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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. Join our Facebook group!

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Today’s Music News: Interpol live-tweet Buffalo snowstorm


As you’ve probably heard, there is some extremely intense snow coming down right now in upstate New York. Interpol, who were riding through the area en route to play a show in Toronto, have been stuck in their bus for over two days—and are live-tweeting the whole thing. Fortunately, they tweeted, the bus was well-stocked with “dry goods…

Today’s Music News: Bob Marley will be the face of the first global marijuana brand


With the blessing of Bob Marley‘s family, the reggae icon will be the face of Marley Natural, “a premium cannabis brand rooted in the life and legacy” of the late musician. In addition to loose-packed “heirloom Jamaican” cannabis buds, oil, and concentrate, Marley Natural will sell items including pot-infused creams. “As Daddy would say,” said Marley’s…

Today’s Music News: Bruce Springsteen begins bootlegging his own concerts


Bruce Springsteen, whose Live 1975-85 box is one of the best-selling live albums of all time, has launched an online store selling recordings of dozens of his recent shows—and he plans to expand the offerings significantly, reports fan site Backstreets. According to the CEO of Nugs.net, the service powering Springsteen’s new store, the Boss had long disdained…

Today’s Music News: Chaotic Mac DeMarco concert ends in police detainment


A Mac DeMarco concert Friday night at the University of California—Santa Barbara ended with the “Salad Days” singer detained by police after he climbed into the ceiling beams of a campus venue called The Hub. Earlier, campus police had interrupted the show to arrest two concertgoers for “moshing and resisting police officers,” reports the Santa Barbara…

Today’s Music News: Prince is cool with selfies, just not everybodyelsies


Prince is cool with selfies—he even shared one he took himself using a camera and a mirror. He’s just not cool with cell phones at Paisley Park because people can’t stop taking pics of—well, him. “We ban their usage anywhere around Us,” he told the Huffington Post via his publicist, “because We’re allergic 2 lithium and ‘Everybodyelsies.'”…

Today’s Music News: Big Bank Hank of the Sugarhill Gang dies at 57


According to TMZ, rapper Big Bank Hank (Henry Jackson) of the Sugarhill Gang has died at 57, reportedly due to cancer. The Sugarhill Gang—whose original lineup comprised Big Bank Hank, Wonder Mike, and Master G, were the first hip-hop group to cross over to mainstream popularity, and their 1979 hit “Rapper’s Delight” marked the unmistakable arrival of the new…

Today’s Music News: Bob Dylan almost made a slapstick comedy TV series


Another day, another revelation of something surpassingly strange that Bob Dylan almost did once. Yesterday it was the album he tried to make with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in 1969, and today it’s the surrealist slapstick comedy series he pitched to HBO in the 90s. Larry Charles, a writer and director best known for his work…

Today’s Music News: Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones talked about making an album together in 1969


Glyn Johns, a producer and sound engineer who’s worked with everyone from the Who to the Clash to the Eagles, is about to release a memoir titled Sound Man. Among the stories he recounts is an episode from 1969 when Bob Dylan asked Johns if the Beatles and the Rolling Stones might be interested in making album with him. Johns excitedly approached the two…

Today’s Music News: AC/DC to proceed with tour as Phil Rudd goes to court


Yesterday, hard rock fans around the world turned to each other and asked, “Does ‘procure a murder’ mean what I think it means?” Yes, it does: Phil Rudd, drummer for AC/DC, was charged with trying to hire someone to commit two murders. For that charge, as well as charges of threatening murder and possessing illegal drugs, Rudd…