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New Music Friday: The best albums out March 15

Kelly Christine Sutton
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Kacey Musgraves

It feels like the first major springtime release week of 2024. On this week's episode of New Music Friday, NPR Music's Ann Powers and Daoud Tyler-Ameen discuss the hotly awaited album by the wry-country-storyteller-turned-Grammy-winning-vibes-purveyor-turned ... wellness guru (?) Kacey Musgraves and the full-length debut by unclassifiable rapper and visual innovator Tierra Whack.

Plus: a comeback effort from one of the 21st century's most consequential pop stars, a jazz-punk collaboration that somehow manages to avoid feeling like a mashup, and more.


Featured albums

  • Kacey Musgraves, Deeper Well
  • Tierra Whack, World Wide Whack
  • Justin Timberlake, Everything I Thought It Was
  • The Messthetics and James Brandon Lewis, The Messthetics and James Brandon Lewis

Other notable releases for March 15

  • Four Tet, Three
  • The Black Crowes, Happiness Bastards
  • Charles Lloyd, The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow
  • The Dandy Warhols, Rockmaker
  • Holly Humberstone, work in progress EP
  • Flo Milli, Fine Ho, Stay
  • Elcamino, The Game Is The Game