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New Music Monday Has More From Ben Folds Five

by John Stein

New Music Monday is a collection of the best new releases in music each week. We share them with you every Monday, every hour on WFUV.

Ben Folds Five - “Do It Anyway”

The misleadingly named trio return after 13 years apart for this social networked album. This track was released unmastered on the band’s Facebook page, and the whole thing was funded using PledgeMusic, a crowd funding site.

Calexico - “Splitter”

Arizona band Calexico is a WFUV mainstay and this track proves why. They show their versatility with this upbeat new track off their forthcoming eighth album, Algiers.

Joshua Radin - Underwater

Radin established himself with his soft-sounding guitar albums. With this new album he returns to form, after a jaunt into more raucous rock music.

Lianne La Havas - Is Your Love Big Enough

When listening to this album it's hard to believe that La Havas is 22 years old. It is interesting and consistent while extremely accessible; this Londoner has potential to take America.

The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten

This New Jersey band is back with another punk-rock-sounding, Bruce-Springsteen-recalling record. Handwritten is a bit more punk than most of their releases, but with enough of The Boss' influence to keep us interested.

Thenewno2 - The Fear Of Missing Out

While the point of this band's name might be to conceal its singer’s identity, it's hard not to mention: Dhani Harrison, son of George, sounds and looks like his father quite a bit, but the differences are obvious enough to make this one an intriguing release.

Tift Merritt - “To Myself”

The first release off her upcoming album, “To Myself”, is probably a bit more rock and roll than most of Tift’s music, but it features the pretty and smooth vocals she’s known for. Fun fact: the new album has collaborations with Andrew Bird and fellow New Music Monday-ers Calexico.

Various Artists - Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac

It’s really hard to screw up the beautiful pop creations that Fleetwood Mac put out, and this album proves that. Some of the tracks are weird, but the ones that retain the basic melodies and general sound are great.