Before playing in First Avenue's mainroom, Cold War Kids stopped by to play a few songs off their fourth studio record, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, released earlier this year. They chatted with host Barb Abney about Billy Bragg, about touring non-stop for the past year, and about a missed connection with Brian Eno.
Last time Black Joe Lewis performed in the Twin Cities, he was opening for Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Before his headline show at First Avenue, he and his band (formerly known as the Honeybears) stopped by to play a few songs off the new record and chatted with Barb Abney about aliens, his connection to Minnesota and what touring with Spoon was like.
Before heading out on an extensive tour in support of their second record Shulamith, Polica stopped by The Current to perform before a small live audience in Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum. Between songs, frontwoman Channy Leaneagh talked to Jill Riley and Steve Seel from The Current's Morning Show about the new album, the story behind its album art and how it relates to the cycle of a woman.
On tour in support of their seventh studio album, the appropriately named VII, Portland, Ore., band Blitzen Trapper stopped in to The Current's studios to play some songs and to chat with Bill DeVille.
They were only five shows in on their 24-date tour, so the bus still smelled fresh when the now four-piece came into The Current studios to play a few songs off their new self-titled EP and to chat with host Mary Lucia about the just-announced full-length. They also talked about why core members Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel think The Current is better than other radio stations.
There is perhaps no greater local success story over the past year than that of Lizzo's. A transplant from Houston and Detroit, she made a splash in the Twin Cities first with her band Lizzo and The Larva Ink, and then as a member of The Chalice and GRRRL PRTY. All of these bands have grown her profile substantially, and a slew of guest spots on other local records from the likes of Caroline Smith, as well as her connection with the Totally Gross National Product and Doomtree crews has only helped in that growth.
Arcade Fire played Capitol Records studios in Los Angeles on Oct. 28; the eve of their highly-anticipated 'Reflektor' album release. With their recent announcement of live shows throughout the country,you'll want to hear this incredible hour-long show, (Sun. Nov. 17 at 10 p.m.) including an amazing tribute to the late Lou Reed.
King Khan and the Shrines stopped by The Current after their show at the Turf Club to play songs off the new record, Idle No More, and to chat with Mary Lucia about what movie aesthetics influence their sound, how the album reflects on frontman Arish Ahmad Khan's recent losses, and to tell a few stories about moments he's shared with the Mighty Hannibal, Arthur Lee and Dickie Peterson.
Ahead of their show tonight at the 7th Street Entry, the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based indie-pop band fronted by singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe stopped into The Current's studios to chat with Mary Lucia and to play a few songs off their album, Wildewoman.