The return of Mumfordmania is imminent, as the British quartet have been road-testing an album’s worth of new material ever since the release of their 2009 breakout debut, Sigh No More. Most notably, “Home” and “Lover’s Eyes” picked up on the promise of early material by offering plenty of sing-along arrangements and evocative moments primed for an even wider audience. Now comes “Ghosts” — according to Ben Lovett, or “Ghosts That We Knew,” if it’s up to Marcus Mumford — via a recent live performance on Radio 104.5. By the looks of things, no sophomore slump is in sight. Hear the tune above.
Karen O’s Stop the Virgens, a new “psycho-opera” written by and starring the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman, premiered this month at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn. Directed by Adam Rapp — and described by O as “a psychedelic ride laced with catharsis” — the solo project features musical direction by YYYs guitarist Nick Zinner with Sam Spiegel, as well as a guest performance from drummer Brian Chase. While previews of the piece were limited to the lucky few in attendance of the live event, an interview with WNYC a few weeks back brought this stunning acoustic taste of their work. Above, hear Jason P. Grisell and O sing “Duet” live.