The heavy hitter of the March music scene is SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST, Austin's film and music festival. Don't fret if you can't make it down to Texas, there's plenty of records dropping this month for you to wrap your ears around. We put together a list of 15 albums worthy of a listen in March.
3 / 3
Pharrell Williams - G I R L - Black Lot Music and Columbia Records
We're so glad to have Pharrell back, and with Daft Punk! The space age robots collaborated with Williams on his newest single "Gust of Wind".
3 / 4
Real Estate - Atlas - Domino
This will be their first LP in four years, and totes a carefully refined nostalgia.
We Are Scientists - TV en Francais - Dine Alone
Produced by Chris Coady (Blonde Redhead, Beach House), it's been hailed as their finest collection of songs to date.
3 / 10
Metronomy - Love Letters - Because Music
The album was recorded in an analogue studio, giving Metronomy's subdued electro pop sound a faintly retro, hand-crafted edge.
Dan Croll - Sweet Disarray - Capitol Records
The kid's already been endorsed by Sir Paul McCartney, and highlighted on up-and-comer lists across the board of major music publications. Perhaps the coolest part, Croll recorded the entire album in an abandoned high school gymnasium.
3 / 18
Black Lips - Underneath A Rainbow - Vice Music
Their first LP since Arabian Mountain shot them to worldwide fame, and produced by The Black Keys' Patrick Carney and Dap Kings' Tommy Brenneck.
Kevin Drew - Darlings - Arts & Crafts
If the single "Good Sex" is any indication gear up for a record of road trip music for you and your lover(s).
Taking Back Sunday - Happiness Is - Hopeless Records
Written with almost no ties to a record label, this album sees frontman Lazzara at his most personal. "Flicker, Fade", the first single, is reminiscent of a grown up Tell All Your Friends.
Sisyphus - Sisyphus - Secretly Canadian
Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti came together to create an EP, and had so much mad inspiration they had to extend the original project.
Tony Bennett & Lady GaGa - Cheek to Cheek - Columbia/Streamline/Interscope
It's a jazz album with one hell of a pairing. Hopefully GaGa leaves the Art Pop at the door, and gives her beautiful voice a chance to sing for itself.
The War on Drugs - Lost In The Dream - Secretly Canadian
The highly anticipated follow-up to Slave Ambient was written between bouts of non-stop touring, and holds all the mixed energies of being on the road.
3 / 25
Johnny Cash - Out Among the Stars - Legacy Recordings
This posthumous release is a compilation of lost 1980s sessions Cash did with producer Billy Sherrill. They were originally shelved by the record company, and rediscovered in 2012 by Cash's son.
The Hold Steady - Teeth Dreams - Washington Square
Their first album in nearly four years, is set to cut a big time rock n roll sound with interspersed moments of acoustic serenity.
Howler - World of Joy - Rough Trade
The young group's sophomore album follows up the surf rock sounds of their debut with the salty sting of loft dreams and a tribute to rock n' roll.
3 / 31
Kaiser Chiefs - Education, Education, Education, War - ATO Records
This is the band's first release since their former primary songwriter Nick Hodgson left, but it's just as British rock as ever.