Interviews

Cloud Cult's 'The Seeker' is a big dream realized


Cloud Cult

Craig Minowa has long imagined film versions of Cloud Cult's albums. Good things come to those who wait: For 'The Seeker' -- the band's tenth full-length release -- a film starring Josh Radnor and Alex McKenna accompanies it. With the album set to release on Feb. 12, Minowa spoke about the marriage of music and visuals on 'The Seeker.'

The Current's Guitar Collection: Martin Courtney, Martin 000-28


Martin Courtney holds his Martin OOO-28 acoustic guitar.

Martin Courtney was looking to have a more acoustic-guitar-driven band on his solo effort, 'Many Moons.' Thanks to an arrangement between Real Estate's management company and Martin Guitar, Courtney was able to purchase a new acoustic guitar directly from the company. He describes it in the latest addition to The Current's Guitar Collection.

Mavis Staples on her famous family, her new album, and her former suitor, Bob Dylan


Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples has been singing professionally since the 1950s, and she's still going strong with a new album coming out on Feb. 19, titled 'Livin' on a High Note,' plus an upcoming HBO documentary simply titled "Mavis!" It tells the story of her 60-plus years as a singer, including her time in the family group, The Staple Singers. Mavis Staples discusses her life and work in this interview.

Iggy Pop and Josh Homme detail 'Post Pop Depression,' tour


Josh Homme and Iggy Pop team up on <em>Post Pop Depression</em>

On Thursday it was revealed that Iggy Pop and Josh Homme teamed up and recorded an album under wraps. Looch called up Iggy and Josh to talk about Post Pop Depression, the text conversation that sparked the project, how they went about collaborating, and who all was involved in the making of the record.

Interview: Tommy Stinson


Tommy Stinson and his band in The Current's studios

Two days before he takes the stage at First Avenue as part of The Current's 11th Birthday Party celebrations, Tommy Stinson talks to host Mary Lucia about his new projects and shares some thoughts on his previous work with the Replacements and with Guns n' Roses. 'Life's good right now,' Tommy says.

A conversation with Chuck D


Chuck D and The Current's Sean McPherson

Chuck D -- a cofounder and core member of one of the most influential and long-lasting groups in music history, Public Enemy -- was recently in the Twin Cities to speak at Augsburg College as part of its Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Convocation. Beforehand, Chuck D sat down with The Current's Sean McPherson for a conversation about music, race and community.