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

    • Music
    • 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.

    An IPO in a pandemic? Streaming boom makes money...for investors

    An IPO in a pandemic? Streaming boom makes money...for investors

    A planned IPO for Warner Music is evidence of a streaming-fueled rebound for the recording industry. Meanwhile, Laura Marling's livestreams suggest that rarity, rather than ubiquity, could be the key to some artists' income right now. Also today: steel guitarist Bucky Baxter dies, and Billie Eilish releases film slamming body-shaming.

    • 7 min
    Jimmy Cobb, drummer on Miles Davis's 'Kind of Blue,' dies at 91

    Jimmy Cobb, drummer on Miles Davis's 'Kind of Blue,' dies at 91

    Jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb and Pretty Things singer Phil May have died, at 91 and 75, respectively. Also in the news today: Poland censors a number-one hit, a Kate Nash documentary comes to North America, and Michael Jordan rocks out to...well, everything.

    • 7 min
    Live concerts in a pandemic? Ready or not, they're happening

    Live concerts in a pandemic? Ready or not, they're happening

    Music fans have been longing for the return of live concerts - and now they're back, but with the coronavirus pandemic still raging, artists and audiences are searching for ways to be together while not being TOO close together.

    • 6 min
    Devo helmet face shields...and more timely music merch

    Devo helmet face shields...and more timely music merch

    Devo's helmet face shields are just the tip of a growing iceberg of music-related merchandise designed with safety in mind. Also today: a distinctly defensive album announcement from Lana Del Rey, guitarist Jorge Santana dies at 68, Ice Cube says Mr. Rogers once sued him, and Sia announces her directorial debut.

    • 6 min
    Kathleen Edwards returns to music after six years away

    Kathleen Edwards returns to music after six years away

    Revered singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards has reversed the hold she put on her own music career six years ago by announcing a new album. Also in the news today: Lorde's next album is in progress, Pink Floyd are disagreeing (again), Trent Reznor shares some good lockdown advice, and Low Cut Connie get into the personal-fragrance business.

    • 8 min
    Acoustic music surges during listener lockdown

    Acoustic music surges during listener lockdown

    Acoustic music is surging - not just in livestream performances, but in classic recordings as well. Plus, Billie Eilish launches a collaboration with Takashi Murakami, VJ Matt Pinfield enters recovery, and Snoop Dogg vibes with Idina Menzel.

    • 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.

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

DJ TRL ,

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Enjoying the daily dose of music news!

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