Mike Doughty is playing back-to-back shows at the Dakota in Minneapolis tonight, prompting The Current's Bill DeVille to ask him if such a gig is difficult. "Not really," Doughty says. "I prefer to be playing music than not playing music." Doughty stopped in to The Current's studio to chat with DeVille and to play a few tunes before the doubleheader.
Ahead of their sold out show in the First Avenue mainroom with Fitz and the Tantrums, Big Data stopped by The Current to chat with host Mark Wheat and to record tracks off their latest record live in our studio.
Montreal band Stars have released their seventh album, but on their most recent visit to The Current, they opened the in-studio set by covering "Here Comes a Regular" by the Replacements. "It is one of the greatest sad songs ever written," says Stars' vocalist Torquil Campbell. Check out the full session.
"Men seem to only notice when a woman is talking once she starts yelling," Nikki Lane tells Mark Wheat, but she never has to yell at Mark; instead, the two share some great stories and good laughs as Nikki Lane and her band stop by The Current's studio ahead of a show tonight (with Jamestown Revival and Hollow Wood) at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis.
"We're from Montreal, but this is our first snow of the year," says Brad Barr, gazing out the window of The Current's Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser studio. Although based in Montreal, The Barr Brothers draw from a world of influences. Before their gig at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, the Barr Brothers stopped at The Current for a live session hosted by Bill DeVille.
Before making her Twin Cities debut at the Fine Line Music Cafe tonight (and playing Prince's legendary Paisley Park tomorrow evening), FKA twigs stopped by The Current to perform songs off her new album LP1 and to chat with Music Director David Safar.
In town to play United States of Americana's fifth birthday bash, Israel Nash and company stopped by The Current to perform in our studio and to chat with host Bill DeVille before their gig at the Turf Club.
With the recent release of his solo album In Real Time, Rogue Valley's Chris Koza stopped by The Current studio to record tracks off the new record and to chat with Local Show host David Campbell about what's to come for the local musician.
Asked about the title of the album, 'This is All Yours', alt-J's Gus Unger-Hamilton says it 'seemed to sum up our approach to making music ... we don't have the final say over what our music necessarily means or is about. We give it to other people.' In town to play a sold-out show at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood, Minn., alt-J stopped at The Current for an acoustic set and an interview with Mary Lucia.
After moving to North Carolina from Tennessee, Greg Cartwright heard a slang term for his new state and was inspired. "Man, I've gotta find some way to put that in a song," he declared. The result is the first track on Reigning Sound's album, 'Shattered'. Hear the story of "North Cackalacky Girl" and more, as Reigning Sound visit Bill DeVille in The Current studio.