David Campbell

Host, The Current, Minnesota Public Radio
David Campbell

Contact David Campbell at dcampbell@mpr.org

David Campbell is host of Radio Free Current, Saturdays 7 to 11 p.m. and The Local Show, Sundays 6 to 8 p.m. You can also hear him on The Current on Thursdays, 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Campbell is a long-time veteran of the Twin Cities scene. A fan, musician, record store clerk, record label staffer, and a 10-year staffer of KQRS and Drive 105's Homegrown, Campbell's love for Minnesota music makes him a perfect fit for The Current.

Hippo Campus

Hippo Campus perform live in the Current's studios

For a band who have yet to release an LP - or even an EP, for that matter - the young band Hippo Campus are doing pretty well for themselves. They're the toast of the local live music scene this summer, and they stopped by our studios to play a few songs and talk about their wild ride to critical and popular acclaim.

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Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso perform in The Current studio

Fresh off their gig at 10 Thousand Sounds Festival this past weekend, Sylvan Esso — comprising Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn — stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs and to chat with David Campbell.

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Alpha Consumer

Alpha Consumer perform live in The Current studio

With the recent release of Meat, Alpha Consumer stopped by The Current to perform tracks off the new record live in our studio. Between songs, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Mike Lewis and JT Bates of Alpha Consumer chatted with Local Show host David Campbell about the record's title, Louie C.K. and their upcoming gig at the Red Stag Block Party.

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Heiruspecs perform in The Current studio

In the run-up to the April 22 release of their forthcoming album, 'Night Falls,' St. Paul's own Heiruspecs join David Campbell in The Current studio for a performance and interview on The Local Show.

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Frankie Teardrop

Frankie Teardrop performs in The Current's studio

Frankie Teardrop is the mystery man of local rock 'n' roll -- not least because the Minneapolis musician's biggest single is called "Chicago" -- and his interview with the Current's Dave Campbell didn't do much to lift the veil that hides a man who says he wasn't born from any mother, he just "crawled out of a sewer pipe."

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Sean Anonymous and Dreamcrusher perform in The Current studios

Sean Anonymous knows his way around the Twin Cities music community. At this point, his name is ubiquitous due to nonstop gigging and collaborations. Over the past year, you've likely caught him performing with the likes of Wide Eyes, Dimitry Killstorm, Phillip Morris, Lizzo and Rapper Hooks. But the main stage set-up you've probably witnessed him in is with improvisational rock band Dreamcrusher.

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Caroline Smith

Caroline Smith performs for The Local Show

Caroline Smith has had a monumental year. She's been a Twin Cities mainstay for the past few years ever since beginning a routine solo gig at the 400 Bar. Many Minnesota musicians got their start at that venue before it shut the doors, and Caroline met her band through connections she made at those performances.

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