DC March 26 New Release Recap

A few notable names in this week's releases -- Dido, Depeche Mode, The Strokes -- but naturally we've got a few lesser known types to hopefully get a little of your attention. Like rising Irish folk/rockers Little Green Cars or the latest in the burgeoning crop of Brit acoustic songwriters such as John Smith or Lewis Watson. Brooklynite Josh Mease is reincarnated as Lapland while The Milk Carton Kids find some nice indie label love courtesy the fine folks at ANTI-. Other releases of note: the long-awaited (and quite expansive) 4-CD box set from Stephen Stills, something new from Crystal Bowersox (produced by Steve Berlin), a Duane Allman retrospective box, the latest (and rather rockin') album from Harper Simon (you know, Paul's kid), the European-only release from Dutch-born L.A. songwriter Laura Jansen and Twain, the new album from New York singer and songwriter Rebecca Martin. Check out our DC featured titles, link to stream music and watch videos and peruse the full release list below...

The five 20-year-old Dubliners who drive Little Green Cars have already been plying their trade and playing together for five years now, giving their anthemic Irish folk/rock a remarkably seasoned edge for a band who all happen to be just out of their teens. The huge buzz both in the U.K. and the States is rising to a steady roar for their highly anticipated ebutAbsolute Zero (March 26, Glassnote) given the band's adoring critical base and production from renowned studio maven Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire)...more DC

After the disappointing reception to her more organic Jon Brion-co-produced 2008 album Safe Trip Home, Dido's Girl Who Got Away (March 26, RCA) marks a shift back -- or at least a side-step -- to the glossy, electronica-tinged pop of her first two albums (30 million sold worldwide). Primary production assistance on the new project goes back to the man who got Dido started in the first place: brother Rollo Armstrong of the defunct dark dance/pop trio Faithless. To the perturbed confoundment of some critics and indie hipsters, Dido's comparatively simple, straightforward songs somehow connect in an equally simple and straightforward way...more DC

Acclaimed British neo-folkie John Smith's return with his fourth album Great Lakes (March 25) finds the songwriter and extraordinarily gifted guitarist emerging from a two-year period of writer's block with some of his strongest and most compelling songs. Three key names figure into Smith's creative rekindling: legendary producer Joe Henry (Bonnie Raitt, Aimee Mann) and Canadian tunesmith Dennis Ellsworth -- both of whom helped in co-writing -- and Irish songstress Lisa Hannigan, in whose band Smith often serves as guitarist...more DC

Singer/songwriter Josh Mease chose his new musical alias Lapland while browsing the bargain stacks at a neighborhood used book store. Lappland Wanderland, a book illustrated with distant, often barren landscapes, seemed the right inspiration for Mease's own new work, a collection of self-produced, one-man-band and DIY tunes created in a something of a self-imposed musical 'exile' in his one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment. Mease's new moniker also indicates a new direction and a fresh start. The self-titled Lapland project (March 26) comes four years after Mease's sparkling 2009 debut Wilderness, an album praised for it's exquisitely crafted songs and gentle, intimate approach to alternative pop...more DC

The exquisitely entangled vocal harmonies of tunesmiths Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan are the unadorned calling card of L.A.'s The Milk Carton Kids. Recalling the pure, unadulterated folk/pop charms of Simon and Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers, The Ash & Clay (March 26, ANTI-), the duo's third album, has a simple, nostalgic feel of campfire-meet-coffeehouse. Says one critic: "there's a warmth and an intimacy in the way these songs sound, while the tales are equal parts forlorn and sweetly comforting"...more DC

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More DC releases for March 26:

Alex Calder - Time
Crime & The City Solution - American Twilight
Crystal Bowersox - All That For This
Depeche Mode - Delta Machine
Diane Arkenstone - Union Road
Dido - Girl Who Got Away
Duane Allman - Skydog: Retrospective (Box Set)
Edwyn Collins - Understated (UK)
Harper Simon - Division Street
Hot As Sun - Night Time Sound Desire
Isbells - Stoalin' (U.S.)
Jason Blum - Radio Dial
Joe Bonamassa - An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House (CD/DVD)
John Smith - Great Lakes
Julian Lynch - Lines
Kodaline - In A Perfect World (UK)
Lapland (Josh Mease) - S/T
Laura Jansen - Elba (EUR)
Lewis Watson - The Wild EP (U.K.)
Little Green Cars - Absolute Zero
Luke Winslow King - The Coming Tide
Maggie Rose - Cut To Impress
Mairead - Songbook (3/31 UK)
Naomi Greenwald - Composite EP
One Republic - Native
Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace) - We All Get Lighter
Rebecca Martin - Twain
Ruarri Joseph - Brother (UK)
Stephen Stills - Carry On (Box Set)
The Black Lillies - Runaway Freeway Blues
The Milk Carton Kids - The Ash and Clay
The Strokes - Comedown Machine
The Waterboys - An Appointment With Mr. Yeats (U.S.)
Thompson Square - Just Feels Good
Tom Chacon - S/T
Twinstar - The Sound of Leaving
Warm Soda - Someone For You
Wavves - Afraid of Heights
Yard of Blondes - Murderology
Y La Bamba - Oh February (CD EP)