The Current Music News

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The Current Music News is the essential daily listen for fans of all genres to catch up on what matters in the music world. Hosts Jay Gabler and Jade break down industry developments to explain how they affect you, fill you in on breaking news about upcoming releases, and surprise you with strange-b… read more

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Signing off

June 20th, 2019


This is the last regular episode of The Current Music News podcast, but we have more great podcasts available -- and we hope you'll continue to …

An interview with Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig

June 12th, 2019


Backstage at the Armory in Minneapolis, Jade had the chance to catch up with Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig. In the news today: White Sox take …

Jack White finally meets Jack Black

June 6th, 2019


Can all the 'Jack Grey' jokes stop now? In other news: iTunes is ending; Roky Erickson has died at 71; Billboard is launching songwriter and producer charts; and Blink-182 are playing 'Enema of the State' front-to-back …

Elton John biopic 'Rocketman' hits theaters

May 31st, 2019


How's the new Elton John movie? Pretty great, say Jade and Jay. Also in the news today: labels are paying more to sign artists, 'Old Town Road' continues to ride tall, and two music stars are releasing books on Oct. 1. …

BONUS: The Current Rewind on Soundset

May 25th, 2019


As a special weekend bonus, we share a complete episode of The Current Rewind. This new podcast digs into fascinating stories from Minnesota music history, and this first episode explores the history of the pioneering …

Rolling Stones give 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' songwriting credit back to the Verve

May 23rd, 2019


Two decades after suing the Verve for songwriting credit on 'Bitter Sweet Symphony,' the Rolling Stones have given it back. Also in the news today: …

Eurovision lands in Tel Aviv, amid protests

May 16th, 2019


The annual Eurovision music contest is taking place in Tel Aviv, amid protests. Also in the news this week: Vampire Weekend hit number one, Soundgarden announce immersive film events, and punk pioneer Susan Beschta dies …

Musicians slam industry for poor support of mental health needs

May 9th, 2019


A new study finds four-fifths of young musicians report mental health challenges, and the vast majority say the industry isn't doing enough to support artists in that respect. Also in the news today: Common describes …

Woodstock 50 is off. Or is it?

May 2nd, 2019


Is Woodstock 50 happening? The anniversary festival's promoter and its backers can't seem to agree. Also in the news this week: Spotify reaches a landmark, and Drake's the big winner at the Billboard Music Awards. Plus: …

Bruce Springsteen announces new album, 'Western Stars'

April 25th, 2019


Huge new Bruce Springsteen and Prince album announcements lead today's Music News. Plus, Jade and Jay spotlight new LPs from the Cranberries, Marina, Craig Finn, and Guided By Voices, as well as the new FKA twigs single …

Academic conference to examine 'the connection between Phish and philosophy'

April 24th, 2019


If you're a Phish fan who's also a deep thinker, make your way to Oregon State next month. Also in the news today: Record Store Day sets vinyl sales record, Britney says she's okay, Michael Jackson musical moving …

Unfinished Prince memoir gets publication date

April 22nd, 2019


A memoir that Prince started writing prior to his 2016 death will be published Oct. 29, with supplemental commentary by his editor. Also in the news today: M.I.A. responds to Sri Lanka bombings, Woodstock 50 delays …

Bandcamp announces vinyl-pressing service

April 18th, 2019


Bandcamp is launching a new service described as 'like Kickstarter for vinyl.' Also today, Jade and Jay round up new releases by Lizzo, Cage the Elephant, and Jade Bird. Plus, Jay talks about the singing-competition …

Beyonce 'Homecoming' documentary comes with surprise live album

April 17th, 2019


Beyonce's 'Homecoming' concert documentary hits Netflix today, and she added a surprise live album to go with it. Also in the news today: St. Vincent and Carrie Brownstein are making a movie together; Sia video star …

Aretha Franklin awarded honorary Pulitzer Prize

April 16th, 2019


There are two Pulitzer Prizes being awarded to musicians this year: the regular prize, to composer Ellen Reid, and a Special Citation for the late …

Grammys organization to name first-ever woman president

April 15th, 2019


Billboard reports that for the first time ever, the Recording Academy will be led by a woman. Also in the news today: Coachella recap, Jay-Z to …

Record-store managers weigh in on Record Store Day

April 12th, 2019


Saturday, April 13, is Record Store Day 2019. In the run-up to the nationwide blitz on record stores, The Current's Music News checked in with record-store operators at five locations across the country to learn their …

Record Store Day 2019 releases: Our top picks

April 11th, 2019


Record Store Day is coming up this Saturday, so Jay and Jade each pick their favorite releases vinyl (and cassette) fans will be able to get their hands on. Also, we talk with Record Store Day co-founder Carrie …

Record Store Day 2019 releases - our top picks

April 11th, 2019


Record Store Day is coming up this Saturday, so Jay and Jade each pick their favorite releases vinyl (and cassette) fans will be able to get their hands on. Also, we talk with Record Store Day co-founder Carrie …

Songwriters ask concert promoters for a raise

April 10th, 2019


BMI is trying to get concert promoters to share more revenue with songwriters. Also in the news today: an L.A. intersection will be renamed for Nipsey Hussle, Sharon Osbourne opens up about Ozzy's health struggles, …

Prince engineer must pay $4 million for unauthorized EP release

April 9th, 2019


A former Prince engineer has been ordered to pay $4 million to the late icon's estate after releasing recordings without authorization. Plus, Bob Dylan's all in with his new whiskey brand, opening a dedicated distillery …

New study finds digital music streaming has led to increase in greenhouse gas emissions

April 8th, 2019


You might think that streaming is way better for the environment than producing millions of CDs, but streaming causes problems of its own. Also today: Kacey Musgraves wins Album of the Year at the ACM Awards, Aerosmith …

The National release new single, with Alicia Vikander video

April 4th, 2019


The National's new song 'Light Years' comes with a moody video starring Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander. Also this week, Jay and Jade highlight new albums from Weyes Blood, PUP, Khalid, the Drums, BLACKPINK, and GRiZ.

Lil Nas X song dropped from country chart, sparking controversy

April 3rd, 2019


'Old Town Road,' a song about cowboys by genre-crossing artist Lil Nas X, has been removed from Billboard's country chart, sparking discussion as to why. Also in the news today: recording industry revenue grows, Green …

Music News: Queen musical 'We Will Rock You' coming to America this year

April 2nd, 2019


Elvis Costello and Blondie announce a 2019 joint tour; Loretta Lynn celebrates her 87th birthday with a big Nashville bash; most hits are written by groups of people, not individual artists; Conor Oberst and Phoebe …

Tributes pour in for the late rapper and community leader Nipsey Hussle

April 1st, 2019


Mick Jagger's heart-valve replacement surgery postpones Rolling Stones' tour. A number of musicians will appear in an upcoming zombie film from …

Billie Eilish releasing hotly-anticipated debut album

March 28th, 2019


It's Thursday, and that means it's time to talk about new music. Jay highlights albums from Billie Eilish, Marvin Gaye, Son Volt, and Steve Earle - …

Keanu Reeves teaches stranded travelers about the Bakersfield Sound

March 27th, 2019


When a flight was forced to make an unexpected landing in Bakersfield, California, passenger Keanu Reeves took the opportunity to teach his fellow travelers about the Bakersfield Sound in country music. Also in the news …

'Us' turns 'I Got 5 On It' into a horror hit

March 26th, 2019


'I Got 5 On It,' the 1995 Luniz single, is finding new life - after death - in Jordan Peele's horror hit 'Us.' Also in the news today: Jussie …

Scott Walker, '60s singer who pushed the avant-garde, dies At 76

March 25th, 2019


Artists celebrate musician Scott Walker's career and influence, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame stands by its induction of Michael Jackson, artists …

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