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Music News: Guitar gender gap closes


Half of new guitar players are women, ending a longstanding gender gap among ax-slingers. Also today: A new movie, 'Mid90s,' is releasing a playlist instead of a soundtrack album. Is this the future? Plus, Gaga's engaged, Chance isn't running for mayor, everyone wants to buy a piece of Dire Straits, and Courtney Love sings with a 1,500-person band.

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SOAK aka Bridie Monds-Watson

Hear 'Everybody Loves You,' the new single from SOAK


In a new video, SOAK -- aka singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson -- captures the young artist's fantasy of a party she thought she didn't want to join. 'Everybody Wants You' is SOAK's first new material since 2015's critically acclaimed debut album, 'Before We Forgot How To Dream.'

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Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers at Radio Heartland

Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers perform at Radio Heartland


Nikki Grossman and Joe Hart are known as the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers. The duo have been traveling the Midwest for years now, spreading the gospel of original, old-time-sounding music. Their most recent album, 'Don't Think About Tomorrow Tonight,' was produced by the legendary John Wood. Hear the Sapsuckers play songs from the album.

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Jackson, Minnesota celebrates Megadeth co-founder, and native son, with David Ellefson Day


In early 2017, Jackson, Minnesota (pop. 3,299) welcomed the rebranding of local cafe Coffee Choices as Ellefson Coffee Co., co-owned by none other than David Ellefson, co-founder of metal band Megadeth and a native of the town. Ellefson’s coffee is available at various retail locations across Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Arizona, Florida and Texas.…

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Bob Dylan

Music News: Bob Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' being made into movie


Director Luca Guadagnino ('Call Me By Your Name') is turning Bob Dylan's album 'Blood on the Tracks' into a movie. Also coming to theaters: an Amy Winehouse biopic, with a hologram tour in the works too. Today's other news items include Noname changing controversial cover art, Paul Simon celebrating his birthday on 'SNL,' Ariana Grande's famous relationship breaking up, and Chance the Rapper going undercover as a Lyft driver.

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Photos: The Hold Steady finally make their 7th St Entry debut


I’m not entirely sure where the confetti came from, but it was well-deserved. In the second of two sold-out sets at the 7th St Entry, beloved rock band the Hold Steady — along with their enthusiastic, beer-loving fans — shouted, strutted, and sweated through a powerhouse 85-minute set. (The previous day, the band played the…

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MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. film giveaway

M.I.A.-signed poster and DVD giveaway


The film Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. provides unparalleled, intimate access to the artist in her battles with the music industry and mainstream media as her success and fame explodes, becoming one of the most recognizable, outspoken and provocative voices in music today. Win a poster and DVD of the film.

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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®

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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Watch Death Cab for Cutie live in concert at the Palace Theatre

Death Cab for Cutie in concert at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul

Death Cab for Cutie played the second of two shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., on their tour supporting the album, 'Thank You for Today,' on Saturday, Oct. 6. The Current streamed live video of Death Cab's entire set at The Palace Theatre; watch the archived concert.

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Watch CHVRCHES live in concert at the Palace Theatre

Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES in concert at the Palace Theatre

CHVRCHES played the second of two sold-out shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., on their tour supporting the album, 'Love Is Dead.' We streamed live video of CHVRCHES' entire set at The Palace Theatre; watch the archived concert.

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Shakey Graves performs in The Current studio

Shakey Graves in The Current studio

Just ahead of his Saturday show at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., Shakey Graves -- aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia -- stopped over at The Current to play a few songs and to chat with host Mac Wilson.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Animated bands

The Beatles in animated form in 'Yellow Submarine.'

We are lucky enough to have a special guest coming by the show today - Ron Campbell, legendary animator, who did animations for Sesame Street, the Yellow Submarine feature film, and The Beatles TV series, among so many others. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from bands that have been at one point animated?

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Peter Tosh

Today in Music History: Remembering Peter Tosh on his birthday


Bowie released 'Pin-Ups'; A-ha became the first Norwegian act to have a No. 1 U.S. single; Noel Gallagher played his first live gig with Oasis; Nirvana hit No. 1 with a live compilation album; Johnny Marr had an academic turn; and Peter Tosh was born, Today in Music History.

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