March Music Guide: 10 Albums To Watch For This Month

March is packed with exciting new releases from The Mars Volta, Decemberists, Springsteen and more!

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

March kicks the Spring music rush into full gear, with a barrage of new releases from band's we've been highly looking forward to – including The Decemberists, Andrew Bird, Every Time I Die and more. With a politically charged album from Bruce Springsteen on the horizon, as well as a brilliant new release from The Mars Volta and a decade-overdue return of Pep Love from the Hieroglyphics crew, we've got more new music than we know what to do with this month. 

Check out the ten most anticipated album releases for March 2012 below!


Pep Love (of Hieroglyphics) – Rigmarole

Release Date: March 6

Founding Hieroglyphics member and butter-flow master Pep Love has announced that he will release his first studio solo album in over a decade, after 2001's Ascension.

The Oakland MC told HipHopDX: "Rigmarole isn’t a progression from my last album; if anything, it’s a deviation. This album is less about what I’m saying and more about what I went through to get it done. I learned how to do for myself as an artist. This album is about the action; the outcome is determined by what the rest of the world decides. Rigmarole is just the beginning, and it wasn't created with the intention of living up to anything else.”

Find out more: Pep Love's official site 



Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself

Release Date: March 6

Andrew Bird returns with his seventh official proper studio album, taking his most endearing qualities, and breaking them down to their most unfiltered forms. Delicate songwriting, devastatingly beautiful instrumentation and a strong hand for crafting melody makes Break It Yourself a worthwhile listen this March.

Listen to the entire album below and decide for yourself:



Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Wrecking Ball

Release Date: March 6

The Boss makes an earnest effort to provide a soundtrack to national discontent on his 17th studio album, aiming to be both an anthem for the 99 percenters and a reminder that not all the old guard is a cancerous plague on our nation. He doesn't entirely succeed, but a reinvigorated fire crafted with producer Ron Aniello, and dozens of guests (including late E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons) gives fresh blood to an old horse this time around.

Find out more: Bruce Springsteen's official site



Every Time I Die – Ex Lives

Release Date: March 6

With brutally chunky riffs, incendiary vocals and juggernaut percussion, ETID has broken out of their own mold with a sound that mixes metal, 90s grunge rock and progressive shred for an unbelievable mix of sound.

Listen to the album here in its entirety. This is one album you don't want to miss. 

Find out more: Every Time I Die's official site 



Good Old War – Come Back as Rain

Release Date: March 6

Indie-folk trio Good Old War’s acoustic-driven, rollicking live performances have created a reputation that precedes their studio work – a damn fine problem to have for any band on the rise. Now, with the release of their third full-length record, Come Back as Rain, the Philly-based outfit embraces the exhilarating spirit of their live show with intricate melodies and multipart harmonies that have become the band’s signature.

Find out more: Good Old War's official site 



White Rabbits – Milk Famous

Release Date: March 6

The White Rabbits are holding strong after exploding onto the music scene in 2007 with Fort Nightly. They cracked the Billboard Top 200 with their follow up, It’s Frightening, and with their third release, Milk Famous, the band is looking to cement their status as sonic chameleons. The band's playfulness and lyrical charm, like a lighter-minded Arcade Fire with a knack for fun soul rather than melancholia, is appealing enough to keep Milk Famous on repeat throughout the day.

Check out a video for "Heavy Metal" below:

Find out more: White Rabbits official site 



Delta Spirit – Delta Spirit

Release Date: March 13

Delta Spirit's third album sees the band broadening their scope and locking onto a flavor they've been striving for since the group's inception.

"We found the sound that we've been looking for, that we've been growing into, and as soon as we hit on it, we ran with it," frontman Matt Vasquez tells Rolling Stone. "That’s why it's a self-titled record, so we could connect our identity with the album, because this album is what we think Delta Spirit is. People make records for their time, and we wanted to make one for our time."

Find out more: Listen to the entire album over at Rolling Stone 



Shooter Jennings – Family Man

Release Date: March 13

"Too rock for country, too country for rock," is how Shooter Jennings describes himself, and the man is right. Jennings will release his new album Family Man during SXSW Week. As the title suggests, Family Man is Shooter's most personal and introspective album to date, focusing on his home life with Drea de Matteo and their two children, the endless temptations of life on the road, his Southern heritage and upbringing, and his unique position among today's country musicians.

The proud son of country legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter says, "This album was really the first time that I took the creative process entirely in my own hands. I had formed a new band, The Triple Crown, after reuniting with an old friend Erik Deutsch, who plays keys in the band, and went into the studio, producing the album myself."

Find out more: Shooter Jennings official website



The Decemberists – We All Raise Our Voices To The Air

Release Date: March 13

The Decemberists are kicking the year off with the announcement of a career-spanning double live album, entitled We All Raise Our Voices to the Air (Live Songs 04.11-08.11). As the band’s official website reports, the 2-CD/triple-vinyl set will include songs recorded at twelve different concerts, during last year’s tour in support of The King Is Dead. The tracklist pulls material from pretty much every corner of the band’s 6-album catalog, an exciting development for any longtime fan.

Find out more: The Decemberists official site 



Rocket Juice and The Moon – Self-Titled

Release Date: March 27

After getting together for their first live show back in October, this strangely-named group which features Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Felu Kuti drummer Tony Allen, will release their self-titled debut this month.

The LP was recorded in Albarn’s London-based Studio 13, and will feature guest appearances from M. Anifest, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (who also made an appearance on the last Gorillaz record) and several other guests. A track titled Hey Shooter featuring Erykah Badu debuted over at Pitchfork, and can be heard below:

Find out more: Rocket Juice and The Moon official site



The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet

Release Date: March 27

Rather than the hyper-kaleidoscopic Latin math-funk explosions we’re used to, Noctourniquet promises to be a different sensation than TMV's previous releases, with an emphasis on a greater simplicity than previous releases. Having heard the album, however, it's safe to say that "simple" will never quite approach describing this band. On first single "Malkin," a seething dream unfolds over squelching, drunken-swagger guitars. From the poetically sparse regret of "Imago" to the skittering mechanical-spider percussion of "Lapochka," fans will have another multi-dimensional beast on their hands.

Listen to "The Malkin Jewel" below:

Find out more: The Mars Volta official site