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Today’s Music News: Neil Young’s Pono player hits stores this week


Neil Young‘s high-end Pono music player, backed by the most successful Kickstarter campaign ever (measured in terms of number of supporters), hits select retailers this week at a price of $399. Young appeared at the Consumer Electronics Show to talk the player up. He dismissed questions about whether there will be room for the new…

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First Aid Kit

The Chart Show: New Year, new frontier


After a three week hiatus and lots of inductions to the Chart Show Hall of Fame to round out the year, we're blessed with a bumper batch of new entries. Spoon, alt-J and Ryan Adams—regular denizens of the Chart in 2014—return with new songs and four of the other eight Chart debuts (Doomtree, Belle and Sebastian, Brandi Carlile, Modest Mouse) are off albums yet to be released!

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Bowie and the Boomers: What generation does Ziggy Stardust belong to?


This past weekend my girlfriend and I made a quick road trip to catch the last day of the David Bowie Is exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, after watching the associated documentary. I came away with a wealth of new insight into the chameleonic pop star, but the fact that really stuck in my brain…

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Prince Essentials

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


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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The Current: Music News

Music News: Bob Dylan sued over whiskey logo

Bob Dylan, in a promotional photo for Heaven's Door whiskey.

Bob Dylan's getting sued over his whiskey logo, and that's the least of what's going down in the music world today. MTV's Video Music Awards were filled with head-scratching moments, Nicki Minaj is accusing Spotify of favoritism, a Funk Brother has died at 82, and Chance the Rapper is in a new movie trailer - plus, Pete Doherty ate a lot of breakfast. Like, a lot.

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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®

Punch Brothers perform in The Current's studio

Punch Brothers perform in The Current studio

Punch Brothers released their fifth album "All Ashore" in July 2018. The resulting tour brought them to St. Paul's Palace Theatre; well-polished and plucky as ever, the band stopped by The Current's studio beforehand to perform a few songs and talk with Bill DeVille.

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Your Smith debuts new side in The Current's studio

Your Smith performs in The Current studio

Your Smith has been cocooned in the studio for a while now, writing music and metamorphosing from Caroline Smith to her new persona. She visited The Current in the midst of it all, performing a Caroline Smith favorite and some of her best new music as Your Smith.

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Oake and Riley Features

Coffee Break: Songs about one person

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Inspired by Kenny Rogers' 80th birthday and his signature song "The Gambler", we are wondering - what songs do you want to hear for today's 9:30 Coffee Break that are centered around one person and their profession?

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Today in Music History: Happy 80th Birthday, Kenny Rogers


Count Basie and Joe Strummer were born (48 years apart); Patsy Cline recorded 'Crazy'; the Stones had their first U.S. No. 1 album; Bono got married; synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog passed away; Kenny Rogers celebrates a birthday; and the Beatles performed their one and only show in Minnesota, 50 years ago Today in Music History.

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