Interviews

Trampled by Turtles singer Dave Simonett releases his first solo album under his own name


Musician Dave Simonett in the control room.

After almost 20 years leading the Duluth-based bluegrass rock band Trampled by Turtles, singer and guitarist Dave Simonett just released what could be -- depending on how you look at it -- his first or his third solo album. Simonett's latest collection 'Red Tail' is much lighter and more open to interpretation than two he issued as Dead Man Winter.

DJ J. Blase on the art of mixing


DJ J. Blase and Friends

Once a corporate banker, DJ J. Blase has risen in the ranks of Twin Cities DJs. In this interview with Jeffrey Bissoy, DJ J. Blase talks about how he got into the field, about how he prepares for gigs, about why Blase N Friends does it better, the importance of getting the vibe right, and his pride in donating time to DJ for school-age kids.

Robbie Robertson: 'It's been a long journey'


'Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band' press image

A new documentary, 'Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band,' opens Friday night at the Lagoon Landmark Cinema in Minneapolis. In the run-up to the release, Mary Lucia had the chance to talk with Robbie Robertson. Listen to Mary's conversation with Robertson about the new film.

Bill DeVille looks at the formation of his career in radio and at The Current


The Current's Bill DeVille

Bill DeVille's Twitter profile tells us he's 'just a dude who loves his family, music, running, coffee, a nice hat, a good martini and the Packers.' Minnesota Public Radio's Michael Popham spoke with DeVille recently to learn more about this host who has been with The Current since it first went on the air 15 years ago.

Destiny Roberts on the hidden lessons from 'Roy G Biv'


Destiny Roberts - Green Tape photo

St. Paul rapper Destiny Roberts, aka Moon Melanin Mami, talks to correspondent Jeffrey Bissoy about her ambitious 'Roy G. Biv' series of releases, which looks at different themes gathered under each color in the rainbow.

Interview: Michael Stipe


Michael Stipe 2019 press photo

Michael Stipe gave himself a birthday present this year - a gift that was shared with legions of fans: two new solo songs, 'Drive to the Ocean' and 'Your Capricious Soul.' The Current's Mac Wilson connected with Michael Stipe to talk about the new music as well as a little bit about R.E.M. and about Michael's other projects.