News and Interviews

Taylor James Donskey peels back the layers on 'Paper Over It'


Singer-songwriter Taylor James Donskey

Taylor James Donskey is celebrating the release of his album, 'Paper Over It,' with a show at Icehouse in Minneapolis on Thursday, Jan. 16. Before the show, Donskey stopped at Radio Heartland to talk to Mike Pengra and to spin some tracks from the album.

#Current15: Craig Minowa of Cloud Cult reflects on Rock the Garden 2008


Cloud Cult performing live onstage

Craig Minowa is the frontman of Cloud Cult, who played Rock the Garden in 2008, a year that saw the popular concert series at Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden return from a four-year dormancy. Minowa shares some memories from that first Rock the Garden of the modern era.

Prince: The Story of 1999 bonus feature: Fred Armisen, 'I could talk about Prince endlessly'


Fred Armisen on 'Late Night with Seth Meyers'

Actor, comedian and musician Fred Armisen ('Saturday Night Live'; 'Portlandia'; 'Late Night with Seth Meyers') discovered Prince shortly after the release of '1999.' In a conversation with Andrea Swensson, Armisen talks about how he first heard Prince and became a fan for life. 'Prince really became my favorite artist,' Armisen says. 'I really soaked up every lyric, every little drumbeat, everything about him.' Listen to Andrea's full conversation with Fred Armisen.

Prince: The Story of 1999 bonus feature: LeRoy Bennett, 'Prince was beyond anybody'


Production and Lighting designer LeRoy Bennett

Production/lighting designer LeRoy Bennett began working with Prince in 1980 and continued working with him until 1994. 'I was blessed that I started my life and this career with him,' says Bennett, who has gone on to work with such artists as Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande. 'Prince pushed you knowing that you were giving all that you could.' Listen to Andrea Swensson's full conversation with Bennett.

Prince: The Story of 1999 bonus feature: Jellybean Johnson, 'Prince knew we had something special here in Minneapolis'


Morris Day, Jellybean Johnson and Jerome Benton of The Time

While making the documentary series 'Prince: The Story of 1999,' Andrea Swensson spoke to drummer and guitarist Jellybean Johnson, a legend of the Minneapolis Sound and a founding member of The Time. Andrea spoke to Johnson about what it was like coming up in music with Prince, and how Prince helped shape the sound and the look of The Time, the Revolution and more.

Watch Lizzo's performances on 'Saturday Night Live'


Lizzo on 'Saturday Night Live'

On Saturday, Dec. 21, Lizzo made her 'Saturday Night Live' debut, appearing as the musical guest on a new episode hosted by Eddie Murphy. Lizzo performed 'Truth Hurts' and 'Good As Hell.'

Prince: The Story of 1999 bonus feature: Bobby Z, 'Prince went from a caterpillar to a butterfly in that one purple trench coat'


Bobby Z

Bobby Rivkin - better known as Bobby Z - first met Prince in the mid-1970s and went on to become drummer for the Revolution. While making 'Prince: The Story of 1999,' Andrea Swensson spoke to Bobby Z about his many memories working with Prince, including Bobby's theory about Prince's famous purple trench coat. Listen to Andrea's full conversation with Bobby Z.