It's been two years since No Bird Sing stopped by The Current studios, and a lot has changed in that time. The trio is releasing new record "Definition Sickness" on their new label home Strange Famous Records, Joe Horton started hip-hop collective FIX with Kill The Vultures and Kristoff Krane and drummer Graham O'Brien built Bellows studio in downtown St. Paul.
Singer and composer Gary Numan is considered a pioneer of synth-based electronic music who has often featured a heavy rock influence. For this special Mountain Oasis set, Numan performed a number of his classic hits, as well as new tracks from his 2013 album, 'Splinter.'
Before their show at The Cedar Cultural Center, of Montreal (who are from Athens, Ga.) stopped by The Current studios to play a few songs off the new record, Lousy with Sylvianbriar, and to chat with host Mary Lucia.
Before his show at the Varsity Theater, UK hardcore/punk turned folk singer-songwriter Frank Turner stopped by The Current studios to play a few songs and chatted with Mary Lucia about what band got him through boarding school with a certain royal prince, why a eucalyptus smelling Koala has to do with his single "The Way I Tend To Be" and what it was like performing with The Hold Steady at the Toronto Urban Roots Festival.
Between Saturday and Sunday shows at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Seattle-based The Head and the Heart stopped in to The Current's studios to chat with Mac Wilson and to play some songs of their new album, Let's Be Still.
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.
On the eve of the release of their collaborative debut 'Wise Up Ghost,' Elvis Costello and The Roots dazzled a New York City audience with a stellar performance from the Brooklyn Bowl. Now you can hear it too.