Interviews

Stiff Little Fingers' founder Henry Cluney lives in Rochester, rocks everywhere else


Mark Wheat with Stiff Little Fingers' founder Henry Cluney

Henry Cluney, founding member of the seminal Belfast punk-rock band Stiff Little Fingers, has lived in Rochester, Minn., since 1997, but continues to tour the world as a solo performer and as a member of his new band, XSLF. Cluney visited The Current studio to talk to Mark Wheat about his music career and about how he came to live in Rochester.

SOAK talks 'Grim Town' and more at Bonnaroo


SOAK aka Bridie Monds-Watson

Northern Irish musician SOAK (aka Bridie Monds-Watson) is back with her second album, 'Grim Town,' and is touring heavily in support of it. During Bonnaroo, SOAK stopped at The Current's booth to talk to Jade about the new record and about the mental acuity that can be stirred by the olfactory system.

Shovels and Rope talk about 'By Blood' and about raising kids on tour


Jade talks with Shovels and Rope at Bonnaroo

During The Current's live broadcasts from Bonnaroo, Shovels and Rope, the Charleston, S.C., husband-and-wife duo comprising Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, stopped by to talk about their new album and about what it's like raising kids as touring musicians.

Interview: Scott Devendorf of The National


Scott Devendorf

Ahead of headlining Rock the Garden on June 29, Scott Devendorf, bass-player for The National, sat down with The Current's music director David Safar to talk about the band's latest release, I Am Easy to Find.

The Current's Guitar Collection: Jillian Rae, Gretsch 6118


Jillian Rae portrait at The Current

Jillian Rae tells the story of how she had been hoping to add a hollow-body Gretsch guitar to her arsenal of instruments, and how that vision came to be. 'It's kind of an amazing treat,' Rae says. 'I'm going to be playing that Gretsch live onstage now for most of the songs that I play electric guitar on.'

Listen: a candid conversation between Mary Lucia and Bob Collins


Mary Lucia and Bob Collins in The Current broadcast studio

In the run-up to Bob Collins's retirement, Collins and Mary Lucia sat down for a full conversation that reflects on their careers in radio as well as Bob Collins' plans for the future. And of course, there are great memories and lots of laughs from the past 14-plus years of Lucia and Collins' 4:20 p.m. news breaks.