The ides of March used to signify the beginning of a new year, and in 2021, that feels strangely apropos. In a couple of weeks, it will have been a full year since nationwide lockdown began, but as more and more people receive the vaccine, and we edge ever closer toward the return of some semblance of normalcy (still while masked, of course), it’s starting to feel like there’s a new tenor of optimism in the country’s mood. Such a mood needs a soundtrack, of course—so here are the albums coming out in March that we’re most excited about, from massive pop stars like Lana Del Rey to little-known noise rock bands just starting to make a name for themselves. (Hey there, Stella Research Committee.)
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