Couple Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin were discovered by Columbia Records after posting a series of demos of their band Cults to Bandcamp. The ensuing hype machine created one of the more successful debut records of 2011. The two have since broken up, and as with all good musical relationships that come to an end, the ensuing creative energy has spawned a darker collection of pop songs for their sophomore album "Static."
What do you think of the new Omar Souleyman single "Wenu Wenu"? Musically, does it do anything for you? Let's get the conversation started. Read what The Current staff have to say, then share your opinion of the title track off the Syrian artist's latest album.
Each of the 10 songs on Fellow Travelers pays tribute to an artist with whom Shearwater has toured. It's fascinating to hear the band function as a skeleton key that opens up the works of Xiu Xiu and Coldplay and St. Vincent alike.
Saintseneca is the newest signing to Anti- Records, the home of venerable bands like Wilco, Neko Case and Calexico. In the indie music world, the label is considered one of the most advantageous for a young band's career. The Columbus quartet is banking off of this newfound press with a rigorous tour and recording schedule.
As the end of the year nears, it's time for the annual list-making to begin. In addition to our Top 89 programming this year, the local crew wants your help in determining the best Minnesota releases of 2013. That's why we're returning for round two with our Top Local Releases Poll. You may remember last year that the inaugural installment received over 27,000 votes from 8,000 unique listeners.
Each week, I get at least one great email from a Teenage Kicks listener about a memory that's associated with a particular song. I want to start sharing those memories on air, so this week on Teenage Kicks, I'm launching what I hope will be a regular feature: Music Memory. We'll make the most of freedom by looking at Jake Mohan's memory of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World."