David Safar

Music Director, 89.3 The Current, Minnesota Public Radio
David Safar

Contact David Safar at dsafar@mpr.org

David Safar is music director and overnight on-air host for 89.3 The Current. He also hosts "The New Hot," a weekly music spot; and produces the Sunday night program, "The Local Show." While with The Current, David has launched features such as the Local Music Exchange, the Song of the Day podcast and the CD compilation, "Local Current Volume 1." Prior to joining The Current, David was music director and program director for Radio K (the University of Minnesota's college radio station). David is a music omnivore, with a soft spot for post punk and hardcore music.

Laura Marling, 'Short Movie'

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."

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Matt and Kim, 'New Glow'

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.

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Viet Cong - 4

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'.

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SXSW day stage

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.

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Son Little

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.

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