News and Interviews

Talking guitars and songwriting with Caitlyn Smith

Caitlyn Smith performs at PledgeHouse at SXSW

On a recent visit to The Current studio, Nashville-based singer-songwriter talked about some of her favorite guitars, and how the name of her breakout album, 'Starfire,' is taken from one of them.

Gabriel Roth talks about Daptone Records past, present and future

Sharon Jones performs at World Cafe Live

The co-founder of Daptone Records, home to artists like Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, The Budos Band, Antibalas and other high-quality bands, talks with Toki Wright about what it was like to work with Sharon Jones, about the future of Daptone, about the Dap-Kings' chemistry and more. 'We never rehearsed,' Roth says. 'A big part of it was learning to react to each other on stage and follow the music.'

Check out 'Music to Watch,' a new music discussion feature

Music to Watch

Music to Watch is a new feature from The Current where host Sean McPherson checks in Kateri Palen, music segment producer, and Brian Stack, writer and actor, both of 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' on CBS. Together, the three swap notes about music and artists who have captured their attention lately. This week, Sean, Kateri and Brian talk about David Byrne, Chance the Rapper, Brandi Carlile, Julien Baker and more.

Lucius talk about 'Nudes' track by track

Lucius, 'Nudes'

'Nudes,' the latest album by Lucius, comprises 10 tracks of stripped-down, acoustic original songs as well as reimagining of songs from Lucius's back-catalog and some well-placed covers. The album was produced by Lucius frontwomen Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, who recently spoke with The Current to share thoughts about each of the tracks on the new album.

Moby muses on his new album and on the state of humanity


This Friday, March 2, Moby releases his latest album, 'Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt.' In the run-up to the album's release, Moby spoke to Oake & Riley about what influenced the album and its themes, which emerge from Moby's reflections on 'who we are as a species.' Listen to the complete interview.

Colin Meloy of the Decemberists breaks out of his comfort zone

Colin Meloy of the Decemberists

The Decemberists' next album, 'I'll Be Your Girl,' releases March 16, 2018. For this new release, Decemberists front man Colin Meloy explains how he and the band strove to break out of old habits. 'We made an effort to really inspect the choices that we were making each time, and make sure it felt exciting,' Meloy says. See David Safar's interview with Meloy, and listen to the Decemberists' lead single, 'Severed.'

Friendship is at the heart of Bully

Bully portraits at The Current

The origins of Bully's lineup can be traced to The Stone Fox, a now-defunct venue in Nashville. 'We were all at that place at the same time, were friends and had similar tastes in music,' says Bully frontwoman and bandleader Alicia Bognanno. Read more about how the band members found one another, and why friendship is the most important ingredient in the lineup.