Chastity Brown surges to the top of the Chart
Chastity Brown surges to the top for the first time ever
Mark Wheat grew up near Cambridge, England, where he regularly listened to the late great BBC DJ John Peel. Like Peel, Wheat came to the USA to start his radio career. Emigrating in 1983, Wheat lived in St. Louis, in Kure Beach, N.C., and in Hoboken, N.J. It was while living in Hoboken that Wheat learned how to push the buttons at the legendary free-form station WFMU.
After moving to the Twin Cities in 1992, Wheat volunteered at community radio station KFAI and created Local Sound Department, playing only Minnesota music. Wheat spent 18 months at commercial station Zone 105, hosting Across The Pond, a weekly show playing music from all over the world. In 1998, he became Director of Student Programming at the University of Minnesota's Radio K, and created a weekly magazine show, The Music Lovers Club.
Since The Current launched in 2005, Wheat has hosted weekdays 6 to 10 p.m., including The Chart Show on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Wheat lives in downtown Minneapolis with his wife, Maren Kloppmann, who operates her own ceramics studio and gallery in the North East Arts District. Wheat became a U.S. citizen in September 2012.
Chastity Brown surges to the top for the first time ever
Lorde rises to the top this week just ahead of the start of her big summer of festival appearances at Coachella, she'll be on just before Kendrick Lamar headlines Sunday this weekend.
British Columbia rockers the New Pornographers reach the top of the chart with 'High Ticket Attractions,' the lead single from their forthcoming album, 'Whiteout Conditions.' Meanwhile, fellow Canadians Arcade Fire enter the Chart Show Hall of Fame, along with the Black Keys, Dawes, and the Old 97's (who got some help from Brandi Carlile). See all of this week's results and vote for next week's chart.
Spoon climb to the top, New Pornographers are in at number two.
Mark Wheat has the DJ Pick for the week of March 27. The song contains a powerful message; Mark explains it's about how 'womanhood and the Earth from which we subsist are deeply intertwined.' Read more from Mark Wheat and listen to the title track from ANOHNI's 'Paradise' EP.
Lorde, Nikki Lane, alt-J and Depeche Mode have debuts; Old 97's make a big upward move; Laura Marling and Ryan Adams are indcuted; and HALEY reaches No.1.
Known for their big dance-rock sound and their spectacular lighting at their live shows, Portugal The Man visited The Current's studio for a stripped-down set and a lively conversation with Mark Wheat.
Hippo Campus sold out both nights of the weekend at First Avenue as they prepared for their first major U.S. Tour, starting down in Austin, Texas, and with all that excitement, they landed a top spot on this week's chart!
Touring the U.S. for two months with Cold War Kids, Australia's Middle Kids stopped by The Current studio for a session hosted by Mark Wheat before heading off to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. 'We would like some really yummy barbecue,' frontperson Hannah Joy says, looking ahead to SXSW. 'We also just feel so excited to be able to share our music with more people.'
Laura Marling's latest album presents a California-tinged evolution of Marling's sound, exploring new ways of using her gifts and searching her creativity for a new form of muse. Although Marling may twist our expectations, 'Semper Femina' may be her most accessible album yet.
Aimee Mann and Cold War Kids have debuts; Lucius rise to No1.; and Ty Segall and Dead Man Winter are inducted to the Hall of Fame.
Patti Smith joined host Mark Wheat for an in-depth interview ahead of her gig at Northrop where she and her band will perform the iconic album 'Horses' in its entirety.
London's The Japanese House visited The Current's studio to play songs from a couple of their recent EPs. In the course of the interview, frontperson Amber Bain explains the band's connection to actor Kate Winslet. Bain also reveals the surprising production locations used for a couple of the band's videos.
Spoon and Old 97's have the highest upward moves; Father John Misty, Rag'n'Bone Man and Elliott Smith have debuts; and Dead Man Winter springs to No.1.
Valerie June, the New Pornographers and the xx make debuts; Margaret Glaspy is inducted to the Hall of Fame; and Ryan Adams secures the No.1 spot as he announces a world tour.
Before playing the First Avenue mainroom, David Prowse of Japandroids stopped by The Current to curate a playlist and take over our airwaves with a Theft of the Dial.
Equipped with only a nylon-string acoustic guitar, Hamilton Leithauser stopped at The Current studio for a session hosted by Mark Wheat. The result is a stunning set of three heartstring-tugging songs from 'I Had a Dream That You Were Mine,' Leithauser's collaborative album with Rostam Batmanglij. There are even some Dylanesque overtones ... and that's not the only local connection.
Glass Animals, Marian Hill, Craig Finn and Magnetic Fields make debuts; Frank Ocean is inducted to the Hall of Fame; and Childish Gambino reaches No.1 just in time as he's also inducted.
Haley Bonar and the Shins have debuts; Japandroids, Hippo Campus and Old 97's make big moves; and Bon Iver remains at No. 1 as Eaux Claires teases the Eaux Claires lineup.
Don't be fooled by the fatuous band name. 'When I listened,' Mark Wheat writes, 'I could tell immediately there was potential. Rainbow Kitten Surprise reminded me of some old faves while simultaneously not sounding quite like anything else.' Wheat has selected the single 'Cocaine Jesus' from Boone, N.C., group Rainbow Kitten Surprise as the DJ Pick of the Week.