The Current: Music News

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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Music News: Top trends of 2018


Mitski performs in The Current studio

As 2018 comes to a close, we look back at this year's biggest music trends: the evolution of the album, women rule in rock, trap dominates pop, and festivals possibly peak out.

Music News: Most anticipated albums of 2019


Missy Elliott performs in New Orleans in 2018.

What albums are you most excited to hear next year? Jade and Jay each pick their top five. Also in the news today: the annual analysis of Bob Dylan's Christmas lights, and Barack Obama collaborates with Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Music News: Hear Woody Guthrie's previously unreleased 'Hoodoo Voodoo'


Woody Guthrie

You may know the Wilco/Billy Bragg interpretation of Woody Guthrie's 'Hoodoo Voodoo' - now hear Guthrie's own version, previously thought to be lost. Also in the news today: a first look at Will Smith as Genie, Robbie Williams wins pool beef with Jimmy Page, Swedish man-free music festival called discriminatory, vinyl bars take L.A. by storm, and heavy metal kids go viral.

Music News: Runaways' Jackie Fox wins big on 'Jeopardy!'


Jackie Fuchs, formerly of the Runaways, on 'Jeopardy!'

Music fans may have recognized this week's big winner on 'Jeopardy!' It's Jackie Fox, who played bass in the Runaways. Also in the news today: the Strokes promise 'global comeback,' Bob Dylan collabs with Poo Bear, Carlton actor sues over his 'Fresh Prince' dance, Cardi B takes Carpool Karaoke to a senior center, and why concert revenues are going through the roof.

Music News: Rivers Cuomo 'actually crying' over Weezer SNL skit


Saturday Night Live: Weezer sketch

Rivers Cuomo is crying with joy over a 'Saturday Night Live' skit debating the merits of Weezer. Also in the news today: Wrecking Crew bassist Joe Osborn dies at 81, Bruce Springsteen wraps up Broadway run, Paul McCartney gets "Back" with Ringo Starr, Offset awkwardly apologizes to Cardi B, and Pitbull goes to 'Africa' with disastrous results.

Music News: Why Taylor Swift is using facial recognition at concerts


Taylor Swift performs in Australia, Nov. 2018.

Taylor Swift is reportedly using facial recognition to stop stalkers at concerts. Will other stars follow suit? Also in the news today: Nancy Wilson dies at 81, Post Malone sells all the Crocs, an Oscars-style montage to bands that broke up this year - and new music from Chance the Rapper, Ariana Grande, and the Avett Brothers.

Music News: Inside this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees


Stevie Nicks performs at the Xcel Energy Center.

This year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been announced: the Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music, and the Zombies. The Current's program director Jim McGuinn, a Rock Hall voter, joins Jay and Jade to talk about this year's honorees...and who didn't make the cut.