Album Watch: The March Madness Essentials
    • MONDAY, MARCH 02, 2015

    • Posted by: Jason Greenspan

    I find March to be a forsaken month. Aside from the promise of raucous partying on St. Patrick's Day, all you really have is a desperate yearning for Spring to arrive. To help ease the pain, we've compiled our monthly listicle of albums to check out. Enjoy!

    To Kill A King - To Kill A King 3/2/15
    These brit-rockers produce polished, passionate and innovative music. Frontman Ralph Pelleymounter has a fantastically unique voice that, when paired with his bands deep instrumentals, creates a sound that you've never quite heard before.

    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Chasing Yesterday 3/2/15
    Known for his role as Oasis' former lead guitarist/songwriter, Noel Gallagher has yet to achieve even a semblance of his former critical acclaim. People have been hard on his work with the High Flying Birds, but as this forthcoming album's name suggests, he just might be able to channel the magic that he produced in the 90's.

    Twin Shadow - Eclipse 3/17
    George Lewis Jr., a.k.a Twin Shadow, incorporates soul, r&b, rock and electronic elements into his smooth, 80's influenced sound. His first two albums, Forget and Confess received ample praise, and we can't wait to hear how his sound has evolved in this latest offering. Check out the video for the silky smooth "Turn Me Up" here.

    Modest Mouse - Strangers To Ourselves 3/17
    These eccentric indie rockers have been mainstays in the scene for almost 20 years now. Coming up on their 6th studio album, these guys haven't abandoned the sound that people appreciate them for. "The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box," a track off of their upcoming release, is slightly dancy, a tad gritty, and jammy enough to get you spacing out. Cult followers of Modest Mouse are losing their shit over the new release, and the rest of us are pretty pumped as well.

    Action Bronson - Mr. Wonderful 3/24
    Epicurean wordsmith and cannabis enthusiast Action Bronson has a lot of great things to say about his upcoming major-label debut. He started out with an an old-school sound and has since embraced more elements of contemporary hip-hop such as trap (much to my dismay,) but he's a killer MC overall. His new singles are super-smooth and bode well for Mr. Wonderful. Watch Bronson go HAM in front of a green screen in the video for "Actin Crazy."

    Vetiver - Complete Strangers 3/24/15
    Read the reviews for any of Vetiver's last five albums and your interest will definitely be piqued. Critics love frontman Andy Cabic's subtle, intimate folk stylings, and so will you. Put on most any track and you'll imagine dancing through a flower-drenched meadow on a pleasant summer's afternoon. And with Winter wearing on us, that's exactly what we all need.

    The Go! Team - The Scene Between 3/24/17
    There's something about rapping in an English accent that's just too cool for school. The Go! Team frontwoman Ninja blends her tight flow and high energy with garage rock sensibility and dance groove rhythms, resulting in a powerfully unique sound. Check out Baeble's full concert capture from a show at Brooklyn Bowl below and catch the infectious groove that this crew creates.

    Death Cab for Cutie - Kintsugi 3/31/15
    Lead vocalist Ben Gibbard's voice is instantly identifiable. Combined with his band's intelligent instrumentation, Death Cab for Cutie have become heavyweights in the alt-rock/indie rock scene. Watch the cinematic video for the first single off of the forthcoming album and get excited for this highly anticipated release.

    Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell 3/31/15
    Sufjan Stevens' music is akin to a gentle summer breeze on a picturesque day. His lyrics reflect on modern societal issues in a manner more contemplative than scathing. The first pressing of his forthcoming album is already sold out, so watch carefully if you want you're own copy!

    Lower Dens - Escape From Evil 3/31/15
    Steeped in dreamy 80's soundscapes, Lower Dens' music is driving and complex. Triumphant, effects driven guitar and dense harmonies make their sound unique, but relatable enough to be understood. Watch a narcissistic aspiring star seek cosmic council in their video for "To Die In L.A."

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