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.

Rex Orange County interview with Mac Wilson

Rex Orange County interview with Mac Wilson

Watch video of an interview Mac Wilson had with Alex O'Connor, aka Rex Orange County. O'Connor talks about being on tour, about mental health in the music industry, and about his latest album, 'Pony.'

Interview with Mandolin Orange

Mandolin Orange press photo

In town for a show at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Mandolin Orange's Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz visited The Current for a conversation with Mike Pengra about what proved to be a meteoric year for the band, some of their side projects, the music of Bob Dylan, and what might be next for the Chapel Hill, N.C., outfit.

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.