Music News: Teen doesn't know how CD-Rs work, makes everyone 20+ instantly feel old

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A teenager went viral with a tweet revealing that she doesn't know how CD-Rs work. Also, Britney Spears's hit "...Baby One More Time" turns 20, and we explain why it was a game-changer. In more music news: rapper Jon James has died on a video shoot, Whitney Houston and Steve Aoki are getting the museum treatment, and Tracy Chapman is reportedly suing Nicki Minaj.

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Mikaela Davis performs at The Current

Mikaela Davis performs at The Current

Singer-songwriter Mikaela Davis is on tour in support of 'Delivery,' her first full-length album on a major label (Rounder Records). A harpist and pianist, Davis and her band bring a unique sound to the indie rock universe. Listen to her complete in-studio session, hosted by Bill DeVille.

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Anna Stine performs at Radio Heartland

Radio Heartland Anna Stine

When Anna Stine first moved to Minnesota from Ohio three years ago she was excited to start her new career as a music therapist, but quickly learned that moving to a new state wouldn't be easy. Similar to her work as music therapist Stine's debut album, 'Company of Now,' is her way of working through the two major themes in her life.

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A young music writer grapples with Michael Azerrad’s ‘Rock Critic Law’

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During my high school graduation rehearsal, when the rest of my classmates were hung over from their celebratory partying the night before, I was sitting quietly crafting an e-mail to my favorite English teacher, Ms. Dara Bishop. In the e-mail, I was trying to explain the importance of Forever, a state of being coined by…

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deM atlaS embarks on a new journey with debut full-length album ‘Bad Actress’

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deM atlaS is not a newcomer, but he just made a debut. On October 19th, the Rhymesayers rapper (also known as Josh Turner) released his first full-length album, Bad Actress. Currently, the Minnesotan artist is on tour with Atmosphere, an experience that he describes as a “roll of the dice” — every night is different. The tour has…

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Music News: Teen doesn't know how CD-Rs work, makes everyone 20+ instantly feel old

A recordable compact disc.

A teenager went viral with a tweet revealing that she doesn't know how CD-Rs work. Also, Britney Spears's hit "...Baby One More Time" turns 20, and we explain why it was a game-changer. In more music news: rapper Jon James has died on a video shoot, Whitney Houston and Steve Aoki are getting the museum treatment, and Tracy Chapman is reportedly suing Nicki Minaj.

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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.

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Mikaela Davis performs at The Current

Mikaela Davis performs at The Current

Singer-songwriter Mikaela Davis is on tour in support of 'Delivery,' her first full-length album on a major label (Rounder Records). A harpist and pianist, Davis and her band bring a unique sound to the indie rock universe. Listen to her complete in-studio session, hosted by Bill DeVille.

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Jain performs in The Current studio

Jain visits The Current

Jain returns to The Current's studio, bearing new songs and a sentimental favorite. Tonight, she'll play a sold-out show at the Fine Line in Minneapolis. But first, she stopped in to talk with Mac Wilson and perform "Makeba," "Inspecta," and "Alright."

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Justin Courtney Pierre performs in The Current studio

Justin Courtney Pierre performs in The Current studio

Motion City Soundtrack's Justin Courtney Pierre has a debut solo album, 'In The Drink,' releasing Friday, Oct. 12. Just ahead of that release, Pierre and his band stopped at The Current to play songs from the new record and to talk with Mary Lucia.

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Coffee Break: Gamblin' and chances

Mega Millions

The Mega Millions Jackpot is currently at $1.6 Billion, the largest in lottery history. If the winner chooses to take the money in a lump sum, she or he will take home $905 million cash. The drawing is tonight at 10 pm central. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear about gambling and taking chances?

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Maybelle Carter exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Today in Music History: Remembering Maybelle Carter


Maybelle Carter passed away; Dion cautioned everyone to keep away from 'Runaround Sue'; Stevie Wonder, age 12, recorded his first single for Motown; Nirvana played their first European show; Def Leppard played three continents in 24 hours; and Bob Dylan recorded 'The Times They Are A-Changin', Today in Music History.

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