Minnesota Public Radio features by David Safar http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30971 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:36:01 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by David Safar http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Album review: Jungle's self-titled debut Believe the hype. Shrouded in mystery, Jungle is emerging from behind the scenes to make danceable electronic music for rock fans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/21/album-of-the-week-jungles-selftitled-debut?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0500 The Rural Alberta Advantage debut 'Terrified,' talk about new album Anticipating the release of Rural Alberta Advantage's 3rd studio album, <em>Mended with Gold</em>, frontman Nils Edenloff chatted with New Hot host David Safar this week to debut "Terrified," the first single off the new record. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/08/the-rural-alberta-advantage-new-music-interview?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:20:00 -0500 Benjamin Booker is living the dream in a couple of ways On tour supporting his highly anticipated debut album release, Benjamin Booker stopped in to The Current studios to talk to New Hot host David Safar about how he was discovered and signed to ATO records. Booker also plays a few songs off the forthcoming album, scheduled for Aug. 19. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/30/benjamin-booker-is-living-the-dream-in-a-couple-of-ways?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:50:00 -0500 Album Review: Sam Smith, 'In The Lonely Hour' Sam Smith's debut release is an ambitious album that shows Smith is both a talented singer and writer, and his songs bring out the raw, unaffected voice that might be the best of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/30/album-review-sam-smith-in-the-lonely-hour?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Album Review: Jack White, 'Lazaretto' Jack White's sophomore solo album builds on his already impressive musical talent. 'Lazaretto' channels the voices, music and instruments White has mastered as a professor of the rock tradition. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/09/album-review-jack-white-lazaretto?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Lyla Foy stops by New Hot London singer-songwriter Lyla Foy stopped by New Hot to chat with host David Safar and to play a few tracks off her new record, <em>Mirrors the Sky</em>, out now on Sub Pop. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/29/lyla-foy-live-new-hot?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:50:00 -0500 Album Review: The Hold Steady, 'Teeth Dreams' The Hold Steady's sixth studio album exemplifies what Craig Finn and friends have done better than their contemporaries: They play guitar-driven rock music with smart lyrics. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/24/album-review-the-hold-steady-teeth-dreams?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Grizfolk bring SoCal and Stockholm to The Current studios Adam Roth left the south to pursue music in Los Angeles. It was there he met up with two producers from Stockholm who inspired him to meld his Americana roots with electronic production. Thus, Grizfolk was born, and it's been a quick ascent to the spotlight since then. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/21/grizfolk-live?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, 'Wig Out at Jagbags' 'Wig Out at Jagbags' is a refreshing reminder of an indie-rock era when lyrics mattered, and is everything you'd expect from the man often called the smart guy of indie rock. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/20/album-review-stephen-malkmus-and-the-jicks-wig-out-at-jagbags?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:01:00 -0600 New Hot's 15 most anticipated albums of 2014 Now that the year-end lists have finally settled, it's time to build up anticipation for what's to come, so The Current's Music Director and New Hot host, David Safar, has put together a list of the most anticipated albums of 2014. Some records come from familiar artists with definite release dates, some have only have European or Australian releases and some may have been released in late 2013 but are just about to make their big splash in the new year. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/07/new-hot-most-anticipated-albums-2014?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 10:00:28 -0600 Album Review: Billie Joe and Norah, 'Foreverly' The unlikely pairing of Green Day's front man Billie Joe Armstrong and singer songwriter Norah Jones resulted in a tribute to the timeless voices of the duo who shaped the sound of country and rock 'n' roll. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/06/album-review-billie-joe-and-norah-foreverly?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jan 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Darkside brings minimalist dance music to the spotlight for New Hot Darkside makes dance music. That's their motto, even if their string of usually sub-100bpm tracks might make for a more intimate affair, rather than club bangers. But the duo of Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington have a high-profile history of reimagining the way dance music sounds, and we imagine that the genre in 2014 will follow suit with the band's ideas. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/05/darkside-live?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0600 New York duo Cults talk major labels, banking on buzz and indie peers on New Hot Couple Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin were discovered by Columbia Records after posting a series of demos of their band Cults to Bandcamp. The ensuing hype machine created one of the more successful debut records of 2011. The two have since broken up, and as with all good musical relationships that come to an end, the ensuing creative energy has spawned a darker collection of pop songs for their sophomore album "Static." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/02/cults?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 17:00:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: David Safar, Music Director Music Director and host David Safar shares his top albums and songs of 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/02/top-89-david-safar?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 12:42:21 -0600 Album Review: Various Artists, 'Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 5' Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 5 is no different from the past four installments in that it includes inspiring musicians from the '60s to today. The project brings together some of the most timeless songs in rock history with local musicians. Beatles fans and local show-goers alike should find it hard to resist. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/02/album-review-various-artists-minnesota-beatle-project-vol-5?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 00:01:00 -0600 Saintseneca stops by New Hot Saintseneca is the newest signing to Anti- Records, the home of venerable bands like Wilco, Neko Case and Calexico. In the indie music world, the label is considered one of the most advantageous for a young band's career. The Columbus quartet is banking off of this newfound press with a rigorous tour and recording schedule. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/18/saintseneca-interview?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 20:00:00 -0600 Seattle quartet La Luz stops by New Hot Seattle four-piece La Luz sound like they're straight out of the '60s. They've managed to capture the jangly cross-section of that era's garage rock scene, the surf rock sounds of the west coast, as well as the punk movement which followed it. The influences are obvious, yet the band manages to defy easy categorization by combining them all at once -- that's why new record "It's Alive" feels fresh and uninhibited. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/12/la-luz-interview?refid=0 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Portland-based Dresses embark on first tour, stop by New Hot Add Dresses to the long list of recent bands who are impossible to search for on the internet. But their name has some significance -- Dresses' music is seriously a no-frills affair. It's light, cheery pop with surfy hooks that don't require a complicated band name. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/05/dresses?refid=0 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 22:00:00 -0600 The Chart Show: Arcade Fire find the connector Local tracks from Jeremy Messersmith and Poli&#231;a climb to the top of The Chart as The Arcade Fire take #1. Meanwhile, Alt-J plummet to #15 and NONONO hold onto #13. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/31/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:50:00 -0500 The Chart Show: Alt-J peak again Alt-J retake the top of the chart this week as NONONO continue to slide. Jake Bugg enters the Chart Show Hall of Fame, and it's a big week for local debuts from Jeremy Messersmith, Mason Jennings, and Caroline Smith. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/24/chart-show?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:50:00 -0500 Willy Mason re-introduces himself to the music world on New Hot Willy Mason has had several strings of mini-successes since beginning his career, but as soon as he would begin to build a public profile, awareness of his music would dwindle. Chalk that up to Mason's mysterious demeanor or lack of self-promotion &#151; either way, the guy might now be poised for the breakout he's been waiting for since teaming up with Communion Records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/21/willy-mason?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 19:15:00 -0500 Album Review: The Head and the Heart, 'Let's Be Still' The Head and the Heart accomplish more on <i>Let's Be Still</i> than presenting their ability to write and arrange melodies; they deliver a more mature set of songs that tell stories. The album is as relatable as it is listenable. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/21/album-review-the-head-and-the-heart-lets-be-still?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:01:00 -0500 Interview: San Fermin's Ellis Ludwig-Leone Ellis Ludwig-Leone, the mastermind behind brass-heavy Brooklyn-based band San Fermin, stopped by The Current studios after shooting a music video in Minnesota to chat with New Hot host David Safar about the self-titled debut, the band's elaborate live show and what the name San Fermin means to him. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/15/san-fermin-interview?refid=0 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Elvis Costello and The Roots, 'Wise Up Ghost ' <i>Wise Up Ghost</i> is unlike any other album that will be released this year. The pairing of one of rock's best songwriters and lyricists with hip hop's best live band is worth a spot in your album collection. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/23/roots-elvis-costello-wise-up-ghost-review?refid=0 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 00:01:00 -0500 New Hot: Austin funk, Atlanta hip-hop and across the Atlantic rock 'n roll This week on New Hot, we'll take a look at a legendary hip-hop crew out of Atlanta, plus a band whose debut became one of the biggest breakouts of the modern age. These are our three recommended releases for this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/26/new-hot-update?refid=0 Mon, 26 Aug 2013 16:20:00 -0500 New Hot: Fierce rockers amp up the volume this week This week on New Hot, we'll take a look at a duo who revitalized the L.A. punk scene, and a band whose members signed some of the most popular indie rock groups of the '90s. These are our three recommended releases for this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/18/new-hot-update?refid=0 Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Superchunk, 'I Hate Music' The best indie rock album of the year comes from a band with a career spanning over two decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/19/superchunk-i-hate-music-review?refid=0 Sun, 18 Aug 2013 23:00:00 -0500 New Hot: Madchester, chill-wave and gypsy punk This week on New Hot, we're taking a look at the most recognizable man in gypsy punk, plus a guy from the south who helped create a new music genre with his debut. These are our three recommended releases for this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/12/new-hot-update?refid=0 Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:30:12 -0500 Mystery man Daughn Gibson stops by New Hot Daughn Gibson is one of those musicians who seemed to matriculate out of thin air. Signed to Sub Pop off the strength of his debut "All Hell," this Pennsylvania born-and-raised 6'5", deep-voiced crooner has challenged listeners with some of the most ingenious vocal tricks in recent memory. Many people already know his backstory: he played drums in Pearls & Brass, was a trucker, worked in warehouses, tested radiation on broadcast towers, worked at an adult bookstore and did sound at dive bars. The guy's somewhat of a nomadic enigma. During his recent stop in Minneapolis, Gibson caught up with New Hot host and Music Director David Safar to talk about his sophomore album "Me Moan." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/29/daughn-gibson?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jul 2013 22:00:00 -0500 New Hot: three of the best records this year flying under the radar This week on New Hot, we're taking a look at three of the most under-the-radar, acclaimed albums of 2013 spanning garage rock, alternative hip-hop and shoegazey metal. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/29/new-hot-update?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0500 New Hot: hippies and gypsies among this week's most talked about releases This week on New Hot, read about a band from Raleigh, NC releasing their second album with Merge Records, the return of Gogol Bordello's signature gypsy punk sound and more. These are our recommended releases for July 23. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/22/new-hot-update?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:00:00 -0500 New Hot: UK veterans return, and soul and twee reign supreme from two rising bands This week on New Hot, read about a musician who has gotten nods from some of Top 40's most popular artists, plus some young kids whose song "Awkward" took the world by storm in 2012. These are our recommended releases for July 16. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/15/new-hot-update?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:00:00 -0500 New Hot: three can't-miss albums from 2013 so far This week on New Hot, we'll look at three albums widely considered to be among the most critically and commercially successful albums of the year so far. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/01/new-hot-update?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0500 New Hot: two indie veterans return and a baby band looks to make big This week on New Hot, read about a musician that got her start through the suggestion of schoolmate Joanna Newsom, plus a trio who got their big break opening for MGMT. These are our three recommended releases for Tuesday, June 25. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/24/new-hot-update?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:33:53 -0500 New Hot: three big releases from Australia, Canada and Iceland This week on New Hot, read about a band that won multiple ARIA awards in Australia for their debut, plus another album from one of Iceland's biggest musical exports. These are our three recommended releases for Tuesday, June 18. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/17/new-hot-update?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0500 New Hot: a Gallagher, some surf punks and the return of two Scottish brothers This week on New Hot, read about an elusive Scottish duo who created a scavenger hunt to announce their new album, plus another record from one of the infamous Gallagher brothers. These are our three recommended releases for Tuesday, June 11. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/10/new-hot-update?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork Like the reinvented rock songs from their debut, Homme is now giving new meaning to his own material with <em>...Like Clockwork</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/10/queens-of-the-stone-age-qotsa-like-clockwork-review?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0500 New Hot: three revered indie bands are back in action This week on New Hot, read about a band that was championed by the late John Peel, plus one of America's most important modern rock groups of the 21st century. These are our three recommended releases for Tuesday, June 4. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/03/new-hot-update?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jun 2013 12:00:00 -0500 New Hot: three distinguished musical acts look for their big break This week on New Hot, read about a new album from two of James Blake's best friends, plus one of the UK's youngest and most successful songwriters. These are our three recommended releases for Tuesday, May 28. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/25/new-hot-update?refid=0 Sun, 26 May 2013 00:00:00 -0500 New Hot: Robots square off against brooding rock and indie pop from Down Under This week on New Hot, read about a band famous for its two pairs of brothers, plus the return of a French robotic duo. These are our three recommended releases for Tuesday, May 21. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/17/new-hot-update?refid=0 Sat, 18 May 2013 10:00:00 -0500 New Hot: Atlantic bands dominate this week's releases This week on New Hot, read about a British singer whose debut is getting a United States release, as well as an album whose title comes from a Junior Reed song. These are our three recommended releases for Tuesday, May 14. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/11/new-hot-update?refid=0 Sat, 11 May 2013 10:00:00 -0500 New Hot: gritty rock 'n roll dominates this week's releases This week on New Hot, read about a group whose frontwoman runs the influential Pop Noire record label plus the newest funk and soul sensation sweeping Europe. These are our three recommended releases for Tuesday, May 7. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/03/new-hot-update?refid=0 Sat, 04 May 2013 10:00:00 -0500 New Hot: punk rock from Iggy Pop, California surf music and more This week on New Hot, read about a frontman who counts David Bowie among his collaborators, a California local band gone big-time and the newest electronic buzz act from New York. These are our three recommended releases for Tuesday, April 30. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/26/new-hot-update?refid=0 Sat, 27 Apr 2013 10:00:00 -0500 New Hot: a once-Minneapolitan goes up against two indie heavy-weights This week on New Hot, read about a musician with local ties who is getting help from Julian Casablancas, a Swede who got popular off of a cover of The Knife and a French band returning after a three-year silence. These are our three recommended releases for Tuesday, April 23. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/19/new-hot-update?refid=0 Sat, 20 Apr 2013 10:00:00 -0500 New Hot: releases from three of indie music's biggest breakout acts This week on New Hot, read about one of most pivotal rock bands of the 2000s, a new release from Sam Beam and a New York group whose frontwoman has worked with Har Mar Superstar. These are our three recommended releases for Tuesday, April 16. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/12/new-hot-update?refid=0 Sat, 13 Apr 2013 10:00:00 -0500 New Hot: Releases across the world, from Philly to Sweden This week on New Hot, read about an English musician whose debut reached #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, the next release from a Swedish brother-sister duo breaking a hiatus and another album from the Philly indie rock scene. These are our three recommended releases for Tuesday, April 9. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/05/new-hot-update?refid=0 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 10:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Cold War Kids - Dear Miss Lonelyhearts Cold War Kids are one of the most underrated American indie rock bands of the past five years. They write and record songs that are quintessentially modern rock. It's not a cool thing to do when you've been a band for close to a decade, but it's also why their new album, <em>Dear Miss Lonelyhearts</em> is a refreshing return to normal in 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/01/album-review-cold-war-kids--dear-miss-lonelyhearts?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0500 New Hot: California takes over and psych-rock returns This week on New Hot, read about the debut of a band and the return of another, both from California, and a group who gets their name from a Velvet Underground song. These are our three recommended releases for Tuesday, April 2. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/29/new-hot-update?refid=0 Sat, 30 Mar 2013 10:00:00 -0500 New Hot: Low turns 20, BRMC becomes a teenager and The Staves are born This week on New Hot, read about a band that got started at an open-mic night, one of America's most notorious rock bands and an act considered a Minnesota staple. These are our three recommended releases for Tuesday, March 19. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/15/new-hot-update?refid=0 Sat, 16 Mar 2013 10:00:00 -0500 SXSW on the ground: a hundred bands at once Imagine landing in a city where hundreds of bands are playing all at once. How do you choose which bands to see and what shows will be worth remembering? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/14/sxsw-update-march13?refid=0 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:30:36 -0500 New Hot - 3 b's: Bowie, Banhart and (Wild) Belle This week on New Hot, read about a young band from Chicago signed to a major label, a musician who brought back the "freak-folk" style and a living legend who has sold over 140 million albums. These are our three recommended releases for Tuesday, March 12. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/08/new-hot-update?refid=0 Sat, 09 Mar 2013 10:00:00 -0600 New Hot: The Return of the Greats This week on New Hot, read about two new bands from Thurston Moore and Trent Reznor, as well as the next solo record from The Soft Boys' Robyn Hitchcock. These are our three recommended releases for Tuesday, March 5. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/26/new-hot-update?refid=0 Sat, 02 Mar 2013 10:14:05 -0600 Album Review: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away Listen to Nick Cave's music as an ongoing narrative to fully appreciate what you might have dismissed as the "that goth rock." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/18/nick-cave-and-the-bad-seeds-push-the-sky-away-review?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0600 New Hot: 3 new albums to listen to this week This week on New Hot, read about a band whose front-woman is the daughter of a famous puppeteer, an album from Will Oldham's alter-ego and the next breakout act from Australia. These are our three recommended releases for Tuesday, February 19. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/15/new-hot-update?refid=0 Sat, 16 Feb 2013 10:00:00 -0600 New Hot: 3 albums you need to hear This week on New Hot, read about a local band releasing their debut, a UK-based act who got their launch through MySpace and a band who was remixed by the London Contemporary Orchestra. These are our three recommended releases for Tuesday, February 12. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/09/new-hot-update?refid=0 Sat, 09 Feb 2013 10:00:00 -0600 New Hot: Next week's three must-hear albums This week on New Hot, read about a band who has collaborated with the likes of Camera Obscura and Arab Strap, a new project with ties to My Morning Jacket and an act who has had their music in over a dozen movies. These are our three recommended releases for Tuesday, February 5. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/01/new-hot-update?refid=0 Sun, 03 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0600 New Hot: 3 albums coming out Jan. 29 you need to hear This week on New Hot, read about a Real Estate side project, a band who were certified silver with their debut album and a collaboration between members of The Moldy Peaches and Little Joy. These are our three recommended releases for Tuesday, January 29. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/25/new-hot-update?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2013 15:00:00 -0600 New Hot: 3 albums coming out Jan. 22 you need to hear This week on New Hot, read about a project born out of popular South Carolina band The Heist and The Accomplice, an album named after a scientific theory and a band who went to Mississippi to record their new release. These are our three recommended releases for Tuesday, January 22. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/18/new-hot-update?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 15:00:00 -0600 New Hot: 3 must-buy albums coming out Jan. 15 This week on New Hot, read about a songstress that channels Whitney Houston, a cult classic indie band based out of Hoboken and a group with local ties that has opened for Weezer. These are our three recommended releases for Tuesday, January 15. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/09/new-hot-update?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Muse - The 2nd Law Muse's latest album is a testament to high production values in an era when anyone can record an album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/07/muse-the-second-law-review?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - "The Heist" In 2012, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis bridged the gap between underground indie hip-hop fans and the daytime TV audience of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/24/macklemore-and-ryan-lewis-the-heist-review?refid=0 Mon, 24 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0600 New Hot Update - Best Albums Of 2012 This week on New Hot, we're exploring the best albums of 2012. Read about a Baltimore duo whose lead singer is opera trained, the first non-electronic band on Warp Records and a San Francisco guitarist who has released three albums this year. These are our three best albums of 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/12/new-hot-update?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 16:05:07 -0600 Album Review: Django Django - Django Django It would be easy to write off this band as another garden-variety import of 2012, but Django Django is primed for a late breakout in the new year. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/19/django-django-review?refid=0 Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 New Hot Update - Best Reissues of 2012 This week on New Hot, we're exploring the best reissues of 2012. Read about an iconic party album from the early 2000s, a release that has been 50 years in the making and a famed collaboration just inducted into the Library Of Congress. These are our three recommended reissues of 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/16/new-hot-update?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Dan Deacon performs in The Current studios If you've ever seen a live Dan Deacon show, you know just how much creative power he has over his audience. As soon as the first note drops, the floor becomes mayhem, turning into a ritualistic affair. Deacon's music invokes a wide variety of emotions, but first and foremost his music elicits uninhibited joy. His process and love for audience participation translates from stage to record, and even with his recent performance for The Current, it's difficult for your body not to pulse with the rhythm. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/12/dandeacon-live?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:29:20 -0600 New Hot Update - November 9, 2012 This week on New Hot, we're exploring new releases from a band known for wearing surgical masks during live shows, an artist who got her start on YouTube and a duo who have recorded all of their albums in different countries. These are our three recommended album releases for the week of November 12. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/09/new-hot-update?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 New Hot Update - November 6, 2012 This week on New Hot, we're exploring new releases from a band on the record label started by Animal Collective, a new 12" from Beyonce's sister and a Brooklyn group who has collaborated in the past with Bjork and David Byrne. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/06/new-hot-update?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 14:28:23 -0600 Ty Segall performs in The Current studios Ty Segall has been a busy man. Once upon a time, the guitar virtuoso was the secret gem of the Bay Area, but the world was bound to pick up on a guy who has released eight albums in just four years. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/08/tysegall-live?refid=0 Mon, 08 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Grizzly Bear - Shields "Shields" carries the same lush harmonies and dramatic crescendos as their previous releases, but the band has reached a new stage in their career as lyricists and song writers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/08/review-grizzly-bear-shields?refid=0 Mon, 08 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits I won't deny Divine Fits the label of supergroup, if that's what it takes to convince you to listen. After all, they fit the profile if you follow their respective bands. Yet, "A Thing Called Divine Fits" isn't about flaunting chops or propping-up egos. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/27/cd-of-the-week-divine-fits?refid=0 Mon, 27 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -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 Album Review: Passion Pit - Gossamer Despite the similarities to "Manners," Passion Pit's new album has transcended any hint that this band has run their course. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/20/cd-of-the-week-passion-pit?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Metric - Synthetica Coming from 14 years of hard work and dedication to their music and their fans, Metric has a career that stands out against their indie rock peers. Their new album "Synthetica" exposes a darker side of Metric's sound and lyrics. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/08/cd-of-the-week-metric?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Best Coast - The Only Place The Only Place isn't just an improvement on Best Coast's debut; it's a harsh reminder that it's a steep fall from grace when you start out as a darling of the indie music blogs. Like Weezer's "Pinkerton," this album can't and won't be fully appreciated until fans and critics have their chance to deliver some initial hipster backlash. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/14/album-review-the-only-place--best-coast?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Perfume Genius performs in The Current studios Mike Hadreas has been looking for the right way to explore his life experiences. Based on the extremely personal nature and simultaneously heart-breaking and inspiring anecdotes that he has collected, it seemed only natural to create a new identity to bring these stories to fruition. Perfume Genius was born in 2008 and Hadreas quickly drew acclaim for his sparse and touching compositions and affecting stories. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/12/perfumegenius-live?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 10:00:00 -0500 Album Review: The New Standards and Friends Holiday Show This release is a way to live vicariously through the music. If you haven't been able to experience the New Standards in concert, or seen their annual shows, or if you feel the need to reconnect with the songs from your own holiday tradition, The New Standards and Friends Holiday Show captures the essence of this festive and wistful time of year. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/27/album-review-the-new-standards-and-friends-holiday-show?refid=0 Sun, 27 Nov 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Active Child performs in The Current studio Active Child is the musical project of New Jersey native and Los Angeles resident Pat Grossi. While his sound incorporates a number of different styles, it is his amazing voice and echoing harps that stands out on his first full-length album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/19/active_child?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2011 11:00:21 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Ryan Schreiber of Pitchfork When Ryan Schreiber founded a small internet music zine in 1995 while living in Minneapolis, he had no idea it would turn into what Pitchfork Media is today. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/02/theft-of-the-dial-ryan-schreiber-of-pitchfork?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Low - C'mon Low's ninth album is a true return to form. With the help of guitarist Nels Cline (Wilco), and banjo player Dave Carrol (Trampled By Turtles), the band used Sacred Heart Studios (housed in a church in Duluth) to create what might be the the best album of their career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/02/review-low-cmon?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Dr. Dog - Shame, Shame Dr. Dog started out as a garden variety indie-rock band based in Philadelphia. Over the past nine years and six albums, the band's sound has varied from psychedelic rock to lo-fi 60's pop. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/28/album-review-dr-dog--shame-shame?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Blakroc Blakroc is a collaboration between The Black Keys and an all-star line-up of hip hop artists. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/28/album-review-blakroc?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Robert Plant - Band Of Joy Next to Elvis, Lennon, McCartney, Bowie, Morrison, Dylan and Hendrix, Robert Plant is one of the most recognizable voices in the history of rock'n'roll. Robert Plant could easily refrain from ever releasing another track to the public and avoid the scrutiny of die-hard Zeppelin fans who want nothing more than a re-hashed version of "The Battle of Evermore." Instead, Plant continues to take risks and release new music that piques the interest of fans across genres. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/21/cd-review-robert-plant?refid=0 Tue, 14 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid The most ambitious and challenging album of the summer might end up being the sophomore release from the little known pop sensation Janelle Monae. She's far from being a household name but has spent the past seven years building the support of artists like Big Boi, Saul Williams and Sean "Diddy" Combs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/22/cd-review-janelle-monae?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Hot Chip - One Life Stand Hot Chip's new album, <em>One Life Stand</em>, is a clear step forward musically and emotionally. The production is more consistent throughout the album without the previous missteps into indie rock-fused jams. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/01/28/hot-chip-one-life-stand?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Twilight - Eclipse soundtrack (Various Artists) the soundtrack delivers what you would expect from each artist. The Black Keys sound bluesy, the Bravery are predictably bland, and Cee Lo Green is comfortably soulful. But like the movies, the soundtrack never fully reaches it's potential. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/01/08/twilight-eclipse-soundtrack-review?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Brother Ali - Us Success hasn't diluted Brother Ali's message but on his new release, "Us", he stops short of drawing a line in the sand. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/22/brother-ali-us?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: The Dead Weather - Horehound After a long weekend in White Stripes frontman Jack White's Third Man recording studio, a private performance and an unhealthy amount of buzz in the blogosphere, The Dead Weather has released its debut album, <em>Horehound.</em> http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/14/the-dead-weather-horehound?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Art Brut - Art Brut vs. Satan Eddie Argos and the gang are back with Art Brut's third album, "Art Brut vs. Satan." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/04/21/album-review-art-brut--art-brut-vs-satan?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: War Child - Heroes "Heroes" is the newest compilation from War Child International, an organization dedicated to working to help children affected by war. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/02/16/war-child-heroes?refid=0 Mon, 16 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0600