With March brings a new month of music, hopefully with less snow. Here are the album releases and local live shows to look forward to tide us until spring break.
New release round-up
3/2: For all the ‘Drag Race’ fans, RuPaul will be releasing Realness. This is the drag queen/model/actor/author/recording artist’s 8th studio album. Checkout Billboard’s interview and coverage here.
3/3: Canadian electronic duo, Purity Ring, are releasing their sophomore album. If you can’t wait the two days, Another Eternity can be streamed early on NPR’s First Listen.
Will Butler, frontman of Arcade Fire, is also debuting his first solo album. Here’s Policy‘s homemade promo video.
3/16: The single of Modest Mouse’s new album, Strangers To Ourselves, has already hit number 1 on Alt Nation. I’m convinced it belongs on the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack, but maybe that’s just me. Listen for yourself and see how much of a Tim Burton vibe you get.
3/31: Some of the best albums this month have been saved for last. Death Cab for Cutie’s much anticipated Kintsugi will be premiering. Chris Walla, lead guitarist and producer for the band, left Death Cab while they were making this album. To cope, the band hired an outside producer for the first time. They snagged Rich Costley, of Muse, Foster the People, and Sanitgold fame. Aptly named for the situation, the album takes its title from, “Kintsugi,” an art form of repairing what’s broken.
Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell will premier on the 31st. Stevens’ promises this album will be folkier than his last, as its inspired from childhood memories of family vacations to Oregon.
French electronic music producer, Madeon, is coming out with Adventure, full of collaborations from the likes of Bastille, Passion Pit, and Foster the People.
Finally, Snoop Dogg will be releasing Bush, from producer, Pharell, this month. A release date has not been given.
Live show round-up
3/03: Maroon 5 and Magic! will be playing all the songs that were stuck in your head this summer at TD Garden in MA. ‘Drag Race’ fans, I have more good news. Ru Paul will be performing at the Royale Boston.
3/04: Hozier and George Ezra will be playing the House of Blues. This show got booked since the last show they played in Boston was sold out within hours of the ticketing release. As you might’ve guessed, this show is (tragically) also very much sold out.
3/05: Named one of Rolling Stone’s 10 Artists You Need to Know, Catfish and the Bottlemen will be playing Great Scott in Boston. Listen to their single, Kathleen, below.
3/06: Touring in support of the new album, Will Butler will be at the Middle East Downstairs. The Punch Brothers will also be at the House of Blues.
3/08: St. Vincent will be in Providence at Lupos. This show cannot come highly recommended enough, by both Rolling Stone and NPR. In fact, of the 662 bands NPR’s head music writer saw in 2014, St. Vincent was his favorite.
3/11: Milo Greene are on tour supporting their second album, Control. They’ll be playing the Sinclair in Cambridge.
3/14: Ariana Grande will be hating on her fans at Mohegan Sun.
3/19: Prog-rock originators and arguable inventors of the concept album, Moody Blues will be playing the Hanover Theater.
3/29: Milky Chance will be at the House of Blues in Boston, attempting to convince the nation they are more than “Stolen Dance.”
3/31: Lastly, Father John Misty will be playing Boston’s Paradise Rock Club in support of his new album, I Love You Honeybear, which came out last month.