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What albums are we looking forward to in March?

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Ellen West - web producer | 11:48 UK time, Tuesday, 24 February 2009

There are some very exciting music releases coming up next month and we thought that we'd share them with you. Let us know if there are other albums you're looking forward to or if you've heard previews of the ones below:

Neko Case - Middle Cyclone (03/03/09)
Upbeat alt-country from the American singer-songwriter, in an album that includes a Sparks cover as well as 12 new tracks. She's been in the UK recently but plans to return to Europe later in the year if you'd like to catch her live.

Extra Golden - Thank You Very Quickly (10/03/09)
Follow up to 2007's Hera Ma Nono and featuring some wacky (in the very best way possible) bass riffs. If James Jamerson had played in a Benga rock jamboree then this record would be it. They are out on tour with the African Soul Rebels tour starting 3 March at the Sage in Gateshead.

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Filthy Dukes - Nonsense in the Dark (16/03/09)
An amazing live band who sound like a more ravey version of Hot Chip. They're DJs and producers, and their music is irresistibly danceable. See them in the UK throughout March, they also have a launch party for the album at Fabric in London on 6th.

Bonnie Prince Billy - Beware (16/03/09)
We've been trying to get the mysterious bearded balladeer on The Culture Show for years and have finally succeeded. He'll be on the show on 24 March, talking about the new album and performing for us, ahead of a gig at the Royal Festival Hall in April.

PJ Harvey - A Woman a Man Walked By (30/03/09)
Our final March tip is Polly Jean Harvey's album with John Parish, who produced a couple of her earlier records including To Bring You My Love. It's a return to noisy guitars and sounds great on an initial listen.

N.A.S.A. - The Spirit of Apollo (16/02/09)
This isn't a misprint, although it came out in February we couldn't resist putting in something about this bizarre and inspired collaboration between DJ/producers Squeak E Clean and Zegon. The new wave of uplifting Hip Hop is finally here on a record that features such contributors as Tom Waits, David Byrne, Chuck D, Method Man, MIA, George Clinton and Kool Keith.


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