The Current: Music News

The Current Music News

Join hosts Jay Gabler and Jade as they chat about current events in the music industry: how social issues are affecting the world of music, how venues are faring during the pandemic, as well as the latest trends and topics. The Current Music News is an essential watch for fans of all genres of music to stay connected to the music and to each other. Follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our YouTube channel to get the latest episodes. For an audio version of the The Current Music News, subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, or wherever else you get your podcasts.

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Music News: Devo helmet face shields...and other timely music merch


Devo 'energy domes' with face shields.

Devo's helmet face shields are just the tip of a growing iceberg of music merch designed with safety in mind. Also today: a distinctly defensive album announcement from Lana Del Rey, guitarist Jorge Santana dies at 68, Ice Cube says Mr. Rogers once sued him, and Sia announces her directorial debut.

Music News: Kathleen Edwards returns to music after six years away


Kathleen Edwards.

Revered singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards has reversed the hold she put on her own music career six years ago. Also in the news today: Lorde's next album is in progress, Pink Floyd are beefing (again), Trent Reznor shares some good lockdown advice, and Low Cut Connie get into the custom-scent business.

Music News: Acoustic music surges during listener lockdown


Emily Frantz of Mandolin Orange with her Pre-War Guitars Co. guitar

Acoustic music is surging - not just in livestream performances, but in classic recordings as well. Plus, Billie Eilish launches Takashi Murakami collaboration, VJ Matt Pinfield enters recovery, and Snoop Dogg vibes with Idina Menzel.

Music News: Beatles photographer Astrid Kirchherr dies at 81


Astrid Kirchherr with Ulf Krueger, a fellow photographer, in 2009.

Astrid Kirchherr, a photographer whose early images of the Beatles helped shape their image, has died at 81. Also: hackers have leaked Lady Gaga's legal documents, Nils Lofgren is crusading for nursing home safety, a debate over the best American rock band, and a middle school marching band covers Lizzo.

Music News: Return of big concerts may depend on testing and contact tracing


A closed nightclub in Seoul, South Korea.

A socially-distanced concert in Arkansas has been pushed back a few days, but post-pandemic live music has been happening regularly in South Korea. Also today: are radio conglomerates gunning for small-business subsidies? Plus, new music from Prince and GAYNGS, and Post Malone hawks wine.

Music News: Inside the livestream boom


Tiffany Wilson performs for a livestream.

Livestreams are the new normal...at least for the moment, but it's a very big moment for online music performances. Today, we look at just how popular livestreams have become, how the most ambitious artists pull them off, and what to expect in the future.

Music News: Dave Grohl on why concerts will return: 'We need each other'


A crowd cheers for Foo Fighters at Rock in Rio, 2019.

It's going to take a lot for live music to come back amidst a pandemic, but in a passionate essay Dave Grohl says that eventually, it must. Also today: Doja Cat tops the Hot 100 and brings Nicki Minaj along for her first chart-topper; how older musicians are coping; and Billy Joel calls on New York to rise up together.

Music News: Soul star Betty Wright dies at 66


Betty Wright performs in Florida, 2017.

Soul star Betty Wright has died at 66, and Uptown Records founder Andre Harrell has passed at 59. Also, a rare tribute from Bob Dylan and an innovative recording studio on wheels. Plus, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu pit their catalogs against each other.

Music News: Bob Dylan announces new album 'Rough and Rowdy Ways'


Bob Dylan's album 'Rough and Rowdy Ways.'

Bob Dylan has announced his first new album of original songs in eight years. Also today: deepfake music is getting dangerously on point, Soundgarden tussle with Vicky Cornell, Live Nation says fans are holding on to their tickets, and Weezer play the 'Simpsons' theme.