In 2011, Charles Bradley proved that it's never too late for a musical talent to enter the ring, issuing his debut album at age 62 and winning plaudits from critics and the adoration of soul fans nationwide. Now, he's back with a sophomore effort called Victim of Love.
Just a few years ago, James Blake was a precocious and talented young electronic producer dabbling in the UK's vast, eclectic, fast-moving and amorphous "post-dubstep" scene. Shortly thereafter, he began recording vocals over his own productions, swerving out of the dance music scene and into the vanguard of indie electro-pop with a wounded cyber-soul sound.
Saint Paul's Nicholas David Mrozinski has been a fixture of the local music scene for a decade, with several albums under his belt and frequent live shows in the area to bolster his Twin Cities rep. But last year he was catapulted to nationwide fame thanks to a stint on season three of NBC's The Voice.
British garage-rockers the Palma Violets have been kicking up a noisy, youthful rock storm for a couple of years now, with a raw sound daubed with rich, vintage organ sounds and shaded with hints of '60s psychedelia.
It's time for us to welcome On An On to the Minnesota music community. But they aren't total strangers: Nate Eiesland and Alissa Ricci both grew up in the state before joining forces with Ryne Estwing and several others in the popular Chicago band Scattered Trees. After the act suddenly disbanded, Eiesland, Ricci and Estwing started On An On, changed their musical direction and partly uprooted themselves back to Minneapolis.
Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter is one of indie Americana's most seasoned and talented figures. His spring tour brought him through the Twin Cities for a First Avenue date with Sea Wolf opening, and he stopped by The Current studio ahead of the show with his Royal City Band in tow to play a few songs.
A handful of early tracks from Leagues' 2011 debut EP stirred up some blog attention, and in January of this year they returned with a debut full-length, You Belong Here. The band's solemn, moody indie sound has earned comparisons to the National and others.
In town for a show at the Fine Line Music Cafe, the Black Angels stopped by The Current studios to play a few songs and talk to host Bill DeVille about some very special audience members spotted at their Minneapolis show, their work running and curating the Austin Psych Fest, the affinity between their sound and artists like Ty Segall, and how the ensured the hard-rocking sound of their new record.
Formed out of a personal tragedy, The Ericksons united sisters Bethany and Jenny with a relocation to Brooklyn. With that move, they played music every night together, finessing a brand of melancholic folk that often provides warmth when you least expect it.