Kid Rock speaks at the Music Modernization Act signing ceremony.

Music News: Music Modernization Act signed into law as Kid Rock looks on


President Trump signed the Music Modernization Act into law on Tuesday, with artists including Kid Rock and Kanye West visiting the White House for the occasion. Also today: a Lynyrd Skynyrd film moves forward, Apple Music partners with Genius, the CMTs are honoring women artists, we dive into the Grammys' notion of a "new artist," and Charli XCX goes back to "1999" with Troye Sivan.

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Maceo Parker

9 takeaways from our interview with Maceo Parker


Maceo Parker is a bona fide music legend. Since starting his legendary run with James Brown in the mid-60s, Maceo has been at the center of every significant move in the funk world. His infectious, rhythmically dextrous alto is a part of the blueprint of the genre and he continues to play great music to this day.

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Music News: Guitar gender gap closes

Bully portraits at The Current

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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The Current Music News

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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Flora Cash perform in The Current studio

Flora Cash perform in The Current studio

Flora Cash's song, 'You're Somebody Else,' seems to have taken the world by storm, but the Stockholm-based duo comprising Shpersa Lleshaj and Cole Randall take it in stride. ' We're just doing what we always have done,' Randall says, 'but we're just busier.' Ahead of a show at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, Flora Cash stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mark Wheat.

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Coffee Break: CBGB bands

The Ramones

Today in 2006, CBGB, the legendary New York punk club credited with discovering Patti Smith and Ramones, closed after a final gig by Smith herself. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what bands and artists do you want to hear that played CBGB during its heyday (late 70s to early 80s)?

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Today in Music History: Remembering Eyedea


Eyedea passed away; The legendary CBGB closed its doors; Little Richard made his first recordings for RCA; Sam Cooke's greatest hit was released; Grace Slick joined the Jefferson Airplane; CCR called it quits; and Bob Mould was born in Malone, N.Y., 55 years ago Today in Music History.

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