Amanda Palmer stuns with piano performance in The Current studio
Amanda Palmer performs at The Current
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.
Amanda Palmer performs at The Current
Ahead of a show at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Ex Hex stopped at The Current studio to play songs from their new album, 'It's Real.'
Stella Donnelly is no stranger to The Current. 'I'm on home soil now, very exciting,' she told Mac Wilson when she dropped in for a studio session on Saturday, March 30.
Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora stopped at The Current to perform songs from her recent album, 'Infections of a Different Kind, step 1,' and from its forthcoming follow-up. Aurora also shed light on the Bergen music scene, and she shared how she became involved in the 'Dumbo' remake, coming March 29.
Less than a year after the release of their most recent full-length album, New York band Sunflower Bean dropped an EP, 'King of the Dudes.' The new release exudes a sense of fun. 'We ended up really experimenting with a different side of ourselves,' explains Sunflower Bean's Julia Cummings when the band stopped in for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.
The entire album is full of gorgeous string arrangements, provided by the Prague TV Orchestra, and are a nice expression of Mould's fondness for baroque pop.
From her early successes like "Alaska" and "On + Off", Rogers continues to showcase herself as an exciting new talent. These songs hold up really well here in the wintertime, and they're still gonna sound great when the weather warms up.
Jeff Tweedy is still a distinctive voice in modern songwriting, but he takes himself a whole lot less seriously now.
Michigan-born, Reykjavik-based musician John Grant is a fascinating individual even before he starts performing songs. Ahead of a show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis, Grant stopped at The Current studio to play songs and to engage in lively and thoughtful conversation with host Mac Wilson.
Host Mac Wilson shares his favorite songs of 2018.
Phosphorescent, aka singer/songwriter Matthew Houck and his band, visited the Twin Cities for a show at First Avenue on Dec. 1. During their stay in town, they stopped by The Current's studio to perform music from the new album, 'C'est La Vie,' and talk with Mac Wilson.
When the Beatles' albums were reissued on CD in 2009, The Current staff reviewed each of their albums. Mac Wilson was asked to review their self-titled album, commonly known as 'the White Album.' On the 50th anniversary of the release of the White Album, we're republishing Mac's thoughts from 2009 -- along with some new thoughts from Mac in 2018.
The members of boygenius - Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus - don't think of themselves as a supergroup. 'I like just 'group',' Baker says, explaining the word best fits the musicians' collective ethos. Ahead of their show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, boygenius stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.
Hamilton, Ont., band the Dirty Nil simply love to rock. 'We just love rock and roll of all kinds -- thrash metal, folk, it doesn't matter,' says guitarist Luke Bentham. 'For me, at least, I find myself subconsciously stealing little tricks from all of them.' The Dirty Nil recently visited The Current's studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson to talk about touring in North America and to play songs from their album, 'Master Volume.'
The day after playing a sold-out show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, singer-songwriter Mitski and her band stopped at The Current studio to play songs from 'Be the Cowboy' and to talk with host Mac Wilson. Playing the First Avenue Mainroom was a special gig for Mitski; 'Just something about the energy in the room was just wonderful,' she says.
When DeVotchKa's Nick Urata stopped by The Current's studio, he wanted to play a set that would help listeners escape from many of the world's issues.
Jain returns to The Current's studio, bearing new songs and an old favorite. Tonight, she'll play a sold-out show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis. But first, she stopped in to talk with Mac Wilson and perform "Makeba," "Inspecta," and "Alright."
Cat Power are back at the best possible time: during an fall full of melancholy feelings, Chan Marshall returns with her suitably melancholy new album, 'Wanderer.'
Following the synth-pop sounds of Metric's last album, 'Pagans in Vegas,' they've returned to rock tunes on their brand-new 'Art of Doubt,' out Friday, Sept. 21. 'It felt so good to come back to rock,' says Metric's Emily Haines. Haines and bandmate Jimmy Shaw stopped at The Current to play some stripped-down versions of the new tunes and to chat with host Mac Wilson.
'Be the Cowboy' is one of the strongest releases of 2018 and further cements Mistki as one of the most exciting talents in music.