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New Music Friday: The best albums out March 1

A young woman wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt sits on carpeted stairs and looks at the camera impassively with her head resting on her hand.
Michael Tyrone Delaney
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Faye Webster's "Underdressed for the Symphony" leads the batch of new albums out March 1.

On this week's edition of New Music Friday, NPR Music's Ann Powers and Sheldon Pearce discuss Faye Webster's Underdressed at the Symphony and a handful of the week's other brand new albums on which a musician's personality seems to be embodied by their voice — even when the music is completely instrumental.

Featured albums

  • 1. Faye Webster, Underdressed at the Symphony
  • 2. ScHoolboy Q, Blue Lips
  • 3. Julian Lage, Speak To Me
  • 4. Sheer Mag, Playing Favorites

Other notable releases for March 1

  • Paula Cole, Lo
  • Jacob Collier, Djesse Vol. 4
  • Everything Everything, Mountainhead
  • Nils Frahm, Day
  • Hannah Frances, Keeper of the Shepherd
  • Ben Frost, Scope Neglect
  • Liam Gallagher & John Squire, Liam Gallagher & John Squire
  • Albert Hammond, Body of Work
  • Jahari Massamba Unit, Karriem Riggins & Madlib, YHWH is LOVE
  • Kaiser Chiefs, Kaiser Chiefs' Easy Eighth Album
  • Lang Lang, Saint-Saëns
  • Mannequin Pussy, I Got Heaven
  • Pissed Jeans, Half Divorced
  • That Mexican OT, Texas Technician
  • Uranium Club, Infants Under the Bulb
  • Yard Act, Where's My Utopia?
  • De La Soul, 3 Feet High and Rising (35th Anniversary Edition)
  • Linda Smith, Nothing Else Matters and So I Liked Spring (reissues)