Things in the music industry start to wake up come March, what with SXSW and the close of dreaded Q1. This month’s got no shortage of great indie (Real Estate, The Hold Steady, The War On Drugs) and pop (Kylie Minogue, Pharrell, Shakira) releases alike, the latter of which is a little surprising given its distance from bangerz season (i.e., summer). Regardless, it’s nice to see some variety on the schedule, though March could use more hip-hop and electronic releases (shout at us with those if you’ve got any we should get excited about).
Real Estate — Atlas (March 4)
When I call Real Estate’s new album some of the most quintessential indie rock of the year, I’m not using the term ‘indie rock’ as a catch-all to mean not a major label release. The Jersey-bred band’s third guitar-driven LP strives so much, even the haters couldn’t call it boring. They could, of course, call it breezy, but just lay off all the summery labels and they won’t have to drop the North Brooklyn nice guy act, k?