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Saturday, September 17, 2022

What's new: Ringo Starr, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Monica Moser, Marcus Mumford, Death Cab

Ringo Starr: World Go Round

The champion of peace and love refuses to surrender the optimism of the '60s. All four songs on his new EP3 call on listeners to join him in fighting off the darkness. "I know it's hard to carry on / So for you I wrote this song." Starr recalls that during his Beatles days, "thanks to the hippies, a lot of us had a change of mind, and peace and love and helping each other and being kind if you can became our goal. So I always look for songs that speak to that."

Tedeschi Trucks Band: Last Night In The Rain

This is the opening track on I Am the Moon: IV. Farewell, the final installment of the Florida-based band's new 24-song concept album, a collaborative masterwork inspired by the 12th century Persian love poem "The Story of Layla and Majnun." AllMusic writes that this track "weds punchy guitars, sweeping soulful horns, and a soaring backing chorus [as] Susan Tedeschi delivers a brokenhearted vocal."

Monica Moser: Headlines

We have featured a few songs by this Nashville-based indie singer-songwriter over the past several years, and are pleased to be among the first to spin her latest single. "The song walks through vivid stories of misleading scenarios and pleads for obvious honesty in relationships," Moser says. It's the first single to spin out ahead of an album to be released next year. Mixes well with the likes of Maggie Rogers and Phoebe Bridgers.

Marcus Mumford: Grace

The new solo album by the frontman of & Sons is an exercise in artistic catharsis, touching on childhood abuse, battles with drugs and alcohol, the relief that comes with disclosing troubling secrets, optimism for the future. "I hear there's healing just around this corner," Mumford sings on this track, one of the more upbeat on the self-titled LP. "I'm still trying / Still getting used to this grace."

Death Cab for Cutie: Asphalt Meadows

Some 25 years into their career, Ben Gibbard and his crew from Washington State are receiving accolades for their new album, Asphalt Meadows. It's as "consistent and satisfying as their early-mid ‘00s career peak," writes NME. "Here are a band still very much in love with what they do." Says AllMusic: "For a group so deep into their careers, the album sounds surprisingly urgent and revitalized, like a band reborn against the tumultuous backdrop of the early 2020s." (We've always considered the band's name a total turn-off, so we ignore it when we listen.)

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