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: Peter Tork of the Monkees dies at 77


Peter Tork takes the mic with the Monkees in London, 1967.

Monkees bassist Peter Tork has died at age 77. Also in the news today: the 1975 win big at the Brits, and actor/singer Jussie Smollett is arrested in Chicago. Plus, Jade and Jay spotlight new releases from Better Oblivion Community Center, Gary Clark Jr., Sleaford Mods, and Yola.

Music News: Here are the musicians performing at the Oscars


David Rawlings in the studio

Queen are playing the Oscars...and guess who's handling lead vocals? Also in the news today: iconic album cover photographer Guy Webster dies at 79; Vampire Weekend release a breakfast-themed music video; and a trio of British music stories including a new gender-equity initiative, a pair of acoustic Billie Eilish gigs, and a pub shouted out by the Clash is reportedly set to close.

Music News: NASA sends Mars rover off with Billie Holiday


Billie Holiday performs in New York, Feb. 1947

NASA said goodbye to the Mars Opportunity rover with a poignant Billie Holiday song. Also in the news today: more fallout from the New York Times' Ryan Adams article, Ariana Grande matches Beatles chart feat, Venezuela crisis spawns dueling concerts, and the Motley Crue biopic has a first trailer.

Music News: Grandmaster Flash wins Polar Music Prize


Grandmaster Flash performs in New York, 2018.

Hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash has been named a Polar Music Prize laureate for 2019. Also in the news today: '80s one-hit wonders team up for tour, acclaimed Drake mixtape to get digital release, Black Star's coming back, Carly Rae Jepsen teases a new track, and...why are the charts so weird these days?

Music News: Pearl Jam named Record Store Day 2019 ambassadors


Pearl Jam perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Pearl Jam have been named official ambassadors for this year's Record Store Day, April 13. Also in the news today: Garth Brooks joins the Pirates for spring training, Tidal introduces mute feature, Grammys post-game updates, TikTok takes heat for low payments to artists, and an atonal bluegrass song goes viral.

Music News: Breaking down the Grammys: Highs, lows, whoas


A powerful quintet at the 2019 Grammys.

The 61st annual Grammys had more than their share of memorable moments, celebrating both legends and newcomers. Jay and Jade talk about the whole fun, crowded night, which ended with Childish Gambino and Kacey Musgraves taking home the big awards.

Music News: What to watch for at the Grammys


Alicia Keys, host of the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

Mac Wilson sat down with Jay and Jade to share his speculations about Sunday's Grammy Awards, including changes to the nomination process, predictions for this year's winners, and some lesser-known artists that could take home awards. Joni Deutsch of Charlotte public-radio station WFAE interviewed Adrian Stallings and Veronica Cordle of the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame to talk about three North Carolinian artists that the Recording Academy will honor this year.