Three years since their last performance in our studios, Buffalo Moon has gone through big changes in that time. Most notably: lead singer Karen Freire made the move to New York to clear her head after some personal trials. That transition follows the path of so many other local acts in recent years -- members splitting time between Minnesota and other places out-of-state.
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.
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.
Few people expected Miguel's song "Adorn" would be such a sleeper hit. But in 2012, it surpassed the one million mark in sales, as well as receiving a Grammy. That unexpected rise to the spotlight allowed Miguel to snag loads of year-end honors, including one of the best reviewed records of last year.
Darkside makes dance music. That's their motto, even if their string of usually sub-100bpm tracks might make for a more intimate affair, rather than club bangers. But the duo of Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington have a high-profile history of reimagining the way dance music sounds, and we imagine that the genre in 2014 will follow suit with the band's ideas.
Brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey of The Cactus Blossoms stopped in to The Current's studios to play a few songs and to talk with Bill DeVille as part of the fourth-anniversary show of United States of Americana.
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.
At the end of each month, The Current's Morning Show loads up the 89.3 The Current van and takes a bunch of pastries and a big dispenser of coffee to area workplaces that love The Current. And every once in a while, we're lucky enough to bring an artist along with us. This time, it was Caroline Smith.
Austin, Texas, guitar player Gary Clark Jr. paid a visit to the UBS Forum at Minnesota Public Radio to play an intimate show for a live audience before his sold-out show that night at First Avenue. Between songs, he spoke to Jill Riley about his trajectory thus far and about his approach to music-making.