Nashville quartet Leagues brings their moody indie sound to The Current studio

Leagues perform 'Spotlight' live in The Current studios. (MPR Video / Nate Ryan)
Leagues live in The Current studios
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Nashville trio Leagues have made a big splash in their short existence. Formed in 2010, the band is made up of old friends who'd begun to make a name for themselves in assorted other projects on the Nashville scene, whether as solo musicians, band members or for-hire touring and session players.

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 gig at the Cedar Cultural Center, Leagues stopped by The Current studio to play a few songs and talk with host Mark Wheat about the band's St. Paul roots and the drummer's incredible hair.

Songs played: "Spotlight," "Walking Backwards" and "You Belong Here."

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  • Thad Cockrell
    Leagues' singer Thad Cockrell (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Jeremy Lutito
    Leagues drummer Jeremy Lutito (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Tyler Burkum
    Leagues guitarist Tyler Burkum (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Effects pedals
    Tyler Burkum's effects pedals (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)
  • Mike Simons
    Mike Simons on bass. (MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)