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New Music Monday Has Your New Stars

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.

Stars- The North

Like most of Stars’ records, at first it is hard to understand. It combines sounds that could fit in any number of different genres, and contains two singers with strikingly different styles. Yet once again Stars has put out an album that is worth the effort.

Ben Sollee- Half Made Man

This guy seems to do no wrong. He’s shown his musicianship and songwriting prowess on his other records and in other projects. Now he releases this seriously interesting and well crafted solo record from money via an online pledge campaign. That support is deserved.

Benjamin Gibbard- “Teardrop Windows”

The Death Cab for Cutie front man is set to put out his debut solo album, Former Lives. This first single from that record showcases a bit of an Americana side from Ben that we’ve rarely seen in the past. It is a change for the man who is possibly trying to leave behind his ‘former life.’

Diana Krall- “Wide River to Cross”

Earlier this year Diana got the chance to work with Paul McCartney on his standards album. How do you return from a career marking experience like that? Put out a solid single produced by T-Bone Burnett like “Wide River to Cross.”

RNDM- “Modern Times”

This new band features Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, the drummer from his Ament's solo project, and Joseph Arthur. When listening to this track it’s clear that this collaboration is anything but random.

Trey Anastasio- “Let Me Lie”

Guitar master and Phish front man Anastasio has taken a track that his band has fooled around with onstage, as they tend to do, and condensed it into a nice, little single. With this solo effort he focuses in on the core of the song and makes it friendly to almost any audience.