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New Roots From New Music Monday

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.

Langhorne Slim & The Law- The Way We Move

This band is one that suits FUV very well. Slim is a newish artist set on channeling the past, similar to favorite Tallest Man On Earth, and he does it well. It’s classic sounding, with an energetic, modern twist.

Ben Taylor- “Oh Brother”

Following in your parents' footsteps isn't easy, Taylor is the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, but Ben certainly holds his own. This new track focuses on Taylor’s lesser known family members, his ten-year-old half brothers.

Charlie Mars- “Let The Meter Run”

Southern rocker Charlie Mars has a very cool bio – he was romantically linked to Mary-Louise Parker, and is known to have funded an album with $16,000 dollars he won gambling. Mars once again has produced a charming, pretty song with “Let The Meter Run.”

Dave Matthews Band- “Mercy”

DMB is known for a number of reasons, for being incredibly successful and for being a great jam band among them. “Mercy” shows off Dave's singer-songwriter side.

Little Feat- Rooster Rag

The seminal roots rock band returns with their first album of original songs in eight years. While they don’t stray from their established sound, this is a comfortable Americana record that shows that these guys have still got it.

Missy Higgins- “Hello Hello”

Higgins is an established Australian indie-pop artist who remains relatively unknown in the US. This catchy pop track confirms that she has a good chance to make it across the Pacific.

River City Extension- Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger

Acoustic Rock, Americana, and Indie are all terms that could describe this band, but there’s really no need to pin them down. The New Jersey group sounds good and that’s all we really care about.

The Avett Brothers- “Live And Die”

Sometimes it can be difficult for a band to follow a break-out album, which the Brothers had with I And Love And You. While “Live And Die” certainly isn’t as raw as they have been in the past, this track still has the charm we’ve come to expect from the band. Seems like they won’t have much trouble finding follow up success.