New Music Monday Picks For March 14

Your New Music Monday picks for March 14 include punk icons, honky tonk and smooth grooves out of Cowtown.

If you’re in need of a sonic serotonin booster, complete with falsetto, Fort Worth’s newest crooner has you covered. Ronnie Heart has logged in time with North Texas bands VEGA and Neon Indian, and is officially ready for his close-up with the April 1 release of his debut EP, you(r) mine. Don’t mind us as we crush out on his lead single, “Smoovie.”

This New Music Monday pick brings together two of our all-time rock ‘n’ roll heroes – X co-founder John Doe and Debbie Harry of Blondie. The Westerner is the title of Doe’s 11th (!!!) solo album, and lands April 29. Also be on the lookout for Under the Big Black Sun, the book he co-wrote about the burgeoning days of L.A.’s punk scene, which lifts its title from X’s still-mind-blowing third album and arrives in stores later this spring.

Not only is M83 celebrating their new album Junk with a blowout at the Bomb Factory on April 8, the same day the album comes out, but they’re also marking their first-ever tour with their newest member — Denton artist Kaela Sinclair. This superb lead single, “Do It, Try It,” is an exercise in synths, hooks and sweet beats, and you won’t mind it taking up residence in your head.

If you’re an aficionado of old school honky tonk, a la Waylon and Gary Stewart, chances are you were probably already tuned into the brilliance of Sturgill Simpson. And if that’s indeed the case, chances are that his last release, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, probably hasn’t left your player since it came out in 2014. Now it’s time to make room for his forthcoming third album, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth, inspired by the birth of his son and arriving April 15. Side note: his May 7 show at the Bomb Factory sold out in the blink of an eye, a testament to his abundant gift.