Minnesota Public Radio features by Scott Olstad http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31205 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Sun, 27 May 2018 08:42:34 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Scott Olstad http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Top 89 Staff Picks: Scott Olstad, digital commerce The Current's digital commerce producer Scott Olstad shares his top songs and albums of 2016. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/06/top-89-staff-picks-scott-olstad?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Scott Olstad, digital commerce The Current's digital commerce producer Scott Olstad shares his top songs and albums of 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/01/top-89-staff-picks-scott-olstad?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0600 One Night Stand -- 'Sam Cooke Live At The Harlem Square Club' Sam Cooke is the King of Soul, but a legacy built purely on his studio records would belittle his incomparable talent as a performer. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/07/one-night-stand--sam-cooke-live-at-the-harlem-square-club?refid=0 Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:01:15 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Scott Olstad, Associate Digital Producer, Commerce Associate digital producer Scott Olstad's picks for the best of 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/02/top-89-scott-olstad?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:19:32 -0600 Exclusive Preview: Garrison Keillor and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, "A Night at the Fitz" In a warm and wonderful evening of storytelling, laughter and plenty of music, Garrison Keillor is joined by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. For a limited time, you can stream the entire album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/03/exclusive-preview-a-night-at-the-fitz?refid=0 Fri, 03 May 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Ra Ra Riot perform in The Current studio Good things come in threes with indie rockers, Ra Ra Riot. Fresh of the release of their third album, the band stopped by our studio for the third time to play three songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/05/ra-ra-riot-live?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 13:00:00 -0600 Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul (and so much more) Aretha Franklin's biography is a tour of the music industry's movers-and-shakers over the past half-century. She is the musical equivalent of Kevin Bacon: so linked to the influential figures of rock and soul history that a connection is never more than six steps removed. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/19/aretha-franklin-queen-of-soul?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:09:50 -0600 Where will we find the next Otis Redding? If a young Otis Redding tried to break into the industry today, he would find the path to fame offers a range of new avenues. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/08/where-will-we-find-the-next-otis-redding?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2013 06:00:00 -0600 Field Report performs in The Current studio Beards, blue jeans, sweaters and flannel. Field Report came to The Current dressed in the winter uniform of the Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/16/field-report-in-studio?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 19:20:00 -0600 Theft of the Dial: Lana Del Rey She has one of the best-selling albums of the year. She performed on SNL. Now Lana Del Rey is taking over The Current. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/13/lana-del-ray-theft-of-the-dial?refid=0 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 07:00:00 -0600 A.C. Newman performs in The Current studio Famous for his work with The New Pornographers, A.C. Newman is making a name for his own name with his solo career. Listen to his in-studio session. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/02/ac-newman-live?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0500 San Cisco performs in The Current studio On the strength of their low-fi garage pop sound, the Australian four-piece has generated considerable buzz surrounding their upcoming debut album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/21/san-cisco-live?refid=0 Sun, 21 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Dinosaur Jr. performs in The Current studio Now with as many albums in the 2000s as they recorded in the 80s, the Massachusetts alt-rock band proves with each new release that the sequel can be better than the original. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/19/dinosaur-jr-live?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 07:30:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Silversun Pickups Silversun Pickups lead singer, Brian Aubert, hijacks our airwaves to share his musical picks in this edition of Theft of the Dial http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/18/theft-of-the-dial-silversun-pickups?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:00:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: The Wombats What would The Current sound like if it were run by the Liverpudlians from The Wombats? We find out in this edition of Theft of the Dial. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/18/theft-of-the-dial-wombats?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Beth Orton performs in The Current studio While in town for a Wednesday show at the Varsity Theater, Beth Orton stopped by The Current studios to perform a few songs and chat with Steve Seel about songwriting with kids, the inspiration behind her new songs and working with producer Tucker Martine. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/15/beth-orton-live?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 07:30:00 -0500 Transmission's Top Five Morrissey/Smiths Dancefloor Jams Morrissey returns to Minneapolis this month. Tranmission's Jake Rudh lists the top Moz/Smiths jams that get folks out on the dance floor for his Transmission dance nights. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/04/transmissions-top-morrissey-smiths-jams?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 The Head and the Heart perform in The Current studio From opening act at First Avenue a year ago to headlining back-to-back shows this week, The Head and the Heart have had a big year. They stopped by The Current studio to debut a new song. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/27/the-head-and-the-heart-live?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 07:30:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Molly Ringwald We're no stranger to rock star visitors here at The Current, but the excitement around the office was palpable the day Molly Ringwald stopped by for Theft of the Dial. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/27/theft-of-the-dial-molly-ringwald?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 07:00:00 -0500 Bloc Party perform in The Current studios There ain't no party like a Bloc Party because a Bloc Party melds the stuttering guitar work of post punk with the strident dance beats of the new century. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/23/bloc-party-live?refid=0 Sun, 23 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 The Heavy perform in The Current studios "How Do You Like Me Now?" is the title of The Heavy's smash-hit single that has been featured in movies, television shows and commercials since 2009. And the world's answer to their question is increasingly: "A whole lot!" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/19/the-heavy-live?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:15:41 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Chris Kluwe The Cult of Kluwe continues to grow because Chris has endeared himself to football fans across the country by unapologetically embracing his nerdiness. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/07/theft-of-the-dial-chris-kluwe?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 07:30:00 -0500 Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles perform at the Minnesota State Fair Many of you saw them open the magical evening that was Minnesota Music On-A-Stick, but for any unlucky fans who may have missed their Grandstand-worthy performance, the band decided to stop by the MPR booth again and play ANOTHER set of music for State Fair fans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/03/lucy-michelle-state-fair?refid=0 Mon, 03 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Koo Koo Kanga Roo performs at the Minnesota State Fair Koo Koo crashed the MPR booth to kick it with Jill Riley and Steve Seel and bring the boogie to the onlooking crowd. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/01/koo-koo-kanga-roo-state-fair?refid=0 Sat, 01 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Brother Ali performs at the Minnesota State Fair Brother Ali visited the MPR booth to chat with Mary Lucia and perform for the crowd. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/29/brother-ali-state-fair?refid=0 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 JD McPherson performs at the Minnesota State Fair Rockabilly artist JD McPherson stopped by the MPR booth to talk with Mary Lucia and play some tunes for the crowd. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/28/jd-mcpherson-state-fair?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 P.O.S. performs at the Minnesota State Fair Indie hip-hop collective Doomtree are among the most influential forces in the Twin Cities hip-hop community. Founding member, P.O.S., dropped by the MPR booth to kick it with Mary Lucia and perform for the crowd. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/27/pos-state-fair?refid=0 Mon, 27 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Caroline Smith performs at the Minnesota State Fair After Caroline Smith's performance at the MPR booth last year, there's little doubt that State Fair onlookers are in for a treat once again 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/25/caroline-smith-state-fair?refid=0 Sat, 25 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Chastity Brown performs at the Minnesota State Fair Local singer-songwriter Chastity Brown's blending of folk, soul, roots and rock music has created a unique and new sound for the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/24/chastity-brown-state-fair?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Dawes performs at the Minnesota State Fair American folk rockers Dawes have been touring steadily since the release of their 2011 sophomore album, "Nothing is Wrong." The group visited the MPR booth to chat with Mary Lucia and play a few songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/23/dawes-state-fair?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 The Growler editor talks craft beer with The Morning Show The Beer Dabbler is giving the Twin Cities a new reason to growl. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/15/beer-dabbler-growler?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2012 16:34:16 -0500 Theft of the Dial: My Morning Jacket's Jim James My Morning Jacket knows how to rock an outdoor concert ... but do they have what it takes to rock the radio as well? We decided to find out. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/10/theft-of-the-dial?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Family of the Year perform in The Current studios On the day of their sold-out show at the 7th St. Entry, Family of the Year stopped by The Current studio to play a few songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/08/family-of-the-year-live?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 17:04:31 -0500 The Current presents a free screening of Big Easy Express Climb aboard the Big Easy Express and prepare yourself for a cinematic musical journey. The Current and the Amsterdam Bar and Hall are proud to present a free screening of Big Easy Express on Wednesday, August 15. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/08/big-easy-express?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 14:59:00 -0500 John Fullbright performs in The Current studio From the Ground Up: That's the title of Americana singer-songwriter John Fullbright's debut studio album, but it is also a fitting description of the path Fullbright's career has followed. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/03/john-fullbright-live?refid=0 Sun, 05 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 The Alabama Shakes perform in The Current studios Forget the dragon, 2012 is the Year of the Alabama Shakes. The band has launched into national prominence and is in town for a sold-out show at First Avenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/01/alabama-shakes-live?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2012 17:30:00 -0500 Best Coast perform in The Current studios The sunny, surf rock band Best Coast burst onto the scene with a straightforward sound and simple lyrics. Their new album is a step-forward for the band's maturation - both in sound and perspective. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/27/best-coast-live?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:20:54 -0500 Shovels & Rope perform in The Current studios The married folk duo Shovels & Rope brought their act to The Current studios to play a few songs and talk with Bill Deville about finding their kick drum in the garbage, Confederate moonshine's influence on naming their new record and Townes, the tour bus guarding hound dog. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/22/shovels-and-rope-live-2012?refid=0 Sun, 22 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Delta Rae performs in The Current studios Siblings: you can't live with them, you can't be a folk rock band without them. At least that's the case for Ian, Eric and Brittany Holljes, who along with Elizabeth Hopkins, Mike McKee and Grant Emerson, form the Durham-based sextet, Delta Rae. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/13/delta-rae-live-2012?refid=0 Sun, 15 Jul 2012 09:00:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner Minneapolis native son Dave Pirner is most famous for his role as guitarist and frontman of the seminal Minnesota rock group, Soul Asylum. Soul Asylum is commemorating the release of their tenth studio album next week with a sold-out show at the 7th Street Entry (they will also be performing live at Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum). Dave stopped by The Current studios to hijack the airwaves with a few of his favorite (and his own!) tracks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/13/theft-of-the-dial?refid=0 Sat, 14 Jul 2012 12:00:00 -0500 The Gaslight Anthem performs in The Current studios New Jersey has a proud heritage of rock music, from punk legends the Misfits and the Bouncing Souls to the Boss himself. The sonic imprint of The Garden State is unmistakable in the music of The Gaslight Anthem, who have picked up the baton and are carrying it to new heights. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/11/gaslight-anthem-live-2012?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Deer Tick performs in The Current studios Providence, Rhode Island alt-country rockers Deer Tick depart from their signature folk sound on their latest album, Divine Providence. While in town for a show at First Ave, they stopped by The Current for a performance in our studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/07/deertick-live?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500