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Every weekday, join hosts Jay Gabler and Jade as they chat about how the Coronavirus is impacting the music industry. While they put their best social distancing practices to use, they’ll discuss the latest headlines, how the venues are faring, and where you can find the best virtual concerts of the day. The Current Music News is an essential daily watch for fans of all genres of music to stay connected to the music and each other. Follow us on Facebook or Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get the latest episodes.

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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…