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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. Join our Facebook group!

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Today’s Music News: Pitchfork Music Festival begins, and more


The Pitchfork Music Festival begins today in Chicago; the three-day festival features headliners Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Kendrick Lamar. The Current’s Andrea Swensson and Leah Garaas will be there; follow them at @SlingshotAnnie and @leahgaraas. Also, read Andy Moe’s post on the Pitchfork/Lollapalooza effect: how the Twin Cities benefit by being in the region,…

Today’s Music News: David Bowie hints at new music, and more


Just over a year after releasing his first studio album in ten years—read Mary Lucia’s review of The Next Day—David Bowie has indicated that fans can expect “more music soon.” (Pitchfork) Ron Howard will direct a new documentary about the Beatles’ touring years—from their early days in Liverpool clubs to their final concert at Candlestick Park…

Today’s Music News: Jenny Lewis makes famous friends, and more


Tuesday’s always a big release day, and yesterday saw eye-catching new videos from Jenny Lewis—who premiered a video for her new solo track “One of the Guys,” featuring Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway, and Brie Larson—and from “Weird Al” Yankovic, who continued his week of video premieres by remaking Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” as “Word Crimes.”…

Today’s Music News: Austin City Limits Music Festival books a golden porta potty


The Austin City Limits Music Festival (October 3-12) is holding a contest with a unique and highly coveted prize: access to a golden porta potty featuring AC, a live feed, phone charging, beverages, toiletries, and more. (aclfestival.com) 31 years after the release of his debut album, “Weird Al” Yankovic is still a national treasure: spoofing Pharrell’s…

Today’s Music News: Garth Brooks—and vinyl—come back


Garth Brooks has announced plans to come out of his 13-year quasi-retirement with his first new studio album since 2001. “Are there going to be cowboy songs?” asked the blockbuster country star in a video announcing the news, then answered his own rhetorical question. “You bet there’s going to be cowboy songs on it.” Not…

Today’s Music News: 13,000 new music videos, Idina Menzel comes to Target Field, and more


13,000 live music videos—from classic rock to current indie bands—have been published on YouTube by the intrepid bootleggers of Wolfgang’s Vault. Local music fans will dig finds like this ’82 vid of Prince playing “Controversy.” (Local Current) The vault also includes this footage of Bob Dylan singing “Forever Young”—which will be covered by Idina Menzel (!?)…

Today’s Music News: Andre 3000 plays Jimi Hendrix, and more


We got our first glimpse at Outkast’s Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix in the new biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side—though we’re warned “this is not a movie about Hendrix and his relationship with music. If anything, it’s about Hendrix’s relationships with other people, specifically the women in his life.” The movie comes out on…