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The Current's Mac Wilson shares his top songs of 2016.
Mac Wilson graduated from the University of Minnesota-Morris in 2006, where he was a major contributor to KUMM, the college radio station. During his tenure at KUMM, he served as station manager and news director and spent four years as an on-air personality. He is known for his addiction to music, which is marked by constantly revising lists, mixes and playlists.
The Current's Mac Wilson shares his top songs of 2016.
Touring in support of 'Why Are You OK,' their fifth album in 10 years, Band of Horses stopped by The Current's studio to play their latest hit single as well as songs from a couple of their previous albums. 'It's fun for us to reimagine and learn new things about the songs we've been playing for years,' says frontman Ben Bridwell, who also shares what it is he found 'In A Drawer.' Check out the complete in-studio session.
Warpaint's latest album features the danceable lead single 'New Song' alongside tracks that are more consistent with Warpaint's oeuvre of meticulous sounds best suited for a rainy day.
Saint Motel formed and are based in Los Angeles, but the band's A/J Jackson is originally from Minneapolis. 'My metric of how we're doing as a band is my mom and whether or not she hears us on The Current,' Jackson says. Touring in support of their album, 'saintmotelevision,' Saint Motel stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.
It's been an interesting year for Bishop Briggs, aka Sarah Grace McLaughlin. Bishop Briggs spent last summer opening for Coldplay, and now she is touring with Austin-by-way-of-Iceland band Kaleo. Before her Twin Cities show, Bishop Briggs stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.
Taking their name from a mashup of character names from 'The Music Man,' Marian Hill are touring in support of their debut full-length album, 'Act One.' While in town to play a show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Marian Hill visited The Current studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.
The people Glass Animals' Dave Bayley met while on tour for the band's previous album formed the foundation for Glass Animals' new record, 'How To Be A Human Being.' In town for a show at the Myth Live Event Center in Maplewood, Minn., Glass Animals stopped at The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Mac Wilson, where Bayley provides the story behind the stories that inspired this new batch of songs.
Ready to celebrate the release of her latest album, 'Impossible Dream,' at Sociable Cider Werks in Minneapolis on Sunday, Sept. 25, Haley Bonar and her band stopped in to The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.
California quartet Warpaint recently stopped by our studio to share songs from their forthcoming release, Heads Up. The group also chatted with Mac Wilson about the making of that album.
Aaron and Bryce Dessner of the National have curated a gargantuan new collection spotlighting the music of the Grateful Dead. The collection includes contributions from the War on Drugs, the National, and Courtney Barnett.
The Avalanches' album 'Wildflower' isn't a record that easily clicks into focus, but the underlying infrastructure is not only apparent, it's fairly spectacular at that. The joy of the album is its consistent sense of surprise.
In town for a show at Target Center with Brandi Carlile, the Avett Brothers stopped in The Current's studio for a session, during which they played some songs from their forthcoming album, 'True Sadness.' Watch two videos and hear the entire session.
On tour with Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop, New Zealand singer-songwriter Marlon Williams visits The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson. After encountering country music as a teenager, Williams has found his niche writing and performing in the Americana genre.
Sturgill Simpson's excellent new album weaves a nautical theme to engage a listener's emotions, present thoughtful challenges and make one appreciate the art of album sequencing.
Soul singer Charles Bradley sings not only from his heart, but from his entire being. Bradley, together with his band the Extraordinaires, bring their soulful tunes into The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson. 'Music is what's keeping the world together today,' Bradley says. 'We've got to make it right all over the land.'
Nada Surf, touring in support of their new album 'You Know Who You Are,' stopped in to The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson. 'The beauty of pop music is that even if some of the forms have been repeated a lot, there's always some little twist that can give you the right that it's all different and that each song is its own little universe,' says frontman Matthew Caws.
M83's Anthony Gonzalez has spoken about attempting to resurrect bits of pop culture thought to be forgotten; his band's latest 'Junk', veers frenetically across a range of influences, giving the effect of an anthology of postcards from the past.
The Lumineers faced a steep climb after experiencing an enormous hit straight out of the gate. Their follow-up, 'Cleopatra', is a mixed bag; it contains some of the best music the trio has ever produced alongside less captivating work.
After a show in First Avenue's 7th St. Entry, Bleached stopped by The Current to perform in-studio and to chat with host Mac Wilson about their new album, <em>Welcome the Worms</em>.
London-based Haelos began as a studio project, but after being signed to Matador Records, they reworked their arrangements for live performance. 'Nothing feels better than being onstage with six people and all sort of jamming out,' says singer Lotti Bernardout. Haelos recently stopped in to The Current's studio for a live session hosted by Mac Wilson.