Bored with the musical offerings lately? Then get out of your comfort zone and find some new music in new genres you may have overlooked.
Snarky Puppy, Immanence (March 15)
Jazz fusion band Snarky Puppy is comprised of about 40 members (known as “the Fam”) who together or alone have performed with Snoop, David Cosby, Kirk Franklin, Justin Timberlake and Erykah Badu. In short, they know their stuff. Their first album since 2016 is another genre-defying effort.
Betty Carter, The Music Never Stops (March 29)
The late Betty Carter’s first posthumous release is the first release of unheard material in 22 years. The two-hour set is an incredible live performance at New York’s Aaron Davis Hall in 1992. The album will reinvigorate your interest in this underrated First Lady of Jazz.
Devin Townsend, Empath (March 29)
If you don’t know Devin Townsend, you are missing out on the metal equivalent of Frank Zappa and Phil Spector due to his ability to create a wall of sound. Townsend is a founder of the extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad. Post-SYL Townsend has had a strong career as a solo artist. His newest, Empath, is out March 29.
Whitechapel, The Valley (March 29(
Whitechapel is a death core band from Knoxville which took its name from the district where Jack the Ripper killed his victims. The band returns for its seventh crushing album, The Valley, on March 29.
Rap and Hip-Hop
Dave, Psychodrama (March 8)
If you want rap with an English flair, then consider Dave’s new album, Psychodrama. The south London artist is just 20 and scored a number one hit in the UK in 2018. In addition to sporting a Brixton accent, Dave plays piano. Both are departures from most rap heard in the U.S.
Quelle Chris, Guns (March 29)
Part jazz, part hip-hop, part rapper, and sometimes purely instrumentalist, Quelle Chris is an impossible artist to classify. Fresh off his satirical album with fiancé Jean Grae, Chris returns on March 29 with his next solo project, Guns.
Country and Americana
Mary Bragg, Violets as Camouflage (March 1)
Lucky Strike was one of the best albums of 2017, now Nashville singer-songwriter Mary Bragg returns with another stripped-down album of brutal honesty. Bragg’s intimate lyrics are occasionally accompanied by a pedal steel sound.
Vandoliers, Forever (March 1)
The Vandoliers are an alt-country band who meld country with punk. Their first album, Ameri-Kinda, came out in 2016. This led to a resurgence of cowpunk, a trend that last crested in the 1970s and 80s, when rock musicians in the UK embraced a fusion of country and western with punk, folk, blues and new wave.
Anteros, When We Land (March 1)
London dream-pop band Anteros drops their debut album on March 1. Dream-pop is a subgenre of alternative rock developed in the 1980s. Anteros, named for the Greek god of Requited Love, will please fans of 80’s pop.
The Japanese House, Good at Falling (March 1)
After two critically acclaimed EPs, The Japanese House releases its first album on March 1 via Dirty Hit. The Japanese House is the project of Amber Bain, a Birmingham, UK singer-songwriter. If you like introspective chill music produced by The 1975, this will please you.