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Well, March was a great month for music.  Here are some of the best albums released this month:

The Men— Open Your Heart

Brooklyn’s inventive punk band made a great album nine months ago and then returned with an incredible follow-up that lacks the kind of bland repetitiveness found in the work of similarly-prolific artists.  Open Your Heart was recorded around the same time as last year’s Leave Home but it sounds fairly different, demonstrating the band’s diverse styles and influences (even the songs within Open Your Heart vary in sound).  Best album of March 2012.

I tend to keep my mouth shut when it comes to electronic dance music, particularly dubstep.  My history with that particular subgenre is somewhat similar to many other people my age:  I heard a song, thought it was one of the coolest and most different sounding things I’ve ever heard, listened to a few other songs that gave me a similar response, listened to more songs until the build-up-then-bass-wobble formula wore thin, and then left the music for people who consider staying out all night and dancing to crazy light-shows a good time.  Not my scene.

Here are some new albums you should check out this Tuesday.

The Alligators— Times Up, You’re Dead

The debut album from a hardcore supergroup that features Roger Miret of Agnostic Front.

Black Breath— Sentenced To Life

Second full-length from the Washington-based metal band.

E-40— The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 1 (2, and 3)

Three albums are being released by the prolific Bay Area MC this Tuesday.

Justin Townes Earle— Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now

As much as I resist the party-with-no-purpose lifestyle associated with electronic dance music (to a certain degree… the punk fan in me just can’t stomach too much disco), it’s impossible to ignore its presence and power in the modern music community.  And at this point, I’ve accepted that it’s ignorant to call all electronic music “techno.”  When you finally begin to shed some of that ignorance and truly look at the different subgenres beneath the EDM umbrella, it’s apparent that there’s a lot of variation and diversity.  Hell, Earbits Radio has over thirty stations of specific genres of electronic music.

For lawyers and doctors and those that have to deal with the potential repercussions brought forth by fans of the hard-partying, drug-using genre, Holy Ship! is probably not a good idea.  But for electronic music fans, this might be the coolest idea ever.

The lineup and info for the inaugural voyage of Holy Ship! were announced last week, and the festival is shaping up to be one of the most unique concepts in the live music and entertainment world.  Organized by Hard, Cloud 9 Adventures and The Bowery, Holy Ship! is an electronic music festival that will be held on a cruise ship during January of 2012.  From the 6th through the 9th of that month, the ship will voyage from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Port Lucaya, Bahamas before its final stop at a Private Island.