Minnesota Public Radio features by David Safar http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30971 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 23 May 2018 22:52:49 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by David Safar http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Khruangbin perform in The Current studio It's easy to think Houston-based trio Khruangbin might be from Thailand. 'The first album was inspired by Thai music and our band name is Thai,' says bassist Laura Lee, 'but we pull from music from all over the world.' In town for a show at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Khruangbin stopped at The Current for a session hosted by David Safar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/04/23/khruangbin-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:00:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Car Seat Headrest, 'Twin Fantasy (Face to Face)' Music Director David Safar delves into the latest release from Car Seat Headrest, 'Twin Fantasy (Face to Face)', out now on Matador Records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/04/13/album-of-the-week-car-seat-headrest-twin-fantasy-face-to-face?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:00:01 -0500 Album of the Week: Jack White, 'Boarding House Reach' Jack White's third solo album is a bewildering mix of sounds and lyrics accompanied by wonderful instrumental detours. It holds true to what you expect from White but contains countless surprises throughout the 13 songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/30/album-of-the-week-jack-white-boarding-house-reach?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2018 00:00:01 -0500 Album of the Week: Franz Ferdinand, 'Always Ascending' Scotland's Franz Ferdinand are back with their fifth studio album, 'Always Ascending' out on Domino Records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/03/02/album-of-the-week-franz-ferdinand-always-ascending?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2018 00:00:01 -0600 Colin Meloy of the Decemberists breaks out of his comfort zone The Decemberists' next album, 'I'll Be Your Girl,' releases March 16, 2018. For this new release, Decemberists front man Colin Meloy explains how he and the band strove to break out of old habits. 'We made an effort to really inspect the choices that we were making each time, and make sure it felt exciting,' Meloy says. See David Safar's interview with Meloy, and listen to the Decemberists' lead single, 'Severed.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/31/colin-meloy-decemberists-new-album-ill-be-your-girl-interview?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 11:15:00 -0600 Album of the Week: First Aid Kit, 'Ruins' All 10 songs on "Ruins" stay true to the formula that Johanna and Klara first charmed listeners with - lush vocal harmonies and infectious melodies. With some added instrumentation from Peter Buck and Wilco's Glen Kotche, the album is some their finest work yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/19/album-of-the-week-first-aid-kit-ruins?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:29:50 -0600 Album of the Week: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, 'Soul Of A Woman' Sharon Jones' life was a reminder that you never give up on your dreams and that you'll never be let down if you believe in yourself and embrace the lessons of finding the love in others. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/21/album-of-the-week-sharon-jones-and-the-dap-kings-soul-of-a-woman?refid=0 Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:01 -0600 Alex Kapranos talks about 'Always Ascending,' the new album from Franz Ferdinand Set for release on Feb. 9, 2018, 'Always Ascending' is the next album from Franz Ferdinand. Well ahead of the release date, The Current's David Safar connected with front man Alex Kapranos, who talked about the forthcoming record and about what he loves about coming to Minneapolis to perform. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/19/alex-kapranos-interview-always-ascending-new-album-franz-ferdinand?refid=0 Tue, 19 Dec 2017 13:15:00 -0600 Ty Segall talks about his new album, 'Freedom's Goblin,' out Jan. 26 'Freedom's Goblin' is Ty Segall's new album, a 19-track double album set for release on Jan. 26, 2018. The Current's David Safar recently had a chance to talk to Segall about the new album. 'I think I just wanted to make the freest record I could, in the sense of there's no rules for what's going on,' Segall says. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/05/ty-segall-talks-about-his-new-album-freedoms-goblin-out-jan-26?refid=0 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 09:45:00 -0600 Album of the Week: The Rural Alberta Advantage, 'The Wild' The Rural Alberta Advantage's fourth studio album is one of the best independent rock albums of the year, and one of the most overlooked. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/22/album-of-the-week-the-rural-alberta-advantage-the-wild?refid=0 Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0600 Album of the Week: Bully, 'Losing' Like a journal entry at the end of a long night out, the writing on Bully's 'Losing' carries a rare authenticity that leaves you feeling as if you lived a moment in Alicia Bognanno's life. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/02/album-of-the-week-bully-losing?refid=0 Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500 Album of the Week: Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, 'Lotta Sea Lice' On 'Lotta Sea Lice', Courtney and Kurt accomplish what so many musicians fail at by seeing each other's strengths and letting themselves shine on each of the songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/27/album-of-the-week-courtney-barnett-and-kurt-vile-lotta-sea-lice?refid=0 Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:00:01 -0500 Album of the Week: LCD Soundsystem, 'American Dream' Following their 2011 disbanding and subsequent 2015 reunion, LCD Soundsystem's highly anticipated 'American Dream' is darker than their previous work, but stays true to the foundations of the band. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/09/08/album-of-the-week-lcd-soundsystem-american-dream?refid=0 Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:00:01 -0500 Emily Haines opens up about 'Choir of the Mind' With a new solo album, 'Choir of the Mind,' scheduled for release on Sept. 15, Emily Haines talks with New Hot host David Safar about the forthcoming record. 'I just hope this album gives people a sense of respite and of breath and that it's of value,' Haines says. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/08/28/emily-haines-opens-up-about-choir-of-the-mind?refid=0 Mon, 28 Aug 2017 20:20:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Arcade Fire, 'Everything Now' For a band who are hyperconscious of their image and place in the music industry, Arcade Fire's official major-label debut is possibly their most accessible album yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/28/album-of-the-week-arcade-fire-everything-now?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0500 Album of the Week: Lana Del Rey, 'Lust For Life' Despite her critics' relentless efforts to discredit her as a musician and songwriter, Del Rey proves again that she controls the medium and the message of her music and creative expression. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/07/21/album-of-the-week-lana-del-rey-lust-for-life?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0500 Album of the Week: Lorde, 'Melodrama' Lorde's second album is a clear statement of who she wants to be, and it showcases her distinctive mezzo-soprano range and her affinity for minimal beats informed by contemporary rap music. The outcome is alternative-pop perfected. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/19/album-of-the-week-lorde-melodrama?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0500 SOHN writes about a life on the move Musician Christopher Taylor, who performs under the moniker SOHN, has experienced a lot of change in his life and has seen much change in the world around him. His latest album is called 'Rennen.' ' This record to me was about staying on the move,' SOHN says. SOHN visited The Current for an in studio session with 'New Hot' host David Safar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/15/sohn-writes-about-a-life-on-the-move?refid=0 Mon, 15 May 2017 17:45:00 -0500 Learning to let go: With debut album 'Process,' Sampha reflects on past hardships Sampha's soulful voice and lyrics are full of emotion, and having lost both of his parents to cancer, much of Sampha's writing focuses on processing those hardships. That, along with his use of simple, repetitive melodies, make Sampha's debut album, 'Process,' a powerful one. Sampha recently visited The Current studio for a session hosted by David Safar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/08/learning-to-let-go-with-debut-album-process-sampha-reflects-on-past-hardships?refid=0 Mon, 08 May 2017 16:20:00 -0500 Portugal. The Man tops the Chart Portugal. The Man takes the #1 spot on The Current Chart knocking last week's winners, Spoon, to #3. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/03/portugal-the-man-tops-the-chart?refid=0 Wed, 03 May 2017 20:50:00 -0500 Leslie Feist talks about her first new release in six years Leslie Feist talks with New Hot host David Safar about 'Pleasure,' her first full-length release in six years. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/01/leslie-feist-interview?refid=0 Mon, 01 May 2017 17:20:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Feist, 'Pleasure' After a six-year hiatus from writing and recording, Canadian singer-songwriter Leslie Feist has returned with an album that brings forward Feist's voice, lyrics, and guitar playing unlike her previous releases. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/01/album-of-the-week-feist-pleasure?refid=0 Mon, 01 May 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Meet emerging new artist Jay Som on 'New Hot' Melina Duterte, aka Jay Som, was signed to Polyvinyl Records and released a debut album, 'Everybody Works,' on March 10, 2017. ' I'm still getting used to it,' Duterte says of her budding career. 'I feel like I'm at the beginning stages of making music my job.' Jay Som joined New Hot host David Safar for an in-studio session. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/27/meet-emerging-new-artist-jay-som-on-new-hot?refid=0 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:20:00 -0500 Laura Marling plays songs and talks about her new album, 'Semper Femina' Laura Marling's sixth studio album, 'Semper Femina,' releases Friday, March 10. In an interview with New Hot host David Safar, Marling spoke about her songwriting as well as gender and gender roles, and creativity and symbolism, and how all those things coalesced on the new release. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/08/laura-marling-plays-songs-and-talks-about-her-new-album-semper-femina?refid=0 Wed, 08 Mar 2017 12:20:00 -0600 Album of the Week: Ryan Adams, 'Prisoner' Since Ryan Adams's debut solo album in 2000, the songwriter, lyricist, and performer has quietly become a prolific artist and producer. His 16th studio release, 'Prisoner,' is an exercise in perfecting what a tortured love song can and should be. It's also a more personal album, examining our relationships to the everyday realities of the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/13/album-of-the-week-ryan-adams-prisoner?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0600 Rising artist Angelica Garcia blends country, blues and rock Rising singer-songwriter Angelica Garcia joined 'New Hot' host David Safar for a conversation about her debut album 'Medicine for Birds,' what it was like working with the Civil Wars' former producer Charlie Peacock and the meaning behind her captivating single "Orange Flower." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/02/06/interview-angelica-garcia?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2017 14:12:36 -0600 Ty Segall talks getting married, Steve Albini and late music icons Following the release of his (second) self-titled album, Ty Segall sat down for a conversation with 'New Hot' host David Safar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/30/interview-ty-segall?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2017 15:56:40 -0600 Album of the Week: The Lemon Twigs, 'Do Hollywood' The Lemon Twigs debut album leans away from the synth-driven soft rock that's trendy with their peers and instead celebrates the most familiar riffs and rhythms of bands like Wings, Big Star and Supertramp. 'Do Hollywood' is our Album of the Week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/01/02/album-of-the-week-the-lemon-twigs-do-hollywood?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0600 A holiday gift guide for album collectors The Current's Music Director, David Safar, has put together a list of recommended albums for the music collector on your holiday gift list (or maybe for yourself). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/15/a-holiday-gift-guide-for-album-collectors?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:15:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: David Safar, music director The Current's music director David Safar shares his top songs and albums of 2016. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/06/top89-staff-picks-david-safar?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600 Album of the Week: The Rolling Stones, 'Blue & Lonesome' Fifty years into their career, the Rolling Stones have released an album of all covers. These songs didn't just inspire the Stones, but formed the fabric of their catalogue. For longtime Stones fans, 'Blue &amp; Lonesome' could be the centerpiece of the band's discography. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/05/album-of-the-week-the-rolling-stones-blue-and-lonesome?refid=0 Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:01:00 -0600 The Chart Show: Lizzo knocks Nathaniel Rateliff out of No.1 spot David Bowie, the XX and Joseph make debuts; Phantogram make a big leap up the chart; and Lizzo retakes the No.1 spot. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/30/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:50:00 -0600 Album of the Week: Regina Spektor, 'Remember Us To Life' Regina's Spektor's seventh studio album is a collection of 11 songs that stay true to her artistic vision while subtly experimenting with arrangements and instrumentation in the process. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/28/album-of-the-week-regina-spektor-remember-us-to-life?refid=0 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:01:00 -0600 Devendra Banhart performs live for The Current Devendra Banhart performed live for The Current and sat down to chat with 'New Hot' host David Safar about this new album, 'Ape in Pink Marble.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/15/devendra-banhart-performs-live-for-the-current?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:13:31 -0600 PWR BTTM are totally over the 2016 presidential election The day before the 2016 presidential election, PWR BTTM perform live in The Current studio and chat with 'New Hot' host David Safar about American's future. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/11/07/pwr-bttm-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2016 14:00:00 -0600 Julia Jacklin performs in The Current studio Rising artist Julia Jacklin stopped by The Current to perform songs off her debut album 'Don't Let the Kids Win' and to chat with host David Safar about growing up in Australia and traveling the States. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/27/julia-jacklin-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:00:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Kings of Leon, 'WALLS' The journey to becoming a celebrity rock band comes through on Kings of Leon's seventh studio album, 'WALLS,' as Caleb Followill sings about life on the road like it's a scene from a blockbuster romance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/24/album-of-the-week-kings-of-leon-walls?refid=0 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Regina Spektor embarks on a new adventure with 'Remember Us to Life' Following the release of her seventh studio album, Regina Spektor sat down to chat with 'New Hot' host David Safar to talk about 'Remember Us to Life,' working with producer Leo Abrahams and recording at the Village in Los Angeles. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/10/regina-spektor-interview?refid=0 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 15:59:43 -0500 Album of the Week: Car Seat Headrest, 'Teens of Denial' Will Toledo's Matador Records debut exhibits a rugged individualism underneath a preppy swagger that comes through on songs that are completely unapologetic. The album invokes a DIY aesthetic reminiscent of the early '90s, without being contrived or overtly trying to sound like grunge. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/19/album-of-the-week-car-seat-headrest-teens-of-denial?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Rising duo Lewis Del Mar talk roots, debut EP Lewis Del Mar's Max Harwood and Danny Miller chat with New Hot host David Safar about their debut EP and how the internet has shaped their success. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/22/interview-lewis-del-mar?refid=0 Mon, 22 Aug 2016 21:45:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Joseph, 'I'm Alone, No You're Not' 'I'm Alone, No You're Not' could be considered the debut from one of the year's most promising acts. Although it's not Joseph's first album, it's a musical statement that the sister trio from Portland, Ore., have found their voices as songwriters and performers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/22/album-of-the-week-joseph-im-alone-no-youre-not?refid=0 Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Mitski on lyrical undertones, metaphors and 'Puberty 2' Before her show in First Avenue's 7th St. Entry, Mitski stopped by The Current to chat with <em>New Hot</em> host David Safar about her new album <em>Puberty 2</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/26/mitski-on-lyrical-undertones-metaphors-and-puberty-2?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:42:05 -0500 Album of the Week: Margaret Glaspy, 'Emotions and Math' Gifted with a rare ability to translate all her emotions into song, Margaret Glaspy has created a stunning debut album, 'Emotions and Math.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/25/album-of-the-week-margaret-glaspy-emotions-and-math?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0500 KRISTIN KONTROL on paving a solo path by overcoming personal negativity Kristin Welchez (aka Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls) sat down for a chat with The Current's David Safar about paving a solo path for her new musical endeavor by overcoming personal negativity, writing affirming songs and opening for Garbage. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/13/kristin-kontrol-on-paving-solo-path-by-overcoming-negativity?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 09:54:22 -0500 The Chart Show: Nathaniel Rateliff inducted to Hall of Fame Margaret Glaspy, Elle King and the Avalanches make debuts; Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats are inducted to the Hall of Fame; and Lizzo holds steady at No.1. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/06/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2016 20:50:00 -0500 Album of the Week: The Avett Brothers, 'True Sadness' 'True Sadness' isn't an inviting title, but the idea of an album that exposes the truly sad parts of life is profound, and the traditional folk arrangements and instrumentation on the album lift you up instead of dragging you down. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/27/album-of-the-week-the-avett-brothers-true-sadness?refid=0 Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:01:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Band of Horses, 'Why Are You OK?' For Band of Horses' fifth studio album, frontman Ben Bridwell turned to American indie-rock insider Jason Lytle. As a result, 'Why Are You OK?' strikes the perfect balance between Bridwell's meandering lyrics and intricate guitar melodies. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/20/album-of-the-week-band-of-horses-why-are-you-ok?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Oregon trio Joseph perform in The Current studio Joseph are a trio from Portland, Ore., comprising sisters Natalie, Allison and Meegan Closner. Besides their tight, sibling harmonies, their family ties create something intangible. 'There's also this entire lifetime of shared experience,' Natalie says. '[We're] bringing the spirit of that into the music as well.' Discover the music of Joseph in this session hosted by The Current's David Safar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/06/oregon-trio-joseph-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jun 2016 18:50:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Weezer, 'Weezer (The White Album)' Weezer fans have longed for the combination of the band's grunge-pop debut with the emo masterpiece, 'Pinkerton.' That combination isn't present on the 'White Album' as Cuomo leans more towards rock cliches than the brashness of his youth. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/02/album-of-the-week-weezer-weezer-the-white-album?refid=0 Mon, 02 May 2016 00:01:00 -0500 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: Peter Guralnick's Sam Phillips story Peter Guralnick's new book takes a detailed look at the story of one of the most important behind-the-scenes forces in rock history: Sun Records founder Sam Phillips. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/18/sam-phillips-peter-guralnick?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:51:00 -0500 Matty Healy of the 1975 on making bold decisions On the heels of releasing their sophomore LP, Matty Healy of the 1975 sat down to chat with <em>New Hot</em> host David Safar to talk about <em>I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It</em>, forthcoming demo releases and making bold decisions in the name of the album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/01/interview-matty-healy-of-the-1975?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2016 14:17:22 -0600 Cage the Elephant's Matthew Schultz talks Dan Auerbach, Bonnie & Clyde and 'Making a Murderer' On the heels of releasing <em>Tell Me I'm Pretty</em>, Cage the Elephant's Matthew Schultz sat down to chat with <em>New Hot</em> host David Safar to talk about the album, what it was like working with producer Dan Auerbach, and Schultz's Netflix queue. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/26/cage-the-elephants-matthew-schultz-talks-dan-auerbach-bonnie--clyde-and-making-a-murderer?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:48:02 -0600 Album of the Week: Mixed Blood Majority, 'Insane World' A collaboration among Doomtree producer Lazerbeak, Kill The Vultures' Crescent Moon, and No Bird Sing's Joe Horton, Mixed Blood Majority's sophomore album is far more than a side project; rather, it brings out the best in each member of the group. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/18/album-of-the-week-mixed-blood-majority-insane-world?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:01:00 -0600 Album of the Week: David Bowie, 'Blackstar' Released on his 69th birthday, David Bowie's 25th studio album 'Blackstar' is an uncompromising collection of songs that defy being categorized as any one genre; it's simply Bowie. 'Blackstar' is the final installment in Bowie's innovative and prolific career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/11/album-of-the-week-david-bowie-blackstar?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jan 2016 00:01:00 -0600 Noah Lennox on Panda Bear vs. Animal Collective and 'Painting With' Ahead of their tenth studio album's release, Noah Lennox aka Panda Bear of Animal Collective sat down for a chat with The Current's David Safar about <em>Painting With</em>, the logistics of cross-country collaborating and their Baltimore airport stunt. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/14/animal-collectives-noah-lennox-details-10th-album-painting-with?refid=0 Tue, 15 Dec 2015 15:50:50 -0600 Album of the Week: Coldplay, 'A Head Full of Dreams' Coldplay's seventh studio album contains some of the most intriguing work of the band's career, but it is exactly what you would expect from England's biggest pop-rock act. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/07/album-of-the-week-coldplay-a-head-full-of-dreams?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2015 00:01:00 -0600 The Chart Show: Hippo Campus hold on to No.1 for three straight weeks Low and Lizzo stay in the top half of the chart; the Arcs and Chemical Brothers make upward moves while Atmosphere, Brandi Carlile and Gary Clark Jr. lose ground; and Hippo Campus and Bad Bad Hats hold on to the top two spots for the second week in a row. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/02/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 02 Dec 2015 20:50:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: David Safar, music director and host The Current's music director David Safar shares his top songs and albums of 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/01/top-89-staff-picks-david-safar?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:50:00 -0600 Holiday Gift Guide: 10 albums that impress The Current's music director, David Safar, provides a list of go-to albums that could make great holiday gifts for the music lovers in your life. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/23/holiday-gift-guide-10-albums-that-impress?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:50:00 -0600 Album of the Week: Adele, '25' On her third studio album, Adele returns to her roots as a vocalist whose talent resides in heartfelt ballads and saccharine love songs. This is an album for her true fans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/23/album-of-the-week-adele-25?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0600 Alessia Cara talks about 'Here,' YouTube, and Taylor Swift Rising star Alessia Cara has emerged as one of this year's breakout performers. She took a few minutes to tell us about her emergence via the Internet, her meeting with Taylor Swift, and how her hit 'Here' became a surprise introvert's anthem. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/20/alessia-cara-interview?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2015 12:12:00 -0600 Lana Del Rey on paranoia, Father John Misty, Nina Simone and 'Honeymoon' Riding on the success of her fourth studio album, <em>Honeymoon</em>, Lana Del Rey sat down for a chat with The Current's David Safar about glamorized paranoia and her love of Father John Misty and Miss Nina Simone. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/10/lana-del-rey-on-paranoia-father-john-misty-nina-simone-and-honeymoon?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 10:51:36 -0600 Album of the Week: Bob Dylan, 'The Best Of The Cutting Edge 1965 - 1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12' The latest collection of Bob Dylan's unreleased rehearsals, demos and alternate takes expose the DNA of an artist who made a conscious decision to throw caution to the wind and defy what the music world wanted him to be as a political folk singer, ultimately propelling Dylan into bigger success and into the mainstream. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/09/album-of-the-week-bob-dylan-the-best-of-the-cutting-edge-1965--1966-the-bootleg-series-vo?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0600 Blur in America: David Safar's account of the band's L.A. show The Current's music director, David Safar, attended Blur's show in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 20. "Blur's performance at The Hollywood Bowl was true to the band's beginnings,' Safar writes. '[Frontman Damon Albarn] commanded control of the band and the audience.' Read David's full report of this monumental show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/23/blur-in-america-david-safar-s-account-of-the-band-s-la-show?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2015 12:00:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Kurt Vile, 'b'lieve i'm goin down...' Kurt Vile's sixth studio album shows Vile's evolution as an artist and his exploration of his identity as a songwriter. The album showcases a mix of Vile's serious and silly sides, providing a signpost in a career of an indie-rock underdog who has found success by trying hard to not try hard. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/19/album-of-the-week-kurt-vile-blieve-im-goin-down?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0500 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: A fascinating Allen Klein biography Fred Goodman tells the tale of a behind-the-scenes rock legend in 'Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed Out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/13/rock-roll-book-club-allen-klein?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 12:45:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Chvrches, 'Every Open Eye' Chvrches' second album defines modern synth pop. Unafraid to embrace the pop sounds of the '80s, the Glasgow trio give us a glimpse of the future of dance music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/12/album-of-the-week-chvrches-every-open-eye?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Disclosure, 'Caracal' 'Caracal' is a production masterpiece featuring some of the best contemporary voices of 2015. It works as an album and is more listenable than most rock albums out this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/28/album-of-the-week-disclosure-caracal?refid=0 Mon, 28 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0500 First Listen: Kurt Vile, 'b'lieve I'm goin down...' Kurt Vile's sixth studio album, 'b'lieve I'm goin down...' delivers a singer-songwriter album in rock record's clothing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/21/first-listen-kurt-vile-blieve-im-goin-down?refid=0 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 08:50:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Mac DeMarco, 'Another One' Mac DeMarco's fourth studio album is a mini-LP of eight songs that satisfy your curiosity yet leaves you wanting more. The Canadian musician has now relocated to Queens, N.Y., and perhaps the location change is apparent in some of his arrangements. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/10/album-of-the-week-mac-demarco-another-one?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:01:00 -0500 The Chart Show: Father John Misty steals No.1 spot from Hall of Famer Courtney Barnett Tame Impala and Wolf Alice fall off the Chart; the Staves and Beck make significant moves; Django Django and the Chemical Brothers make debuts; and Father John Misty steals the No.1 spot away from Courtney Barnett. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/29/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:50:00 -0500 The Chart Show: Courtney Barnett maintains No.1 spot for second consecutive week Beck and Florence and the Machine reenter the Chart; St. Vincent jumps up 10 spots; and Courtney Barnett remains on top for the second consecutive week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/22/chart-show?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:50:00 -0500 Checking in from Bonnaroo, part 3: follow the code Bonnaroo is more than a lineup of bands on stages. It's a commitment to adopt a lifestyle and be part of a community for one long weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/14/bonnaroo-check-in-day-4-culture-camping?refid=0 Sun, 14 Jun 2015 19:05:36 -0500 Checking in from Bonnaroo, part 2: endless music From the Bonnaroo Music and Art Festival in Manchester, Tenn., The Current's music director, David Safar, provides an update of the bands performing on the stages there. 'Hardcore Bonnaroo goers claim that everything sounds better here, and the massive crowd inspires artists to bring out some of the best performances of the summer,' he writes. Check out David's full report. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/13/checking-in-from-bonnaroo-part-2-endless-music?refid=0 Sat, 13 Jun 2015 15:00:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Django Django, 'Born Under Saturn' There's nothing new in rock music, but it can always be done better. Django Django do it better on 'Born Under Saturn', creating a collection of songs that are catchy, inventive, danceable and psychedelic. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/08/album-of-the-week-django-django-born-under-saturn?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jun 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Hot Chip, 'Why Make Sense?' Hot Chip's sixth studio album is a timeless body of work with heart and soul, cast in a language the musicians developed over several years of being a band. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/18/album-of-the-week-hot-chip-why-make-sense?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Album Review: Mumford and Sons, 'Wilder Mind' Mumford and Sons third studio album reveals the band's ambitions to be more than the alt-folk sound they helped define. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/04/album-review-mumford-and-sons-wilder-mind?refid=0 Mon, 04 May 2015 00:00:01 -0500 Album Review: Laura Marling, 'Short Movie' On her fifth studio album, 'Short Movie', Laura Marling has begun a new chapter in her life and her songwriting. It's hard to label Marling a folk artist now that she's picked up an electric guitar and started a band, but David Safar says 'Short Movie' is "the best album of her young career." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/13/album-review-laura-marling-short-movie?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Album Review: Matt and Kim, 'New Glow' Although alternative pop music is a breeding ground for bands aspiring to commercial success on the strength of a single track, Matt and Kim cast aside that formula to create a full-length album that shares the more honest side of their music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/06/album-review-matt-and-kim-new-glow?refid=0 Mon, 06 Apr 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Viet Cong perform live in The Current studio In the run-up to the March 23 episode of New Hot, host David Safar welcomed members of the Calgary post-punk band Viet Cong into the studio to record some in-studio versions of tunes off their self-titled debut album. Stream those tracks, and watch a video of a performance of 'Silhouettes'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/23/stream-three-instudio-tracks-by-viet-cong?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:20:00 -0500 Day 2 at SXSW: Local presence and live broadcasts The Current's Music Director, David Safar, checks in from the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. The days have been chock-a-block with music, and later this afternoon, The Current will air a series of peformances, live from Austin. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/20/day-2-at-sxsw-local-presence-and-live-broadcasts?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:50:00 -0500 Gang of Four's Andy Gill meets Viet Cong: Chance encounter at The Current Gang of Four's Andy Gill has spoken in defense of the controversial name of Calgary post-punk band Viet Cong. Gill and Viet Cong met in person when all happened to be in The Current's studios yesterday. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/13/andy-gill-meets-viet-cong?refid=0 Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:00:00 -0500 Son Little performs live in The Current studio When it comes to music making, Aaron Livingston has been in the background for a long time. He's ready to come forward. Performing under the moniker Son Little, Livingston stopped by The Current studio to record a session for New Hot with host David Safar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/03/son-little-performs-live-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2015 11:50:00 -0600 Album Review: Catfish and the Bottlemen, 'The Balcony' Catfish and the Bottlemen are a quintessential guitar-driven, modern-rock band who make modern rock exciting again. Their debut album, 'The Balcony', reveals the same confidence heard in their live performances. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/12/album-review-catfish-and-the-bottlemen-the-balcony?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:01:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: David Safar, music director Music director David Safar shares his top 20 albums, 25 songs and 10 local releases of 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/01/top-89-staff-picks-david-safar?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Stars, 'No One Is Lost' Stars prove that measuring success on album sales and licensing deals is a poor indication of talent. On their eighth studio album, Stars bolster their brand of synth-based duets, proving they're the same band you know and love. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/17/album-review-stars-no-one-is-lost?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 -0600 FKA twigs performs live in The Current studio Before making her Twin Cities debut at the Fine Line Music Cafe tonight (and playing Prince's legendary Paisley Park tomorrow evening), FKA twigs stopped by The Current to perform songs off her new album <em>LP1</em> and to chat with Music Director David Safar. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/14/fka-twigs-performs-live-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:50:00 -0600 New Hot Virtual Music Meeting: Cultfever, Niia and Wiley Every Monday at 10 p.m. The Current's Music Director David Safar guides you through an hour of music discovery. David wants to know: what do you think of the latest singles from Cultfever, Niia and Wiley? Have a listen, then give them either a thumbs up or thumbs down! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/10/new-hot?refid=0 Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:00:00 -0600 Album review: Foo Fighters, 'Sonic Highways' 'Sonic Highways' marks the twentieth anniversary since the band formed to record their hit heavy debut album. Over the past two decades the band that once existed in the halo of Nirvana has emerged as Grohl's true legacy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/10/foo-fighters-sonic-highways?refid=0 Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Weezer, 'Everything Will Be Alright in the End' Weezer's ninth studio full-length combines the classic production of their <em>Blue</em> and <em>Green</em> albums with a more introspective front-man, creating an album reminiscent of the relatable yet pretentious band from the last century. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/27/album-review-weezer-everything-will-be-alright-in-the-end?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:01:00 -0500 What New Hot songs would you put into The Current's music rotation? New Hot is conducting an experiment. What songs would The Current listeners put into rotation if they had the opportunity? This is where you come in: rate the songs on this week's playlist and let us know what you think of The Current mix. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/28/new-hot?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:45:00 -0500 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 performs live in The Current studio 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