Interviews

Another city, another story: Chicago's take on The Replacements


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The Replacements' final gig happened in 1991 in Chicago's Grant Park. Now reunited for RiotFest, the Replacements' first U.S. date happens in the Windy City. Ahead of the Replacements' gig in Chicago this Sunday, we talked to some Chicagoans about their memories of and thoughts about the band.

'Electric Lady' Janelle Monae On Creating The Unheard


Janelle Monae

nelle Monae's music is often called futuristic. That's partly due to her subject matter: Her breakthrough releases, the 2007 EP 'Metropolis' and the 2010 album 'The ArchAndroid,' form a connected story arc about a robot who falls in love with a human. But moreover, the work of the 27-year-old singer is difficult to classify -- rooted in R&B but pulling from too many different genres to count.

Neko Case: 'I Couldn't Really Listen To Music'


Neko Case

While making her new album, Case went through a series of deaths and a bout of depression. But once she stopped fighting it, "it's like a bottleneck broke open, and everything started to flow again and my circulation came back," she says.

Interview: Paul McCartney


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Paul McCartney has released a new single, the appropriately titled "New," and it's coming out ahead of his upcoming album, which is set to release in the U.S. on Oct. 15.

The Current's Guide to The Replacements


The Replacements

When dealing with The Replacements — a band that means so much to so many — it's easy to forget that not everyone knows it all when it comes to Minneapolis' best rock 'n' roll band.

Theft of the Dial: Josh Hartnett, State Fair Edition


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Actor and Twin Cities native Josh Hartnett stopped by the MPR booth during The Current's Morning Show live broadcast from the Minnesota State Fair. Hartnett picks some songs for summer, talks about his upcoming projects and describes what he loves about Minnesota.

New wave pioneer Adam Ant talks with Jake Rudh


New Wave pioneer Adam Ant

Jake Rudh had a chance to chat with Adam Ant about his sixth studio album Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter just in time for his performance at Mill City Nights September 1.

Valerie June On Learning To Love 'Perfectly Imperfect' Voices


Valerie June

On the new album Pushin' Against a Stone, the Tennessean surveys a spectrum of her home state's signature sounds. She tells NPR's Audie Cornish that she got over old anxieties about her singing voice by embracing it as a storytelling tool.