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.


Band of Horses, 'Why Are You OK?'

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.

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Joseph perform in The Current studio

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.

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Weezer, 'Weezer (White Album)'

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.

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The 1975

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 New Hot host David Safar to talk about I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, forthcoming demo releases and making bold decisions in the name of the album.

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Mixed Blood Majority, 'Insane World'

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.

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David Bowie, 'Blackstar'

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.

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