The Current Music News
The Current Music News
Minnesota Public Radio
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-but-true stories. It’s a quick, fun and informative rundown that will make you think, make you laugh, and help you understand what’s happening onstage and behind the scenes in popular music. There’s a new episode every weekday, about ten minutes long and ready for you to enjoy while you commute, exercise, cook, or tune your guitar.
Neve Campbell talks about playing Zach Sobiech's mom in 'Clouds'
In 'Clouds,' the Zach Sobiech biopic debuting today on Disney+, Neve Campbell plays Laura Sobiech - the mother of the young Minnesota man who wrote and recorded the inspiring title song before dying of cancer at age 18.
Oct 15, 2020
8 min
Why can't musicians get politicians to stop playing their songs?
Artists including Neil Young, the Rolling Stones, and R.E.M. have asked the President to stop playing their music at campaign rallies - and this isn't the first election cycle where musicians have clashed with politicians over the unauthorized use of their songs. Why can't musicians get politicians to stop using their music? Jay and Jade explain.
Sep 30, 2020
5 min
SXSW 2021 goes virtual, but holds out hope for IRL option
The festival has now announced that its spring 2021 event will be at least partially virtual. At the same time, SXSW hasn't entirely given up hope that a live-in-person option could be part of the mix. 'SXSW is working with the City of Austin and public health authorities on plans for a physical event in 2021.'
Sep 23, 2020
9 min
Lana Del Rey, Jeff Tweedy, Mariah Carey, David Byrne plan big music books for fall 2020
all is always a big publishing season, and this fall is going to see a slew of new books for music fans - including a poetry book by Lana Del Rey, a songwriting guide from Jeff Tweedy, a Mariah Carey memoir, and a book inspired by David Byrne's sensational Broadway show.
Sep 16, 2020
5 min
New Music Roundup
Discover a bunch of new songs. From Janelle Monae to SZA, Gorillaz, New Order and the newest Sylvan Esso track, there are some heavy hitters this week.
Sep 11, 2020
7 min
Radio K's Julian Green on how college radio is showing up in 2020
What's it like running a college radio station in fall 2020, as students return to campus amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic? Jay Gabler talked with Julian Green, program director of Radio K at the University of Minnesota.
Sep 4, 2020
11 min
The 2020 MTV VMAs and the best videos to come out of quarantine
Jade and Jay talk about the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards and highlight a few of the best videos to come out of quarantine.
Aug 31, 2020
6 min
Music world works to guard mental and physical health in COVID era
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to grip the planet, the music world is working to protect the mental and physical health of artists and fans. A 'test' concert in Germany sought to pave the way towards a return to live music.
Aug 27, 2020
7 min
In pandemic tech boom, who's making money on music?
While many workers struggle amidst the economic slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, America's tech giants are booming. How much of that money is coming from music?
Aug 25, 2020
5 min
Why did it take 18 years to file charges in the murder of Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay?
News broke this week that criminal charges have been filed in the 2002 killing of Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay. Why has this crime taken two decades to crack?
Aug 20, 2020
8 min
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