid=0 Mon, 01 Aug 2011 11:55:00 -0500 Thurston Moore Live In-Studio Thurston Moore is an indie-rock icon who founded and continues to play in the legendary Sonic Youth, and has also dabbled in solo work, racked up an impressive list of collaborations in the experimental classical and noise scenes, founded a record label and still found time to raise a family with Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon. 89.3 The Current was thrilled to welcome Thurston Moore to MPR's UBS Forum for a special solo session. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/28/thurston_moore?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2011 14:47:06 -0500 Jolie Holland performs in The Current studios Jolie Holland may have once been a founding member of the Vancouver group the Be Good Tanyas, but she was born in Texas. It's those American roots, perhaps, that color her solo career, which is built upon a rich tapestry of different Americana styles, from bluegrass to blues to folk. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/15/jolie_holland?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 10:28:47 -0500 Mount Moriah performs in The Current studios The Durham, N.C.-based band Mount Moriah only just released their self-titled debut LP a couple of months ago, preceeded by 2010's "Letting Go" EP, but guitarist Jenks Miller first started a band under the Biblically-influenced name Mount Moriah around five years ago. After some drastic shifts in sound and line-up, the band's sound has settled into a sweet, melancholy strain of folk music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/15/mount_moriah?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 10:16:39 -0500 Album Review: Shabazz Palaces - Black Up The dark, disjointed rap psychedelia of "Black Up" is sure to make it one of this year's most singular and potent musical statements, and Butler's lyricism has only grown sharper since his Digable Planets days. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/28/review-shabazz-palaces-black-up?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact As they effortlessly fold ideas from the rock, hip-hop, global traditional musics and electronic dance music into their sound, Gang Gang Dance forge a new type of "world music" where all of the world's music is potentially collapsible into a new hallucinatory Western pop. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/03/review-gang-gang-dance-eye-contact?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Trivia quiz: You think you know Prince? How much do you know about the Purple One? Take our quiz to find out! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/31/prince-quiz?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Dave King of the Bad Plus talks Stravinsky The Bad Plus are a Minneapolis jazz trio who are perhaps best known for their instrumental covers of rock songs, which earned them the honor of being called "as badass as highbrow gets" by Rolling Stone. However, later this month, the group will swing decidedly more towards the "highbrow" end of that balancing act, as they debut their reinterpretation of Stravinsky's legendary ballet "The Rite of Spring" at the Loring Theater in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/19/bad-plus-stravinsky?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2011 15:39:18 -0500 Album Review: Panda Bear - Tomboy Throughout "Tomboy," the songs exude a sense of inner journeying, bolstered by Lennox's soaring, searching voice and the wide-open psychedelic panorama of sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/22/review-panda-bear-tomboy?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Toro y Moi - Underneath the Pine Toro y Moi has a tough act to follow on his new album, "Underneath the Pine." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/21/toro-y-moi--underneath-the-pine?refid=0 Mon, 21 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Radiohead - King of Limbs "The King of Limbs" consists of eight strange and understated songs. There are no anthems and no multi-part epics, no nostalgic returns to form and no game-changers. Instead, it's the kind of record that a band their age should and would make: modest in scope, yet unselfconscious, exploratory and wise. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/18/radiohead-king-of-limbs-review?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 13:12:42 -0600 Album Review: James Blake - James Blake It's quite rare for a producer of dance music to make a foray into singing, but that's exactly what British electronic wunderkind James Blake has done on his self-titled debut LP. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/02/04/album-review--james-blake--james-blake?refid=0 Fri, 04 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Album Review: The Soft Pack - The Soft Pack The Soft Pack released their self-titled debut LP on February 2 after a handful of singles and a lot of buzz. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/26/album-review-the-soft-pack--the-soft-pack?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Album Review: LoneLady - Nerve Up LoneLady put out her debut album "Nerve Up" last week on Warp Records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/22/album-review-lonelady--nerve-up?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Pantha du Prince - Black Noise Pantha du Prince's "Black Noise," which came out Febraury 9 on veteran indie label Rough Trade, is a curious album that straddles a handful of already-blurry genre borders. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/08/album-review-pantha-du-prince--black-noise?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 The Current Music Blog: Posts by Peter Valelly (RSS Feed) RSS Feed of Peter Valelly's posts to The Current Music Blog. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/music_blog/valelly.xml?refid=0 Tue, 02 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Toro y Moi - Causers of This "Causers of This" is a radiant, genre-hopping adventure that puts Toro y Moi on the map as a major artist to watch this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/01/04/album-review-toro-y-moi--causers-of-this?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Girls - Album On their debut album "Album," San Francisco band Girls deliver a messy, spectacular collision of singer-songwriter sensibilities and noisy, bratty indie rock. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/22/album-review-girls--album?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Wild Beasts - Two Dancers The Kendal, UK-based quartet Wild Beasts released their sophomore album "Two Dancers" in August to a chorus of perplexed praise, perhaps owing to their peculiar sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/03/album-review-wild-beasts--two-dancers?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500