Theft of the Dial®

Every once in a while, The Current has the opportunity to bring in someone who we admire and respect enough to hand over control of the airwaves to them. Welcome to Theft of the Dial -- where you get to hear some of your (and our) heroes take over 89.3 The Current, play some of the music they love, and talk about why they chose it.

Theft of the Dial: Jack Bevan and Jimmy Smith of Foals


Jack Bevan and Jimmy Smith of Foals, portrait at The Current

While Foals were in town for a show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, drummer Jack Bevan and guitarist Jimmy Smith stopped at The Current for a Theft of the Dial hosted by Jade. Bevan and Smith play some of their favorite songs and talk about some of their adventures on the road -- including a fortuitous musical discovery in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Theft of the Dial: I'm With Her


Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards

I'm With Her -- a band composed of Aoife O'Donovan, Sarah Jarosz and Sara Watkins -- stopped at The Current to record a special Theft of the Dial for International Women's Day. O'Donovan, Jarosz and Watkins each picked a favorite song and described what they find inspiring about it.

Theft of the Dial: Paul Banks of Interpol


Paul Banks of Interpol

Mark Wheat welcomes Interpol frontman Paul Banks into the studio to play songs that inspire him. Something that may not be readily evident to Interpol fans is Banks's deep love of hip hop, which is reflected in his playlist.

Theft of the Dial: Kerry Alexander of Bad Bad Hats


Bad Bad Hats perform at First Avenue.

Kerry Alexander of Bad Bad Hats 'steals' the Local Show from Andrea Swensson for a Theft of the Dial. Bad Bad Hats are playing The Current's 14th Birthday Party on Friday, Jan. 18 at First Avenue

Theft of the Dial: Nick Urata of DeVotchKa


DeVotchKa

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.

Theft of the Dial: Liz Phair


Liz Phair portrait at The Current

When indie rocker Liz Phair stopped at The Current for a Theft of the Dial, she had something special in mind. 'I picked a bunch of my favorite songs that I thought made a nice little collection,' she says, 'but then I thought, 'Why not search for remixes of those songs?'' Listen to this memorable set of remixed tunes, hosted by Liz Phair.

Theft of the Dial: Kamasi Washington


Kamasi Washington

Saxophonist Kamasi Washington grew up in a musical household, and his friends were also musicians' children. That environment shaped Washington's musical tastes - and he shares that on a Theft of the Dial, hosted by Mary Lucia.

Theft of the Dial: Glass Animals, 2017 edition


Glass Animals

Glass Animals recently played a sold-out show at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul. Before the show, Dave Bayley and Joe Seaward of Glass Animals took over the airwaves on a Theft of the Dial in which they employed the theme, 'Songs that have never been played on The Current--and never will again, probably.' The result is a playlist that is innovative, surprising and a lot of fun.

Theft of the Dial: Exene Cervenka and John Doe


John Doe and Exene Cervenka

Currently enjoying a 40th anniversary tour with their groundbreaking and iconic punk-rock band, X, Exene Cervenka and John Doe stopped at The Current to take control of the airwaves on a Theft of the Dial. Cervenka and Doe spin tracks by some of their favorite artists and share a few stories along the way.