New Music Friday: Our Top 5 Albums Out March 15

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Danger Mouse (left) and Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O collaborated on Lux Prima, one of the albums on our short list for the best new releases out March 15.

This week’s somewhat abbreviated edition of New Music Friday includes an ambitious collaboration between Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O and producer Danger Mouse; the British electronic duo The Cinematic Orchestra returns with its first new album in more than a decade, featuring singer Moses Sumney, rapper Roots Manuva and other guests; and Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus injects his woozy rock with a strange jolt of electronica. Host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson as they share their picks for the best new albums out on March 15.

Featured Albums:

  • Karen O & Danger Mouse, Lux Prima
    Featured Songs: “Woman” and “Lux Prima”
  • The Cinematic Orchestra, To Believe
    Featured Songs: “A Caged Bird/Imitations of Life,” “To Believe” and “The Workers of Art”
  • Stephen Malkmus, Groove Denied
    Featured Songs: “Rushing the Acid Frat” and “Belziger Faceplant”
  • Finn Andrews, One Piece at a Time
    Featured Song: “One Piece at a Time”
  • CHAI, Punk
    Featured Song: “CHOOSE GO!”

Other Notable Releases for March 15: Koffee, Rapture EP; Matmos, Plastic Anniversary; The Comet Is Coming, Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery; Todd Snider, Cash Cabin Season Vol. 3.

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