30 episodes

In about ten minutes a day, hosts Jay Gabler and Jade put music industry headlines in context, share breaking news about upcoming releases, and surprise listeners with strange-but-true stories. Entertaining, conversational, and informative, The Current Music News is an essential daily listen for fans of all genres of music to catch up on the news that matters about today’s most essential artists.

The Current Music News MPR

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    • 4.8, 37 Ratings

In about ten minutes a day, hosts Jay Gabler and Jade put music industry headlines in context, share breaking news about upcoming releases, and surprise listeners with strange-but-true stories. Entertaining, conversational, and informative, The Current Music News is an essential daily listen for fans of all genres of music to catch up on the news that matters about today’s most essential artists.

    Country music faces racial reckoning

    Country music faces racial reckoning

    Changing their name to the Chicks, the band formerly known as the Dixie Chicks have declared that they want to 'meet this moment.' Is this the moment when country music finally faces a reckoning that will unseat the genre's longstanding racial exclusion?

    • 7 min
    How musicians are fighting white supremacy

    How musicians are fighting white supremacy

    As the music world confronts institutional racism and white supremacy, individual artists are wondering what steps they can take to establish a new, more equitable norm. Jeff Tweedy and Fiona Apple are sharing revenue, Patterson Hood is acknowledging 'the bad name I gave my band,' and the Beths are wondering about the responsibilities of white artists releasing new music.

    • 7 min
    Drive-in shows by Garth Brooks and others a bright spot amid dark outlook for live music

    Drive-in shows by Garth Brooks and others a bright spot amid dark outlook for live music

    As music venues continue to fight for their survival during the coronavirus pandemic, artists are getting creative. We talk to the company behind Garth Brooks's upcoming drive-in streaming show, look at what went wrong during the U.K. 'quarantine raves,' and consider the risk Live Nation is now asking artists to assume.

    • 10 min
    Interview with Nabil Ayers

    Interview with Nabil Ayers

    Nabil Ayers is the U.S. General Manager for the record label 4AD. He's also a musician and a writer, and recently in the New York Times, Ayers published an interview with Ed Eckstine, who was the first Black person to be appointed head of a major label in the U.S. In this episode, Jay Gabler asks Ayers about that New York Times article and about the conversations happening in the music industry around Blackout Tuesday.

    • 13 min
    From the Grammys to 'Lady A,' music industry changes its language

    From the Grammys to 'Lady A,' music industry changes its language

    In the wake of Blackout Tuesday, will real change come to the music world? The Grammys are changing their use of the word 'urban' and the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum are now 'Lady A,' while BMG is looking at its historic contracts to root out inequities.

    • 8 min
    Epidemiologists uneasy about concert safety for another full year

    Epidemiologists uneasy about concert safety for another full year

    Most epidemiologists say that at this point, they won't feel comfortable attending a concert for more than a year from now. Even as the United States starts to reopen from coronavirus lockdown, the financial crisis for the concert industry is deepening, with a potentially devastating round of permanent venue closures looming.

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

msgsaintpaul ,

Keeps me up to date

Love the daily music updates. Appeals to all ages and fun to listen to.

DJ TRL ,

Digging!

Enjoying the daily dose of music news!

bluemeanieface ,

Mainstream

Grammys? Christmas Albums? Gwen Stefani? Not what I am expecting from The Current. Whenever a pod casts such a big net, it’s usually bland. Does not reflect The Current’s radio free twin cities spirit. At least not yet. Be best, guys. #cashgrab

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