Every once in a while, The Current has the opportunity to bring in someone who we admire and respect enough to hand over control of the airwaves to them. Welcome to Theft of the Dial -- where you get to hear some of your (and our) heroes take over 89.3 The Current, play some of the music they love, and talk about why they chose it.
Before playing a show with Joe Purdy at The Cedar, singer-songwriter Billy Bragg stopped by The Current studios to play a few of his favorite tracks and to chat with host Jill Riley of The Current's Morning Show about skiffle, Americana music and waving the flag for today's artists.
Ahead of their big show at the Xcel Energy Center with the Vaccines and Bear's Den, Mumford and Sons came by the studios of 89.3 The Current to hang out with Mary Lucia and to do a special Theft of the Dial.
Actor and Twin Cities native Josh Hartnett stopped by the MPR booth during The Current's Morning Show live broadcast from the Minnesota State Fair. Hartnett picks some songs for summer, talks about his upcoming projects and describes what he loves about Minnesota.
Ezra Koenig is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and lyricist of the New York City-based band Vampire Weekend. Between VW's applauded Lollapalooza performance in Chicago and a sold-out show at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Minneapolis, Ezra stopped by our studios to record a Theft of the Dial with The Current's Morning Show host Jill Riley.
Chris Walla is a (here we go) musician-producer-studio owner-songwriter-label founder-music mogul. He plays guitar in Death Cab for Cutie, produces records for artists like Nada Surf and Tegan & Sara, and recently created his own label, Trans Records. He recently stopped by The Current studios for a Theft of the Dial with The Morning Show's Steve Seel.
Mayer Hawthorne stopped by The Current studios for a Theft of the Dial with Barb Abney. They talked about his new record Where Does This Door Go, including what one rule he set for himself during the recording process and what artists collaborated with him for the album.
Noelle and Michael of Fitz and The Tantrums stopped by The Current studios to chat with Mary Lucia and shared some of their favorite tracks including songs from old label mates, an up-and-coming sister trio, and their go-to track for dancing.
Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros stopped by The Current studios to chat with Barb Abney and shared some of their favorite tracks including a band that started the distorted guitar sound, a soul singer of the past who spills heart and guts into his vocals, and a band that isn't afraid to do song scene changes.
Colin Hanks, the oldest son of celebrated actor Tom Hanks, has racked up an impressive resume in his roughly 15 years in the family business, but he recently stopped by The Current studio and revealed another side of his personality—as it turns out, he's quite the musichead!
Julia Sweeney is a comedian and writer best-known for her stint on Saturday Night Live in the early '90s and for her hilarious, thoughtful and moving monologues. While she was in town for Wits last fall, she stopped by The Current to chat with Barb Abney and take over our airwaves.