Interviews

R.E.M. producer Mitch Easter: 'That's a band that made people happy'


Mitch Easter - web crop

Mitch Easter is a musician and producer, perhaps best known for his work producing R.E.M.'s debut EP 'Chronic Town' and first two albums, 'Murmur' and 'Reckoning.' On Thursday, Oct. 17, Easter, along with four other luminaries, will be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Mary Lucia recently spoke to Mitch Easter about his work with R.E.M.

Billie Eilish: 'All I can say is, be patient'


Billie Eilish at Austin City Limits Festival

The 17-year-old pop star talks NPR Music's Stephen Thompson about getting through her teenaged years, directing her own videos, experiencing art with synesthesia and more in this interview, recorded live on stage at Austin's ACL Music Festival.

Charlie Parr uses injury to reassess and record


Charlie Parr stands in front of a bookshelf.

A year after a devastating injury threatened his career, Duluth guitarist Charlie Parr is back with a new album, a new tour and a new understanding of the tunes he plays.

iLLism on Black Love, Black Vulnerability and Mental Health, Black Magic and Celebrating 10 years of Marriage


iLLism in Los Angeles

As one of the rare couple duos in the Twin Cities, iLLism have been killing the local Hip-Hop scene for many years now. Their latest album, Illuminate, which debuted last spring, reflected frontman Envy's and lead vocalist Fancy's growth as both individuals and as a couple, as well as the beauty of black love. Jeffrey Bissoy interviewed Envy and Fancy about their continuing growth as a couple and as musicians.

Mary Lucia talks to Macy Gray about her new album, 'Ruby' - and more


Macy Gray performing onstage

Singer-songwriter Macy Gray is back with her 10th studio album, 'Ruby,' and a lead single featuring the guitar work of Gary Clark Jr. Mary Lucia spoke with Macy Gray about the new album, as well as about Gray's fascinating career -- and about going to elementary school with Marilyn Manson.

The Current's Guitar Collection: AJ Haynes of Seratones, Fender Jazzmaster


Seratones perform in The Current studio

Following Seratones' recent studio session, frontperson AJ Haynes took some time to tell us about why she plays a Fender Jazzmaster. 'It just suits me,' she says. 'I love a good surf sound and it's got that impeccably.' Find out more about AJ Haynes and her guitar of choice.