News & Interviews

The latest music news and interviews for fans of the music heard on The Current.

Day 1 at SXSW: Hitting the ground running

Checking in from the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas, The Current's Program Director Jim McGuinn provides a first-day report, noting that female-fronted acts were the best he saw yesterday.

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Interview: King Khan and BBQ

Today King Khan & BBQ's new album, Bad News Boys, releases via In the Red Records. Ahead of their show at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Minn., King Khan and BBQ stopped by The Current studio for a thoughtful (and hilarious) chat with host Mary Lucia.

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Interview: Noel Gallagher

On the day that his new album Chasing Yesterday releases under his High Flying Birds moniker, Noel Gallagher phoned Mary Lucia from London to chat about the new record.

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Interview: Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips

Ahead of the Flaming Lips performing their 1995 record Clouds Taste Metallic at First Avenue (their third show in the mainroom in eight months), frontman Wayne Coyne stopped by The Current's studio for an extended on-air chat with Mary Lucia.

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Video premiere: Billy Idol's full interview with Mary Lucia

Join us for a live reveal of three videos from Billy Idol's Turf Club appearance as a part of The Current's 10th Anniversary including acoustic takes on "White Wedding" and "To Be a Lover," plus the premiere of Mary Lucia's career-spanning interview with the punk legend.

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Hozier talks Morris Day and the Time, Jucy Lucys and Annie Lennox

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.

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Interview: Chris Thile The Current's Morning Show

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.

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