Music News: Eagles eclipse Michael Jackson for best-selling album

Eagles' 'Greatest Hits' and Michael Jackson's 'Thriller.'

The Eagles' 'Greatest Hits 1971-75' is now the all-time best-selling album; Lana Del Rey is defending her decision to book a show in Israel; and a public viewing is announced for Aretha Franklin. Also in today's news, Paul Oakenfold will play the first show at Stonehenge and Jack White says Tom Waits stole his watch. Plus, Lil Yachty and Donny Osmond sing the praises of canned ravioli.

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Review: Smashing Pumpkins bring rock and plenty of spectacle to St. Paul

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On a steamy St. Paul evening in July 1994 (just down the road from where the Xcel Energy Center would open six years later), I saw my first Smashing Pumpkins show. They were headlining that year’s Lollapalooza tour, with a lineup that included the Beastie Boys, the Breeders, and a Tribe Called Quest, among others.…

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Giveaway: Great River Folk Festival

Pert Near Sandstone

The Great River Folk Festival happens Aug. 24 to 26 in LaCrosse, Wis.; performers include Pert Near Sandstone, Dead Horses, Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, Them Coulee Boys and many more. Radio Heartland is giving away two pairs of all-event festival passes. Enter for your chance to win.

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Music on TV this week: When Corden Met McCartney

James Corden's Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartney

Artists heard on The Current are frequently featured on TV programs, and we've gathered the listings in one convenient place for you. See the complete listings, and find performance videos as the week progresses. You can also subscribe to receive the week's schedule in your inbox.

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Music News: Eagles eclipse Michael Jackson for best-selling album

Eagles' 'Greatest Hits' and Michael Jackson's 'Thriller.'

The Eagles' 'Greatest Hits 1971-75' is now the all-time best-selling album; Lana Del Rey is defending her decision to book a show in Israel; and a public viewing is announced for Aretha Franklin. Also in today's news, Paul Oakenfold will play the first show at Stonehenge and Jack White says Tom Waits stole his watch. Plus, Lil Yachty and Donny Osmond sing the praises of canned ravioli.

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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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The Current Sessions®

Punch Brothers perform in The Current's studio

Punch Brothers perform in The Current studio

Punch Brothers released their fifth album "All Ashore" in July 2018. The resulting tour brought them to St. Paul's Palace Theatre; well-polished and plucky as ever, the band stopped by The Current's studio beforehand to perform a few songs and talk with Bill DeVille.

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Your Smith debuts new side in The Current's studio

Your Smith performs in The Current studio

Your Smith has been cocooned in the studio for a while now, writing music and metamorphosing from Caroline Smith to her new persona. She visited The Current in the midst of it all, performing a Caroline Smith favorite and some of her best new music as Your Smith.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: 7 Deadly Sins

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Thanks to Marshall for writing in with today's theme idea. He says, "The average Coffee Break is made up of seven songs. You know what else has 7? Deadly Sins: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth." So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that center around a deadly sin?

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Robert Plant

Today in Music History: Happy Birthday to Robert Plant


Bob Dylan released 'Slow Train Coming'; The Emotions topped the chart with 'Best of My Love'; Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen returned to the stage after a serious car accident; Steve Winwood rolled with a chart-topping album; and Robert Plant was born in West Bromwich, England, Today in Music History.

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