Breakthrough artist Hozier chatted with The Current's Jade before his big sold out gig in the First Avenue mainroom on Friday, Feb. 20. The two talked about Morris Day and the Time, the Twin Cities staple Jucy Lucy (which he described as "a thing of terrible beauty" in a tweet post-show), Annie Lennox and much, much more.
Known for his work in the bands Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers, musician Chris Thile is stepping into new territory this weekend and next when he fills in for Garrison Keillor as host of 'A Prairie Home Companion'. "As long as I can avoid 20 minutes of dead air," Thile tells The Current's Steve Seel, "I'll consider it to be something of a success." Listen to the complete interview.
Ahead of two nights of shows at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Bob Mould stopped by The Current's studio for a live on-air chat with Jim McGuinn. "Coming back to the Twin Cities is always a great experience for me, this is my music home," Mould says, "so the expectations are always pretty high." Listen to the complete interview.
Glass Animals' front man Dave Bayley loves Hofner Guitars, even though he says they are made of 'annoyingly cheap' wood. But it's the guitars' sound that draws him in and has made him a collector. Bayley purchased his guitar in a shop in Denmark Street in London -- one of the places on the itinerary of the upcoming London Beat with Mark Wheat tour. "It's called 'Guitar Alley'," Bayley says. "There's loads of vintage guitar shops."
Nick Lowe accompanied a friend on an errand to a guitar shop in Portland, Ore.; implored to try a guitar by a store employee, Lowe originally dismissed the instrument as "ugly." But after playing it, Nick Lowe bought it. Read the story and learn about the guitar in the latest installment of The Current's Guitar Collection.
It was bright and early to come in to see Bill DeVille in The Current's studio, but Shakey Graves was happy to do it. On only his second time in the Twin Cities, Graves had sold out the Cedar Cultural Center the night before. "I had so much fun," Graves says. "It was a really wonderful crowd." Graves chatted with DeVille and even performed an on-the-fly, standup version of the song, "Call It Heaven."
Mike Doughty keeps two guitars at home so there's always one nearby when an idea strikes him. One of those guitars is always on tour with him, and Doughty took some time to tell us about it and the decals he's applied to personalize the instrument.