Theft of the Dial: Mumford and Sons

Mumford & Sons perform a stripped-down version of "Reminder" during their 90-minute radio takeover. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
Theft of the Dial: Mumford and Sons
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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.

The past five years have been a monumental ascent for the band, who began playing on small stages in pubs and now play massive festivals (e.g. Glastonbury) and 20,000-seat arenas. That said, the band members continue to place themselves near one another on stage, as being able to see and hear one another while playing remains paramount. And despite the size of the gigs, Mumford and Sons continue to place great importance in engaging their audiences and forging that connection with them.

Ever music fans, Mumford and Sons talk about how they have had the chance to meet other musicians while on tour; this list of friends informs the band's Theft of the Dial playlist.

Touring has had its hazards, not least of which was Ted Dwane's blood-clot scare that forced the band to cancel some shows. But as Ben Lovett explains, the four are a "band of brothers" who are passionate about what they do and who support one another.

Between songs, the band members — Marcus Mumford, Winston Marshall, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane — talk with Mary about connecting with Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Will Forte and Ed Helms on the music video for "Hopeless Wanderer"; describe how they became involved with a Cohen Brothers project; and how to avoid having wet hands when meeting Bob Dylan for the first time.

Mumford and Sons also get an unfettered indoctrination into live radio, handling a scheduled Emergency Alert System test with poise and humor. They conclude the broadcast with a live performance of their own song, "Reminder."

Songs Played

Mumford and Sons — "Hopeless Wanderer"
Vaccines — "Teenage Icon"
Bear's Den — "Agape"
Phosphorescent — "Song for Zula"
Rubblebucket — "Save Charlie"
Aaron Embry — "Raven's Song"
Johnny Flynn — "The Lady Has Risen"
Mumford and Sons — "Little Lion Man"

Song Performed


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  • Marcus Mumford
    Marcus Mumford performing live in The Current studios. September 4, 2013. (MPR / Leah Garaas)
  • Mumford & Sons
    Winston Marshall of Mumford & Sons chats with Mary Mucia in The Current studios. Left to right: Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall, and Ted Dwane. September 4, 2013. (MPR / Leah Garaas)
  • Mumford & Sons
    Mumford & Sons wrapping up their "Reminder" performance in The Current studios. September 4, 2013. (MPR / Leah Garaas)
  • Mumford & Sons
    Mumford & Sons rest before they take over The Current airwaves with a Theft of the Dial. September 4, 2013. (MPR / Leah Garaas)
  • Ted Dwane and Winston Marshall of Mumford & Sons
    Ted Dwane talks about his Theft of the Dial song pick in The Current studios. September 4, 2013. (MPR / Leah Garaas)
  • Jill Riley with Marcus Mumford
    Jilly Riley of The Current's Morning Show strikes a pose with frontman Marcus Mumford. September 4, 2013. (MPR / Leah Garaas)
  • The Current staff with Mumford & Sons
    The Current staff (plus Jeremy Messersmith) and Mumford & Sons. September 4, 2013. (MPR)
  • Mumford & Sons with Xcel staff
    Mumford & Sons with the Xcel Energy Center's Reina Porritt and Jora Bart in The Current studios. September 4, 2013. (MPR / Leah Garaas)

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