Well, this is a pleasant surprise. The always-enigmatic Paul Westerberg, of Replacements fame, released his first new music in two years today. “My Road Now” is a string-laden piano ballad that gets off to a typically disjointed start, but settles in nicely. We don’t know anything about whether an album is in the works – there was no forewarning for this release; it first popped up at I Will Dare – but with Westerberg you never know. Hear and download “My Road Now” below.
Plugging away since 1999, The National finally hit mainstream success with the release of their 2010 album High Violet. Of course, this entailed their first world tour, but in the new documentary Mistaken For Strangers, it’s only the backdrop for the relationship between lead singer Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who had no idea that these short videos he was shooting would turn into a public document of their troubled, if still loving brotherhood.
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