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New Music Monday

by Josh Briseno

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

Norah Jones - “Happy Pills”

Norah Jones’ upcoming record, …Little Broken Hearts, has her teaming up once more with the very talented produce Danger Mouse. “Happy Pills” is such a sweet smooth track that you forget Norah has just had her heart broken.

Carolina Chocolate Drops - “Country Girl”

Carolina Chocolate Drops’ new album, Leaving Eden, pays tribute to the great string bands of the south while bringing a much welcomed update to the genre. The song “Country Girl,” takes a unique perspective on life in the south, both past and present, set over some impressive beat boxing.

Counting Crows - Underwater Sunshine (or what we did on our summer vacation)

Underwater Sunshine features the Crows covering some of their favorite songs, including Bob Dylan’s “You Ain’t Going Nowhere,” and “All My Failures” by WFUV favorite Dawes. This record, which is due out April 10th, is meant to tie fans over for a long overdue original LP that the band is supposedly working on.

Cowboy Junkies - The Wilderness

The Cowboy Junkies have been making music for 25 years and their latest record, The Wilderness, shows that they are still exploring their sound as well as themselves. The Wilderness, the fourth edition in the 18 month “Nomad Series” experiment, tries to discover the meaning of life, love, and loss.

Dry the River - Weights & Measures EP

Weights & Measures continues to keep fans engaged for Dry The River’s debut album, Shallow Red. The EP offers a first glance into the power folk rock that lets people know this isn’t just another band that sounds like Mumford & Sons. Dry The River has learned the power of the loud chorus, but the build to that moment is what keeps you listening.

The Gaddabouts - Look Out Now!

The Gaddabouts are back with their sophomore Look Out Now! The band recorded this double disc album live in the studio and the result is a more cohesive sound. The band’s namesake Steve Gadd teams up again with Edie Brickell, Pino Palladino, and Andy Fairweather-Low to keep the jam band vibe that works so well for them.

Ben Howard - Every Kingdom

This latest import from the UK would have you believe he is shaped by the easy-going campfire jams of the summertime but if you spend any time with his intimate LP, Every Kingdom, you realize there is much more depth and understanding to Ben Howard.

Dayna Kurtz - Secret Canon Vol.1

Dayna returns with Secret Canon Vol. 1 once again to enthrall us in her smoky voice. The singer/songwriter harkens us back to the solo beauty of the great torch singers of the past while maintaining a modern attitude that keeps her relevant.

Amos Lee - As the Crow Flies

This EP may be considered second tier for Amos Lee fans but its well worth a listen especially the heavier semi-politically charged “Simple Things.” As the Crow Flies takes a few listens to gain traction, but these tracks that just missed the cut on Amos Lee’s hugely successful record Mission Bell deserve a chance to be heard.

Lucero - Women and Work

Lucero continue to enhance their sound with the help of legendary horn players Jim Spake and Scott Thompson. The latest album from Lucero, Women & Work, finds the band channeling their unique brand of alt country punk and infusing it with the soul of Memphis.

Amy Ray - Lung of Love

Indigo Girl Amy Ray releases her sixth solo record, Lung of Love last week. This talented acoustic artist explores all too familiar themes of love and love lost, but endears us to her with her honesty and self-proclaimed clumsiness which comes across on each track.

Trampled By Turtles - Stars and Satellites

April 10th sees the much anticipated release of Trampled By Turtles second album, Stars and Satellites. The band brings their past experiences of rock and punk music to shed new light on the bluegrass genre. The first single, “Alone,” is a testament to the beauty of bluegrass when it’s infused with power and passion of rock.

Rufus Wainwright - Out of the Game

Rufus Wainwright is joined by famed UK producer Mark Ronson on his new album, Out of the Game. The title-track has Rufus appeasing to the feel good light rock that can be heard in many harbors during the summer.

Joe Louis Walker - Hellfire

Joe Louis Walker is a blues legend and Hellfire continues to add to his amazing career. This record is lined with amazing riffs and keyboards that remind you how rock n’ roll got its start. As an instrumental this record would be noteworthy but Walker adds soul through his impressive songwriting.

Grace Woodroofe - Always Want

This Aussie gems debut album has the benefit of having produce Ben Harper at the helm. Through Harpers guiding hand we are exposed to a wealth of new talent from Woodroofe, whether it’s her dark and seductive voice or the power and emotion that comes through these brutally honest tracks.

Jenny Owen Youngs - An Unwavering Band of Light

Jenny Owen Youngs third full length album, An Unwavering Band of Light, keeps you coming back for more through pure charisma. Youngs bad girl attitude is captured splendidly on this record but it’s the vulnerable side of the record that makes it irresistible.