Los Campesinos! released their debut album, "Hold On Now, Youngster..." in spring 2008, and followed it up a few months later with their second record "We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed". Los Campesinos' latest project is "Romance Is Boring".
You probably aren't too familiar with the traditions of the Romani people, but a Gogol Bordello show will give you an education fast. The gypsy-punk band have a take-no-prisoners attitude to the music of their native cultures and have become one of the go-to bands for the festival circuit. They were back in town recently for two sold out shows at First Avenue, and were more than happy to bring their infectious rhythms to The Current for a live performance.
As the frontman for one of the most critically-acclaimed bands of the last decade, Sigur Ros's Jonsi Birgisson has come to be a familiar name for many fans of independent music. His ethereal falsetto has graced plenty of albums including the Sigur Ros magnum opus "()." Now, with his debut album, "Go," Jonsi finds himself exploring new avenues of musical expression while retaining his post-rock roots.
It's rare that a band today can make an album that gets better with each and every repeat, but The xx have done just that. They've gone from a group of brand-new English kids to one of the biggest bands in the independent music world in just under a year, but The xx deserve every mote of the attention that's been thrown their way.
Despite being a brand-new band, Rogue Valley have some elements of familiarity to The Current listeners. From their orchestral-folk sound to their leader, local hero Chris Koza, Rogue Valley are primed for a round of success in the Twin Cities.