Barb Abney can be heard weekdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on The Current. Every weekday at 1:30 p.m. Abney features "Cover 2 Cover," a half hour of amazing cover songs; and on Fridays noon-1 p.m. she spins "Tonal Recall," an all request show dedicated to '80s music. Abney came to The Current in 2006 from Cincinnati's WOXY.com, one of the premiere alternative stations in the country. She DJ'd there for 12 years and built a radio and online community of music nerds.
Ahead of his show at First Avenue on Saturday night, The Voice finalist and St. Paul, Minn., native Nicholas David stopped by The Current studios to chat with Barb Abney and showed his versatile songwriting abilities with three original tracks.
Last time Black Joe Lewis performed in the Twin Cities, he was opening for Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Before his headline show at First Avenue, he and his band (formerly known as the Honeybears) stopped by to play a few songs off the new record and chatted with Barb Abney about aliens, his connection to Minnesota and what touring with Spoon was like.
Before playing in First Avenue's mainroom, Cold War Kids stopped by to play a few songs off their fourth studio record, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, released earlier this year. They chatted with host Barb Abney about Billy Bragg, about touring non-stop for the past year, and about a missed connection with Brian Eno.
Typhoon, based in Portland, Ore., are currently touring in support of their third full-length album, White Lighter. They stopped in to talk to Barb Abney and to play a few songs in The Current's studio before performing at the Cedar Cultural Center on Thursday night.
The new NIN album feels like a familiar friend. There are synthetic sounds that only Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross know how to make; this album is chock-full of those moments, as well as the sounds that give Hesitation Marks a career retrospective vibe.
Glasgow's Franz Ferdinand are basking in the glow of their new release, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, and band members Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy recently visited with The Current's Barb Abney to talk about the new record.
Before playing a show at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, Smith Westerns stopped in the studios of The Current to talk to Barb Abney about touring, songwriting, their influences and what it's like to be a band out of Chicago.