News and Interviews

"I'm a Black woman": Kelela on owning her identity


Kelela performs at Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival 2017

Since releasing her debut album 'Take Me Apart' in October, R&B/electronic artist Kelela has been touring with her friend Lafawndah and watching her popularity grow. Before her concert at the 7th St Entry, she told APM reporter Jeffrey Bissoy-Mattis about songwriting and owning her identity as a Black woman.

The Current's Guitar Collection: Bully's Alicia Bognanno, Squier '51 'Frankenstein'


Bully portraits at The Current

When Bully visited The Current studio, frontperson Alicia Bognanno took some time to talk about what she calls her 'Frankenstein' guitar, 'and by that,' Bognanno explains, 'I mean it's just a bunch of different parts put together.' It's a hard-working guitar Bognanno loves; she plays most of Bully's shows using it and has written the band's two albums on it.

Steve Jones on 40 years of the Sex Pistols' landmark album


Sex Pistols in 1977

On Oct. 28, 1977, the Sex Pistols released their one and only studio album, 'Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols.' Forty years after its release, Mary Lucia interviewed Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, now a longtime California resident and the host of his own long-running radio show. Jones reflects on his time in the Sex Pistols and their legacy, the longevity of their singular album, and about his more recent work as a radio host.

Talking Hip-Hop with J. Plaza


J. Plaza

Jeffrey Bissoy-Mattis recently caught up with St. Paul rapper, J. Plaza, fresh from the A3C Music Festival in Atlanta, to discuss local artists in the Twin Cities, the life of an up-and-coming rapper and the state of hip-hop in Minnesota. J. Plaza also gives some interesting tips on how artists can build their brand and grow their audience.

Lindsey Buckingham talks about collaborating with longtime friend Christine McVie


Lindsey Buckingham

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie have collaborated on a new record, and they've been busy touring in support of it. On Monday, they performed at Northrop in Minneapolis. Ahead of the show, Brian Oake and Jill Riley got Lindsey Buckingham on the phone to talk about the new album and about collaborating with his longtime pals from Fleetwood Mac.