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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Olms stopped by The Current studios after performing bright and early on Peavey Plaza to play a few songs off their self-titled debut. They chatted with host Mary Lucia about Andre Agassiz, the Sound City documentary and the experience Pete Yorn had during his first songwriting collaboration.
22-year old UK songwriter Tom Odell released his debut "Long Way Down" in June and instantly shot to number #1 on his home country's charts. He joins an acclaimed list of English newcomers in 2013 who have attained the same honor like Jake Bugg and Rudimental.
Typhoon, based in Portland, Ore., are currently touring in support of their third full-length album, White Lighter. They stopped in to talk to Barb Abney and to play a few songs in The Current's studio before performing at the Cedar Cultural Center on Thursday night.