Interviews

Interview: The Kills


The Kills

Before their May 2016 show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, The Kills sat down for a chat with Jade, in which they talked about their new album, their creative friendship and keeping their albums 'vulnerable and honest.' They also performed a few songs from their new album, 'Ash & Ice.'

The Current's Guitar Collection: James Hunter, Gibson Les Paul


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When James Hunter saw a photo of Lightnin' Hopkins with a Gibson Les Paul, Hunter knew he wanted to get one. Hunter bought his Gibson Les Paul in 1999 and it's been his main instrument ever since; it's even had its neck replaced. 'This fight broke out; I wasn't there, but the guitar was,' Hunter says. 'Had it been the other way round, it'd be me with no neck!'

Flavor Flav chats with Sean McPherson on The Current


Sean McPherson and Flavor Flav

Musician and rapper Flavor Flav of the legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy gave Radio Free Current host Sean McPherson and his listeners a wonderful surprise on Saturday, April 30: Flavor Flav arrived in the studio for a live conversation in which he talked about his music and about his memories of Prince. 'Being onstage with Prince is so electrifying,' Flav says. Listen to Sean McPherson and Flavor Flav's complete conversation.

On Andrew Bird's Latest, Real Life Takes The Reins


Andrew Bird

'All my songs are personal on some level; it's just a matter of how much that personal thing is buried.' Bird says that on the new album, 'Are You Serious,' his private world has bubbled to the surface.

The Current's Guitar Collection: Barns Courtney, Martin OOO-15M


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Barns Courtney has only had his Martin acoustic guitar for six months, but it already looks road-worn. 'Everything I've been through, I can sort of see represented on this instrument,' he says. 'It feels more like it's mine, like it's more a part of me than some random instrument that I've picked up.' Barns Courtney's Martin OOO-15M is the latest addition to The Current's Guitar Collection.

The Current's Guitar Collection: Mike 'McDuck' Olson, D'Angelico EX-DC


Mike McDuck Olson and his D'Angelico guitar

Lake Street Dive's Mike 'McDuck' Olson came into The Current's studio with a shiny D'Angelico electric guitar -- and it turns out it was shiny for a reason. 'It's brand-spanking-new,' Olson says. 'It plays great and looks great, too.' Find out more about Olson's D'Angelico EX-DC in the latest addition to The Current's Guitar Collection.

The Current's Guitar Collection: Kaleo's JJ Julius Son, 1935 National Guitar


Kaleo's JJ Julius Son & his 1935 National Guitar

Kaleo frontman JJ Julius Son has long been inspired by the sound of vintage blues music, so ever since the band relocated to the U.S. from its native Iceland, JJ has been on the lookout for vintage resonator guitars. When he spied a 1935 National Guitar at a vintage shop in Nashville, JJ couldn't resist. Read more about the first resonator guitar to become part of The Current's Guitar Collection.

Matty Healy of the 1975 on making bold decisions


The 1975

On the heels of releasing their sophomore LP, Matty Healy of the 1975 sat down to chat with New Hot host David Safar to talk about I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, forthcoming demo releases and making bold decisions in the name of the album.