Music News: 'Tis the season for Christmas album announcements

William Shatner's album 'Shatner Claus.'

The Monkees, Eric Clapton, and William Shatner (!) are among several artists who have announced new Christmas albums for this holiday season. Also, Spotify is letting artists directly upload music; KISS are calling it quits (again); Noah Cyrus is literally selling her tears; and Dickey Betts is in critical condition. For today's viral clip, we enjoy Topaz Jones's throwback 'Toothache' video.

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Leon Bridges plays solo acoustic songs at The Current

Leon Bridges: portraits at The Current

In town for two nights of shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Leon Bridges walked over to The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Jade. Performing solo and with an acoustic guitar, Bridges played a couple songs off his latest album, 'Good Thing.' Bridges also pulled back the curtain on his songwriting process.

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Kari Arnett performs at Radio Heartland

Kari Arnett performs at Radio Heartland

Kari Arnett's first full-length album, 'When the Dust Settles,' is just being released, and it's already turning some heads in the way Arnett writes about love, loss, success and disappointment. Arnett will soon be relocating from the Upper Midwest to Nashville, but we got her to bring her band into the Radio Heartland studio to talk about the next steps in her exciting career.

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Morris Hayes on '3121'

Morris Hayes talks with Sean McPherson at The Current

Morris Hayes has it all: candor, a sense of humor, and musical chops that earned him the title of keyboardist, then musical director in Prince's band. He sat down with Purple Current host Sean McPherson for a marathon interview about Prince albums from 1995-2010, plus miscellaneous other stories he remembered as they went. Due to overwhelming demand, we're publishing the full interview album by album.

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The Chart Show Hall of Fame

The Chart Show

When a song stays on The Chart Show's chart for more than 10 weeks, we retire it from the poll and it enters the very prestigious Chart Show Hall of Fame.

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Prince Essentials

23 Prince albums from 1995-2010 now available on streaming services

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As the result of a distribution deal with Sony, 23 Prince albums originally released from 1995 to 2010 are now available on major streaming services. Some were previously available on Tidal, but the widespread availability of these albums — some of which were originally released only to members of Prince’s NPG Music Club — will…

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Music News: 'Tis the season for Christmas album announcements

William Shatner's album 'Shatner Claus.'

The Monkees, Eric Clapton, and William Shatner (!) are among several artists who have announced new Christmas albums for this holiday season. Also, Spotify is letting artists directly upload music; KISS are calling it quits (again); Noah Cyrus is literally selling her tears; and Dickey Betts is in critical condition. For today's viral clip, we enjoy Topaz Jones's throwback 'Toothache' video.

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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.

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The Current Sessions®

Leon Bridges plays solo acoustic songs at The Current

Leon Bridges: portraits at The Current

In town for two nights of shows at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Leon Bridges walked over to The Current for an in-studio session hosted by Jade. Performing solo and with an acoustic guitar, Bridges played a couple songs off his latest album, 'Good Thing.' Bridges also pulled back the curtain on his songwriting process.

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Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats perform a #MicroShow at the Turf Club

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats' MicroShow at the Turf Club

On Monday, Aug. 6, a select group of The Current's listeners were treated to a #MicroShow with Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, who performed at the Turf Club (capacity 350) in St. Paul. The band's generous set includes seven songs from their latest release, 'Tearing at the Seams,' plus a favorite from their breakout self-titled album from 2015.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Rain

Gustave Caillebotte - Paris Street; Rainy Day

It's been raining all week and the rain doesn't look like it's going to let up for another day or two, so for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what rain songs do you want to hear?

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